Karolyn Stanley Hired as USTA St. Louis Office Administrator
Karolyn Stanley has been hired as office administrator for USTA St. Louis and began with the district on August 14. Some of her duties include serving as district award chair, maintaining adult and junior player databases as well as assisting in the management of social media content.
“I am very excited to help support tennis in the St. Louis community and help others get involved with a sport I have loved and enjoyed throughout my life,” Stanley said. “Everyone I have met in the office has been wonderful, welcoming, and shares a common love for the game of tennis.”
Stanley is on a USTA St. Louis email distribution list and noticed the office administrator job posting in one of those emails. She said the role’s requisite skillsets — organization, spreadsheets and administrative support — seemed like a strong match and featured tasks she’d enjoy doing.
Stanley works remotely full-time as a senior director of business operations at Premier, Inc., a North Carolina-based healthcare company. Stanley has been at Premier for nine years and has the schedule flexibility to pursue other interests. That enabled her to coach high school girls’ tennis for a few years while she lived in North Carolina and take on the new USTA St. Louis job.
“My husband Zach and I moved to St. Louis about a year ago and have really loved our time here so far,” Stanley said. “Our favorite things to do are play tennis and pickleball, go on walks and runs around the neighborhood and on Grant’s Trail, and try new restaurants. I thought this job would be a fun way to meet more people in St. Louis and continue to get involved in the tennis community.”
Shortly after arriving in St. Louis, Stanley and her husband were shopping for sports equipment. When the sales associate learned the duo plays tennis, she connected them to Sara Runge. Runge captains a USTA St. Louis 18 & Over 4.5-level women’s team and welcomed Stanley onto her squad. Stanley also joined Sarah Weddick’s 18+ tri-level team.
“Since graduating college, I have played USTA fairly consistently and continue to play for fun with my family when we are all together,” Stanley said. “I have moved several times in my adult life — North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri — and tennis/USTA has been my go-to way to make friends and get plugged in. It’s such a great way to meet people, and I have found the tennis community to be a very welcoming one.”
Stanley began playing tennis at 9 years old and participated in junior tournaments in Kentucky throughout her childhood. Her entire immediate family — Mom, Dad, sister and brother — enjoys the sport, which made tennis a fun activity to do together.
Stanley participated in four years of varsity tennis at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, with her team capturing a state championship in 2004. Stanley proceeded to play four years of tennis at Centre College in Kentucky. She said a highlight at Centre was competing alongside her sister in doubles during Stanley’s senior year.
Stanley has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a master’s in industrial/organizational psychology and human resource management. She encouraged local players to follow USTA St. Louis on Facebook and Instagram. Stanley can be reached via email at email@example.com.
To read about two additional USTA St. Louis hires, click here.