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Originally from Scotland, USPTA Pro Paul Allam has been coaching tennis for the past 25 years in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the United States. In addition to being a Specialist in Competitive Player Development, Paul is also a certified coach with Tennis Coaches Australia and the Lawn Tennis Association in the United Kingdom. Allam has worked with many world-class coaches and players over the past two decades including Stan Smith, Dick Gould, Judy Murray, Tracy Austin, Dennis Ralston, Rick Leach, Scott Davis, Jared Palmer and Ross Case. He has presented on-court seminars at both local and national level for USPTA, USTA and Tennis Coaches Australia.
Following the completion of his undergraduate studies in Physical Education at Reading University in England, Allam traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where he coached high school tennis teams at the Cairo American College for five years. In 1993 he attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he continued to coach both at the university and in local clubs, and obtained his graduate degree in exercise and sports science.
After coaching for a season at Sea Pines Racquet Club in Hilton Head, S.C., Allam served as director of tennis at Seven Lakes Country Club in North Carolina and later at Chatswood Tennis Club in Sydney, Australia. Most recently, Allam was the director of tennis at Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City, Calif.
Kirk Anderson is the USTA's director of Coach Education and Development. His department provides services and resources to coaches and tennis leaders throughout the country involved with recruiting new players and retaining them in local programs. The department has conducted on-court training workshops for more than 69,000 coaches since 2000.
Anderson, a USPTA Master Professional, has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the USTA High Performance Coach program and is certified by the International Youth Conditioning Association as a Youth Fitness Specialist.
Anderson has served on the ITF Tennis Participation Task Force since 2000. In 2003, he received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award, and was named Person of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in 2006. He is a popular speaker and presenter at international, national, regional and local workshops and is best known for his innovative and energetic style with large groups. He is a member of the HEAD Penn National Advisory Staff and the adidas Tennis Advisory Staff. His appearance is courtesy of USTA.
Glenn Arrington has been committed to serving the tennis industry and its customers for the past 30 years. His unique talent for building simple and successful strategies for targeting, recruiting and retaining players of all ages has been recognized throughout the sport. In his current role as USTA National Manager - Tennis On Campus & Tennis Service Representatives, Arrington is responsible for the popularity and growth of the USTA Tennis On Campus program (currently serving 600 college campuses and moer than 35,000 players) and provides valuable oversight to 100 Tennis Service Representatives who work with local tennis professionals, facilities and community-based organizations in an effort to help grow the sport of tennis nationwide.
Rosie Bareis is the director of tennis at The Club at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, Calif. She has been a certified USPTA Professional for 25 years. She has coached many nationally ranked juniors and USTA teams to national championships. She has also served as head coach at Hawaii Pacific University and director of tennis at the Oahu Club in Hawaii. A former dedicated tournament player, Bareis has won 11 USTA national tournaments and has been ranked No. 1 in the United States six different times. Currently Bareis is a director on the USTA Northern California board. She also served on the USPTA Northern California board from 1998 to 2008, holding various offices, including president in 2002 and 2003. She was honored as a USPTA Division Professional of the Year in 2000 and 2009 and received the USPTA Northern California Division service to tennis award for 2008. Under her guidance The Club at the Claremont was chosen as USTA Northern California Organization of the Year.
Nancy Biggs is the former director of marketing for Konica Canada and Konica USA. She launched Tenniscores Inc. in 1999 with business partner Nancy Swan. Tenniscores is now the second largest database for online scoring and league management in the United States with customers in Canada and China. In 2006 they began developing CourtsideUSA and in 2008 signed an exclusive agreement making the platform the official network of the USPTA. In 2010 Courtside became the national program of Tennis Canada. Her appearance is courtesy of CourtsideUSA.
USPTA Master Professional Nick Bollettieri founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida in 1978, as the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a full academic curriculum. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life. Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1s – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including: Haas, Kournikova and Arias to name a few. The NBTA quickly became synonymous with tennis excellence and continues to reflect Bollettieri’s passion for excellence today.
In 1987, Bollettieri expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academies. Located on over 400 acres, the IMG Academies complex trains over 13,000 junior, collegiate and professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups. Bollettieri is still going strong teaching private lessons, overseeing the progress of numerous professional players and elite juniors. He also travels the world on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivational speeches.
