TTCA 2016 Inductee | Ike Anders

Ike Anders

Born August 23, 1957 Hamlin, Texas, son of Charles and Merle Anders. One brother, Ray Anders and sister in law Susie Anders. Father in law, the late Bill Kendrick and mother in law Jane Ann Kendrick. Sister in law Karen Harris and brother in law Brent Harris.  Nephews, Ryan, Danny, Collin, and Christopher Anders.  Nieces, Jocelyn, Allison, and Madison Harris.  Married to Karla Anders (for 35 years) Son Isaac Anders (32) varsity tennis coach and Spanish teacher at Longview, Texas.  He is married to Andrea Anders (from Lima, Peru), and have a son, Esteban Jose Anders (1).  Daughter, Rachel Anders (30), and her son Wyatt Bozeman (10 mo.)

Isaac qualified for state all four years and won state championships in 2001 and 2002.  Rachel qualified for state in 2003, semifinals, and 2004 finals

Attends Gracelife Fellowship in Lindale.

Graduated Lufkin High School in 1975-varsity tennis from 1973-75.

Played for Tyler Junior College 1976-77 under Fred Kniffen, Hardin Simmons 1978, and made the All Lone Star Conference team while playing for Stephen F. Austin in 1979.

Graduate of Tyler Junior Colleges Professional Tennis Degree 1977, Graduate of Stephen F. Austin, 1979, with a BS in Kinesiology.  Masters Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin in 1989.  

1979-1989  Head Tennis Pro Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin, Tx

1989-1993  Head Tennis Coach Grand Saline High School in Grand Saline, Tx

1993-2014  Head Tennis Coach Lindale High School, Lindale, Texas

                  Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Head Girls Basketball Coach,

                  Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

1989-2014  Team Tennis Accomplishments - record of 36-14 at State Team

                   Tennis Tournament.

                   While at Grand Saline, team finished 7th as a     

                   2A school in the 3A and under State Team Tennis Championships

                  Teams at Lindale reached the 3A Team Tennis Championship Finals

                  6 times, winning the State Championship in 1999, while finishing

                  second in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2011.  Lindale won the

                  Regional Team Tennis Title 11 of 12 years they were in 3A

                  When Lindale was in 4A, they finished in the top 25 five times. #11      

                  in 1997, #20 in 1998,  #21 in   2007, #19 in 2008, and #19 in 2009

1989-2014 Individual State Championship Accomplishments -

                   67 players qualify for the State Tennis Tournament

                   Grand Saline Boys doubles State Championship 1992,

                   Boys doubles 2nd place 1991

                   20 players qualify for state tournament while at Grand Saline

                    At Lindale 5 State Championships in doubles and    

                    4 runner ups in the State Championship Tournaments

                    Championships in Girls doubles in 2000, Boys in 2001 and 2002,    

                    Girls in 2003, and Boys in 2004.

                    Lindale had runner ups in the State Championships

                    In 2005 Boys Doubles, 2004 Girls Doubles, and 2006 Mixed  

                    Doubles, And 2011 Mixed Doubles.

                    47 players qualify for State Tennis Tournament at Lindale

Coaching Awards - Texas Tennis Coaches Association

                                 2A Coach of the Year 1992 Grand Saline

                                 3A Coach of the Year 1995 Lindale


I am indebted to Fred Kniffen, John Kniffen, Novice Kniffen, and Ike Groce, for all the methods of teaching tennis that I learned from them. I also give credit to any success at Lindale to my fellow head Coach Kirk Kniffen.

I am thankful for all the relationships in my life that God has granted in my family and career.

Future Plans--Enjoy Grandkids, continue giving tennis lessons, root Isaac’s team on, play a little golf, and most importantly be a part of spreading the Gospel.