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About Carla.

Carla grew up in North Carolina and started playing tennis at the age of 10. After her first lesson, she fell in love with the game and knew she wanted to play it at a very high level. Carla was fortunate enough to play for legendary coach and North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee, John Frye. Frye is one of the best high school coaches in the country and holds the state record for most consecutive team wins. Carla is still top four on the all time win list at Union Pines. From ages 10-14, Carla took lessons from Michael Yarbrough and at age 15 started training in Greensboro at the Oscar Blacutt Tennis Academy. While Carla was at the academy, she trained with American tennis star John Isner for four years and many other top ranked juniors and became a top 10 ranked junior. Blacutt played Davis Cup for Bolivia and is still one of the top junior coaches in North Carolina.

Carla attended Methodist University, located in Fayetteville, NC where she completed her undergraduate studies in Physical Education and her Master’s degree in Business with a concentration in Professional Tennis Management. While at Methodist, Carla and her doubles partner Elena Blanina where ranked number one in the country for three straight years and won two ITA National Doubles titles in 2000 and 2001. Carla still holds the school record for the highest winning percentage in doubles at 93.5% and was named 1st team All-American from 2000-2003. Carla also won numerous regional awards and was named
Rookie of the year in 2000. Carla served as the team captain from 2000-2003 and in 2010; was inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of fame.

Carla is currently the Director of Tennis at The Shore and Country Club where she has implemented several new programs and events to grow the overall tennis participation by 200%.


  • PTR Coach Developer

  • PPR Coach Developer

  • PTR Master Professional in Junior Development

  • ITPA Master of Tennis Performance Specialist

  • Elite Professional: United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)

  • Mental Toughness Certification: Human Performance Institute

  • Master Racquet Technician: United States Racquet Stringers Association

  • RacquetFit certified

  • Performance Leadership Certificate (Cornell Business School)

  • Leader as Coach (Open Door Coaching)

  • Leadership certification (Disney)

  • Negation Mastery Certification (Harvard Business School)

  • 2019 PTR Coach Developer of the Year

  • 2017 PTR North Carolina Pro of the Year

  • PTR Performance, 10U, 11-17U, Adult and Senior certified

  • Sports Science Level 1 Certified

  • Licensed Cardio Tennis Provider

  • CPR and AED Certified

  • Director of Tennis since 2012
    *Educational Speaker at the 2014 Monarch Summit
    *Mentor for USPTA Southern Division U30 Team




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