As a player, Vic Braden was a team captain at Kalamazoo College where he was a winner of the league singles championships. In the Midwest college circles, he was ranked No. 2 behind Tony Trabert. Braden turned pro immediately after graduating college during a time when there were only a few professional tournaments. In his short professional career, Braden was invited three times to play in the World Tennis Championships.
As a businessman, Braden’s accomplishments are unparalleled. He was the co-founder of Vic Braden Tennis College (Star Island Resort, Kissimmee, Fla.) and Vic Braden Tennis College (St. George, Utah); founder-director of Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, Calif.; founder of Vic Braden Ski College in Aspen, Colo.; co-founder and co-director of Coto Sports Research Center in Coto de Caza; co-founder of Jack Kramer Tennis Club in Palos Verdes, Calif.; and manager of Pro Tennis Tour, headed by good friend Jack Kramer. His appearance is courtesy of Wilson Racquet Sports.
Ken DeHart is the director of tennis at the San Jose Swim & Racquet Club in San Jose, Calif. He is a USPTA Master Professional, a USA High Performance Coach and Wilson Premier Advisory Staff Member. He is a member of the United States Tennis Writers Association, Associate Editor for TennisOne.com and has written articles for ADDvantage magazine, Tennis magazine, TennisView and Tennis Life magazines. DeHart has been a three-time winner of the USPTA's Career Development Award. He was a gold medalist in the World Senior Games, the Bay Area Senior Games and has been ranked in the top 5 in the USPTA for the past 15 years in singles or doubles.
Lisa Dodson is a 17-year USPTA Pro 1 living and working in the Northern California Division. Dodson is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she played varsity tennis and basketball for the Tarheels. She has had a 35-plus year career in the tennis industry including: former WTA world ranking in singles and doubles; tennis director and club management at facilities in New York, Connecticut, Florida and California; coach to WTA Tour players; college and high school coach; USTA Player Development coach 10 and under and elite; USTA Women’s Challenger Tournament Director; and 18 and under girls sectional coach.
Formerly from New York, Dodson is now owner of Tennis Concepts LLC, developer of The Total Serve. She has taken her vast knowledge of tennis and sport to invent this teaching tool for the tennis serve, overhead and groundstrokes. Dodson is currently presenting it to clubs and facilities nationally and promoting it worldwide.
Todd Ellenbecker is a physical therapist and clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is the director of sports medicine for the ATP World Tour. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and a master's degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH – Institute of Health Professions. In addition, he is certified as a sports clinical specialist, and orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was awarded their Sports Medicine Professional of the Year in 2003. He is a certified USPTA tennis-teaching professional, and is chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Samuel Hardy Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Ellenbecker served as the chairman of the APTA's Shoulder Special Interest Group from 1996 to 2002. He has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, as well as isokinetic exercise application and musculoskeletal adaptations in elite level tennis players and overhead athletes.
Mark Fairchilds has been director of tennis at Modesto Fitness and Racket Club since 1991. He is a three-time USTA NorCal Men’s Open Player of the Year award winner with over 100 NorCal Open titles in his career. Fairchilds has won the USPTA International Championships in men’s singles and has numerous national titles in the USTA and USPTA. USPTA selected Fairchilds as the 1993 USPTA National Open Player of the Year. He has also been honored with the USPTA NorCal Pro of the Year award on two different occasions and elected into the USTA NorCal Hall of Fame in 2008.
Scott Ficks is the tennis director at the Moorland Park Tennis Center in New Berlin, Wis., and at the Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha, Wis. Ficks was named the 2008 and 2010 Wisconsin State Pro of the Year and was the Faye Tooley Award recipient for his service to the Midwest tennis community in 2006. He has been a USTA Zonal coach for the Midwest team and coached boys high school tennis for five seasons and is a member of Team Babolat. Ficks has been a USPTA P-1 since 1996 and has spoken at the Midwest Convention and the Wisconsin Coaches Convention.
Allen Fox, Ph.D., earned a bachelor's degree in physics and a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, where he won the NCAA singles and doubles titles and was named UCLA Athlete of the Year and All University of California Athlete of the Year. With the same competitive zeal that propelled him to the No. 4 ranking in the United States, to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and a three-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team, he coached and built the Pepperdine University tennis team into a national power, mentoring, among others, renowned coach, Brad Gilbert. Fox's Pepperdine teams were ranked among the nation's Top 5 for 10 consecutive years and reached two NCAA team finals.
