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Cook County Tennis Association Names Dr. Charles Darley Director of Tennis Instruction

Published on 3/20/2018

Grand Marais, Minn. – March 20, 2018 – The Cook County Tennis Association (CCTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Darley as director of tennis instruction for the 2018 season. Darley will lead a comprehensive tennis teaching and training program for all levels of youth and adults at the Grand Marais tennis courts from April through September.

Darley, a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite Professional, brings world class academic and tennis backgrounds to his role as the CCTA director of tennis instruction. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Stanford University and continued his research on human learning, memory, and perception during his post-doctoral studies at Stanford Medical School. His interest in applying this training and knowledge to sport led him to embark on a 40-year career of teaching and coaching tennis at the personal, club, state, college, national and international levels.

Darley was named to the USTA Northern Section Hall of Fame in 2013. He is also a member of the State of Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame and the Rochester, Minn. Athletics Hall of Fame. From 2002 to 2004 he was the director and head coach of the North Shore Tennis Camp in Grand Marais, Minn. under the auspices of the CCTA.

As a player, Darley compiled a high school record of 72-0 at Rochester John Marshall, and is one of only three players to win three Minnesota High School Boys Singles Championships. He played college tennis at the University of California, Berkeley where he was a two-time All-American and three-time Northern California Intercollegiate singles and two-time doubles champion. In 1967, he was ranked #20 in the U.S. in singles and #5 in doubles, and #1 in Northern California in singles. During the three years he played U.S international-level tournaments, he faced 10 players ranked #1 in the world and nine players ranked #1 in their countries.

“We are thrilled to have Charley leading our tennis programs and instruction,” said William Hennessy, President of CCTA. “The appointment of Charley represents a renewed commitment to promoting and teaching the game of tennis in the Cook County community,” added Mr. Hennessy.

About Cook County Tennis Association

The CCTA is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the game of tennis in Cook County. Organized play and instruction is available from May through September at the Cook County Tennis Courts, 201 West 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN. For further information on the CCTA contact Robert Gordon, Vice President of Marketing at For more information on 2018 programs and instruction offered by the CCTA contact Dr. Darley at and 319-621-4310.