Happy Retirement to Tennis Director, Paul MacDonald

Happy Retirement to Tennis Director, Paul MacDonald

May 31, 2023

Paul MacDonald began working at Schaumburg Park District in March 2011 as the Director of Tennis at Schaumburg Tennis Plus. In his position, he lead a staff of 11 Tennis Professionals and oversaw the tennis club's Junior and Adult Tennis Program that includes group and private tennis lessons for 4-year-olds to senior citizens. Class levels offered range from beginners to players competing at National Championships, as well as United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tournaments, USTA League Team tennis, USTA Junior Team Tennis and social events.

"Paul was instrumental in making Schaumburg Tennis Plus one of the best tennis facilities in the Chicagoland area. Paul developed the Academy tennis program that has helped develop numerous high school players that have gone on to play in college" said Ryan Gangler, Superintendent of Recreation Facilities. "Paul was also a big part in bringing national junior tournaments to Schaumburg Tennis Plus."

Paul is a graduate of DePaul University where he played collegiate tennis and was coached by Wimbledon champion and International Tennis Hall of Fame member, George Lott. Following his graduation from DePaul, he taught tennis and competed on his Club Teams in Germany and Austria for five years.

He has coached all ages and levels from beginners to NCAA Division I All-Americans. Paul has been recognized and chosen to be a USTA Midwest Zonal Team Coach, a USTA Midwest Sectional Training Camp Coach and a USTA Regional Training Center Coach. For ten years, he coached the USTA/Midwest Boys 18s team. During that time his teams won four National Titles, finished in second place three times and in third place three times.

Paul is a former president of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), chairs the USTA Midwest Junior Competition Committee and is the Vice Chair of the USTA National Junior Competition committee.

He is a frequent speaker at United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Midwest Conventions and an 11-time presenter at the USPTA World Conference. Paul also was co-director of the USPTA School of Pro Shop Management and co-author, with Klaus Hilgers, of six tennis management books.

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