Fox wrote the tennis best sellers, "If I'm the Better Player, Why Can't I Win?," "Think to Win," and most recently, "Tennis: Winning the Mental Match." He is an editor of and contributor to Tennis magazine, writes for various websites, and is well-known for his "1-Minute Clinics" on the Tennis Channel. He also lectures around the world on tennis psychology at conferences as well as tennis clubs nationwide. In addition, Fox consults on the mental issues of tennis with players of all levels, from recreational players to pros and is the mental fitness director at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, Calif.
Jeff Greenwald, M.A., MFT, is a nationally recognized sport psychology consultant and licensed family therapist, holding master’s degrees in clinical and sport psychology. He was ranked No. 1 in the world by the ITF and No. 1 in the U.S. in singles and doubles in the men’s 35 age division in 2002. He holds two ITF world titles in two age divisions and was formerly USPTA Senior Player of the Year. Greenwald has been a consultant for the USTA for high-performance coaches and trains numerous players around the world on the mental game. He was recently invited by the Czech Republic Federation to present a two-day course for coaches. He is the author of Amazon’s best-selling double-CD audio program, “FearlessTennis: The 5 Mental Keys to Unlocking Your Potential” and “The Best Tennis of Your Life,” which is being translated into two languages. Greenwald has a private practice based in Marin County, Calif., and lives with his wife and two children.
Feisal Hassan, a USPTA Master Professional, is the general manager and tennis director at the Midlothian Tennis Club in Midlothian, Va. He is also a member of the HEAD Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board and National Speaker's Bureau and holds USPTA specialist degrees in Competitive Player Development, Facility Management and Little Tennis. He is a USTA Recreational Coach and QuickStart trainer, a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and co-chairs the USPTA National Education and College Curriculum committees. Hassan was also the director of coaches' education and Junior Davis Cup team coach for Tennis Zimbabwe.
Hassan was one of Tennis Industry magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" for being one of the top 40 people under 40 years old who have had and will continue to have a strong influence in the sport.
Hassan writes and conducts seminars, workshops and clinics for international, national and sectional organizations and events. In 2011, he was named USPTA's Alex Gordon Professional of the Year. He was also named to the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame inaugural class of 2012.
Rod Heckelman's career started in 1966, the summer after his junior year in high school
when he began his five-year role as a teacher at John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch in Carmel
Valley, Calif. Later he opened as the resident pro for Gardiner's Tennis Ranch on Camelback
in Scottsdale, Ariz. At 20, he was one of the youngest head pros at what some considered one of the top tennis resorts in the world. In 1976 he returned to California, where he took over as head pro/tennis director at the Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur. He took on the title and responsibilities of general manager in 1982.
Heckelman is a published author and his facilities manual is available digitally through the Tennis Industry Association for managers and clubs to use as a model for operating their businesses. More recently, he created a "Business Handbook for Tennis Pros," that is also being produced by TIA. In 2010 he was named Manager of the Year by the USPTA Northern California Division and won the USPTA Manager of the Year Award. Heckelman is a frequent presenter at industry events throughout the country, lecturing to fellow pros about management skills and helping them transition into management.
Jose Higueras joined the USTA coaching staff in 2008 after being hired by Patrick McEnroe to oversee all of Player Development’s coaching efforts. Higueras has worked with a number of the world’s best players both past and present, including Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Roger Federer, Jennifer Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez. He was also Michael Chang’s coach when Chang won the French Open at age 17. As a professional, Higueras won 16 ATP singles titles and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the world. He reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in back-to-back years in 1982 and 1983, and he received the ATP Sportsmanship Award in 1983. Higueras was also a mainstay on the Spanish Davis Cup team, playing for eight years. His appearance is courtesy of USTA.
Tim Irwin earned a Bachelor of Science from West Chester University where he was captain, No. 1 singles and doubles player and MVP in 1981 under the direction of Ronald B. Woods. Irwin received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Neumann University. He is a certified facilitator of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Course and is also a brother of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity Domestic www.littleportion.org.
Irwin has served the USPTA Middle States Division as a divisional officer and as the Executive Director since 2004. He is the director of the Coatesville Tennis School, a year-round Junior Development program. Irwin has been teaching tennis since 1972 and has been a lead teacher at the Chase Tennis Center, head tennis professional at Radley Run Country Club, Frog Hollow Tennis Club, the Cynwyd Club and director of racquet sports at Aronimink Golf Club.
