Max Hilkey- Director of Tennis
Max is a certified USPTA professional and our new Director of Tennis. He was most recently the Assistant Director at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago and brings many years of experience to the Bald Head Island Club team.
He is a former nationally ranked junior tennis player who went on to play tennis for the University of North Carolina and participated professionally in Europe in 2005. Max is looking forward to meeting and communicating with BHIC members to get their ideas on what they want the tennis program to be at their club. Max has had a lifelong love for the sport and welcomes the opportunity to utilize his teaching and management skills to the benefit of the members of the Bald Head Island Club.
Max’s years of teaching and knowledge of tennis will bring new ideas, energy and opportunities to the BHIC tennis program. He is committed to providing a program of club tennis that is enjoyed by all members whether they play socially or competitively.He is involved with industry initiatives to introduce play and competition from the earliest stages of youth all the way up to adults.During his professional career, his focus has been on providing quality tennis instruction to players of all levels and abilities.
Max, with the help of the Tennis Committee, will bring some exciting new programs to BHIC and advance our goal to create an engaging, year round tennis operation. Quick-Start Tennis is a program specifically designed to introduce and keep youth involved in the sport of tennis and Max promotes this.Max also believes there are opportunities for “a youth and adult area club team for both men and women as a great additional program for BHIC members.” He has already put the wheels in motion with the area clubs to implement this idea. Max noted that with his time spent at many outstanding tennis facilities and through professional experience, he has learned that a quality tennis program is only as good as the sum of its parts.
The Club seeks to continue our traditions of tennis excellence and we feel Max will move the Club’s Tennis Program to even greater levels of achievement and member satisfaction. We found him to have thorough knowledge of club tennis operational procedures, member service operational practices and general business administration skills along with being a good player.
Tom McCormack- Tennis Professional
USPTA Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine Development Coach award with the Lawn Tennis Association (British Tennis Association) Tom was born and raised in Winchester, England. He started competing Nationally at a young age in Junior and Senior tournaments.
He came to Salisbury, North Carolina in 2007 where he was awarded a full scholarship to play tennis for Catawba College, he also played on the Men’s Soccer team for three years while he attended the private college. Not only was Tom made the Men’s Tennis Captain, but he was also awarded the MVP whilst setting a college record for most career double wins, during his senior year he was nominated for athlete of the year. Tom graduated in May 2011 with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science.
Previously, Tom has been a teaching professional in England at the Winchester Tennis and Squash Club where he truly developed a love for teaching the sport. Tom was also an instructor during his time at Catawba College providing junior clinics and private lessons. He teaches a variety of clinics which feature the popular Cardio tennis that can get your heart rate up with music that helps keep your feet moving, private lessons to all ages and abilities, as well as organizing and leading tennis camps.
He has a strong passion for teaching and enjoys watching his students improve and develop better techniques and match-set skills. Since the beginning Tom has had a prosperous playing career since a young age and he believes this has given him a wealth of understanding and knowledge of what it takes to succeed on the court.