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Justin Clark

           Justin P. Clark has an extensive record of accomplishment in tennis, as a player and coach in the U.S. Tennis Association and U.S. Professional Tennis Association & Professional Tennis Registry; he has been certified by the governing instructor's association [USPTA and USPTR] since 1996.  He has been educated from Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching Education, July 2011, and an AB in Economics and Minor in Philosophy from Elon College in North Carolina, in 1996.  He has continued his education through the USPTA, USPTR, NCAA, and the USTA.   

            Mr. Clark successfully obtained a NCAA National Team Ranking as high as 5th while on Elon's tennis team.  He acted as the Director of Tennis Operations, and Division I coach, at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming in 2002-2003.  Prior to that, in 2000-2002, he was employed at Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, as the Assistant Director, Duchossios Tennis Center, and Assistant Women's Tennis Coach, successfully obtaining Division III National Ranking as high as 2nd and 5th.  In 1998-2000 he was at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., as the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach, Division I, gaining ITA National Ranking as high as 24.  In 1997-1998 Justin Clark served as the Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at High Point University, High Point, N.C. and as Assistant Coach, Division II, successfully gaining National Ranking 8th.

            As a post-college-graduate Mr. Clark has worked professionally for Dennis Ralston, a Tennis Hall of Fame Member and Director of Tennis at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado and CopperWynd Resort in Arizona;  Rod Ishida, Hometown High School Tennis Coach and USTA Grass Roots Community Tennis Director;  Larry Karageanas, USPTA National Speaker;  Oscar Blacutt, Bolivian Davis Cup Player and Junior coach of John Isner;  Cinda Rankin, Division III National Coach of the Year;  Eric Hayes, Division I Men's Tennis Coach and Palmer Tennis Academy Tour Coach;  and Pat Fagen, Tahoe Tennis Academy and Nevada State Tennis Hall of Fame Member.  He has also served as an Administrator/tennis coach for the Southwest Virginia Area Training Center.

            As a player, Mr. Clark has excelled at tennis for well over 20 years.  He was an NCAA ITA National Collegiate Team Member and Coach from 1991-1996 and 1997-2003, and traveled and played in the USTA National Junior Circuit in the late 1980's.  He competed on the Elon College team, participating in National Rankings as high as 5th, and was recognized as the Most Improved Collegiate Player his senior year and undefeated in singles and doubles for the team in National Championship Tournaments.  Moving on to the USTA Satellite Circuit, he played and defeated Former NCAA National Ranked Players as high as 71st, and ATP World-Ranked players as high as #450.  In 1989 he received the Sportsmanship Award from the Western Tennis Association, and in 1995 he was awarded the Scholarship Award for Most Improved College Player. 

            In 2002 he was the Honorary Coach of the Year for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  His Extensive experience in the industry has led to his being published, including as a contributor to the prestigious primary journal, Tennis Magazine (e.g. see "Drill Seekers", May, 2004 issue), and he is the author of Quick Feet and other published tennis-related advisory materials.  He has coached in the prestigious Blue/Grey Tennis Classic, in Montgomery, Alabama, and has been in all variety of other prestigious tournaments since he was a young teenager.

            Mr. Clark has coached over ten All-American level Collegiate student-athletes, and four college teams, all with national rankings; in addition local, sectional and national junior players during his coaching tenure.  He is now the Director of South Tahoe High School Tennis and the Boy's Tennis Coach at South Lake Tahoe High School (Jeannine his wife is the Girls Tennis Coach) where their teams have been the finalists in the Northern Nevada Region in 2009 and the Nevada Regional Team Finalist qualifying for the 2010 State Tennis Championship for the first time in the school’s 40 year history; also in 2010 the Girl’s Team Qualified for the Nevada State Tournament for the first time in history and were Nevada Academic State Champions; and have added three more with the girls in 2011 & 2012 and the boys with a runner up in 2011 and a state qualifier in 2012.  During the past 8 years he has developed seven doubles teams and 6 singles Nevada State Qualifiers.  They both have continued State Team Qualifications with a second girl’s team and a first boy’s team to qualify in 2012.  Overall, his teams have won the regional team championships 2 times, runner-up 6 times, qualified for Nevada State Team Championships 6 times, won 5 Nevada Academic State Championships (Highest Team GPA in Nevada), and qualified over 20 players to top 8 in Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association while working with the South Lake Tahoe High School tennis teams since 2007.

            He is also the Owner and Director of the Tahoe Tennis Academy in South Lake Tahoe, California, and started the first South Tahoe Middle School after school tennis program in 2009, and holds an adjunct faculty position teaching Lake Tahoe Community College tennis (2008 – 2013) and badminton courses in 2010.  He has also been working for the Carson City School District as a teacher.  Currently, Justin is a 3rd grade teacher and looking forward to teaching the youth in the area life skills through hard work and dedication and perseverance; developing players to learn how to win and lose like a champion, but understanding individual skills and happiness!


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