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Sam has over 25 years in the tennis industry and is a principal at Colorado Tennis Management, Inc which operates and manages 4 tennis facilities, including Gates Tennis Center, JCC 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!
Hailing from small town Alabama, Whit's southern charm is contagious. Having over 4 years of experience at our "big brother" facility, the Gates Tennis Center, as a Manager and Jr. Professional, he brings an overall knowledge of the tennis industry to our Lakewood facility. You won't find him at work on Saturdays during the fall though, as he will be cheering on his beloved Auburn Tigers as they compete for yet another football National Championship. This "jack of all trades" does it all so if you need help with with anything on court or in the Tennis Hut, he is your guy. Feel free to contact him at:
Andrew is our stringing extraordinaire and graphics guru here at LPTC. Raised in Orlando, FL, tennis was something that came natural in the Sunshine State. After studying psychology and design at UAB, he moved to the Rockies to chase his dream of becoming a world-class mountaineer. However, after a few brief investigations of climbing accident reports, he chickened out and got a job with us. So if you need help with stringing, racket suggestions, or a cheap therapy session, look no further.
Kaitlin Bos started playing tennis at a young age in Oregon, competing in tournaments from the age of 8 Years old. After moving to Colorado, Kaitlin played four years of 5A varsity tennis, including one year of doubles (placing 3rd in State), and playing #1 singles, qualifying at State 3 years total. She went on to briefly play at the D-1 level at Utah State and played both singles and doubles for 2 years at the D-2 level at CSU Pueblo. Kaitlin has 8 years of coaching experience spending her summers teaching children and young adults, running summer camps and teams, and is excited to coach players at any age and ability. Kaitlin’s true love and enthusiasm of the game really shines through and she is great at spotting the little tweaks that make big improvements and hopes to help players gain a love for the sport as much as she does. Private Lesson Rate: $55/hour
Paula attended Denver’s MSU and Odessa College in Texas. After college, she competed around the world on the WTA professional circuit and reached a WTA singles ranking high of 78th in the world. In 1976, she played in the main draw of the Australian Open. Between the Denver City Open and the Colorado State Open, Paula has 11 doubles titles, 1 singles title, and 1 mixed doubles title. She has developed a strong connection with students of all ages and abilities and looks forward to meeting new players at LPTC.
Private Lesson Rate: $66/hour
Libby has recently accepted the new position of Director of Tennis at Lakewood Park Tennis Center. Congratulations Libby! Libby brings with her an extensive playing, teaching, and business background. A natural coach, she comes to Lakewood Park from Gates Tennis Center where she was an integral part of the success of the largest public tennis facility in Colorado. Tennis is more than a game for Libby, and has been a big part of her life and family. 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. She is very excited about the opportunity to help grow the game in Lakewood and hopes that she will see you on the courts soon! Private Lesson Rate: $65/hour
Peter is a Chicago native who recently retired from teaching and coaching and moved to Colorado. Peter was a highly ranked junior earning a scholarship to DI Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he was an MVP, captain and an Academic All-American for the Huskies. Peter went on to hold the number one ranking in Illinois and was consistently ranked in the top ten in the Midwest in singles and doubles. Peter taught and coached for 33 years at Downers Grove South High School earning 650 career wins and was named Illinois Coach of the Year three times. Peter holds a BS and MS from NIU in Special Education and a PhD in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. Peter is an artist as well, showing his art nationwide (peter-freischlag.squarespace.com). Peter is thrilled to be in Colorado and back on the court!
Private Lesson Rate: $65/hour
We would like to welcome KB as the newest addition to the LPTC team! Although he is new to Lakewood, KB has a long history of teaching all ages and levels at Gates Tennis Center. Born in Botswana, Africa, KB's favorite sports (besides tennis) are soccer and football. KB's serve, topspin, and footwork are a few specialties, among many. KB played tennis at Metro State College of Denver. In 2008, he won the 4.5 division of the Colorado State Open. He now plays at the open level.
Private Lesson Rate: $65/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: $65/hour
Coach Kim Greason is a native Coloradoan, growing up in Arvada. Kim played college tennis at the University of Northern Colorado where she played her sophomore and junior years. In 1991 Kim was ranked #3 in the nation in Division II tennis. She also captured 2 straight Rolex Regional Championships and went on to play in the Rolex National Tournaments. The highlight of Kim's college career came in 1992 the UNC Bears finished 4th in the nation at the Division II Nationals. Kim and her partner Andrea Wallace finished 3rd in the nation at the #1 doubles position and were named All-Americans. Her 1992 team was inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2009. She has been the head girls coach at Ralston Valley High School for 15 years and is a UPSTA Certified teaching pro. She currently plays at the 5.0 and championship level and carries a national ranking in 40's singles and doubles. Due to her continued competitive play, she feels her specialty is mental toughness and match strategy. However she also enjoys fine tuning and tweaking technique for players of all levels and ages. When she isn't coaching you can find her on the tennis court, golf course, ski slopes or spending time with son Cooper and daughter Raleigh. Private Lesson Rate: $65/hour
Matt has returned to the tennis business after a brief stint away. Why not get paid to be around something you love? If Matt looks familiar, you probably know him from the JCC Tennis Center, where he worked for 6 years. Currently, Matt works as a Parks and Recreation Analyst for the City of Wheat Ridge. When not working, Matt can be found watching or playing tennis, golf, basketball and any other sport with a ball.
Makela is a native of Colorado and does not see herself living anywhere else but here. She has been playing tennis since she was a little girl, absolutely falling in love with the sport and never looking back. She played on numerous junior tennis teams, high school varsity tennis team for four years, and has been a junior tennis professional for organizations outside of Lakewood Park Tennis Center. Her three favorite professional tennis players are Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. Three classics! Currently, she is studying Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. She is unsure about what future career she would like to pursue, but would definitely like to work with young children. Makela looks forward to seeing you at Lakewood Park Tennis Center!
“Superman” Soper is the newest addition to our facility. We realized this nickname wasn’t a fluke after bearing witness to a few forehand winners that were, well, faster than a speeding bullet. Although Ben was born here in Englewood, Colorado, he’s lived and played tennis all over, including South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Missouri. Ben picked up a racquet after seeing his dad play during the Agassi/Sampras era and quickly found himself training with Paradorn Srichapan’s childhood coach as a junior. Ben spent his days playing almost as many sports as the countries he’s lived in. Just to list a few, Ben played soccer, basketball, and #1 varsity doubles at Green Mountain High School. Since then, Ben’s tennis obsession has continued with consistent recreational and competitive play. Ben describes himself as taking a “progressive, analytical approach to the game” and insists that results will come naturally when the technical side is solid. Welcome to the team!
Private Lesson Rate: $50/hour
Betsy has been teaching and coaching tennis for 15 years. She is the founder of High Impact Tennis in Gainesville, Georgia where she and her coaching team grew tennis, developed players, programs, and events, while instilling an appreciation and zeal in the community for this lifelong sport. After 12 years with HIT, Betsy moved to Austin, Texas to share her passion, and seek some more wisdom with an opportunity to coach at Courtyard Tennis Club. She is a dedicated coach and teacher, immensely working to help each student reach full potential and enjoy the beautiful experience of this lifetime sport. She works with all ages and is excited to be a part of Lakewood Park Tennis Center Private Lesson Rate: $60/hour