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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!
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.
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 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
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
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
Whit Wilson has been with Hitman Sports Management since 2012. His dedication to the company and vast skill set, has led to his involvement in multiple HSM facilities. Whit has been with LPTC from the beginning, and it is his hard work and leadership that has been the foundation to our success. Born and raised in Alabama (War Eagle!), Whit comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is proud to continue this family tradition here in Colorado. He is currently stepping into a roll at Gates Tennis Center but will continue to help LPTC from afar. We miss you, Whit!
Steve has been teaching tennis for 19 years. He is from Amarillo, Texas. Steve comes from an Air Force family. In 1988 Steve’s family was named Pacific Northwest Tennis Family of the year. Steve has four brothers and a sister, all of whom played college tennis. For all four of his high school years at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, California, Steve played No. 1 single and doubles. Steve then went on to attend WTAMU in Canyon, Texas where as a team, they qualified for nationals two years in a row and achieved a ranking of 10 in the nation in doubles. While on the court, Steve explains and demonstrates techniques and methods of body, hands, and feet to achieve proficiency on the court. Having fun and working hard while learning the great sport of tennis is his mission! Private Lesson Rate: $65/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
Steve Olesen - Tennis Professional
Libby Geelan - General Manager
Dave Binder - Tennis Professional
Betsy Kiser - Tennis Professional
Peter Freischlag - Tennis Professional
Paula Coulter - Tennis Professional
Andrew James - Graphics / Design / Marketing
Sam Hitman - Owner / Hitman Sports Management