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Children, tennis near top of the list for BHS grad Luce


There are few things better in life than children and tennis.

At least that’s the way former Bearden High School and Wingate University tennis standout Courtney Luce sees it.


Luce began playing tennis at age 15 and from that point on she knew that she wanted to continue to play in college. After a few years of hard work, Luce received a scholarship to play tennis at Wingate University, Wingate, N.C.

“It was really exciting because I wanted to play in college, so I hit three or four hours a day just working really hard so that I could do that,” Luce said. “It was a big achievement to be able to sign with Wingate and be able to get scholarship money to play there.”

Luce made an immediate impact on the tennis court for Wingate, winning the deciding match her freshman year to send Wingate to the NCAA Tournament.

“I won the deciding match against Presbyterian, which gave us the conference championship,” said Luce, who compiled a 55-24 singles record over the span of her four years at Wingate, earning her South Atlantic Conference All-Conference team honors each year. “And that was exciting because we got to go to the NCAA Tournament.”

However, Luce’s success wasn’t limited to the tennis court, as she excelled in the classroom as well. She was a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four years while making the President’s List and Dean’s List three years. Luce graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education.

Luce recently accepted a second-grade teaching position at Unionville Elementary School in Monroe, N.C. With a heavy interest in tennis and teaching, Luce is excited about her current situation but would like to coach a team of her own one day.

“Probably not this first year, but after I get into teaching, then I want to coach high school tennis in Tennessee,” she said

Luce is getting an early taste of what coaching is like by assisting at Paul Scarpa’s tennis camp at Furman University. The camp runs seven total weeks with a different group of children ages 9-17 arriving each week.

“What we do is get them on the court starting at nine a.m. and we are on the court until about five-thirty, going over certain strokes and allowing them to play,” said Luce, who first became involved in the camp the summer after her sophomore year.

“The coach at Furman [Paul Scarpa] called my coach at Wingate and asked if any of us wanted to come out so the Wingate coach came to me and said, ‘maybe you want to try this?’ So I came out my sophomore year and I loved it,” Luce said. “I like working with kids and I like tennis, so that’s a good combo for me. So I just fell in love with it, and he calls me every year to come back.”

 

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