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Sam has over 25 years in the tennis industry and is a principal at Hitman Sports Management, LLC which operates and manages 4 tennis facilities, including Gates Tennis Center, Pueblo Tennis Center, and the Shellaberger Tennis Center. Sam grew up in New Jersey and played D-1 tennis at Rutgers University. His first tennis teaching experience was running his hometown's tennis clinic in So. Jersey at age 18. Sam has lived in Colorado since 1993 - and fell in love with Colorado after riding across Colorado on one his 3 transcontinental crossings by bicycle of the United States. According to Sam, running successful tennis facilities comes down to 3 things: 1) programs for everyone 2) great staff that understands family-style customer service 3) Always remembering to make it fun!
Rick is a junior pro specialist. Originally from Roswell, New Mexico, he played high school tennis and many years in league tennis. He understands the importance of teaching kids the fundamentals of the game, along with general core beliefs of being an athlete, which transfers to other sports. His focus on technique, while making class fun and exciting, challenges the kids with activities that help them feel successful. Rick has many years of experience teaching and coaching children, as a part time ski instructor of 14 years at Keystone. He also enjoys cycling, fishing and playing music.
Private Lesson Rate: $60/hour
Libby has been with Lakewood Park Tennis Center since 2016, and Hitman Sports Management since 2013. Her time with the company began at Gates Tennis Center where she was an integral part of the success of the largest public facility in Colorado. She was also a key contributor to the creation of The School of Tennis Management, which is a state accredited tennis management program held at Gates. Her talents were also used to serve as a resource to the management team at Pueblo Tennis Center; another HSM facility in southern Colorado. In addition to her knowledge of the business, Libby provides an extensive playing and teaching background. Her love for the sport began with her fathers influence. Her Dad, Tom Harrison, runs the Tom Harrison Tennis Center back home in Ohio, and Libby has fond memories of playing and growing up at her Dad’s club. Not only was Libby a standout high school player, but she was a full scholarship recipient and played Division 1 tennis at Bowling Green State University. Her mission is to grow the game in Lakewood, and continue to make LPTC a vibrant facility with something for everyone! Private Lesson Rate: $75/hour
Dave has been teaching and coaching tennis for over 25 years. Originally from Lorain, OH, Dave grew up playing a variety of sports before deciding to concentrate on tennis in the 8th grade. Dave played 2 years for Division I University of Toledo, before transferring to and graduating from Kent State University. After coaching for a few years in Cleveland, Dave moved to Chicago and worked for 8 years at the CARE Tennis Academy in Libertyville, IL, one of the top junior academies in the country. While there, Dave was mainly responsible for coaching and travelling with high nationally and internationally ranked players. Dave then moved to Arizona and coached at the Village Racquet and Fitness Club for 8 years, working with all levels of adults and juniors, as well as coaching many women’s interclub teams. Most recently, Dave has been Tennis Coordinator for the City of Missoula’s Parks and Recreation. When not teaching, Dave enjoys trail running, cycling and just about any human-powered activity in the mountains. Some off-court accomplishments include running over 30 ultramarathons, thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia as well as several multi-week bikepacking trips throughout the Rockies and Europe. Private Lesson Rate: $70/hour
Libby Geelan - General Manager
Dave Binder - Tennis Professional
Rick Escebedo - Tennis Professional
Sam Hitman - Owner / Hitman Sports Management
Marianne Page - Tennis Professional
Marianne grew up playing tennis with her family and it became a great source of fun for her. Tennis retained that sense of fun throughout her playing and coaching career. Marianne played for Metropolitan State University at the D2 level for four years. She played mostly at the #2 doubles and #2 singles positions for her team. She coached in Brighton Colorado, her hometown, for 8 summers before joining the Lakewood Park Tennis Center team. She loved sharing the joy that she has for tennis with her Brighton students and hopes to do the same for her students in Lakewood. Private Lesson Rate: $55/hour
John has been coaching tennis since 2007 when he moved from California after playing collegiate tennis at Azusa Pacific University where he was part of the 2005 NAIA Mens National Championship team. He was a full time teaching professional at Meadow Creek Tennis and Fitness from 2007-2012. From there he transitioned to a slightly different profession - Lakewood Police Officer- where he is currently assigned as a school resource officer and a member of the SWAT team. John also coached Mens and Womens collegiate tennis at CCU for 5 years. Private Lesson Rate: $65/hour
John Goodrich - Tennis Professional
Aaron Bombalicki- Tennis Professional
Aaron trained at USPTA Academy and the world renowned Van Der Meer Tennis Academy. He has instructed with Marriott Vacation Clubs, working with all ages and skill levels. For the past 15 years, Aaron has instructed tennis and many other professional sports. He has extensive knowledge in all levels, mechanics, and dimensions of tennis. A few of his strengths include teaching new tools for the game, keeping the lesson enjoyable, and relating to the needs and abilities of each individual. Aaron will enhance your Doubles techniques and skills through lessons for Doubles partners or sets of partners. Aaron can help you learn basic techniques or improve advanced skills. Private Lesson Rate: $60/hour
Beau Pritchard has been coaching tennis at all different levels for the last 6 years. Firstly, he taught back at his home country club of Pecan Plantation where he also trained for 5 years prior. After leaving Pecan, he began teaching at Ridglea Country Club where he stayed until he left for College. During this time he was training at Texas Christian University with the desire to take his playing to the next level. Beau was a Texas top 100 junior and nationally ranked player. His favorite shots are the topspin forehand, and a variety of serves. Once the time came, Beau took his abilities to Colorado Christian University where he played tennis and is studying Pre-Medicine with aspirations to attend graduate school for Prosthetics. Outside of the tennis court Beau enjoys skiing, the outdoors, and has played many other sports which he finds useful to apply on the court when coaching players who play multiple sports.Private Lesson Rate: $58/hour
Beau Pritchard- Tennis Professional
Peter was a captain, a four-year varsity starter, and an Academic All-American at
Northern Illinois University. He held the #1 ranking in the Northern Illinois from 1991 to 1995
and again in 2000. In 2010 he was ranked #1 in Chicago and #4 in the Midwest and won 20
straight tournaments including five Midwest Championships. In 2019 Peter was ranked number 9 Nationally in both singles and doubles in his age group. As the Illinois 2012 and 2007 Illinois Coach of the Year, Coach Pete was the varsity coach at Downers Grove South High School near Chicago for 33 years. He holds a BS and MS from NIU and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. Peter is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, U.S.P.T.A. certified, and a professional watercolorist showing through the country.
Private Lesson Rate: $65/hour
Peter Freischlag- Tennis Professional
Guest Pro! Chris Croxton - Tennis Professional
Chris Croxton will be available at Lakewood Park Tennis Center starting this Fall 2020! His main mission will be to help LPTC create a community fund for youth scholarships, special Lakewood community usage and facility upgrades, but when he's not doing that, he wants to be on-court with you! Chris played college tennis at Pomona College in Southern California, and comes to LPTC boasting a tremendous background as a former General Manager at Gates Tennis Center, Tennis Director for the Colorado Athletic Clubs and General Manager at the Denver Tennis Park. Chris loves to get on-court with any age player at any level whether it's to develop sound technique, instill singles/doubles strategy or just get a great workout. If you have a small group of players, Chris is known for running fast pace drills chocked full of tips on the go! A true teacher at heart, he would love to share some of his decades of tennis knowledge with you! Private Lesson Rate: $80/hour
Mon - Fri: 8am - 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am - 8pm