Bill Schillings | Director & Founder

After graduating from Penn State University where he was captain and played #1 singles and doubles, Bill competed on the Professional Tour both in the United States and abroad. He now directs and manages Charlotte Tennis Academy, which he founded in 1989.  He coached college tennis, as an assistant, at Temple University where he received his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. Bill is USTA High Performance Developmental Coach as well as a USPTA P1 Professional.  He was recognized as the NCTA 2016 Tennis Professional of the Year.  Although his busy teaching schedule does not allow time for tournament competition these days, his previous competitive results include being ranked #1 in the Men’s 25s division in both the STA and NCTA; winner of the 1995 NC State 35s Championship, and 2001 winner of the NC State 30s Championship.  Through his love of teaching tennis, his rapport with young people and his competitive experience, Bill has helped many juniors at CTA achieve success on the court and off.                       

              FUN FACTS                    

Favorite movies - Cool Hand Luke, Forrest Gump, The Graduate
Favorite music - Fat Freddy’s Drop, James Brown, (and many things found on Spotify)
Favorite food - Cajun Yard Dog, El Valle Mexican, Pita Kabab Grill, everything Liz makes
hobbies - disc golf, skiing, mountain biking, working out
When I grow up …. don’t want to grow up!
Did you know …. Bill lived in Buffalo, NY and didn’t start to play tennis until age 13


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Chris Hoshour | Director of Development

As a teaching professional since 1992  Chris has specialized in junior development programs including coaching  Team Southern Boy’s 12s to a National title at the 2000 National Zonals.  He also acted as Head Coach for South Carolina’s High Performance Competition Training Center and spent the summer of 2001 coaching on the USTA Professional circuit at the Futures and Challengers levels.  Chris graduated from Coker College with a BS degree in Exercise Science where he received a full scholarship to play tennis.  He also has an interesting history on the baseball field (in his life before tennis) when he signed on as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves Organization and played 3rd base in the minors.  We’re very glad that Chris eventually chose tennis over baseball where he brings with him a unique passion for coaching and a gift at developing technique and tactics with our students at Charlotte Tennis Academy.  His certifications and recent USTA coaching assignments include; PTR Master of tennis performance, USTA High Performance Coach, NCTA 2014 Pro of the Year, Coach for the USTA Regional and National Player Development Training camps, Head Coach for USTA Southern Section Player Development Training Camps, USTA Southern Section Head Coach for Boy’s 12’s at the USTA National Hard Courts and Clay Courts


Favorite movies - Rocky, The Natural, Tallega Nights
Favorite food - Italian
Favorite music - classic rock (Van Halen), country (K Chesney), sports radio
Hobby - cares for two umbrella cockatoos
Did you know… for a short time Chris was a major league baseball player.

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Phillip Nemec | Staff Professional

Originally from Calgary, Canada, Philip played competitive tennis from the age of 7.  After winning numerous provincial titles, he picked up 3 national junior titles, including the 2006 Indoor Singles U16 Championship.  Philip spent three years at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy where he got his ITF ranking to 280 while being able to train with ATP players including Sebastein Grosjean, Greg Rusedski and Vincent Spadea.  From there Philip played 4 years of Div 1 tennis at Elon University.  As an Elon Phoenix he received 1st team All Conference accolades in both singles and doubles.  Philip helped the Phoenix capture the SOCON regular season title in 2011.  He graduated from Elon as the school record holder for career doubles wins and single season doubles wins, and also was the first Elon Tennis player to get a bid into the NCAA championships after reaching a school record doubles ranking of #20 in 2009.

Post-grad, Philip played a short time on the tour before calling it a career and jumping into coaching. Philip joined the Smith & Stearns Tennis Academy coaching staff in 2013, after loving coaching in Canada. For almost three years, Philip worked with juniors of all levels, traveled to ITF’s and National championships and some pro tournaments when he worked with Nadja Gilchrist, who he helped get into the top 500 of the WTA rankings.  He is now settled in Charlotte with his wife Melissa and son Lukas working with us at CTA.


favorite movie: Ace Ventura
favorite food: Czech Schnitzel
favorite music: Listen to Everything but favorite bands are Dave Matthews and Sister Hazel
hobby: reading, writing, fishing, my sports teams (Edmonton Oilers/Carolina Panthers/Liverpool FC)
did you know: Once did voice-over work for a video game.

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Liz Schillings | CFO & Scheduler

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Liz worked in Quality Control and Chemical Sales for several years in Charlotte.  Then she closed her eyes one day and woke up as Chief Financial Officer of Charlotte Tennis Academy.  Although she handles scheduling, invoicing,  and  other financial related duties, her favorite job at Charlotte Tennis Academy is taking live action shots of our players.


Favorite hobbies - playing Bridge and Words with Friends (she’s addicted to both)
Favorite food -anything ethnic and spicy… and red wine!
Favorite music - whatever Bill plays is fine with her
Favorite movie - The Princess Bride
When I grow up …. I want to hire a home chef
Did you know…. Liz is one of six children