Vincelle Caviness

In 1999, USPTA pro Vincelle "Vince" Caviness began a tennis program for St. Charles (Mo.) City Parks and Recreation. Since then, the program has grown tremendously, especially in the Little Tennis area. Some of these kids are preteens and continue to come to the program.

With almost 30 years of combined teaching and playing experience, Vince began his tennis-teaching career by teaching selected juniors and adults the particulars of the game. "I enjoy the interaction with other teaching pros and exchanging ideas," he says. "I also like meeting new players, young and old, and watching their game develop." He particularly enjoys private lessons where he can focus on developing an all-around player. Group lessons, including Little Tennis, are also fun and challenging.

Vince received a bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in economics from Regis College, now known as Regis University, in Denver, Colo. Obtaining an advanced degree is a goal he has maintained.

After serving eight years on active duty in the Air Force, he joined the Colorado Army National Guard after being out of the military for 11 years. His duties were that of a radio repair specialist for a signal unit. This was short-lived and he volunteered for food service for the same unit and this lasted over four years. He rose to mess steward, which is a supervisory position in the food service area. Later, he decided to transfer to a medical unit in the same National Guard command and became a patient administrative specialist. This position helped him become certified to be an instructor at the school where he trained for this at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Later, he joined a joint unit at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where he used these skills to assist in the air mobilization of patients worldwide. Finally, in 1997, he retired from the military with almost 30 years of service. He also did 11 years in the Army Reserve in Texas, Missouri and Illinois, having served as a civilian technician in the unit in Missouri.

Vince is currently employed by a local school district working at one of the high schools with the duties of In-School Suspension supervisor. During this time, he has had the pleasure of coaching tennis teams, one boys and one girls at two separate high schools in his district, and taking his top singles players to state in Springfield, Mo.

His long-term goal is to create a tennis foundation to help youngsters who cannot afford lessons to get them at a reduced cost.

Vince comes from an athletic family where he had brothers who played baseball and basketball, a grandfather who played baseball and several cousins who played several sports.