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Scott Irwin - Tennis Coach

South Carolina

Scott Irwin

A native of Los Angeles, California, Scott was a successful player on the US National junior circuit. During and following college, Scott participated on the professional tennis circuit, competing in ATP and satellite events in eighteen countries, winning one singles and two doubles titles. As his professional playing career wound down, Scott began directing tennis programs and eventually managing club operations at country clubs, resorts and racquet clubs in the US and Canada.

  • Member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1980 – Elite/Pro 1 Classification and USPTA/IFP Certified Pickleball Professional
  • Life member of the United States Tennis Association
  • 2021 and 2002 USPTA Club Manager of the Year – Southern Division
  • Past National, Southern and SC state rankings in the Men’s Open 50’s, 55’s and 60’s
  • USTA Training Center for Eastern NC – Head Administrator & Coach for 12 years, Raleigh, NC
  • ATP, European and North American satellite tour player 1975 – 1980
  • Full NCAA athletic scholarship throughout college
  • Named Most Inspirational Senior Tennis Athlete – University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach – University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • Member of the University of Hawaii Letterwinners Club
  • 1975 #1 Doubles and CIF Team Champion at La Jolla HS, La Jolla, CA
  • Nationally ranked junior player from Western & So. Cal sections

Coaching times & fees
  • Please contact Scott direct via email or Whatsapp.
  • He can be contacted via Whatsapp on +18645061996
  • Or you can contact him using email on srirwin@live.com


Scott was the founder of the Edgewater Beach International Tennis Academy in Panama City Beach, FL, where his academy produced many ATP and WTA professionals as well as nationally ranked players.

Scott is a member of the Club Managers Assn. of America and The United States Professional Tennis Assn. He is a Life member of USTA and was honored to be the recipient of the USPTA Club Manager of the Year Award for the nine Southeastern US states in 2021 and 2002. In 2020, Scott was ranked #1 in the South and #12 in the US in Men’s 50’s singles and #7 in the South and #50 in the US in Men’s 60’s singles.


Tennis Director positions:

November 1992 to August 1998: Club Manager/Tennis Director for the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, Carrboro, NC 

  • Management of the club operation while serving as Tennis Director of one of the largest and most active athletic/racquet clubs in the Southeast US. Tournament Director for the Southern Open 18’s as well as a dozen other sanctioned tournaments annually.

April 1991 to November 1992: Club Manager/Tennis Director at the Chattahoochee Plantation Club, Atlanta, GA 

  • Successful regeneration and management of investor-owned athletic club. Responsible for daily club operations, management of club dining, tennis, aquatics and fitness facilities and programs.

March 1986 to April 1991: Tennis Director for Marietta Country Club, Kennesaw, GA

  • Management responsibility for all aspects of a highly regarded country club tennis department. Involved in the design and contractor supervision of the tennis, aquatic and tennis/pool dining facility when club relocated further north in Atlanta and built an entirely new club.

September 1984 to March 1986: Golf, Tennis & Athletic Director for Edgewater Beach Resort, Panama City Beach, FL 

  • Management level involvement in all aspects of construction and development of a complete recreation operation for a new resort in NW Florida. Responsible for all golf, tennis, aquatics, beach activities and rentals, as well as all other resort recreation development, management and operation. Owned and operated Edgewater Beach International Tennis Academy. Assisted the resort president in various other aspects of resort operations (marketing, human resources) and hospitality functions.

1982-1984: Tennis Director for Hoover Country Club, Hoover, AL

1981-1982: Tennis Director for Mountain Brook Swim & Tennis Club, Mountain Brook, AL



Dear USPTA Awards Committee, I wish to co-nominate Scott Irwin for USPTA Southern Manager of the Year. I have known Scott since 1980, when we were both two young tennis professionals working in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott was Dave Kozlowski’s Head Tennis Professional at Mountain Brook Swim and Tennis Club and I was Jack Justice’s Head Tennis Professional at Vestavia Country Club. Mr. Snyder’s accompanying appraisal of Scott’s recent endeavors at Keowee Key POA are but a partial testament to the kind of impact Scott has had as a manager in our industry his entire career, and only bit more needs to be said on Scott’s behalf by me. A simple review of Scott’s resume or his profile on LinkedIn will give you a brief glimpse of what he has done as a General Manager at many types of quality club, resort, and hospitality organizations across the country. When added to twenty some years prior to that as a Tennis Director (primarily in the Southeast US), his accomplishments and expertise as a manager, a tennis professional and industry leader are second to none. Interestingly, Scott sponsored me into the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) many years ago when I was looking to improve my qualifications as a Manager/Tennis Director when I returned from Western Australia after serving as a National Coach for Tennis Australia. Few people are aware that Scott was the first USPTA Pro 1 professional in the world ever to attain his CCM (Certified Club Manager) designation through the CMAA. He has really been a pioneer in the concept that a tennis professional can grow and expand their career from tennis into the full repertoire of hospitality management, all the while retaining one’s passion and support for tennis. In closing, I would like to heartily endorse Scott Irwin, USPTA Elite Professional, as the recipient of this year’s USPTA Southern Manager of the Year award. Please feel free to contact me for any further information you might require. Thank you.

James McDonald