Meet our World Class 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, Bill Lackie, Ron James, and Austin Grantham, 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 Department of the City of Florence, the facility will celebrate its fifth birthday in 2016 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 the 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 — Bill Lackie

  • USPTA Elite Professional
  • Trained Top Level Juniors at Evert Tennis Academy
  • Twenty Years Teaching Experience
  • Former Head Pro for the Fermata Club and Woodside Plantation Country Club
  • Played on Professional Tennis Management Tour Team at Methodist University
  • Former Director of Junior Development at Southtowns Tennis Center

Staff Tennis Professional — Ron James

  • PTR Professional Teaching Certification
  • Coach of Wilson High School Varsity Girls and Boys Tennis Teams
  • Fifteen Years Experience Teaching both Adults and Juniors
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Education, Heath and Recreation
  • Recreation Director for 22 Years

Staff Tennis Professional — Austin Grantham

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

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