Saints Tennis

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Austen Johnson

Boys Varsity
Head Coach

New men’s tennis coach Austen Johnson brings a wealth of tennis experience to St. Paul’s men’s team. An SPS alumnus (’01), Coach Johnson played on the Varsity team for 4 years and helped lead the Saints to 4A state championships, winning 4A individual championships along the way. Coach Johnson attended the University of Mississippi where he majored in Curriculum and Instruction and received a B.A in education. He and his wife Alice (SPS ’02) moved to Mobile from Birmingham in 2014. He has two sons and one daughter who will carry on the tennis tradition. Coach Johnson has continued to play local and regional league tennis since graduating college, and is excited to be at the helm for the 2019 season, after a year as Assistant Coach.


Melissa H. Baker

Girls Varsity
Head Coach

Melissa Hayes Baker, a native of Nashville, graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tn with a BA in Psychology-Sociology. She was a four year starter on the girls basketball team and was a Kodak Division III All-American. She was their leading scorer and rebounder upon graduation. She was the first female to be elected into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. She is a 4.0 tennis player who plays on the Mobile leagues teams every year. She is married to St. Paul's alum Robbie Baker, and they have 2 children, Ellie class of 2021 and Hayes class of 2025.


18-19 Season Highlights

Boys Tennis
  • Won Sectionals by one point
  • The #1 doubles team of Nathan Smith and Will Steadman were sectional winners
  • Will Steadman was the #3 Sectional Tournament winner
  • Kessler Park was a sectional winner at #2 singles and made it to the semi-finals at state
Girls Tennis
  • The Varsity Girls’ Tennis team went undefeated - 12-0
  • Won the 6A Section 1 Championship and were 6A State Runner-ups
  • Libbie Hamilton was #1 singles state champion
  • Emme Clement was #5 singles state champion
  • Grace Swain was #6 singles state champion
  • Maggie Sullivan was #3 singles state runner-up

Tennis Calendars

2019 Tennis Rosters

Boys Varsity

Nathan Smith
Will Steadman
Carson Braswell
Kessler Park
Chris Bowen
Will Goodloe
Taylor Citrin
Phillip Brutkiewicz

Boys Junior Varsity

Sam Sternberg
Brennan Barnett
Russell Manning
Evan Taylor
Daniel Stokely
Philip Brutkiewicz
Michael Smith
Harris Rowan
Reid Harrison

Girls Varsity

Grace Swain
Maggie Sullivan
Emme Clement
Libbie Hamilton
Caroline Vegas
Jenna Prater
Vivian Stabler
Clara Leder Stokes
Glynn Case
Kate Rowan