Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach
Pete Kendall is a native of Marion, Ind. and is beginning his 17th year as
head tennis coach for Truman after starting in 1992. He is also an instructor in the health and
exercise science division.
In 1995 and 1998, Kendall was named MIAA women's
coach of the year after the team took first-place in the Mid-America
Intercollegiate Athletics Association tournament.
Previously, he coached the tennis squads at Methodist University in
Fayetteville, N.C., for four years. In addition to his coaching duties, Kendall
served as an instructor, director of professional tennis management and a
volunteer assistant football coach.
Under his direction, the women's tennis team won the Dixie Conference title
each year and was ranked nationally in NCAA Division III. The men captured the
conference championship twice and were also ranked nationally.
Before Kendall's arrival, MC had never notched a men's or women's league
title. He was named the conference men's coach of the year twice and the women's
coach of the year three times.
From 1982-88, Kendall was the tennis specialist at the Bahrain Sport
Institute and coached the Bahrain National Junior Tennis Team which won six
Persian Gulf championships. Since returning from Bahrain, Kendall has taken
players and/or teams to the NCAA tournament all but one year.
Between 1970-82, Kendall served as tennis coach, assistant professor of
physical education, intramural director, assistant football coach, admissions
counselor and director at William Penn University (Iowa). He was also the tennis
pro at the Elmhurst Country Club in Oskaloosa. Coach Kendall was inducted into
the William Penn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Kendall was a teacher and coach at West Muskingum schools in Zanesville,
Ohio, from 1967-70 and in Leipsic, Ohio, from 1966-67.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Penn University and a Master of Arts
degree from Ball State University (Ind.), both in physical education.
Kendall and his wife of 42 years, Lynn, reside in Kirksville. She is a
teacher with the Parents as Teachers Program for the Kirksville Public Schools.
||Coach Kendall's Overall Record Through
||251- 99 (.717)