Meet our Tennis Staff

Here at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center we realize you have choices in your tennis training needs!  And because of this, we have assembled four recognizable and respected names in the South Carolina tennis community – Robert Hill, Laszlo Leiter, Michael Gee, Bill Lackie, John Nance, Jay Rogers, Austin Grantham, and Alex Cuello as our Director of Tennis, Head Professional, and Staff Teaching Professionals.  Yes, we are growing tennis in Florence, South Carolina, and we invite you to come be a part of this exciting growth.   A division of the Recreation Services / Sports Tourism Department of the City of Florence, the facility will celebrate its eighth birthday in 2019 by continuing to build on it’s reputation for providing a high level of quality instruction to meet the increasing needs of the tennis community.

Director of Tennis – Robert Hill

  • Head Coach – Wilson High School Women’s Tennis Team 2005
  • Named Regional High School Tennis Coach of the Year – 2005
  • Played college tennis as a member of the Francis Marion Men’s Tennis Team 2001-2005
  • USPTA certified teaching Professional since 2008
  • Former Director of Tennis and Recreation – The Country Club of South Carolina 2008-2013
  • Earned Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Mathematics from Francis Marion University

Head Tennis Professional — Laszlo Leiter

  • Former Director of Tennis and Recreation at the Country Club of South Carolina and Head Tennis Professional for Florence Country Club
  • Played number 1 singles for Francis Marion University
  • Played professionally in Europe in the 1990s
  • Current 5.0 NTRP Rating
  • Formerly ranked in the top 20 nationally in NCAA DII singles
  • Full time teaching professional since 2003

Staff Tennis Professional — Michael Gee

  • PTR Professional Teaching Certification
  • 35 years experience coaching tennis
  • Coached #4 ranked national junior player
  • Retired Stationary Engineer for City of New York

Staff Tennis Professional — Austin Grantham

  • USPTA Certified Professional
  • Current 5.0 NTRP Rating
  • Graduate of Van Der Meer Total Tennis University

Staff Tennis Professional — Bill Lackie

  • USPTA Certified Elite Professional
  • Current 4.5 NTRP Rating
  • Former Head Professional at the Fermata Club and Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, SC

Staff Professional — John Nance

  • USPTA Elite Tennis Professional
  • Played College Tennis at Wingate University
  • Former Director of Tennis at the Country Club of SC
  • Former Assistant Professional at Florence Country Club
  • Former #1 ranked in South Carolina Men’s Open Doubles and Mixed Doubles
  • Served as USTA NTRP Verifier for 5 years

Staff Professional — Jay Rogers

  • USPTA Elite Tennis Professional
  • 25 years experience coaching tennis
  • Former High School Tennis Coach
  • Enjoys working with all ages and skill levels
  • Former USTA Tournament Referee

Staff Professional — Alexandra Cuello

  • Played #1 for Reinhardt University
  • Current Assistant coach at Reinhart University
  • From Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Highest national ranking of #20 in Venezuela as a junior

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