Steve Pennington: Club Manager, Director of Tennis
Has won three individual and two team titles are part of the Ocean Springs High School tennis team and has won multiple titles participating in the Mississippi State University Intramural League
Was part of the first group of students to attend the TOCC Junior Academy and is currently rated a USTA 4.5 level player who regularly participates in Open Level Tournaments.
Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University.
Bill has been a Tennis Pro for over 20 years and has been with TOCC for 10 years. He is USPTA certified and enjoys working with juniors and adults.
Bill is known for being a demanding coach who expects his students to work hard. His results speak for themselves, as he has numerous players who have received tennis scholarships and who have been ranked in the top five in the state.
USPTA Certified Elite Tennis Professional and USTA Red/Orange/Green Ball trained. Trained at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy as a junior and played throughout the country. Worked at Tulane Nike Tennis Camp, Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis Club and John Newcombe’s Tennis Academy conducting tennis and fitness drills and giving private lessons. Acted as Student Services Employee at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, working with new students and overseeing field trips and camps.
Works as a traveling tournament coach for junior players. Provides lessons for adults and juniors. Played #1 and Captain of Woman’s Tennis Team-St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fl, National ranking #6 Singles and #8 Doubles 2010 for NJCAA · Member of Columbus State University Women’s Tennis Team · CSU Team ranking #10 in the nation for Division II Women’s Tennis Teams for Spring 2011 · All American Doubles 2011 Division II NCAA · National ranking #10 Doubles 2011 Division II NCAA
Karem Graeber: Tennis Pro & Academy Director
Bill Briggs: Tennis Pro
Angela Barr: Bookkeeper
Scott has been a Tennis Pro for over 30 years and has been with TOCC for 15 years. He is USPTA certified and is also a certified USTA Referee.
Scott is know for his entertaining style of teaching. He works with players of all ages, from beginner to advanced, and has developed many excellent players over the years.
William Murphy: Lifeguard
Drew Jones: Lifeguard
Drew Dvorak: Lifeguard
William Evans: Lifeguard
Robert Huges: Lifeguard
Virginai Clevenger: Lifeguard
Madeline Johnson: Tennis Pro
Scott Leatherman: Tennis Pro
Alex Wawryszczuk:Tennis Pro
As a teaching pro, Steve has over 40 years of tennis instruction experience. He is a long time member of the USPTA and is in the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame. He has received the Tennis Pro of the Year award for Mississippi and the USTA Southern Section.
As a coach, he has had numerous juniors accepted onto Division 1 tennis teams and has helped develop many juniors that have reached the top of the state rankings. Steve teaches all ages and enjoys helping adults improve their game. He believes that, for an adult, if something is working using their own techniques, then it doesn't need to be fixed unless the adult wants it fixed. This belief allows him to work on problem areas without completely changing a persons game, resulting in a overall stronger players.
As Club Manager, Steve has been with TOCC over 20 years. He has seen the club move from one small building to three buildings and has overseen construction projects, including the rebuilding of the club after Hurricane Katrina.
Steve and his wife Shelia live in Pascagoula where they raised their children, Miles and Morgan.
Karem has been a Tennis Pro for over 15 years and currently is the TOCC Junior Tennis Academy Director.
As a Junior player, Karem was ranked first in her home country of Chile and achieved a ranking of 50 in the International Tennis Association rankings as an 18 year old. Karem has played in numerous international tournaments throughout her playing career.
Karem attended and played for Ole Miss, helping the team win an SEC championship in her junior year.
Karem believes every child can enjoy tennis, regardless of ability, if they receive good instruction from a qualified pro. With her experience at the upper junior tennis levels, she enjoys working with the higher level juniors to help them improve their game and achieve their greatest potential. Many of Karem's students are ranked in the top 25 in the state.
Karem and her husband Jason, live in Ocean Springs with their three kids. They are active members in their church and community.