Irwin resides in Coatesville, Pa., where he teaches middle school health and physical education in the Coatesville Area School District. He is also the head coach of the Coatesville High School Girl's Tennis Team and Bishop Shanahan Boy's Tennis Team.
Dr. Neeru Jayanthi
Dr. Neeru Jayanthi is the director of Loyola's new Tennis Medicine program, geared to treating tennis-related injuries in all levels of players. He is also the medical director of primary care sports medicine (non-surgical and medical sports medicine) for the Loyola University Health System and team physician of Loyola University Chicago athletics.
Jayanthi regularly manages and does research on sports-related injuries and illnesses in elite-level and recreational athletes. He has been a volunteer ATP physician for more than 10 years; vice president and chair of education for the International Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS); and a USPTA-certified teaching professional. He is a speaker at many conferences and has spoken at USPTA divisional conferences as well as at USTA national conferences, regional training centers and international tennis medicine conferences. He has designed injury prevention and conditioning programs for competitive and elite junior programs at several tennis clubs. Jayanthi has recently appeared on WGN-TV news "Medical Watch," ABC news, CBS national radio, XM radio and other outlets for recent research findings on junior tennis players and elite young athletes.
Randy Jenks, a three-time USPTA Florida District Professional of the Year, has also served the division as a district president since 2009. He is the tournament director and chairman for The Firehouse Subs, Jacksonville, Florida’s, largest men’s tennis event. The Firehouse has a total purse of $10,000 and in 2012 raised just over $350,000 for charity. Prior to being named USPTA National Courtside Manager in June, Jenks was the director of tennis at Eagle Harbor, Jacksonville’s largest club with just under 600 tennis members and 70 league teams.
Craig S. Jones is the director of youth play and competition for USTA and is considered an industry leader in the QuickStart Tennis Play Format. Jones is a USPTA P-1 and is the owner of the Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez, Ga. Jones He has received numerous awards for his work with QuickStart, including 2007 USTA/USPTA Community Service Award and the 2007 RSI Magazine Junior Champion of the Year. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and no stranger to the USPTA World Conference. His appearance is courtesy of the USTA.
Pete Kelly is one of the Palm Springs' top tennis professionals who's been actively involved in the tennis community for many years. As a player, he competed on the professional tour in the United States and Europe. When Kelly began teaching, his reputation as an instructor quickly spread. He has written an informative and instructional book titled "Tennis for Lefties and everyone else." Kelly also produced and starred in a pilot for an instructional tennis video called "New Age Tennis, That’ll Work!" He is the owner of Total Tennis International: Have racquet will travel.
Kelly still competes in senior competitions and has been ranked No. 3 nationally in singles by the USPTA, and No. 1 in doubles by the USTA in Men's 45s. He has won several major titles including the 2001 USTA Men's 45s National Hard Court Championships in doubles. He was a 2009 doubles semifinalist at the 55s USTA National Grass court Championships.
Mark Kovacs, Ph.D.
Mark Kovacs is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified health/fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and a USPTA-certified tennis coach. He recently created the International Tennis Performance Association.
He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama.
Kovacs has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text "Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance" and is currently an associate editor of the "Strength and Conditioning Journal." Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.
Ryan Krane is a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist who specializes in helping tennis players reduce injuries. His passion in life is to help chronic pain sufferers address and eliminate recurring body aches through expert-designed flexibility, posture, and strength training. He has developed The Krane Training Method ™, designed after years of working with clients tormented by various pains.
Krane applies many years of experience in fitness and health, and guides clients on their paths to achieve ultimate health. He started off as a certified tennis coach, strength and conditioning coach, sports nutritionist, and personal trainer, and has progressed to focus on corrective exercise in order to remedy chronic ailments such as back pain, shoulder pain, and other common body aches.
Michele Krause is the global Cardio Tennis manager for the TIA and she oversees the Cardio Tennis program both in the United States and abroad. Her responsibilities include all the day-to-day operations: administration, programming, curriculum, event planning, training and marketing. She is also responsible for the 40 tennis professionals on the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team who assist her with training, educating and consumer events. Krause also serves as the coordinator for those countries that are in the process of establishing, launching or continuing to develop Cardio Tennis.
