Class of 2019
Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame
Mike Hurley lives in Old Hickory, Tennessee. A native of Ohio, Mike has a long and diverse history in the sport of tennis. He played junior tennis (all-district and all-regional) and played on the varsity tennis team at Ball State University. While he was a college student, Mike began coaching high school players at schools, camps, and other venues and served as director of tennis at numerous clubs in Ohio after he completed college. In 1991, Wilson Sporting Goods appointed him regional sales representative for racquet sports for the southeastern United States. Mike remained at Wilson Sporting Goods until 2017, meeting all of the providers, coaches, and facilities in a five-state geographic area, including Tennessee. Wilson Sporting Goods awarded Mike the Jack Kramer Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Sport of Tennis and Wilson Sporting Goods in 1997. Mike’s passion for teaching is reflected in numerous coaching awards and the high number of high school players he coached who played collegiate tennis. Mike became involved in USTA adult tennis during the early days of league tennis and was one of the first national USTA verifiers (preceding the self-rate system). Mike is a popular speaker on different facets of the tennis industry and is the author of numerous articles published in tennis industry publications. Mike is a USPTA Elite Professional, was a USTA national clinician, and served as president of the Ohio and Midwest USPTA associations. Mike has a solid history of volunteerism at the state and sectional levels of the USTA, including two terms as president of USTA Tennessee (and numerous committees), USTA Southern committees, the Southern Tennis Foundation, and the Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation. Mike’s work in Special Olympics Unified Doubles reflects his belief that tennis is a sport for everyone. Mike continues to coach a local high school team and organize local S.P.U.D. and Special Olympics events. He currently owns K.A.T.T. Consulting, which provides a full menu of tennis facilities consultative services.