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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
Brenden has been with Hitman Sports Management since 2013 working at the Pueblo Tennis center, a Southern Colorado club. There he started to help manage as well as develop a coaching style focused on efficiency. While he played collegiately at Colorado State University-Pueblo he only started at the age of 14. Showing that you don’t always have to start very young to be a collegiate player. He is now focused on growing the game in the Lakewood community, and continuing to make LPTC a vibrant facility.
Private Lesson Rate: $70/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
Brenden Sullinger - 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
Ryder has been playing tennis since he was four-years-old. He grew up in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and became passionate about tennis around the age of 12. He began to teach and coach a few junior players in his hometown in high school. He played competitive high school tennis and then competed at the collegiate level at Colorado Christian University. Ryder also runs cross country and track for Colorado Christian University and he is pursuing his Masters in Special Education. Ryder started teaching tennis at Lakewood Park Tennis Center about a year ago, and he really enjoys working with all levels of tennis players. He loves to share his passion for the sport with others and he desires everyone to get better while having fun. Off the tennis court, Ryder enjoys running, trail running, climbing, and most other sports that are outside. He loves to be active and loves to share his passion for movement with others. Private Lesson Rate: $55/hour
Ryder Searle- Tennis Professional
Mon - Fri: 8am - 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am - 8pm