WHEELING - Jeremy McClelland has been appointed as Director of Tennis for the Wheeling Park Commission.
"We are very happy to have a tennis professional with Jeremy's ties to the local community, plus his experience and reputation, and we share Jeremy's excitement about the future of tennis at Oglebay and Wheeling Park," said Doug Dalby, President and CEO for the Wheeling Park Commission. "The addition of Jeremy will greatly enhance the opportunities for the public to enjoy tennis programs at both parks."
McClelland has 20 years of tennis experience in both training and competing including the 2011 USTA Men's National Indoor Doubles Champion, the 2011 Gordon Biersch Classic Men's Open Singles Champion and the 2011 John V. Schultz Men's Open Singles and Doubles Champion. He is a five-time West Virginia Open Men's Single Champion and three-time Men's Double Champion.
Jeremy McClelland has been named the new Director of Tennis for the Whg. Park Commission.
McClelland is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and a 2012 inductee to the Wheeling Park High School's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the West Virginia AAA state champion in 2006 in both singles and doubles and a member of the all-state Team in 2005 and 2006. McClelland was a member of the Duquesne University tennis team from 2006-2010 and was the team captain, Most Valuable Player and first team Atlantic 10 all-conference from 2008 until his graduation in 2010. McClelland concluded his college career with 143 victories, second most in Duquesne history.
McClelland's training experience includes private lessons and group clinics at the Pennsylvania Tennis Academy in Wexford, Pa., The Club in Monroeville, Pa., and Mt. Lebanon Tennis in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. He also spent three summers as an instructor at Andy Findlay's Intense Tennis Camp.
McClelland is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and he plans to build a solid junior program.
"Like anything else, in tennis you need a strong base to have a successful program," McClelland said. "Focusing on the complete development of juniors from an early age until the collegiate or professional level is essential.
"The knowledge I have gained from playing up through the professional level and coaching up through D-I college tennis has given me the skills I need to develop all types of tennis players. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, I feel I have something to offer. Tennis is physical, mental, and a lot of other things in between, and I love sharing the knowledge I have absorbed.
"I know how important a coach is in every player's life. This is a relationship that is very fragile but can be one of the strongest bonds. I am so thankful that I had such great coaches growing up and great employers who really made me understand every aspect of this sport."
McClelland will not only be adding new opportunities to the tennis program but will continue with past programs such as Ladies' Day and Men's Night for adults.
"I am looking forward to continuing these clinics and working with adults in both competitive and drill oriented classes," McClelland said.
Adult and junior classes will run primarily through the week. Junior classes will be held after school while Ladies' Day and Men's Night will be held once per week. Other junior and adult classes will be made available.
Returning to his hometown to build a program of his own is something very special to McClelland.
"I am very excited to return home to help this program that was an anchor for my junior career. I have had great support from so many people in this community over the years and I am happy to be in a position to give something back to Wheeling," he said.