The Hunting Hills Tennis Program is designed by our two USPTA certified professionals, John Barker and Steve Gallagher, to accommodate all age and ability levels. Our Tennis Professionals conduct adult and junior clinics, offer lessons (both group and private, including video instruction), and an outstanding junior program. In addition, they organize and direct many tournaments including the American Heart Association Tournament and several USTA sanctioned events.
John is a USPTA Certified Head Tennis Professional and Lifetime USTA Member. He came to Hunting Hills in 1987 as an Assistant Pro, and has been the Head Professional and Director of Tennis since 1991. He graduated with honors from Radford University wher he played NO.1 his senior year on the Division 1 Men's Tennis team. He has coached many top college level players and has taught the best tennis player ever to come out of Roanoke, K.J. Hippensteel, who reached a career high #150 world ranking. John has continued his own playing career and has received the Mid-Atlantic USPTA 35 and Over Player of the Year three times, most recently in 2006.
Steve is our USPTA Certified Assistant Tennis Professional. He was a member of the HHCC tennis staff in the early 1980's and rejoined the team in 2003 after coaching at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He played his college career first at Ferrum College and then at Oral Roberts. In 2006, Steve won the Virginia State 50 and Over Championship, and continues to be one of the strongest players in the Roanoke area. He is an excellent teacher with experience in tennis video instruction.