It would not be possible to bring you fresh content daily at
TennisRecruiting.net without the time and talent of many former
coaches and tennis experts. The following individuals have
contributed to one or more articles at TennisRecruiting.net.
Patrick Albán is the founder and director of Mental Training at
in South Florida. Albán played college tennis at Barry
University where he also served as an adjunct professor. At SPMI,
Albán has worked with hundreds of junior, college, WTA, and ATP
tennis players. He also partners with Rick Macci Tennis Academy and
the Cañas Tennis Academy.
Dede Allen is a world-renowned college recruiting expert who is
intimately familiar with both college and junior tennis. Formerly the
ACC Coach of the Year at Wake Forest University, Allen now presents
seminars throughout the country to prospective college tennis players.
Ben Belletto is the men's tennis coach and director of tennis at
at Linfield College, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to
Linfield, Belletto was successful at Pomona-Pitzer (men) from
2003-2013, and Whittier (men and women) from 2013-15. Belletto has
coached several ITA All-American singles and doubles players, and
he has served as the National Rankings Chair for the
Oracle/ITA Division III Men's College Tennis Rankings.
Martin Blackman was head coach of the American University Men
from 2001-05, leading the Eagles (74-46 overall, 21-3 Patriot
League) to three conference titles. Blackman earned Patriot
Coach of the Year honors all four years. As an undergraduate at
Stanford, he was part of two NCAA championship teams. Today,
Blackman is Director of Tennis at the Tennis Center at College
Park (TCCP) in Maryland and serves on the USTA Board of Directors.
Nick Bollettieri is a living legend - and one of the most
influential men in the game of tennis. In 1978, he founded the
Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, arguably the most successful
tennis academy in the world. Bolletieri has personally coached
nine men and women that achieved a #1 world ranking. Based in
Bradenton, Fla., Bolletieri continues his work as a coach,
speaker, and innovator.
Andy Brandi coached the University of Florida Women for seventeen
years. One of the most successful coaches in the country, Brandi
led his team to 18 NCAA titles, including four team and four
singles titles. He has been named National Coach of the Year
multiple times by both the ITA and USPTA. Brandi is currently a
partner at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
Annette Broersma is well known throughout the junior tennis world
as a national tournament director and recruiting expert. She
routinely educates junior players and parents as well as high
school and community college counselors on strategies for finding
the right college. Broersma is a regular contributor to
Wilson Sporting Goods'
High School Coach Newsletter and
College Tennis Online,
and she is currently on the Speaker's Bureau for Wilson.
Tim Cass had an impressive run as head coach at Texas A&M from
1997-2006. Under his leadership, the Aggies won four Big 12
championships, advanced to the NCAA championships every year and
the Sweet 16 six consecutive years. Texas A&M also led the
nation in attendance, and Cass raised $4 million to enhance the
tennis program and facilities. In 2006 Cass returned to New
Mexico, his alma mater, as senior associate athletics director.
Harry Cicma covers tennis and other athletic stories for
writing articles and producing video segments. He is the
co-founder and host of World Tennis a weekly tennis show
on NESN, and host of of Tennis Live Radio's College Corner.
Cicma is a former ATP player who had a distinguished college
career at Rutgers.
After nearly 20 years working for daily newspapers, Ron Cioffi
He has written for Tennis, TennisIndustry and Inside Tennis
magazines, served as media director of the BB&T Atlanta
Open and as a volunteer for USTA Southern and Middle States.
Currently, Cioffi works as USTA Southern Director of
Communications, webmaster of the International Tennis Writers
Assn. website and is a board member of the Atlanta Professional
Tennis Umpires Assn.
Casey Cooper, Ph.D.
