TTCA 2016 Inductee | Ruben Vargas


Ruben Vargas

Born July 7, 1961 in Hereford Texas.  The son of the late Pedro and Oralia Vargas. Family of 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Yolanda, Virginia, Grace, Teresa, Pete Jr., Ralph, and Alice.

Father in law, the late Jim Hughes and mother in law Maxine Hughes. Brother in law Bill Hughes and wife Betty. Brother in law, the late Randy Hughes.

Married to Deanna Vargas (for 28 years) Daughter Meagan Vargas (25) Coaches tennis and teaches senior English at McKinney Boyd High School, and son Tanner (19) is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, majoring in Architecture.

Both Meagan and Tanner enjoyed a successful tennis career in high school under the direction of Coach Vargas.

Active member of the First United Methodist Church in Vernon, Texas, where he leads the Young Adults Sunday School class.

Graduated from Hereford High School in 1979. Played varsity tennis from 1977-79. Coached by the late Hall of Famer Steve Thomas and Sheila Watley.

1983 Graduate of West Texas State University with a BA in Education. Certified in Biology, Physical Education and Speech.

Played college tennis at West Texas State University under Todd Reed 1979-1981

Played at West Texas State University under Gary Marable from 1981-83

Coached at Hereford High School from 1983-89

Finished 5th place in District in 1983, 4th in 1984, 3rd in 1985, then dropped to 4A in 1986 where we were District Champs the next 3 years and reached the Regional Finals twice with Monahans both times tying them in the match but losing in the tiebreaker by sets in one year and by games in the other.

Coached at Vernon High School from 1989-2016   

Undefeated District Champs 27 years in a row

Qualified for State 25 years in a row (TTCA)

TTCA State Team Tennis Champions at Vernon High School 1993, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003

UIL State Qualifiers from 1989-2016 -Quarterfinalists-17 times, Semi Finalists-12 times, Finalists-15 times, Champions-9 times. Coach Vargas has qualified an entry to the UIL state tournament 28 years in a row from 1989-2016.

Coaching Awards

TTCA Coach of the Year Class 4A 1989

TTCA Coach of the Year Class 3A 1998

TTCA Ike Groce Vision Award 2013

TTCA Carey Caldwell Character Award 2015

National Federation of High School Coaches Association: NFHSCA

2012 NFHSCA Texas State Coach of the Year

2012 NFHSCA Regional Coach of the Year

2012 NFHSCA National Coach of the Year



Offices held in the Texas Tennis Coaches Association

TTCA 2nd Vice President-2007-2008

TTCA 1st Vice President-2009-2010

TTCA President-2011-2012

Future Plans

Coach Vargas has always had a passion for working with young people and he plans to continue that passion as a motivational speaker.  He has so many great stories to share with the world about how to get the best out of people.

He plans to be able to talk to different groups that can include schools, businesses, churches, associations and anyone interested in getting “motivated”!

His wife and children have been with him from nearly the beginning.  None of his success could have come without the support of a loving and caring wife, daughter, and son that understood that dad was the “Coach” and couldn’t always be there for them. He is so grateful both children played tennis and saw why he wasn’t always there and were okay with that. Meagan even followed in her parents’ footsteps and is a teacher and tennis coach.

His greatest joy in coaching were the relationships with his players that he has had throughout his 33 years as a high school and junior high coach. Knowing that he has touched the lives of thousands of young men and women is the most rewarding thing that could have ever happened to him.

The lifelong friends that he has made in the coaching profession is something that he will also cherish throughout the rest of his life.  He is the coach he is today because of all of the coaches that have shared their knowledge with him throughout the past 40 years.  Coach Vargas wishes to thank them so very much for their kindness and support!  

Most of all, Coach Vargas wants to give all the glory to God for all the blessings that the Good Lord has given him throughout his lifetime, and especially with his family and career.