Kimbrook Tennal is one of five selected for the 2020 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame
Submitted by Jeremy Holaday
Assistant Executive Director, KSHSAA
Five individuals, including former area coach Kimbrook Tennal, have been selected for induction into the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Awards will be presented during 2020 in conjunction with a KSHSAA-sponsored state function/championship, or locally at the inductee’s request. The time and location of each induction ceremony will be announced at a later date at www.kshsaa.org.
Kimbrook Tennal’s volleyball coaching records and accomplishments are absolutely mind-boggling. In 20 years as a head volleyball coach at Nemaha Valley High School (3A) and Centralia High School (1A), his record was 791-49 (.941). In 19 trips to the state tournament, his teams won 11 state titles — twice winning back-to-back-to-back titles — along with five runner-up and three third-place finishes.
He coached six undefeated seasons, which included a 137-match winning streak and other streaks of 80, 78, 76 and 52 consecutive wins. He finished his volleyball career winning five of the last six 1A titles and posted a 100-1 record in the last two years.
Tennal also experienced success in his 14 years of coaching girls’ basketball. His record of 307-48 (.865) produced three state championships, two runner-up and two third-place finishes. In 16 years, he also coached 14 gold medal athletes in pole vault, javelin and discus.
Other Class of 2020 Hall of Fame inductees include Charlotte Davis of Mission; Gary Cornelsen of Amarillo, Texas; Jack Sock of Overland Park; and Rene Wilson of Sterling.
Davis is a well-respected athletic director in Kansas, as is evidenced by her numerous awards and leadership positions — Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA) Athletic Director of the Year, KIAAA State Award of Merit, first woman president of the KIAAA and a member of the KSHSAA Executive Board.
Cornelsen, or Coach “C,” was responsible for taking Liberal High School sports teams, including football and girls’ and boys’ track and field, to win multiple titles. In honor of Cornelsen, Liberal High named the Redskin football field, track, practice field and weight room “The Gary Cornelsen Sports Complex.”
As a student-athlete at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Sock was a four-time KSHSAA Class 6A Singles Champion in tennis, posting an 80-0 record. His other feats include Wimbledon doubles champion in 2014 and 2018; a gold medal in Mixed Doubles and a bronze in Doubles at the 2016 Olympics; and the U.S. Open doubles champion in 2018.
Wilson rewrote the track and field record book at the KSHSAA State Track and Field Meet and at Sterling High School, with three team state championships and nine individual gold medals — three in high jump, two in triple jump, two in long jump and two in 100-meter hurdles. Some of her other school-related achievements include Sterling High Quiz Bowl co-captain; cheerleader of the Universal Cheerleaders Association All Star Team; and seven-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American in Sterling College track.
About the KSHSAA Hall of Fame
The honorees were chosen from nominations reviewed by a selection committee. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an individual must have made an unusually outstanding contribution in interschool activities, either as a student with exceptional talent, or as an adult working with youth — such as an activity coach, director or sponsor, an administrator, an official or a contributor. Hall of Fame inductees may no longer be active in the field for which they are nominated, with the exception of being a contributor with over 30 years of outstanding service.
Each year, schools and communities throughout Kansas submit many nominations of individuals who have made tremendous contributions in the field of interschool activities. Hall of Fame information is available on the KSHSAA website at www.kshsaa.org.
The Hall of Fame is housed in the KSHSAA offices at 601 SW Commerce Place in Topeka, and is open Monday through Friday during business hours. The Hall is also available via the KSHSAA “Gallery of Champions” at http://www.kshsaachamps.org/.