Stephanie grew up playing tennis in Homewood and has been coaching in the area for almost 20 years. Before starting her coaching career she attended Birmingham Southern College where she received a full athletic scholarship to play Division 1 tennis. During this time, Stephanie was awarded the 1st Team All Conference Singles and Doubles Title as well as the Woman’s All Independent Team Title. After college Stephanie was ranked top 5 in the south in the women's open division. She is the 2019 USPTA Alabama Pro of the Year and is an Elite USPTA Professional. What differentiates Stephanie from her peers is her ability to build deep and lasting relationships with each and every one of her students. She does this by having patience, love and understanding. She has developed and trained top players in both the state of Alabama and the southeast, some of which are now competing at the collegiate level. Stephanie has started and developed numerous USTA Ladies teams that have become state and area Champions. Before coming to Homewood Tennis Club, Stephanie co-founded Birmingham Tennis Academy. She is now bringing tennis back to West Homewood Park! The revitalization of the Weho Parks has allowed Stephanie the perfect opportunity to bring her passion and energy to the area and develop a new tennis program. You are invited, all ages and skill levels, to join Steph at the brand new facility. Pick up a racquet and call HTC today. See you on the courts!
Russell Payne joins the Homewood Tennis Club from Binghamton Tennis Center in Upstate New York.
Russell worked as an assistant pro for the past 10 years, providing private, semi private and group instruction to both juniors and adults. In addition, he frequently served as a hitting pro and traveling coach for several nationally ranked juniors. Russell was also the Head Coach for both Varsity Boys and Girls tennis teams at Johnson City High School.
Aside from teaching and coaching, he is still an active open level tournament player. Russell posted an undefeated season at #1 singles his senior year in high school, leading the Wildcats to their first sectional title in over 20 years. Russell attended SUNY Broome and played #2 singles and #1 doubles for the Hornets. He finished the regular season with an undefeated record at both singles and doubles, until finally losing in the #1 doubles semifinal and #2 singles quarterfinals at the NJCAA National championships. Post collegiate competition has included several open level tournament titles in singles and doubles, as well as competing in the Men’s 5.0+ national tournament in Lake Nona.
Off the court, Russell worked as a personal trainer and fitness coach. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Karate, and has been competing and teaching martial arts for over 25 years!
Russell is excited to share his love and passion for tennis with the Homewood community!
Maggie comes to Homewood Tennis Club after playing competitive tennis for nine years. She has won at the local, state, national, and international level. In addition she has won multiple high school state championships. Some of the more prestigious tournaments she played include the Nationals in San Diego, the Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Easter Bowl in California. Maggie is currently a junior at Homewood High school and continues to stay active with track and field and coaching tennis. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for tennis with all ages. We are very excited about having Maggie join the HTC family!