In his nine seasons, Coach Settles has established CMS Stags Tennis as one of the very elite in Division III. On the national level, CMS has finished ranked in the top five in all but two seasons under Settles' leadership. In addition, the Stags have won 65 consecutive conference matches and seven consecutive outright conference titles, both program bests.
Settles is a USPTA certified P1 professional and a graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Course. In addition to coaching the Stags, Settles has coached Team USA in the International University Challenge - leading six top collegiate American players in an eight team international competition in France - and the Southern California Maze Cup Team (Boys and Girls 16s and 18s). He is also a member of the Player Services staff for the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, an ATP World Tour event.
Settles has served as a volunteer member of two USTA national committees, the Collegiate and Adult & Senior Competition Comittees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and is co-chair of the ITA Small College Operating Committee and task force on NCAA Legislative Issues. In 2006, Settles was named the USPTA Collegiate Coach of the Year by the California division, and in 2009 he was named West Region ITA Coach of the Year.
Before coming to CMS, Settles served as Director of Player Services of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of men’s professional tennis. At the ATP, Settles’ wide range of responsibilities included supervision of the Player Services Department, staff liaison for the ATP Player Council, Player Leadership Committee, and Board of Directors; and serving as founding committee member of the ATP Medical Services Committee.
Still an active player himself in the adult and family divisions, Settles is winner of 14 USTA National Championships. Paul, and wife Kathy have four children: Ryley, Christian, James, and Caleb.