Hayes Teaches Tennis and Life Lessons to Students
Linda Hayes has had a passion for tennis since she picked up a racket at the age of 12 in her hometown near Chicago. She began her coaching career in 1995 teaching children and juniors in Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Keller. Linda’s passion for tennis and her unique approach of teaching the game while building her students’ self esteem, has helped her attract more than 90 juniors ages 5 and up. Linda also coaches five Junior Tennis Teams, which compete in the NETT league. Over the last 15 years, 18 of her teams have qualified for Sectionals and four of those for Nationals. Many of Linda’s players have gone on to play tennis for their respective JV and Varsity High School teams.
“A coach can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life,” says Hayes. “I have always strived to not only teach the game of tennis I am passionate about, but to improve a child’s self esteem at the same time.”
In 2006, Linda completed requirements to become a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) with an elite (highest) ranking. She teaches students on a private and group basis.
Hard Work Pays Off for Hayes at Duke University
After starting her tennis career at a relatively late age and playing in her first tournament at the age of 16, Linda went on to attain a high Sectional ranking within a year. As a freshman in college, she walked on to the Duke University Women’s Tennis Team. She eventually played #1 singles and #1 doubles during her junior and senior year and was elected captain both years. Linda graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a degree in Economics and French and was also recognized with the prestigious Scholar/Athlete Award, which is given to one female athlete at Duke.
Tennis is a Family Affair
After graduating from Duke, Linda married her college sweetheart, Steve Hayes, and later began to share her passion for tennis with their three children. All three Hayes kids were involved in Carroll’s Varsity Tennis Team. Their oldest son, Mike, was a highly ranked Super Champ in Texas and played #1 singles and #1 doubles for Carroll. Their son, Matt, also played on the Varsity Tennis Team and was a captain his senior year. Daughter Molly played on the JV team her freshman year and then became an enthusiastic team manager and photographer. In addition to two Blue Devils, the Hayes family now includes one Longhorn and two Baylor Bears!
Special Olympics Tennis Creates Strong Bonds
In 2005, Linda became a Certified Special Olympics Tennis Coach. She organized and managed Carroll ISD’s first Special Olympics Tennis team, which she continues to do. In fact, all five members of the Hayes family are Certified Special Olympics Tennis Coaches.` “Our involvement with the Special Olympics has been incredibly fulfilling for our entire family. Over the years we’ve developed wonderful relationships with our players and their families and we can’t wait to see them again at each event,” says Hayes. For more information about LH Tennis Academy, please contact Linda directly at [email protected].