Derek Gamble, USPTA / IPTPA
Director of Racquet Sports
derekgamble10s@gmail.com

Derek grew up playing junior tennis in Charlotte where he had state rankings in the top 10 and sectional rankings in the top 30. He played collegiate tennis on scholarship for UNC-Greensboro (1988-1992). His collegiate tennis included being a four-year starter in singles and doubles. He graduated with two degrees from the Bryan School of Business (marketing & economics).

Derek is the creator, owner and director of Tennis 360 – a full service tennis management company.  He started this venture upon leaving Green Valley Park in order to further his tennis career.  He has been the Director of Racquet Sports at the Cardinal Swim & Tennis Club since January 2015 when the club started.  His past work experience includes the 17-year Director of Tennis at Green Valley Park (February 1997 – February 2014).  Derek was also the Assistant Tennis Professional at Starmount Forest Country Club (1993-1997) in Greensboro.

Derek received the 2007 USPTA North Carolina Professional of the Year from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Southern Division. This award is presented to an individual who achieves excellence in performing the duties of a USPTA Tennis Professional. Areas of achievement might include teaching and coaching, management and administration, competitive play, research and publication, and community service. Derek is a certified member of the USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis teaching professionals.

Derek is a 15 year board member and a Past President of GRETA (Greensboro Regional Tennis Association ~ USTA).

He also served the Secretary of the North Carolina USPTA Board from 2004-2008.

Derek’s USTA League play includes:

  • Captain – 6-time USTA North Carolina State Champion 5.0 / 5.5 Men’s teams from Greensboro.
  • Captain – Greensboro USTA 5.0 Men’s Team won City Championships (2001-2011)
  • Captain – 5.0 USTA North Carolina State Champions (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Captain – 5.0 USTA Southern Sectional Runner-Up (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008)
  • Captain – 5.0 USTA Southern Sectional Champions (2009)
  • Captain – 5.0 USTA National Champions (2009)
  • Captain – 5.5 USTA National Champions (2011)
  • Captain – 5.5 USTA National Finalist (2012)
  • Captain – OPEN USTA 40 & Up National Finalist (2013)
  • Captain – OPEN USTA 40 & Up National Finalist (2015)
  • Captain – OPEN USTA 40 & Up National Finalist (2016)
  • Captain – OPEN USTA 40 & Up National Champions (2017)

Derek enjoys spending time with his daughter, Lyndsey.  He loves watching her play field hockey at Page High School.  Derek also plays golf in his spare time.  Derek is extremely excited about the continued forward progress and leadership of the membership of the Cardinal Swim & Tennis Club and is ready to lead this tennis program to greatness!!

Graham Pearson, USPTA / IPTPA
Assistant Tennis Professional                                                                                      grahampearson10@gmail.com

Graham Pearson was born and raised here in Greensboro, NC.  As a junior tennis player, he competed in USTA Tournaments all over the Southeast and was a high school standout at Grimsley High School.

During his junior years Graham trained and played at Green Valley Tennis while working there as well all under Derek Gamble.  He played USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) for the club and won a USTA Greensboro City Championship, USTA North Carolina State Championship and a USTA Southern JTT Championship with his teammates from his training group.  Graham then went on and competed in the USTA JTT Nationals placing third in the nation!  While Graham attended Grimsley High School, he was awarded All – Metro 4-A Honors each of his three years in high school.  Graham was the NCHSAA 4-A Conference Player of the Year as well as a 4-A North Carolina State Doubles Individual Finalist.

After high school, Graham started his college career at NC State University and then transferred to Guilford College to continue his passion – tennis.  Graham played for the Quakers at Guilford College from 2015-2018.  During his tenure at Guilford College, Graham was a starter in the singles and doubles lineups all three years earning ODAC 2nd Team All-Conference Honors his senior campaign.  Graham was the Captain of the Quaker team his senior season.  Additionally, Graham was an ITA Scholar Athlete, Guilford College Dean’s List member several years and Academic All-ODAC Conference member his senior season.  Graham graduated with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Sports Administration in the Spring of 2018.

Over the past several years, Graham has taught at various clubs and facilities around Greensboro.  These clubs and facilities include Friendly Swim & Tennis, BurMil Park, Spencer Love, Grandover Resort and Forest Oaks CC.  Graham has an extremely strong background in tennis, is extremely professional and is very comfortable with all ages and levels of tennis. His love of the game shows in his liveliness in teaching and is excited to learn more about the tennis profession!

Graham started at the Cardinal Swim & Tennis Club in assisting Derek in August 2018.  Graham has been a valued staff member here at the Cardinal since August 2018.  Graham has brought youthful exuberance to the program and his innovative ideas for membership programming have been felt already by the club!  He is very excited about the possibilities here at the Cardinal and wants to continue improving the junior program and assistant in all aspects of the racquet sports program here at the Cardinal.

Eric Whisnant
Assistant Tennis Professional                                                                                                          edwhisna@uncg.com

Eric Whisnant was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Greensboro for the past 10 years.  As a junior, Eric competed in USTA Tournaments all over the Southeast.  Eric achieved a Top 10 ranking in North Carolina and a Top 100 ranking in the USTA Southern Section.

Eric attended Western Guilford High School (2012-2016) where he was awarded All – Metro 4A Player of the Year as a freshman.  Over his last three seasons at WG, Eric won 3 straight Mid – Piedmont 3A Conference Team Championships, and two Individual Conference Championships in doubles.

After high school, Eric signed to play at UNCG.  Since high school, Eric has since competed in three seasons for the Spartans.  He earned a redshirt his freshman year and was cleared for competition his sophomore year.  Eric will be a graduate student (redshirt senior) in the Fall 2020.  He is currently studying Marketing and Finance in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG and plans to minor in Philosophy.

Over the past 8 years, Eric has taught at various clubs around Greensboro.  These clubs include Lake Jeanette, Lawndale, Pinetop, and the Greensboro Tennis Academy at Spencer Love.  Eric has vast experience for his youthful age and is very comfortable with all ages and levels of tennis. His love of the game shows in his exuberance in teaching.  Eric started at the Cardinal Swim & Tennis Club in the Spring of 2018 and has been a valuable member of the team since then!