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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.
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: $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!
Robert moved to Lakewood and Colorado with his family from Illinois, where he taught and coached tennis for the last 25 years @ the Wilmette Tennis Club in Wilmette Illinois. Robert equally enjoys teaching both beginners to the game, as well as advanced competitive team drill groups. "I want my students to come off the court after a lesson feeling that they have learned, worked hard, and had fun every time out there".
Robert grew up playing competitive junior tennis, and was a 4 Year D-1 tennis player at Illinois State University. He also has coached multiple Boys and Girls High School tennis teams in Illinois over the last 15 years. One of his true passions is helping players improve their games and teach them how to compete as individuals and in a team setting. 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
Robert Gurolnick - Tennis Professional
Libby Geelan - General Manager
Dave Binder - Tennis Professional
Betsy Kiser - Tennis Professional
Andrew James - Graphics / Design / Marketing
Sam Hitman - Owner / Hitman Sports Management