By Adam Thompson
Thursday, September 21, 2006
At 20 years of age, most people are still figuring out what they want to do with their life.
Joe Noth, a Cincinnati native, has already decided his career path.
Noth is the new head tennis pro at the Culpeper Sports and Racquet Club. His first day of work was Monday, but his first day experiencing the sport was before he was even a teenager.
“I started about when I was 12 and I went just to a fun camp and none of my family played,” Noth said. “A lot of the people that grow up today playing tennis their mom and dad play or their brother and sister play. I started off playing at that fun camp and ended up being pretty good. From there I fell in love with the sport and I went on to play in high school and college.”
Noth played high school tennis at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati before playing a year at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C.
During his freshman year at Methodist, Noth helped his team win the USA-South Atlantic Conference Championship.
His teaching career started as an assistant tennis pro in 2002 in Fairfield, Ohio, but Culpeper gave Noth his first head tennis pro job.
“It is hard to find a head pro job where ever you go,” Noth said. “A lot of people work all their lives to build up to that and I was lucky enough that they were looking for a young guy to come in here and take over.
Coming from a city like Cincinnati, Noth knows the country life is going to take some getting used to.
“It is a little bit smaller than I am used to and a little bit quieter than I am used to,” he said. “I am used to the big city, but it is a little bit more laid back and I like that. I just really love it and I am glad to be here. I am ready to rock and roll.”
Noth plans on bringing his coaching and playing experience to Culpeper, hoping to make a difference to the people.
“Tennis is a big family,” he said. “No matter where you can go, you can always share it with somebody and here in Culpeper everybody is real nice and I really just hope to bring the family atmosphere back, as well as lots of excitement in my clinics and drills. We are going to have a lot of fun out here.”
Noth is also going to use the knowledge and coaching style that was taught to him growing up.
“As far as coaching goes, I am a prodigy of my former coach (Brian Peters) who taught me since I was young," he said. “I reflect his coaching style more than anything. He has helped me through everything and he supports me coming out here.”
There is one player who Noth tried to immolate during his playing days.
“Patrick Rafter,” he said without hesitation. “He is from Australia, he retired about four years ago, and if you know anything about tennis you know there is a big ATP tournament in Cincinnati so I got to see Patrick Rafter play Pete Sampras in the finals.
“I love his game. He is a serve and vollier and that is what I try to be like. I am all about power and the serve and vollier is a dying breed in tennis, you don’t see much of it anymore.”
Noth’s career dream would be to own a club or be head pro at a five-star resort or country club. One place he said he wouldn’t mind being is in Aruba – but right now his start is here in Culpeper.
“It is a great career opportunity I looked at that when I came here,” Noth said. “A job is something you go to work everyday and you really don’t like it but a career is something you love to do and you go there and have fun and you can’t get enough of it.”
-Article was posted by 'The Culpeper Star-Exponent' on Sept. 21, 2006