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Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team

Clemson University Wheelchair Tennis Team

The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team was founded April 10, 2019, and is proud to be Clemson University’s first adaptive athletics team.

The team is housed in the Adaptive Sports and Recreation lab, which is partnered with the Clemson Athletic Department for support in various ways. This partnership is unique in the world of adaptive athletics, and highlights Clemson University’s aim for inclusive excellence.

The team is currently looking to recruit future players. Please contact our program director, Jasmine Townsend, for more information about joining the team at  jntowns@clemson.edu or 864-656-2198.

  • Our Roster

    Coach Chuck McCuen, Clemson's Director of Tennis Operations
    Clemson Wheelchair Tennis feels very fortunate to have one of the best coaches in the country. Coach McCuen is a long-time tennis coach and has a storied coaching career. A collegiate tennis player himself, McCuen coached 19 years at Georgia State University and another 14 years at Clemson University, both NCAA Division I schools. In total, he amassed 360 career wins, and he led the Tigers to back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014. McCuen also founded the first collegiate wheelchair tennis team in the United States at Georgia State in the late 1990’s. Learn more about Coach McCuen.

    Marsden Miller
    Clemson Wheelchair Tennis welcomed their first student-athlete to the newly developed team when Marsden Miller rolled into the beautiful Duckworth Family Tennis Facility in April 2019. Marsden is currently a senior in the ClemsonLIFE program and keeps busy with two jobs - one in the President’s Office and the other in the athletic department working in recruiting, answering phone calls and putting together material to be mailed to prospective student-athletes.

    Jeff Townsend
    Clemson Wheelchair Tennis welcomed their first affiliate player in April 2019 as Jeff Townsend joined the team. Jeff is a full time lecturer at Clemson University in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department (PRTM). Prior to joining the Wheelchair Tennis Team he had more than twenty five years of experience in adapted sport and recreation playing wheelchair basketball. During that time he has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and the World playing and coaching younger players, including camps in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Spain, Mexico, Australia, and El Salvador. He also played wheelchair basketball professionally in Australia (2004) and Spain (2009).

  • Our Facilities

    Our team practices 3-4 times a week in the beautiful start-of-the-art, fully accessible Duckworth Family Indoor Tennis Center. Check out pictures and video of this brand new facility.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How is wheelchair tennis different from able-bodied tennis?
    The game follows traditional tennis rules, with the only exception being that the Wheelchair Tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. 

    How often does the team compete?
    The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team competes 4-6 times during the academic school year and then also competes over the summer months in regional and national tournaments

    Where does the team compete?
    The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team currently competes in regional competitions held throughout the Southeast region. However our plan is to continue to grow and compete at a national and international level.

    How often does the team practice?
    The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team practices 2-3 times a week during the academic school year.

    Where does the team practice?
    The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team practices at the beautiful Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on the campus of Clemson University.

    Does Clemson offer scholarships?
    The Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team is able to offer partial scholarships on a limited basis. For more information please contact Program Director Dr. Jasmine Townsend.

    As a prospective student-athlete who do I contact to learn more about the Clemson Wheelchair Tennis Team?
    We would love to have you come visit us in beautiful Clemson, SC. Please contact Program Director Dr. Jasmine Townsend to learn more about the admissions process, scheduling a campus visit and to learn more about the team.

  • Team News
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