Douglas James is a level 1 USPTA instructor who has been teaching tennis for 31 years. He has worked at many venues around the state, including, Tennis Rhode Island, East Bay, Rally Point, Bonnet Shores Beach Club, The Naval War College, and was also the Director of Tennis for the town of Narragansett.
Doug was an all-state high school player for Our Lady of Providence where he received the RI Coaches Student Athlete Award in 1984. He Played number 1 for Rhode Island College, and as an adult has been ranked as high a 7 in New England in doubles and as high as 20 in New England in singles.
Doug has been the head pro at Tennis Rhode Island, West Bay for the last 14 years where he has worked with students ranging in age from 5 to 83. He has taught juniors from the beginner level up to highly ranked New England juniors and former state champions. Many of his students have gone on to play in college.
His philosophy of making hard work fun has helped him to grow his program to almost 300 students per week. Doug also invented and introduced a progressive tag system which allows students to earn tags similar to earning belts in martial arts. It gives both the student and their parents a road map of what they will be learning. It also gives students a goal based approach to learning the game.