Paul Lubbers has been involved in tennis in many capacities including as a player, teacher, coach, writer, speaker and researcher. He currently is the Director of Coaching Education and Performance for USTA Player Development.
In his role, Paul works to provide educational experiences and opportunities for America’s top tennis coaches and manages and directs activities related to Strength and Conditioning and Medical Services for Player Development Training Centers. Prior to working with the USTA, he served as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, from 1991 to 1999.
Paul is an speaker and presenter, contributing to conferences associated with many of the world’s tennis organizations including the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation, Lawn Tennis Association, Mexican Tennis Federation, Professional Tennis Registry and the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a writer he has contributed to many leading tennis-related publications and websites including Tennis magazine, ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, USTA High Performance Coaching Newsletter, TennisI-coach.com and TennisPlayer.net. Recently, he was a co-author and editor of the "USTA Mental Skills and Drills" manual.
Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1983, earned his master's degree from Indiana University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in exercise and sports science at UNC Greensboro in 1998, with his research interest focusing on teaching, coaching and sport psychology as it relates to tennis. He is a member of both the USPTA and the PTR.
Paul lives with his wife Kathy in Key Biscayne, Fla. He has a passion for the outdoors and spends his free time chasing tarpon, permit and bonefish across the fishing flats of Biscayne Bay and other tropical waters which they inhabit.