The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. We are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through our supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors. Our team works together so that every student can benefit from the combined talent, experience, and skills our team possesses to build a program around you, the individual, not the other way around.
Our players spend more time on the golf course learning how to make decisions, building playing skills, and growing in emotional and strategic development. Creating a sense of autonomy and self-sufficiency through great coaching is what gives our students the best tools and preparation for their college careers and beyond. With locations in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, we are commited to serving as many talented players as possible.
Led by Stan Smith, former number-one player in the world and former USTA Director of Coaching, Billy Stearns, one of the world's top coaches, and B.J. Stearns, former top nationally and internationally ranked player and Academy Director, the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy is uniquely designed for individual junior player development. The Academy is within one of the top-rated resorts in the country, The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
The academy was founded in 2002 to help prepare junior athletes for the highest level of competition possible in both collegiate and professional tennis. We promote a family atmosphere of intense training, camaraderie, and fun. The Smith Stearns approach speaks for itself as we have developed numerous state, sectional, national, and international champions over the years, as well as having one of the strongest college placement programs in the country.
Under Stan, Billy, and BJ's leadership, a staff of highly qualified coaches specifically trained in the Smith Stearns approach work one-on-one with committed young people to help them reach their full potential as players.
Supervised housing and an excellent college preparatory school curriculum help the students develop further – as scholars, as citizens and as young adults.
Internationally acclaimed Van Der Meer Tennis Academy is the premier training center for players who want intense tennis practices combined with a strong academic focus. Founded in 1984 by Olympic Developmental Coach of the year, Dennis Van der Meer, our goal is to be sure our players have the best base to propel them to the top. Our students have reached the pinnacle of ATP and WTA rankings, as well as the NCAA and National ranking lists.
Van Der Meer Tennis players have been recruited by Ivy League and top Division I college tennis programs, and our players have combined college and pro circuit events successfully. Throughout our history we have produced top touring pros such as World #1 doubles player Liezel Huber, World #3 singles player Amanda Coetzer, and World #66 Julie Ditty (Vanderbilt), World #150 KJ Hippensteel (Stanford), and World #9 John Isner (Georgia), as well as many National, ITF, and NCAA # 1's!
Our mission at the Van Der Meer Academy is to build tennis stars who are also life champions. Whether the goal is qualifying for the Pro Tour, earning a college scholarship, or aspiring to get those first national points, our players are given the tools to succeed. Our code of conduct ensures that all the hard work is productive and fun. A typical training week includes mental toughness, fitness and conditioning for injury prevention, lots of competitive match play, and drills designed to instill effective patterns of play. Come train with the best on our clay, hard, covered and indoor courts!