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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.
Originally hailing from Richmond, Va., Michael was crowned a Virginia State “All Prep” in high school. He
also played college tennis his freshman year at Hampden Sydney College. While out on court, Michael likes to focus on strategic configurations, thinking outside the box, and considering all angles of the court. He has a calming demeanor and a knack for targeting (and then correcting) the weaknesses in a player’s game. Michael also has a mediocre mid-range basketball jump shot and sub-par kickball skills (just don’t tell him that). Private Lesson Rate: $60/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
Carey is a native of New Zealand and has taught at Gates Tennis Center and the JCC for 6 years, adding LPTC to his resume this year. His is a former New Zealand junior champion, two-time CSU Pueblo All-American in singles, a Collegiate Hall of Fame member, 2004 All-Colorado High School Boysd and Rocky Mountain News 5A Coach of the Year, and a former Colorado State Open singles and mixed doubles Open Champion. Carey is involved with adult and junior instruction, as well as cardio classes at Lakewood. For more info, visit his site at careybrading.com
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
Maddie has recently moved to Colorado from Las Cruces, NM to play college tennis with Colorado Christian University. While in High School, Maddie was a 4x District Champion, placed 2nd in singles in the 2015 NM state championship, and was Team Captain all 4 years. Maddie is adapting well to the Colorado landscape, staying busy with tennis, volleyball, and basically any other outdoor activity you can think of! Her favorite athlete is Maria Sharapova and her favorite sports team is the Denver Broncos (great answer, Maddie)!
Private Lesson Rate: $55/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
Jake was born and raised in West Bend, Wisconsin before attending Ferris State University. At FSU, he studied Professional Tennis Management with a marketing concentration. Jake is a USPTA certified coach. He has coached at Margaret Court Tennis Academy in Australia, The Club of Riverdale in New York City, and Georgetown Prep Tennis Club in Rockville, Maryland. More recently, he was Director of Tennis at The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colorado. Jake enjoys coaching players of all ages and abilities and looks forward to sharing his passion with the players at LPTC. As a coach, his ultimate goal is to make your time on a tennis court more enjoyable. When he is not on the tennis court, you will often find Jake hiking 14ers, rock climbing, watching Wisconsin sports, or camping with friends. Private Lesson Rate: