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Martha Wilder is entering her fourth year as Northwest Area Director for the USTA South Carolina. She also serves on the steering committee of the community development committee as the area director liaison for the state.

Wilder has been involved with the sport in some capacity for almost 13 years. She is the founder and president of the Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association (CLNTA), which was formed in 1997. The CLNTA was rewarded with the very first Kids-at-Risk grant, which helped introduce tennis to youth who were involved in a juvenile offenders program at Piedmont Wilderness Institute.  She is also a certified tennis official and tournament referee, as well as a clinics coordinator and grant writer.

Wilder received her BS and MA Ed in speech-language pathology from Western Carolina University. She has maintained a private speech therapy practice since 1987. Martha’s husband, Dan, is currently the girl’s tennis coach at Whitmire High School, which is the school’s first-ever tennis team. He is also the tournament director for the CLNTA. The Wilders were No. 1 in the state in the 3.0 mixed doubles team in 1996. Under their captainships, their men and women’s teams have advanced to the state championships nine times in the past 10 years. Four of those teams advanced to the Southern Sectionals.