Dr. Casey Cooper is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sports
psychology. She has worked with athletes, their families and teams
since 1997 and has served on staff at USC and UCLA. A recent
regular on AM 570 Radio and Parenting Orange County Magazine
contributor, Dr. Casey enjoys sharing her insights with parents
and coaches. Learn more about Dr. Casey at
Gary Curreri is an award-winning freelance photojournalist based in
South Florida. His stories frequent the
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Community News sections, in addition to providing high school and
soccer coverage for the publication. He covers every sport under the
sun from pro sports to junior tennis.
Sonny Dearth is a writer and copy editor, primarily for the sports
section, at the Daily Press newspaper and
Web site in Newport News, Va. Dearth has more than 40 years of
experience in tennis. He is a former state high school champion
who has served as a volunteer assistant coach in Virginia, where
he started for four years at
in the late 1980s.
John W. DenBoer, Ph.D., U.S.P.T.A., is a former collegiate tennis
player with an array of tennis teaching experience. He was a 4-time
Most Valuable Player award and 4-time Academic All-Conference
selection and played No. 1 singles and doubles throughout college
(1996-2000). As the Founder and Director of
Mental Edge Tennis,
he specializes in providing mental coaching services to competitive
tennis players, ranging from club level players to top-ranked juniors,
and including WTA and ATP tour professionals.
Tim Donovan was a standout tennis player at Brown, where he
reached #6 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings - and
was recognized as two-time Ivy League and Eastern Conference
Player of the Year. After a
stint on the ATP tour where he achieved a Top-300 singles
ranking, Donovan worked with the USTA on player development and
served as assistant coach at Harvard. Most recently, Donovan
Donovan Tennis Strategies,
a group that hosts two college showcases each year and places
hundreds of players at colleges of all levels throughout the country.
After years of running
College And Junior Tennis
and contributing to many other tennis publications, Marcia Frost is
now freelancing full time. She writes regularly on tennis for Tennis
Frost is also a college tennis advocate and has helped organize many
college tennis showcases, where she acts as a featured speaker. She
Monthly Guides To College Tennis Planning for H.S. Juniors and Seniors
and is the author of
American Doubles... the Trials... the Triumphs... the Domination.
Peter has taught tennis in the Albany, New York area for more than 15
years and is currently employed at
Sportime - Schenectady.
He has coached for the Eastern Section at National Zone Team
Championships for most of those years. His work with junior players
includes anything from 5-year-old beginners to nationally-ranked
juniors as well as working with adult players. Peter is a regular
contributor to the Times Union (Albany) Tennis Blog.
Bob Greene is one of the premier journalists in the sport of
tennis. In his four decades of service with the Associated Press,
Greene has covered everything from slam events to junior tournaments.
During that time, he has written about great players well before they
were household names - players like Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors.
Ross Greenstein is President and CEO of
Scholarship for Athletes,
an independent organization that assists high school athletes and
their families in the scholarship search and negotiation process. He
is a graduate of the University of Florida where he made the SEC
All-Academic team. He was also a former Minnesota state tennis
champion in high school.
Hansen played college tennis at the University of Florida and
served as head coach at both Pace University and Brooklyn College.
Recently, Hansen founded
a consulting company that helps students and parents navigate the
college search process.
Huntress is Communications and IT Manager for the USTA Texas
Section. He also writes the
Texas College Tennis Blog,
a popular website since 2008 that features players, coaches,
and teams from Texas college tennis programs of all levels.
A former head coach of N.C. State men's tennis from 1968-81, Isenhour
also led the women through three successful seasons, while bringing
N.C. State tennis from near obscurity into the limelight. Isenhour's
men's teams compiled back-to-back ACC championships in 1978 and 1979 -
the lone pair of championships in school history. N.C. State
recently opened the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in his honor.
Ali Jones has been a speechwriter, book editor, publicist and
writer, most recently for
She has been a tennis enthusiast from an early age and has played
recreationally on various surfaces, including crushed seashells in the
Philippines and red clay in the Czech Republic and Mexico. When she's
not travelling with her son to his tennis tournaments, Ali writes and
enjoys historical research.
Gregg Jones is an author and investigative reporter at
The Dallas Morning News.
In a newspaper career spanning 25 years, Jones has won numerous
awards and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Jones
played college tennis at Northeast Louisiana University and was
formerly ranked No. 3 in Texas Men's 35 singles. He lives in
Plano, Texas, with his wife, Ali, and son, Christopher, a ranked
junior in Texas.
Seth Kaplan, M.Ed., is a Mental Performance Coach and the founder of
Elite Performance Coaching (EPC). To learn more about Seth and
his Mental Strength Program for Elite Performance, visit the EPC
Bobby Knight is a tennis aficionado who loves watching,
reading, and writing about the great game of college tennis. He
has attended numerous NCAA Championships along with 3 of the 4
Professional Grand Slams. After writing for a few different
websites over the last several years he started his own college
College Tennis Today,
in January 2015 and continues to grow his audience through his active
Dave "Koz" Kozlowski
Dave "KOZ" Kozlowski, one of the first seventeen Master USPTA
professionals in the world, is the creator of two instructional tennis
videos: "Master Your Tennis Motor Memory" and "Fundamentally Sound
Tennis". He has been honored as both USPTA National Pro of the Year
and USTA Broadcaster of the Year. Kozlowski is executive
producer and host of "Inside Tennis with the Koz" which now airs
Danielle Lao was a member of the
USC Women's Tennis Team
from 2009 to 2013. She helped lead the Trojans to two PAC 12 Team
championships and was team captain her senior year. She wrapped up her
collegiate career with two Singles All-American Honors and three
individual ITA titles. She blogs on her college experience on
Colette Lewis comments daily on junior and college on her popular
website, and she has covered topflight U.S. and international junior
events as a freelance journalist for over a decade.
Her work has appeared in Tennis magazine, the Tennis
Championships magazine and the US Open program, and she
provides monthly content for USTA Florida. Lewis is active on
and she writes a weekly column right here at TennisRecruiting.net.
She was named
Junior Tennis Champion
for 2016 by Tennis Industry Magazine.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta.
He covers sports and technology for the likes of Yahoo News and Sports
and has covered tennis at all levels for almost 10 years. His website
and you can follow him on Twitter at
Marc Lucero is one of the founders of
based in Carson, Calif. Lucero is a former USTA Coach who worked
for USTA Player Development for four years. He has worked with
Nicole Gibbs, Sam Querrey, and Ryan Harrison. Lucero was
successful in college tennis as captain of the
men's tennis team and as the women's assistant coach at
Dan Magill is one of the great men of tennis - and a true ambassador
of the game of college tennis. Magill was the head coach at the
University of Georgia for 34 years, and he retired as the all-time
winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (706 career wins). He is
the recipient of the two most prestigious awards available to college
coaches: ITA National Coach of the Year (1980), and the J.D. Morgan
Award (1990). Magill is also the curator and lead administrator
ITA Men's Hall of Fame,
located in Athens, Ga.
Chris Mahony was all-everything at the University of Tennessee.
As a player from 1993-96, Mahony earned ITA All-America and Academic
All-America honors. After serving five years as an assistant coach,
Mahony was head coach of the Volunteers in 2005 and 2006, leading the
team to a spot in the Round of 16 in the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Mahony is now Head Coach of Tennis Australia's National High
Dr. Vicky-Lynn Martin was head coach of the Florida Southern College
women's team for six seasons, earning Sunshine Conference Coach of the
Year honors in 2001. Martin's teams posted an overall record of 78-51
with four NCAA tournament appearances. Her 2004 team compiled an 18-6
record and ended the season ranked thirteenth in the Campbell/ITA Division
II College Tennis Rankings. Today, Dr. Martin is an associate
professor for sport management at Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA).
Tarek Merchant is a college recruiting expert and founder of
an organization that hosts showcases, evaluates and
places hundreds of players of all levels at colleges around the country.
