Meet Lee

Lee 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 has coached the local middle school girls (fall) and boys (spring) tennis teams.  This middle school program was organized by the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association (GWTA) through the USTA. In addition, Lee privately teaches some of these middle school players who are interested in improving their skills and helps prepare them for high school tennis.

Lee also teaches tennis classes for middle school, high school and adults through the Carolina Beach Recreation Department at a nearby park.  These classes consist of progressive skill development through drills and tennis fundamentals.

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

Testimonials
  • "I am a 3.5 NTRP rated player and was needing some help to up my game. With Coach Lee's instruction, I was able to develop a new serve that has helped me score lots of points on the court! He has also helped to improve my forehand through instruction on the fundamentals.  This has renewed my excitement for the game! As a bonus, Lee also restrings rackets and does so based on your style of play. He has overall been a fantastic tennis resource for me and I look forward to many more years of playing!"  - Christy B.

  • "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.

  • “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.

  • "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.

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