She speaks at many industry conventions, meetings and events to provide ongoing education on the Cardio Tennis program. She also trains coaches on how to deliver the product through national and international workshops. Cardio Tennis was featured on NBC’s the Biggest Loser under her guidance with Anna Kournakova.
Krause is a USPTA tennis professional who managed tennis facilities throughout the United States for more than 16 years. Her appearance is courtesy of the TIA.
Jim Loehr, Ed.D., is a world-renowned performance psychologist, co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 16 books, including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement. From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Loehr believes the single most important factor in success and fulfillment is the strength of one's character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built, like muscle strength, through energy investment.
Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians, including tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
Loehr has a master’s and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. His appearance is courtesy of the Human Performance Institute.
Paul Lubbers is currently the director of coaching education and sport science for the USTA. In this role, he works to provide educational experiences and opportunities for coaches throughout the United States. Prior to working with the USTA he served as the head men's and women's tennis coach at The University of North Carolina Greensboro from 1991-1999. From 1985-1989 he worked as a teaching professional at South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Ga.
Lubbers is active as a speaker and presenter, contributing to conferences of the world's tennis organizations including the ITA, ITF, LTA, Mexican Tennis Federation, PTR and USPTA. As a writer he has contributed to many leading tennis publications and websites including Tennis Magazine, ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, USTA High Performance Coaching Newsletter and TennisPlayer.net. Recently, he was a co-author and editor of the USTA Mental Skills and Drills Manual.
Lubbers received his Bachelor's degree from Hope College, his Master of Science degree from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Exercise and Sports Science at UNC Greensboro.
Paul MacDonald is a USPTA Master Professional and a USPTA Specialist in Player Development. He is currently director of tennis for Schaumburg Tennis Plus in Schaumburg, Ill., where he works for Washington Tennis Services International. Formerly he was general manager at Score Tennis and Fitness Club where he was the first GM to generate a fiscal year-end profit. Prior to that, he was vice president for Club Net Inc., where he successfully specialized in club turnarounds through growth in tennis programming, tennis professional training and effective tennis sales and marketing.
MacDonald and his wife Mari have two children who play junior and collegiate tennis. MacDonald is also a USTA volunteer, serving as a member of the USTA National Junior Competition Committee and as USTA/Midwest Chairman of the Junior Competition-Sub Committee. He is the coach of the USTA/Midwest Boys 18s Team at the USTA National Boys 18s Team Championship.
Patrick McEnroe is the general manager of USTA Player Development, working out of the USTA’s national headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. The former Davis Cup player led the 2001 team to the championship in 2007, and he has captained the team to the semifinals or better on five occasions. He also was coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team. In his 11-year professional career (1988-98), McEnroe won one singles and 16 doubles titles, including the 1989 French Open doubles title. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 28 in 1995 and an individual doubles high of No. 3 in 1993. In addition to his duties with the USTA, McEnroe is a respected television and radio commentator. His appearance is courtesy of USTA.
Jim McLennan is the tennis director at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills, Calif., the editor of TennisONE.com and publisher of Essentialtennisinstruction.com. He is a past president of the USPTA Northern California Division, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, and earned a master's degree in sport psychology from the University of West Florida.
He has been a seminarian at international tennis teacher events, including the ITF Tennis Science and Technology conference, the USPTA World Conference, the USTA National Teachers Conference, and the STMS conference.
McLennan developed and patented a miniature electromechanical swing trainer for his master's thesis study of "The Effects of Biomechanical Feedback on the Tennis Serve," and co-authored footwork research with Stanford University biomechanical engineering.
Lucien Nogues spent 20 years in competition service stringing, including close to 600 international tournaments and 60 Grand Slam tournaments. He was the team stringer for two winning Davis Cup teams and one winning Fed Cup team. Nogues, whose appearance is courtesy of Babolat, has been with Babolat for 30 years and is a research and development team member on racquets, strings and stringing machines. He speaks and trains in six languages. His appearance is courtesy of Babolat.
Stan Oley is a member of the USPTA and USTA, and serves on the Ferris State University Advisory Board. Oley has been the USPTA Florida Division District 15 President for the past four years. During his 27 years as a teaching professional, he has been the head tennis professional at the International Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., (home of the Sony Eriksson Championships) and also the director of tennis at Orange Lake Country Club in Orlando, Fla.
