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Meet Lee

Lee is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  He is a USPTA School Coach with over 40 years of tennis experience – playing, teaching and coaching.  He has trained under numerous teaching professionals and continues to fine tune his game. Lee started playing tennis in high school and played for a period of time in college.


He is currently the assistant coach for the Eugene Ashley High School men's varsity tennis team and has coached the Murray Middle School girls (fall) and boys (spring) tennis teams. Lee is an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and has achieved the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Level 2 Coaching Certification. He teaches group and private lessons to many middle school and high school players who are interested in improving their skills and helps prepare them for match play tennis. Further, he works privately with many adults both beginner and more advanced players.

Lee has also taught classes for the Carolina Beach Recreation Department at a local facility.  In addition he has taught the "Try Tennis" program for the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association. All of Lee's classes consist of progressive skill development through drills, games and tennis fundamentals.


In addition, Lee has taught Tai Chi classes at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center (see CB calendar for any current sessions). Tai chi movements, like tennis, are based on relaxed energy movement and the kinetic chain principle.  See his website for more information at

As a racquet stringer, Lee is an official Ambassador for YTEX strings.

Tai Chi Lee

Lee is USTA Safe Play approved and background verified by the Natl. Center for Safety Initiatives.

  • “Coach Lee has helped all three of our kids greatly improve their tennis skills each and every lesson! He is patient, personable and detail oriented. He teaches them classic technique through repetitive drills, real match scoring and point by point instruction. They always have so much fun and are excited about how much their playing has improved! Thank you so much, Coach Lee!” - Elizabeth S.

  • “A couple of months ago I decided to pick up a tennis racquet at the urging of a friend.  Something I hadn't done in over 40 years.  She sent me to Lee and I have been extremely pleased with my progress and his style of teaching!  I couldn't ask for a better coach.  Five stars in my book." - Deb L.

  • "I was introduced to Lee through Carolina Beach Recreation with group tennis lessons/play.  Lee is a First Rate instructor - very responsive, addresses your needs individually and very easy and fun to work with. I marveled at how he remembered everyone's name in the first session! In addition, I had developed elbow pain and Lee helped with re-stringing my racquet and advised on therapy. After our sessions ended, our group still gets together weekly, so group lessons led to new friends!" - Sue B.

  • "My daughter has blossomed under Lee’s coaching. Not only does he share his wealth of knowledge on basics, technique, and the game, he also was able to pinpoint what makes her succeed in the sport and fosters that.  Most importantly he has built up her confidence and made tennis something she wants to continue to do." - Sarah T.

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  • "Coach Lee has transformed my son into a "real" tennis player by teaching him the fundamentals of the strokes through clear instruction, a lot of encouragement and repetition for muscle memory.  Most importantly, he has tremendous patience with teenagers and creates a fun atmosphere so they want to participate. Through his instruction my son has developed a confidence in playing that I never thought possible.  Lee's clinics have been a wonderful and safe outlet during the pandemic.  He is a huge asset to tennis in our area -I HIGHLY recommend Coach Lee for tennis instruction!"- Christy B.

  • “My fiancée and I visited the Carolina Beach area and we found Lee online and were very happy that we did. We highly recommend Lee as a tennis instructor. Lee was easy to communicate with, responsive, and worked around our schedule.  I am a more advanced player, and Lee gave me some great tips on how to improve my forehand and how to improve my strokes.  He was also great with my fiancée who is a beginner.  He was very patient with her and really helped her with her confidence on the court.  I will definitely schedule more lessons with Lee the next time we visit!”– Jared S.

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