Paul Walker is an Assistant Tennis Coach at his Alma Mater, Florida Southern in Lakeland, Florida. Paul grew up in New York where he concentrated primarily on baseball during his formative years and thus earning a athletic scholarship to play baseball at Florida Southern. Upon graduation, Paul received his commission in the US Army in 1988, retiring as a Captain in 1995.
It was in 1994 that Paul was injured in a parachuting accident that left him paralyzed and wheel chair bound for the rest of his life. Paul had the good fortune of meeting wheelchair tennis player Hall of Famer, Randy Snow at a tennis camp sometime in 1997 and thus motivated Paul to get really involved in playing tennis recreatiionally and then competitively. Paul achieved his dream of playing tennis at the US Open in 2005.
Paul began his began his tennis coaching career in 2002 at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida and his been motivating and coaching young men and women ever since. Paul is a PTR Professional and USTA High Performance Certified. His accomplishments are numerous as he has been the PTR Wheelchair Player of the year (2003); Polk County High School Coach of the Year (2005, 2006); ITF Wheelchair Tennis Coach of the Year (2013); USTA Paralympic Tennis Coach of the Year (2014); Tennis Industry Magazine Wheelchair Tennis Champion of the Year (2015) and Order of the Ikkos (2016) which is an award symbolizing excellence in coaching made possible by US Olympic and Paralympic medalists who nominate their coach for this very presitgious award.
Paul married the love of his life Terri, a retired Army Major who outranks Paul. They have two boys, Jake and Danny along with a cat Pepper and a dog Mocsie and they reside in the Lakeland, Florida area.
April 5th, 2020 | Season 1 | 1 hr 57 mins
at, net, podcast, sports, tennis, tennis elbow
Join the ATN Boys, AJC and CB1 as they visit with wheelchair tennis champion, Paul Walker