Dr. D.A. Penick is known as the father of Texas tennis. He was the tennis coach at the University of Texas from 1908 until he retired in 1957 at the age of 87. Throughout these years, Penick produced many successful players. His coaching record includes all of the 10 Southwest Conference team championships given during his tenure, 27 of the 41 singles crowns, and 31 of the 41 doubles crowns. Overall, his players won five NCAA doubles and two singles championships. In honor of his remarkable coaching tenure, the Penick Bowl became the top award in collegiate tennis, which was presented to the NCAA team champion during the 40s and 50s. Penick was also one of the early presidents of the Southwest Athletic Conference (1922-34). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1962.