Oley has been working and teaching with ball machines for the past 21 years and is a sought after speaker. He has also published drills and articles for Tennis Week, USPTA's ADDvantage magazine and other industry publications. He has been featured on the Tennis Channel's "One Minute Clinics" and "On Court with USPTA." Oley also has three full-length instructional DVDs featuring ball machines, including drills, training the serve return, and using proper technique in the different zones of the court. His DVD "Rip Your Returns Like the Pros" won an Award of Distinction. His appearance is courtesy of Stan Oley's Tennis Equipment Sales and Service. Oley is very proud to be sponsored by Adidas and Babolat products.
Ira Peskowitz, a USPTA tennis pro, deputy sheriff and adjunct professor, combines his three fields of expertise by sharing the game with at-risk youth in West Palm Beach, Fla. He enjoys introducing inner-cities kids and families to tennis. He is the founder and executive director of the Kids and Police Tennis Association (KAPTA) which started in June 2010 and has 1,000-plus kids. His current goal is to grow KAPTA nationally and start a new program called Jail House Tennis, which would build tennis courts and teach tennis to youth and adults in prison.
Peskowitz has played tennis since he was 11 years old. He competed on junior high, high school and college teams and has played junior and club matches. He also played in Police Olympics for the past four years and won silver and gold medals for singles and doubles.
He is the recipient of the 2011 USPTA Growing Tennis Through Diversity Award, 2012 USPTA Florida Pro of the Year and 2012 Welch Tennis Court Scholarship Tennis Professional of the Year. His Kids and PAL NJTL program will be recognized by USTA Serves Foundation during the 2012 US Open.
USPTA Professional Hank Pfister is the director of tennis and fitness at Stockdale Country Club in Bakersfield, Calif. A former professional tennis player, he had a career-high ranking of No. 19 in singles and No. 9 in doubles, with wins over Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe, Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas and Stan Smith. His numerous Grand Slam appearances include two French Open doubles titles (1978 and 1980). He also played on the 1977 Davis Cup team.
Pfister was the USPTA California Division Professional of the Year in 1992 and 2006 and is a member of the Bob Alias Hall of Fame, San Jose State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Ojai Tennis Champions “Wall of Fame” at Libby Park.
Warren Pretorius, USPTA Master Professional, is tennis market manager for Dartfish USA. He also represents Dartfish, the world’s leading video analysis software, as regional director for the Southwest Region of the United States and for South Africa. Pretorius does national camp video analysis for the USTA and filming at major events such as the U.S. Open. He was instrumental in the motion capture of Microsoft’s Xbox tennis games, Topspin and Topsin II. He has consulted with professional players, including Maria Sharapova and Donald Young. He is the former director of tennis at Park City Racquet Club in Utah. He played college tennis at Weber State University. On the senior tennis circuit, he has won eight USTA balls, including four national championships. Pretorius is a member of Prince Sports Group President’s Council and Prince Speakers Bureau. His appearance is courtesy of Dartfish.
Harvey Ratner is the developer and owner of HRASPORTS VISION. His clients include the USTA officials, USTA, National Football League, and five major league baseball organizations. He helped in developing a vision training research program at the University of Maryland, and was the 1994 recipient of the MD Council on physical fitness Hall of Fame award.
Lynne Rolley, the director of tennis at the Berkeley Tennis Club, has 40 years of teaching and coaching experience at every level. She spent 15 years as director of women’s tennis for the United States and coached the Fed Cup, Pan Am Games and National Teams. In 2002, Rolley was named PTR National Coach of the Year. In 2008, Rolley was inducted into the USTA NorCal Hall of Fame. She is a renowned speaker and writer for Tennis magazine as well as many other publications. Rolley has also appeared on Tennis Channel with her own academy show. She spent many years coaching top players such as Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati. In her early years, Rolley was the men’s coach at St. Mary’s College (the first woman to coach an NCAA men’s team of any type) and director of tennis at Moraga Country Club and Sleepy Hollow Tennis Club. As a junior player, Rolley won many gold balls and was ultimately ranked among the top 10 women in the USTA.
Hans Römer, born and raised in the Netherlands, has been coaching for more than 25 years. He started his coaching career after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the prestigious CIOS Sport College. In addition to being a USPTA Master Professional, he also successfully completed the High Performance Program of the KNLTB (Royal Dutch Tennis Association).
