Derek Gamble, USPTA / IPTPA
Director of Racquet Sports
derek@cardinalswimandtennis.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 was 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 playing 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 racket sports program to continued greatness!!

Eric Whisnant
Assistant Tennis Professional
edwhisna@uncg.com

Eric Whisnant was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Greensboro for the past 13 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 played collegiately at UNCG.  Eric competed for the Spartans and was a four-year letter winner.  Eric graduated from UNCG in the spring of 2021 with degrees in Marketing and Finance in the Bryan School of Business and Economics and minored 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 as a staff assistant and was recently promoted to Assistant Professional!  Eric will also be gaining his USPTA certification later this year and early 2022.

Christopher (Chris) Johns
Staff Assistant Tennis Coach
cbjtennis@gmail.com

Christopher Johns was born in Akron, Ohio, and has lived in Greenville, SC for the past 18 years.  Recently he has moved to Greensboro to attend UNCG.  As a junior, Christopher competed in many USTA tournaments across the Southeast. Christopher reached a top 5 ranking in South Carolina and a top 20 in the USTA Southern Section. 

Christopher attended South Carolina Connections Academy graduating 3rd in his class for high school. Originally, Christopher committed to play Division 1 tennis at East Carolina before the program was cut in 2020.  

In spring 2021, Christopher joined the UNCG Spartans and started in every match as a freshman.  Christopher plans to earn his undergraduate degree in Business within 3 years and obtain a M.B.A his senior year at the Bryan School of Business and Economics. 

Over the past 4 years Christopher has helped develop several USTA junior team tennis teams in his hometown Greenville, SC.  He has also helped run multiple Nike Tennis Camps at Furman University, working with kids ages 7 to 16.  Christopher has started teaching at the Cardinal Swim & Tennis Club in the fall of 2021. 

Genie Camacho
Staff Assistant Tennis Coach
eugeniacamacho98@gmail.com

Eugenia (Genie) Camacho was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and lived there until 18 years old.

As a junior player in Costa Rica, Eugenia competed in National and international to tournaments.  She was ranked #1 nationally in Costa Rica for many years of her junior career.  Genie also obtained top 500 in the world rankings through playing the junior ITF circuit.  She has played for the Costa Rican national team and their Fed Cup teams as recent as this past summer.

After being recruited to play Division 1 tennis in the United States during high school, she played at Liberty University her freshman and sophomore years.  Genie then transferred to UNCG.

Eugenia is currently a graduate student at UNCG earning her master’s degree in Public Health.