Steve MacDermut


Steve MacDermut has been active in many areas of the tennis industry over the last 30 years, giving him a wide range of experience.

From his playing days in college, and later, on the North Carolina professional circuit, he developed a very knowledgeable and fun teaching and coaching style. It is imperative when working with Steve that you first be prepared to have fun, and second, that you are serious about improving your game.

Being able to combine a love for the sport with a similar love for teaching, Steve has exposed thousands of people to tennis over the years. He has a knack for working with beginners, as well as the knowledge to help advanced players.

As a United States Professional Tennis Association - Professional 1  teaching professional, a United States Tennis Association training center coach, Southern Team Zonal Coach, and a high school and college coach, Steve has experience in many levels of the game. Many of his students have achieved high USTA rankings. He has won conference titles in high school, and has taken players to the National Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in college and coached All-American collegiate players. He was also named Coach of the Year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Steve has conducted clinics with Virginia Wade, Dennis Ralston, Marty Reissen, Stan Smith and Jim Loehr, Henry Hines, and others.

Not only does he teach players, but as a USPTA head tester, he also trains fellow tennis professionals to attain certification.

He has coached NCAA Division III and Division I intercollegiate programs and was a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

In addition to Steve's work with teachers and professionals, he has enthusiastically taught children from three on up and also has a special knack for getting new players started right on their playing journey. For many years he evaluated USTA League players as the North Carolina Chief Verifier and has helped thousands enjoy the game.

Steve has been named North Carolina Professional of the Year by both the USPTA and the North Carolina Association of Tennis Professionals. He has received the Education Merit Award from the North Carolina Tennis Association, the District Volunteer Service Award from the Southern Tennis Association, and several President's Awards from the Southern Professional Tennis Association.

In addition, Steve has served as a USPTA Southern Division chapter president for North Carolina, president of the North Carolina Association of Tennis Professionals, and as a board member of the Southern Professional Tennis Association.

Early in his career, Steve was involved in football, baseball and basketball, and later came to tennis. He played collegiate tennis at Guilford College, finishing in the No. 1 position. He went on to play the North Carolina Professional Circuit and hone his skills playing against state champions, former college all-Americans, and several former tour players. In one season he reached a ranking of No. 15 on the tour, and once held a Southern Professional Tennis Association ranking of No. 6 in doubles. Having come to the game later in life, he is easily able to empathize with the newer player struggling to advance.

Steve grew up in the club business. Having a grandfather who was a club manager provided the opportunity to get involved in the operations of a country club. He has gone from cleaning the locker rooms and working in the dining room to directing tennis programs and managing clubs throughout North Carolina.

Steve and his wife owned and operated the largest tennis and swim club in the city of Greensboro. He directed the operation of tennis, swimming and restaurant facilities, maintenance, hiring and managing personnel, marketing, operating a full-service tennis shop, programming and public relations.

A former columnist for North Carolina Tennis Today, Steve continues to write for local publications. He is writing a book for new professionals. He studied English and history in college, and received a degree in history from Guilford College. 

After a stint studying for a Master's degree in Education and teaching high school, Steve is now offering lessons and coaching to those who really want to learn the game as a lifelong pursuit.