Originally from Logansport, Indiana, Jim has been the Director of Tennis at the Island Club for 22 years. He got his tennis career start at the Wildwood Country Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He then wen to Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York before moving to Hilton Head where he was the first Head Pro at the Shipyard Racquet Club. He was the Director of Tennis at Bolongo Bay Beach and Tennis Club in St. Thomas, USVI before returning to Hilton Head and to the Island Club.
Jim is a Charter Member of the Professional Tennis Registry and member of United States Stringers Association. He has coached High School teams and USTA teams.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Emile lived overseas in several different countries due to his father’s American State Department and Diplomatic career.
Emile went on to play tennis at George Mason University but quit to play on the professional circuit in 1981 and 1982.
Having been certified by PTR, PTA and PBI, Emile taught tennis for many tennis facilities in Florida, Maine, Texas, Virginia, California and South Carolina. He taught for Harry Hopman, Peter Burwash and even held the Head Tennis professional position at the Beverly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles, CA. Emile retired that 23 year teaching era in 1993 after holding positions on Hilton Head Island at the Shipyard Racquet Club and South Beach Racquet Club in Sea Pines Plantation.
Since then Emile built and owns a thriving computer business, with more time available, he has stepped back into the tennis world. He has been a tennis pro here at Island Club for over a decade and is our Head Pro.