Missouri Valley / Heart Of America

Now Hiring: Considering a Career Change? Become a Tennis Pro!

Sydney Hamilton | March 10, 2023

Tennis pros are the backbone of a teaching facility, and are vital in growing the game in the communities they serve. They teach, coach, motivate, and inspire players of all ages and skill levels daily. That being said, if you’re looking for a fulfilling and fun-filled career, becoming a tennis pro is an excellent choice! 


If this sounds like something you’d like to pursue, Prairie Village Parks & Rec may want to speak with you. They’re hiring for a head pro–stop by and visit with them today to see if it would be a good fit for you.


Not yet a seasoned tennis pro but interested in becoming one? USTA is in your court. We’re always looking for coaches and pros, and we offer a pathway to certification. Your new career is in your hands!


I reached out to Laura Puryear, who is heavily involved in coach training and is a tennis pro herself, to share her thoughts on the importance of coaching. Laura has been overseeing Coach Education and Training since she joined the USTA Missouri Valley staff in 1996. She’s a PTR and USPTA Certified Tennis Professional and Coach Developer for USTA-U. Take it from her, in her own words:


“One of my favorite quotes is from Billy Graham: ‘A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime.’


“This really sets the stage for how I approach Coach Education in USTA Missouri Valley. We want to provide industry-leading coach education to our providers, in all the spaces–community (including Parks & Recreation, CTAs, NJTLs, etc.) commercial clubs, recreation centers, country clubs, and schools. The ultimate goal is to prepare coaches by developing their coaching skills and providing them the tools necessary to then provide a positive first experience to those they serve–the players, of all ages and abilities.


“The USTA Coach Development Framework offers various learning opportunities for coaches to develop their knowledge and skills, and over time acquire coaching mastery across various tennis coaching contexts including youth, adult, performance, and tennis management.”


Don’t wait to make your dreams become a reality–check out the USTA Coach Development Framework today and get started down a new, impactful career path. You can also take a look at this calendar of upcoming coach education events.



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