Everybody needs a new challenge now and then. Stephen Vincent has found his.
The longtime and popular head tennis pro at the McCluskey Center will be moving down the road in the near future. As of Jan. 1, Vincent will take over as the director of tennis at the Highland Country Club.
It’s an opportunity that the 33-year-old Vincent and the former Granger tennis star cannot pass up. “Highland Country Club is such a special place, and I want to build a tennis program. They just redid their clay courts and the hard courts. I want to get some camps going. We’re going to have some tournaments and tennis parties,” said Vincent.
He is like a kid on Christmas morning. Vincent can’t wait to get started at Highland Country Club. The tennis possibilities are endless.
“I’m nervous and excited. This is a huge step for me. I want to build a successful junior and adult (tennis) program. I want to make it fun. Highland has so much to offer with the swimming pool, the golf course and tennis,” said Vincent.
But he is going to miss teaching at the McCluskey Tennis Center. That has been home for Vincent for the past six years.
“I created relationships, and I got to know the families. I just like to teach the sport that I love. I’m going to miss McCluskey. I taught close to 500 players here,” said Vincent.
One of his final tennis lessons at the McCluskey Center was given on Thursday afternoon. Bo Beall, a 13 year old, was presented with the full tennis attention by Vincent.
“I’m hitting better. He has helped me with my serves, my forehand and my backhand. You have to be consistent,” said Beall, the seventh-grader from LaGrange Academy. Vincent has given Beall some tennis tips and motivation for the last two months.
“Bo is getting better every week. He is starting to play more, and he is having a lot of fun. Bo is phenomenal,” said Vincent.
The coach isn’t too bad either. Vincent has also been a teaching tennis pro at the I’On Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Vincent was at the I’On Club for two years.
“Tennis players need patience, perseverance and conditioning,” said Vincent.