With more than 50 years experience as a teaching professional and high school coach, Chuck Straley begins his ninth season as a volunteer assistant tennis coach at Wheaton in 2011.
As a high school tennis coach, Straley’s teams were often national contenders, once placing second and another time placing fourth at the National High School Team Championships. Four of his pupils went on to win national championships.
Straley began his collegiate playing career at Georgia Tech in 1953, where he played No. 2 singles for the Yellow Jackets. Upon transferring to the University of Richmond, Straley was the No. 1 singles and doubles player for the Spiders. In 1956 and 1957, he was a Southern Conference singles champion and also captured the doubles championship in 1957.
A member of the United States Junior Davis Cup Team in 1956, Straley played ‘the circuit’ from 1956-57 and 1960-61. In 1957, he was accepted to play in the National Championships (now referred to as the U.S. Open) at Forest Hills. Straley was also a member of the All-Air Force Tennis Team in 1960-61.
In 1975, Straley and his son won the USTA National Father and Son Clay Court Doubles Title. Three years later, Straley captured the Australian Veterans Hardcourt Doubles title.
Straley graduated from the University of Richmond in 1957 with a bachelor of science in mathematics. He went on to receive his masters in mathematics from Emory in 1969 and his doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Virginia in 1975.