Butch Staples is currently the National Tennis Director for Midtown Athletic Clubs, which owns and operates 7 clubs around the United States and one in Montreal, Quebec.
He is a PTR Master Professional, a USPTA Professional 1 and a Tennis Canada certified coach. From 1982-1989, he was Chairman of Tennis Canada’s Coach and Instructor Development Committee. He has been a USTA RCW and 10 and Under Trainer since the inception of these programs and he is currently a USTA Master Trainer. He was named USTA Trainer of the Year in both 2006 and 2009. In recent years Butch has been recognized for his industry involvement being honored as the 2009 USPTA Midwest Pro of the Year, 2009 PTR Clinician of the Year and 2010 PTR Pro of the Year. As a result of his work in youth tennis and his application of scientific principles in his teaching, Butch was awarded the 2009 USOC “Doc” Counsilman Science Award. Also, he was a co-recipient of the 2010 RSI Junior Tennis Champion Award.
Butch is also co-owner/operator of Tennisclub of the Low Country in Bluffton, SC. Previously Butch spent 8 years with Tennis Corporation of America (TCA) as Director of Tennis at the Midtown club in Weston Florida and the Head Tennis Professional at Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago. While at Midtown Chicago, he led a team of 34 professionals, helped build the largest indoor tennis programs in the country and was instrumental in developing the model for 10 and under tennis programming. Midtown juniors were the poster children for USTA Youth Tennis. As a testimony to his success, five of his young players were selected to play between the quarter final matches of the US Open in 2010 and four participated in the stadium show of the Arthur Ashe Kids Day.
Butch began his tennis coaching career after graduating from college with a B.A., a B.P.E. and an M.S. He spent 4 years teaching primary, elementary and secondary physical education and then spent 10 years on the athletic staff at McGill University in Montreal where he coached Tennis and Basketball.