Merchant was a multi-sport high school athlete and played division one
college tennis for Jacksonville University. He is a certified Tennis
Canada coach and has worked with professional sports organizations
such as the Orlando Magic (NBA).
Allen Morris was head coach of the North Carolina men's tennis
team for thirteen years. His UNC teams achieved a 245-123 record
and won two ACC championships. Morris left UNC to return to his
Alma Mater, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), as the Director of
Athletics. His success at PC led to his induction into the
South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, one of five Halls of Fame
where Morris is a member.
David Mullins was a highly-regarded college tennis coach for many
years at the University of Oklahoma. Mullins provides more
insights into how to be prepared to play college tennis in his
"How to Dominate College Tennis" Guidebook. Go to
for more information on the book - and learn about the free advice he
provides as well as other services and products focused around
everything you need to know about College Tennis Scholarships.
Nadim Naser is owner and recruiting consultant at
where he specializes in personalized mentoring for all college-bound
athletes and their families throughout the entire recruiting process.
Further, he hosts college tennis prep events, such as showcases &
camps in Florida and abroad. Nadim was a top 10 junior tennis player
in Germany, played for and graduated from USF in 2003 where he
captained his team and earned his MBA from the University of Tampa in
West Nott enters his 6th season as the Women's Associate Head Coach
In 2012, USC finished #4 NCAA, PAC-12 Champions, and reached the Final
Four of the NCAA Team Championships.
Eric Parker is a longtime teaching professional, freelance writer and
former journalist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and San Diego
Union-Tribune. He played collegiately for the University of Colorado
and now tries to figure out how to raise two teenage daughters with
his wife, Cheryl. Help, anyone?
Erica Perkins has been around college tennis as a player, coach,
and now in a role advancing junior and college tennis with the
USTA. As a player at Washington State, Perkins led the Cougars to
the NCAA tournament and achieved ITA Academic All-American status as a
senior. After coaching stints at Georgia Southern, William &
Mary, and Michigan State, Perkins accepted the position of Manager
Junior and Collegiate Competition
with the USTA.
Paul Pisani is a fitness trainer based in Amelia Island, Florida.
Pisani has developed a niche working with up-and-coming American players,
helping them reach their fitness and tennis potential. More recently,
he has also been working with several of America's top colleges.
Additional information about Pisani can be found at his website -
Tennis Fitness Solutions.
Rhiannon Potkey is a veteran sportswriter with more than two
decades of experience in journalism. Potkey has covered many
sports at many levels and has a passion for finding great stories.
Potkey has covered the U.S. Open, junior sectional and national
events, college conference championships and Davis Cup matches.
Potkey is currently Content Strategist for Tennis Recruiting.
Joshua Rey was inspired by his experiences as a Sony Ericsson Open
ballboy to pursue a career in tennis. He has covered junior, college
and pro tennis for USTA.com, TennisWeek.com and The Miami Herald. As
an ESPN statistics associate, Rey researched stats and trends on
tennis players and storylines. He worked on-site for ESPN at Wimbledon
Tom Schrader was head tennis coach at the University of North
Florida for seven years. His coached both the men's and women's
teams, developing them into perennial powers and achieving
records of 135-57 and 116-57, respectively. Schrader received
many honors for his work at UNF, including men's Division II
Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year in 2004. Schrader
currently serves as a tour manager for the ATP.
Don Schroer, head coach at Emory University for 31 years, is a member
of a select group of college tennis coaches who have amassed more than
500 career wins. Schroer became the 22nd person in NCAA history ever
to join that group with a 4-0 win against Chicago April 23, 1999, in
the opening round of the University Athletic Association conference
Kathy Sell Smith
Kathy Sell Smith has done everything there is to do in college tennis in
a very short time. She reached top 10 in singles in the the
Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings and was an ITA All-American
at Duke. Sell-Smith was an assistant tennis coach at
Oregon and was named head coach at Princeton at age 25. In five
years as head coach, she led Princeton to an Ivy League
championship in 2009, and her 2008 recruiting class was ranked
#1 in the country. Sell-Smith currently resides in Durham, N.C.
