RTA Community Spotlight: Shane Wells, Director of Tennis, North Hills Club

Shane Wells got started in tennis later than most. It wasn’t until the beginning of high school that Shane got more serious about playing. And it has been his passion ever since!

A graduate of East Carolina University, Shane has been with North Hills Club since 2006. Prior to North Hills, Shane was Director of Tennis at Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill for ten years. Shane is a USPTA Elite Professional and High Performance Junior Coach.

When asked about his achievements, Shane doesn’t talk about being the 2019 USPTA Southern Professional of the Year or receiving the Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the North Carolina Tennis Association in 2010. Instead, Shane talks about his juniors and their parents.

“I have been blessed to have worked with some of the best juniors and their parents over the last 25 years. I have coached multiple state, sectional, and national champions. The relationships I have with the juniors and their parents continue today.”

Established in 1961, North Hills started as a small neighborhood tennis and swim club and, over the years, became a large, successful operation. In his role as Director of Tennis, Shane oversees their entire tennis operation. He handles all staffing, adult and junior programming, facility maintenance, pro shop operations, and more. All of North Hills’ twenty outdoor courts are lighted which allows for evening play and their hard courts have permanent “10 and under” lines which provide North Hills with great opportunities for junior training and competition.

Over the years the club has hosted many junior and adult tournaments. They currently host three USTA sanctioned junior tournaments as well as the Hunter Snow Charity Mixed Doubles tournament which raises $10-$15K annually for the United Methodist Children’s Home. They have also hosted fourteen Women's Pro Circuit events. In the last ten years, their adult USTA League program, one of the largest in the state, has won 30+ USTA League State Championships.

North Hills has always been willing to support the Raleigh tennis community. Whether it’s running a women's pro tournament or working with Abilities Tennis to hosting Adult and Junior tennis leagues — North Hills is an active community partner. North Hills is a Raleigh Pro League host site, their matches at North Hills tend to draw the league’s largest crowds, and they’ve hosted the Tennis for Life Queen or King of the Court fundraiser. Off the court, North Hills hosts the USTA Capital League Team Captains meeting each year and, pre-COVID, they hosted all RTA board meetings of which Shane is a key advisor. Shane also serves on the RTA Area Tennis Committee which advises on Adult League decisions with other area pros, board members, and selected local players.

Shane’s tennis philosophy is a wise one:

“Keep it simple!! People make tennis and life complicated. Although it can be at times. Simpler the better.”

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