Mark Smith takes reins of NGU Tennis program

Mark Smith takes reins of NGU Tennis program
Monday, August 1, 2016
Mark Smith takes reins of NGU Tennis program

Tigerville, S.C. -- Athletic Director Jan McDonald has named Mark Smith the new head coach of the North Greenville men's and women's tennis teams. 

Smith has been the Director of Tennis at Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors, SC for the past 8-1/2 years. During that time he has served as the Chair of the Player Development committees for both USTA Southern and USTA South Carolilna. Smith has also served on both the USTA 10 & Under and the USTA Schools committees at the National level. Mark has been the Co-Director of the Palmetto Championships in Belton, SC for the past 17 years. The Palmetto is the largest junior tournament in South Carolina, hosting an average of 440 players every year.

Mark was born in Concord, NH and was part of a tennis family. Both his father and mother were high school coaches. When his dad retired hehad an overall record of 527-30. His younger brother Andy is a teaching pro at the Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach.

Smith played his college tennis at The University of Maine where he won an NAIA New England doubles championship with partner Eric Heitman. He has been involved in devoloping high level tournament players formost of his life. Many of Mark’s players have gone on to play college tennis.

Smith coached high school tennis in Ohio for three years where he amassed a record of 45-9. He has served as the coach for Team South Carolina at the junior Southern Cup eight different times.