Scott Handback

Director, PTM Program
(910) 630-7147
Clayton Tennis Center
Scott Handback, Director, PTM Program

Assistant Professor of Professional Tennis Management


B.A., Queens University of Charlotte; M.Ed., American Intercontinental University; Member of the USPTA & PTR, USTA High Performance Coach


Certified by the USPTA and PTR, Scott has over 30 years of experience in the tennis & private club industry as a tennis director, general manager and club owner. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration at Queens University of Charlotte, where he was a scholarship college tennis player. He also earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum Development and Instruction from American Intercontinental University in 2012.

A USTA High Performance Coach, Scott has passed all levels of the USTA Sport Science Program and has earned the RacquetFit Certification for Tennis Physiological Connection and Etcheberry Certified for Strength, Conditioning and Movement in Sports. He served as a USTA National Zonals Coach and USTA National Clinician for many years and was the 2004 & 2005 USTA/Southern Junior Davis Cup coach.

Selected as the 1999 South Carolina USPTA Professional off the Year, Scott served as the Director of the Western North Carolina USTA High Performance Competitive Training Center for eight years. He has coached 71 players who have gone on to play collegiate tennis, including 19 players ranked #1 in the state in their age division. Scott also served as the coach for two future NCAA Division I Singles Champions: Thai Kwiatkowski (Virginia) in 2017 and Mallory Cecil (Duke) in 2009.

Honored as the USTA/ITA Community Service Award in 2004, Scott has served in various capacities in the tennis industry including the USTA/North Carolina Board of Directors, numerous USTA/North Carolina and USTA/South Carolina committees and president of three community tennis associations (Charlotte Tennis Association, Beaufort Tennis Association and Sea Island Tennis Association).

With a background in strategic planning, Scott is one of the few tennis professionals to transition to serving as a general manager of private clubs. He spent over 15 years in the strategic management of private clubs and has served as a consultant for several golf and country clubs. Scott is the owner of Deer Valley Athletic Club in Boone, North Carolina with over 450 members offering tennis, pool, golf and fitness programs.

Personal Statement:

“I am excited and honored to be part of such a great institution. The tennis industry is undergoing many great changes that will provide some great opportunities for future tennis professionals. Having the opportunity to shape and mentor the future of the tennis industry is why I am here.”


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