Nancy Lally

Nancy Lally, Tennis Instructor, INTENSITY

Tennis Instructor

Nancy grew up in northern New Jersey and played the Eastern (ETA) junior circuit from 1966-1976. Coming from a tennis playing family, her dad, an accomplished player and part-time teaching pro, coached Nancy. Advancing in the junior rankings, Nancy sought training at the world renowned Port Washington Tennis Academy in Long Island, alongside her tennis circuit friends, John McEnroe, Mary Carrilo, Vitas Gerulaitis, Donna and Dick Stockton, Peter Rennert and many other Eastern greats. Nancy was a ball girl at a few professional tournaments and worked in the pro shop at the US Open in the mid 70’s. Her family housed many tennis greats on the women’s circuit during the US Open from 1970-1980. Nancy competed for her high school team at Saddle River Country Day School for four years, and was captain her senior year. She was then recruited in 1975, after a top ten ranking in the ETA, to play for Tulane University, where in her senior year, she won a division singles title in Texas, followed by two years of playing the USTA 21-under national circuit.

Pursuing her major in Communications Nancy worked in New York City for the NBC commercial spot sales team, from 1979-1981. Moving out to Connecticut in 1980 she became an Advertising Sales Executive for Brooks Community Newspapers for 10 years, while also teaching tennis at local clubs and on private courts. Nancy ‘s advertising expertise landed her a job in 2002, as Advertising Manager for New England Tennis Magazine until 2004. Nancy also wrote racquet reviews for World Tennis Magazine from 1983-1995. From 1984-1985, Nancy coached cheerleading at Staples High School, followed by head coach for the varsity girls tennis team from 1985-1993. Accomplishments included included 4 Eastern Division titles, 3 FCIAC titles and 2 state championship runner up titles.

During that time, Nancy was breeding, raising and showing German Shorthaired Pointers at dog shows throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan region and New England including showing three times at the Westminster Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden. In 1989, Nancy owned the number two female German Shorthaired Pointer in the country.

Nancy has been a tennis professional for 40 years, having taught at her home in New Jersey, Norwalk Racquet Club, Four Seasons, Weston Racquet Club and at INTENSITY. Nancy oversees the Varsity Quest Program and coaches USTA Junior & Adult Team Tennis, coaches private lessons, clinics, point play and season courts. Nancy has been a certified USPTA professional since 1986. Nancy studied martial arts for 5 years and is a green belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

Having been a ranked adult in New England, as recent as 2009, Nancy was nationally ranked #39 in the Women’s 50 singles. Nancy has competed in the Fairfield County Women’s League, Division I, representing Shore & Country Club for 11 years and also has represented INTENSITY as a USTA singles player as a 4.5 player.

Nancy has two children who both graduated from Staples High School, Meghan, 23 (a graduate of University of Tampa) and Trevor, 20 (a Junior at Providence College). Nancy’s hobbies include, swimming, fitness, nutrition, travel, photography, reading, scrap-booking, biking, spinning, raising dogs, and of course, her lifelong passion for competing and coaching tennis: the sport of a lifetime.

“Stay fit, practice hard, eat well, compete with passion and have a blast”

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