George Haley, USPTA Elite Professional



George fell in love with Hilton Head Island many years ago while visiting on a holiday. I always dreamed of living on the Island and I was finally able to make it happen. My previous place of residence was Rhode Island, where I had the opportunity and enjoyment of teaching many juniors and adults the wonderful game of tennis. I managed Centre Court Tennis Club in the winter and was the director of tennis at Kirkbrae Country Club in the summer. In addition, I coached at Providence College, LaSalle Academy, and the Lincoln School. 

Currently, George is working at the Port Royal Racquet Club here on the Island. I am available for private and group lessons. I would be happy to customize a program for your youngster or yourself that would work into your vacation schedule. 

Some of George's All-State Players


      Danielle & Lauren                    Allesandra                                                Sara


        Jackson (LaSalle)                 Thomas (Barrington)                   Brittany (No. Kingston)


George received most of his tennis training at Van Der Meer Tennis on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Since he owned a villa on the island, he was able to attend the camp for 4 or more weeks a year for over 15 years.



   Marissa ( Mt. St. Charles)                 Katie - (La Salle)                        Jared (La Salle)
                                                       All-State all 4 HS Years            State Singles Champion 2004


In 1990, George, who had played in many tournaments and USTA leagues decided to organize serious Rhode Island adult tennis players into a tennis organization called the Rhode Island Tennis Players’ Association, RITPA. 



          Nicole and Marissa             Ruth (State Champion)2002     Dayna Reilly (All-State)

       State Doubles Champions        Andrea ( runnerup) 2002


This association eventually evolved into what is now called USA Tennis RI, a member organization of the United States Tennis Association. George served as the association’s first president. He also was a delegate to the USA Tennis NE Board of directors. George also served on various USA Tennis/NE boards and was the Head USTA verifier for RI for 10 years.



            Lincoln School Class B Champs 2001      Providence College Women New England Champions

                                        2001                                                       1998



                                                     LaSalle Boy's  Class B Champions 1999


George’s first venture into teaching tennis began in 1992 when he convinced the Board of Directors of RITPA to sponsor some free tennis instruction to area youngsters. He employed the style of teaching that he learned at Van Der Meer Tennis. The program was an immediate success and launched George on his full time tennis-teaching career.




          LaSalle Annual Summer Tennis Camps                    Haley Tennis Students


Since then, he has held positions as Director of Tennis for Warwick Heights Tennis Club, National Verifier for USTA, Asst. coach for men’s and women’s tennis at Providence College, head coach of girls' tennis at the Lincoln School, head coach of boys' tennis at LaSalle Academy. He also ran his own tennis academy which produced many All-State players. Six of the youngsters that George coached won the State Championship. Many of his players also had the opportunity to play on a college team. Before moving to Hilton Head Island he was the manager of Centre Court a10 court indoor tennis club in Rhode Island and the Director of Tennis for Kirkbrae Country Club in the summer. 


As head coach of La Salle Academy's boys' tennis team, he led the team to win four Division Titles and one State Championship. While head coach of the Lincoln School, the team won two Division Titles and One State Championship.George also coached the Providence College woman's team the year they won the New England Championship title.



        Andrea with some Kirkbrae Students                       LaSalle Tennis Team



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