Tami Whitlinger-Jones, the wife of Paladin head coach Kelly Jones, is in her third season as the team's volunteer assistant coach.
Whitlinger-Jones comes from one of America's great tennis families, the Whitlinger's, from Neenah, Wis. Growing up in a small town Whitlinger-Jones and her twin sister Teri were developed by their grandfather Warren "Baba" Whitlinger. They trained in a one-court facility that was an old barn converted into an indoor tennis court. With "Baba's" guidance, Whitlinger-Jones became one of the United States best junior players. She won six USTA National Junior titles and was the nation's #1 ranked junior in both singles and doubles.
She received a full scholarship to play at Stanford, where she played #1 singles and was instrumental in Stanford’s back-to-back NCAA Team Championships. After two successful years at Stanford, Whitlinger-Jones left the collegiate game to pursue her dream of a professional tennis career. Whitlinger-Jones played nine years on the WTA Tour, competing in 38 grand slam tournaments, winning three tour titles, and achieving a ranking as high as #41. Whitlinger-Jones also had several wins over Top 10 players.
In 1997, Whitlinger-Jones retired from professional tennis when she became pregnant with her daughter Makenna, now 14 years old. While enjoying motherhood, Tami has continued to stay involved in the game of tennis. She became Director of Tennis for Four Bridges Country Club in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, where she began to focus herself on training and developing junior players. In 2003, Whitlinger-Jones relocated to Tampa, Fla. While in Tampa, she coached privately and trained high-performance junior tennis players. For the past several years Whitlinger-Jones has been helping her husband build their very successful Tennis Family Consulting business.