Pomona-Pitzer men's tennis head coach Steve Bickham has been inducted into the United States Tennis Association Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
To be eligible for consideration for membership in the Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame inductees must meet the following criteria.
An Oklahoma resident for five or more years, a player who has participated in numerous, District-Section-National championships and gained a ranking high enough to be considered an outstanding player, others who have made a substantial contribution to tennis and possess good sportsmanship and character.
"It is very exciting and humbling to be recognized by the USTA and the Oklahoma Tennis Association and to be included in the Hall of Fame", said Bickham. "To be included in such an elite group of former players and coaches that have come from the state of Oklahoma, and to be recognized in a Hall that bears the name of Jim Thorpe is quite an amazing honor."
Bickham, an Oklahoma native, was a four-time Oklahoma state high school champion (#1 doubles as a freshman and #1 singles his sophomore, junior, and senior years). He was a Missouri Valley Champion in 16s and 18s and represented the Section at the Olympic Sports Festival. He was an NCAA All-American in doubles at the University of New Mexico and was named the Western Athletic Conference "Player of the Year" in 1987.
Steve played the Professional Satellite and Challenger Circuits for four years and was ranked in the top 500 in both singles and doubles. He directed USTA Circuit Events in Phoenix for four years.
He was the Director of Tennis at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Michigan and was the Executive Director of the USTA Idaho District.
He coached tennis at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University and is currently the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Pomona College and Pitzer College in California.