Römer is the owner of the Monterey Bay Racquet Club, the official site of the 2012 USPTA World Conference. He serves the USPTA Northern California board of directors as vice president after having served the New England and California divisions. He also joined the USTA Northern California Coaches Commission, after successfully coaching the BG14’s to a first NorCal Gold Medal ever at the USTA “Zonals” in Colorado Springs in 2011.
Since January 2012 Hans has been a radio show host on KRXA540AM, hosting “talk10s with hans” on the Monterey Peninsula. Being a member of the USTWA, his articles have appeared in many international tennis publications. Römer has embraced a variety of social media to successfully promote his club and different programs.
Jeff Salzenstein is the founder and president of Jeff Salzenstein Tennis, an organization focused on helping tennis players improve their games through online tennis instruction in the areas of technique, footwork, nutrition, injury prevention, motivation and athletic development. He is a USPTA Professional 1, Specialist in Competitive Player Development and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
A member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, Salzenstein set the standard for tennis in Colorado with an unsurpassed record as a player at the amateur and professional levels. As he regularly competed against the best players in the world, he became a serious student of the game and an accomplished world-class competitor.
Salzenstein turned professional in 1996 after graduating from Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1997, Salzenstein was named Rookie of the Year by Tennis Week magazine. He has wins over Mardy Fish, David Nalbandian, Greg Rusedski, and Fernando Verdasco. In 2004, despite having two major surgeries, Salzenstein broke into the top 100 in the world for the first time and was the first American to accomplish this feat after his 30th birthday. He concluded his playing career in 2007 and became a high-performance tennis coach in Denver, Colo.
Salzenstein's website, www.JeffSalzensteinTennis.com, shares cutting-edge tennis tips and lessons to help players improve their games.
Paula Scheb is the director of tennis at the Bonita Bay Club, which is a 2,400-acre, gated community with 18 courts, five golf courses, 11,000 square-foot fitness center and spa with 4,000 members. Paula has been at the Bonita Bay Club for 17 years. She is a USPTA Master Professional and former Florida Professional of the Year. She has been very involved with the Florida Division, having previously served as president and head tester for the division.
Scheb graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She played college tennis for the No. 2 nationally ranked Lady Gators and was a doubles All-American while attending the UF.
Scheb has also been a regular contributor to Tennis magazine, including a special edition periodical titled "Tips from the Masters," which was promoted at the U.S. Open.
Her expertise is in club programming and management, having worked for 16 years for one of the leading developers in the state. Scheb currently hosts one of the largest tennis-only fundraisers in the country, with the biggest contingent of former touring professionals in attendance, raising more than $195,000 for children with cancer. Scheb's appearance is courtesy of HEAD Penn Racquet Sports.
Jim Shaughnessy is the director of tennis at Oakwood Country Club in Enid, Okla. A USPTA P1, he has coached players with world rankings, as well as national, sectional and state champions. Since receiving his master’s degree in 1989, Shaughnessy has been committed to 3D motion analysis of tennis at the highest levels. His goal is to help coaches who have not had formal training in motion analysis improve their effectiveness by teaching them the skill of muscle identification through use of anatomic movement terminology. He has presented his studies at multiple USPTA Divisional Conferences and the ITA National Coaches Conferences. Shaughnessy is a USPTA Sports Science Specialist, USPTA Competitive Player Development Specialist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USTA High Performance Coach.
David Smith has been a professional tennis instructor and coach for more than 30 years. He and his father, Bruce Smith, coached one of the most successful high school tennis programs in the U.S., La Quinta High School in Orange County, Calif., finishing a 22-year reign there with a 682-9 league win-loss record. He continued this winning tradition in Arizona where he coached the Agua Fria High School boys and girls tennis teams to a 300-22 combined win-loss regional record.
Smith has been awarded Coach of the Year in California and Arizona by the coaches in those areas. He has served as the Intermountain USPTA Division secretary and has been a member for 10 years.
Currently, Smith is the senior editor for TennisOne.com, where he has published more than 200 articles over the past eight years. He is also the author of two highly acclaimed tennis books, Tennis Mastery, released in 2004, and Coaching Mastery, 2008. Smith has produced two highly-rated DVDs: Building a World-class Volley and The Ultimate Serve Tune-up. Along with TennisOne.com, he will be releasing in 2012 a 10-hour, comprehensive program for high school coaches called “Coaching Unlimited.” In addition to tennis books and DVDs, Smith is author of the top-selling mystery series, Hidden Mickey, a Walt Disney action adventure series for adult readers.