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Monday, October 24, 2016 
Mark's Background



For more than 25 years Mark Hancock has guided young people in to becoming strong championship calibre tennis players and more importantly strong young men and women. Mark has been teaching/coaching/playing for over 30 years.

Through the years, Mark has conducted seminars, clinics and lectures about the importance of creating character to build a better tennis player. While in college he wrote a paper on Elementary Classroom Teaching and Methods Applied to the Athletic Field which led to Mark framing his system of teaching athletes to learn and grow on and off the court through a system of "self discovery" and "independent learning".

Teaching/Coaching Background

Head Tennis Professional Henry County Parks and Recreation

Tennis Professional Chatmoss Country Club

Director of Tennis Fermata Tennis and Swim Club

Magna Vista H.S. Head Coach

Ben Lippen H.S. Head Boys and Girls Coach

Special Olympics National Medal Coach

Gilbert H.S. Girls Head Coach

Columbia College Womens's Head Coach

Country Club of Lexington Director of Tennis/Teaching Professional

Mark has worked with Juniors and Adults of all ages. He has worked with some of the best Juniors in South Carolina, and has very dedicated students that travel long distances to train with him at the Country Club of Lexington.  The junior program offers any age or ability the chance to grow  and get better through hard work and focus.


Athletic/Acedemic Scholarship University of South Carolina Aiken (Played  high as #2 Singles and #1 Doubles)

Peach Belt Conference All Acedemic Team

Presidents List

Deans List

Peach Belt Tournament

Graduated Cum Laude



2nd grade teacher for 5 years.

Team U.S.A.- Qualified to play the Panamanian Davis Cup team and Panamanian Adult League players in the country of Panama for the Canal Cup Championships. Played #1 Doubles in his division and won 6-4,6-2 to help Team U.S.A. win the over all event.

Won over 150 USTA various tournaments as high as Open division.

Won 22 South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky State USTA NTRP State Championships including Mens, Mixed and Combo

Won 3 Southern Sectional USTA NTRP Championships.

Won 2 USTA National NTRP Championshps

Won the Coca-Cola Open in Houston Texas. The largest amature tournament in the U.S. at the time.

Qualified and won the USTA NTRP Adult Clay Court Championship in Florida

Highest USTA NTRP rating 5.0

Was ranked #1 in USTA NTRP Southern Section for 4 years in doubles


HIGH SCHOOL-Drewry Mason

9th grade- Played # 4 singles and #2 doubles   44-0 combined singles and doubles record. Team State Finals

All District and All Regional Team

10th grade- Played #2 singles and #1 doubles  38-3 combined singles and doubles record.

All District and All Regional Team

11th grade- Played #1 singles and #1 doubles  35-5 combined singles and doubles record. Won state singles and double individual championship. Became the first player in Henry County School District history to win state in tennis.

All District, All Regional and All State Team

12th grade- Played #1 singles and #1 doubles 40-4 combined singles and doubles record. Won state doubles championship.

All District, All Regional and All State Team



Mark is currently the Director of Tennis and is in his 6th year. Since taking over the program the Adult League teams have grown from 3 a year to over 20. Tennis instruction is offered to all ages and abilities. The Social Membership has grown from 50-60 to around 100-115 members. The club includes a championship swiming pool and the best golf offered in the Midlands. The club is under the direction of Clem King who has had success at every level of playing and managing. Curently there are 5 newly surfaced hard courts with plans for the addition of clay courts in the near future.

Mark's passion is and always has been teaching and watching the growth of others.He has pursued and studied the game, its trends, techniques and applied them to each individual that is unique to each student. His competative playing days are mostly behind him now due to....more injuries and surgies than he can remember. Mark says he would do it all over again.


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