A new book, “Em “Ole Coaches” by Tom Parham is now available. Coach Parham stretches his insight this time. “ I have been ‘hobby writing’ for fifteen years since retiring. A 5OO plus blog of articles plus seven things that look like books. I have selected the best of all for this book.” Chapters are made of chosen comments on the wide variety of topics. Parham adds “..everything from pickle ball to religion.” Light humor to war, race, the future. “This is an “everyman” attempt. There is new tennis knowledge included, written since the green book.” 


Tom Parham has been a student, an athlete, a teacher and a coach. He has observed life thoroughly from each perspective, soaking in the humor as well the heartache. He is a great storyteller with great stories to tell – the end result of a life well-lived and a life well-listened. “‘Em Ol’ Coaches” is a compilation of these experiences that defies the pigeonholes of essay and editorial. He delivers the written word in an honest North Carolina voice, a voice shaped by a journey that begins in Charlotte and makes its way across the state to Emerald Isle, with many stops along the way. Enjoy the ride. I did. (Russell Rawlings, North Carolina Bar).


Tom is always cogitating, mulling things over, which makes him also an inveterate agitator.  He likes to unmask illusions.  His book takes us on a journey through a life-time of seeing things differently, often from a perspective of humor.  Maybe Tom is Will Rogers reincarnated!

Richard  (Richard McBride is  a retired Chaplain from Elon University, a fine man, and my friend.)  tp


“This isn’t just a book for tennis coaches.  It  is a book for all coaches.”  (Joe Robinson, former UNC football staff).  


Macky Carden was the head football coach at Elon College in 1985. They had great results in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) football in the 1980s, having won National titles in 1980 and 1981. They were again preseason #1 when I took a job there that included athletic administration duties. Unintentionally I interrupted a staff meeting on player evaluation. They allowed me to sit in on the judgements. Later I asked Coach Carden how they determined whether a prospect had what it took to be an elite college football player. Macky, a stellar lineman, had his own vernacular. Often he preceded nouns with “em ol” or them old. (“em ol” linebackers, or “em ol” defensive coaches, or “em ol” academic dicks across the street ). Addressing my question he concluded : I tell you, “em ol” high school coaches are honest and pretty damn accurate.”  I learned a lot from coaches. And a lot of “em ol” people who were coaches in their own way.




Tom Parham

202 Blue Crab Court


Emerald Isle, NC



 NCTF is pleased to help supply Tom Parham’s book, “The Little Green Book of Tennis” to our many hardworking coaches who can gain knowledge about tennis to impart to their HS players.”

Coaches will appreciate his originality and benefit from his years of experience.” (Coach Bob Bayliss, Notre Dame Men’s Tennis, ITA Hall of Fame)

We talked frankly about his book.  I know he believes firmly that it will serve America’s young players, coaches & teams.  I know it’s foundation.  I know this man.  Both are solid.  I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Tom in regards to his knowledge of the game.  If you want a true “student of the game” and excellent coaching skills, he  is your man!!!  “The Little Green Book” is proof.

J.Allen Morris

I just received your “signed” book today!  I finished reading the digital copy last weekend.  I really liked your advice on Preparing For College Tennis.  I think many parents could benefit from that advice.

 — Paul  Miller  (North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame)

The wisdom gained in a brilliant career has been boiled down to  bite-sized pearls of wisdom in “The Little Green Book of Tennis” – a must-read for coaches, instructors, players, and parents.


His words flow off the page much in the same manner as the great teachers and coaches I have known. Coach Parham concludes that “this material is, in large part, not mine.  I am only the messenger. I believed in it and benefitted from these masters. I did write it down.”  I don’t think anyone has done it better.” (David Odom, Wake Forest University Men’s Basketball Coach)

Coach Parham is a master teacher and looked at as a integral part of tennis history in North Carolina, the South, and the nation. The book, The Little Green Book of Tennis is spot on in method and message for coaches, players, and teams, at all levels. Buy it.” (Roland Thornqvist, Head Women’s Tennis Coach, University of Florida)

NCTF HALL of  FAME MEMBER, Keith Richardson comments:

“Coach, thanks for “Little Green Book of Tennis”…’s a gem, a resource, a reference tool, a reminder of the lessons we should be teaching on and off the court.  Pure genius the way you weave your funk into time tested drills, coaching and life advice that  most of us have heard before, but have forgotten to pass on.  

My advice to the pros, coaches, and instructors of the game? Buy two copies of “The Little Green Book of Tennis.”  Place one on the coffee table to impress the cocktail crowd.  Take the second copy and do what you are not supposed to do to a literary work: throw it in your tennis bag, take it to the courts, the locker room…get it dirty and beat up by repeatedly opening and letting your eyes go to the guidance and advice that you didn’t know you were looking for…. dog ear the section that you can use in your next clinic, highlight the one sentence that becomes the “tennis tip” in your weekly newsletter, steal the forty coaching years of Coach Parham’s wisdom and share it with your team…..all the while acting like you came up with the winning formula by yourself.  Coach Parham wouldn’t want it any other way.

Tom, thanks again for the work, and for sharing it.”

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