Jeff Sikes performs many communications and public relations
functions for the
Section. Prior to that, Jeff held a similar position for
USTA Missouri Valley,
and he was a sports reporter working for Associated Press and
other publications. He has covered Davis Cup, ATP, WTA, and
USTA Pro Circuit events. Jeff holds a degree in journalism from
the University of Texas in Austin.
Phil Stukenborg, a Memphis native, has been a member of
The Commercial Appeal
sports staff since 1982. He covers a variety of sports, including
University of Memphis athletics. Among other tennis assignments,
Stukenborg covers the Girls' 18 Claycourts in Memphis.
Amelia Thomas has been the author of the Hot 100 column at Tennis
Recruiting since Fall 2009. Thomas, currently a student at Appalachian
State University in Boone, has been involved in journalism in both
high school and college. She served as editor of her school's online
news site in 2011 and 2012, and she placed in a National Scholastic
competition for Feature of the Year.
Paul Thomson has spent over 20 years in tennis, with ten years
experience in college tennis coaching - the past eight of which have
been spent as head coach. He was the 2008-09 SAC Women's College Coach
of the year. Thomson, certified through the PTR, has experience as a
tour and high school coach and club/academy instructor. He has also
worked in grass roots tennis community tennis development. Thomson is
currently doing freelance writing and working on his first book.
Craig Tiley elevated the men's tennis program at the University of
Illinois to elite status during his tenure from 1992 to 2005.
Under his direction, Illinois won eight consecutive Big 10
Conference titles, went on a 64-match winning streak from
2002-2004, won back-to-back USTA/ITA Men's Team Indoor Championships
in 2003 and 2004, and won the 2003 NCAA Division I championship. Today,
Tiley serves as the Director of Player Development for Tennis
Paul Torricelli is the winningest coach in history at
Northwestern University. His teams recorded 332 wins with nine
NCAA tournament appearances, two undefeated conference seasons,
and a Big Ten championship while earning three Big Ten "Coach
of the Year" awards. Among other pursuits, Paul Torricelli is a
Consultant of Tennis Operations for
Scholarship for Athletes.
Scott Treibly is a seasoned veteran in the world of collegiate
athletics. As an undergraduate, he played #1 singles at the
University of New Mexico. He later served as assistant coach
at Texas A&M where he earned ITA Regional Coach of the Year
honors. Since 2001, Treibly has been the Head Coach and College
Placement Director at IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis.
Damon Valentino has over two decades of experience as a high
school tennis coach, independent school educator and teaching tennis
professional. Valentino played college tennis at Michigan State and
holds a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy
University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Valentino uses mental skills
techniques to help people perform at an optimal level. You can learn
more at Flow Sports.
Laurie Wexel is a nutritional researcher and speaker on
sports nutrition for the tennis player. She is an avid
tennis player - and is President of
a business dedicated to the health of the tennis player.
Todd Widom is a former 18-and-under Super National champion, two-time
All-American at the University of Miami, and former Top 200 ATP
Professional in both singles and doubles. He has continued his
passion for tennis, and is owner of
South Florida's top small group/private tennis training geared
exclusively for high performance tennis players.
TennisRecruiting.net's own Julie Wrege has accomplishments across
the tennis spectrum - as a college head coach as well as for
juniors locally and nationally. Wrege's two tenures as head coach
at Georgia Tech earned her a spot in the school's Hall of Fame.
A co-founder of TennisInformation.com, other highlights include
starting junior competition for ALTA and novice tournaments for
the Georgia Tennis Association.
Valery Yalouskikh is a marketing consultant. He lives in Irvine,
CA. Valery is also a big tennis fan. He runs the website
Famous tennis coaches and trainers Nick Saviano, Allen Fox and
Allistair McCaw are the experts at the website.