CLASS OF 2012
Rick Lashley was born in 1953 and was raised in Muskogee. As a child, Rick was inflicted with a hip disease called Perthes, which kept him homebound and in a wheelchair. At the age of ten, the disease went into remission, so he took up playing tennis. Four years later he was ranked #1 in Boys 14-under Singles and Doubles. He continued to be ranked # 1 in 16-under Singles and Doubles and 18-under Singles and Doubles. As a Sophomore, he was State High School Runner-up at #2 Singles. As a Junior and Senior, he did not lose a set in any high school competition while winning two State Singles Championships at the #1 position. In Missouri Valley play, he was ranked #2 in Boys 18-under Singles and #1 in Boys 18-under Doubles with Paul Lockwood.
He went to the University of Oklahoma on a tennis scholarship where he was a two-time Big 8 Singles and Doubles Champion. He holds the O.U. record for victories in a single year with 27. He also has the O.U. record for career wins with 95. He was team Captain in 1974.
After graduating from O.U., he achieved the #2 ranking in the Men's Open division in the Missouri Valley. He also won two Missouri Valley Open Doubles Championships and two Missouri Valley Mixed Doubles Championships.
From 1974-1980, he was the Head Tennis Pro at the Kansas City Country Club. In 1980-81, he was the Head Tennis Pro at Redlands Racquet Club in Norman and was the Women’s Tennis Coach at OU. In 1981, he became the Head Tennis Pro at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, a position he held until 2001. In 1984, Rick designed the 74,000 sq. ft. state of the art indoor tennis complex at Oak Tree. Rick is a realtor and lives in Edmond.