Class of 2020
2019 Junior McGovern Award for Officiating, presented at the U.S. Open
Southern and Tennessee Official of the Year, 2017
High School Coach at Lausanne Collegiate School 1990-2000 and St. Agnes Academy, 2000-2017
Ranked number 1 in Mississippi and 3 in South in Junior 18 Singles
Carla was 8 years old when she faced her first opponent, a wall, in the public park of her small town town. This was the start of her life's work as a champion of public tennis.
After a successful junior career she played for the Mississippi University for Women on a tennis scholarship. She then toured the pro circuit and settled back in Memphis for a teaching career. When coaching at St. Agnes her 2003 team won the TSSAA State Team Championship.
Carla has been a stellar tournament director and run tournaments of all levels. She was instrumental in bringing high level tournaments such as the Bullfrog Junior Circuit, into the Memphis area. She directed the inaugural MTA Memphis Cup which was recognized in 2011 as the Tennessee Tournament of the Year.
She has been involved in all aspects of teaching from implementing the initial 10 and under programs to teaching tennis curriculums to PE teachers in schools.
Today she is the head pro and director of tennis for the city of Germantown,Tn, director of Winter Tennis at JW Fitness, and co-owner of Smashing Aces Tennis. She is a certified USTA official, ITF badged chair umpire, and a USTA certified referee and umpire for college and professional tennis. She has officiated at the U.S.Open since 2012 and in 2018 served as the chair umpire for the U.S. Open Wheelchair Women's Semi Finals and the U.S. Open Junior Girls Doubles Final.
Carla has been a PTR member for 30 years and is a member of the general board of directors and junior competition committee of USTA Tennessee. She has been named the Memphis Commercial Appeal Tennis Coach of the Year for several years, served on the Memphis Tennis Association board for many years, and continues to help implement new programs through Smashing Aces tennis.
As a side note, when Carla was given the 2019 Junior McGovern Award at the U.S. Open in 2019, she was the 21st recipient of an award that had only been given 20 times since its inception in 1948.