TCU Men's Tennis Alumni: Karl Richter
Oct. 11, 2013
It speaks volumes how someone can be the best in the country at their sport and still have so many other memories of their time in school.
Karl Richter may have been the 1981 NCAA Doubles Champion alongside David Pate, but he will just as quickly mention his favorite football games, late night food runs, and other collegiate adventures as his favorite TCU moments.
"I remember watching TCU football in the pooring rain beat Arkansas on a Steve Stamp to Stanley Washington pass in the back of the endzone in the final minute or so," he said. "TCU had lost to Arkansas 23 years in a row."
Richter had just as much fun outside of the athletic department too, whether it was all-nighters at Ol South, his roommates arguing about music to play and "George using Fred's stereo in 'Milton Hilton' [Milton Daniel Hall]."
It all started when the open-minded high-schooler made his first visit to TCU.
"My last junior tournament was at TCU and I loved the tennis facilities," he said. "My goal was to get a full scholarship at a top 20 program, so after a year at Odessa Jr. College, TCU was the first school to offer me a full ride."
Although away from the Horned Frogs, he has maintained his strong relationship with the sport that got him there. Richter played four and a half years on the ATP Tennis Tour and spent a dozen as an assistant coach at TCU. He also served as a tennis professional at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth before moving to his current position, a teacher and tennis coach at Aledo High School, in 2001.
His two children have followed in his footsteps as collegiate athletes. Kyle, 22, plays baseball and runs track at Oklahoma Baptist University, while Amanda, 19, plays on Dallas Baptist's tennis team while she studies physical therapy.