Staff


Our beliefs

Our coaching staff believe in intrinsic motivation and love for the game building as the key to sustained practice toward excellence. We are determined to maximize each young athlete's benefits as a person through the competitive tennis journey. Our goal within the sport for the athletes is to ultimately have #NoRegrets in terms of intent and effort.



JUSTIN O'NEAL


Coach

Philosophy: To help create self-reliant players on the court who are capable of being their own coach and adapting to the inevitable changes that will occur over the course of a match and tournament.

Experience:
2011-17 Director of Player Development, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Hiking, Golf

Accomplishments:

Coached top #350 WTA

Developed current top NCAA Div. 1 Men's players.

3 time All-American at University of Florida
2000 SEC Player of the Year
Career high 601 ATP
Member of University of Florida Hall of Fame (2014)





MARKO STANIC

Dir. of Functional Training & Coach

Philosophy: If you choose between quantity and quality, always pick quality. Avoid placing too much quantity on dysfunction, so first move well and then move often.


Experience:
2016-2017 Self Employed as Strength and Conditioning Coach / Co-founder of Mini Tennis School of Sport, Europe
2015 Tennis Pro at Cincinnati County Club
2013-2015 Tennis Pro and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Junior Tennis Academy, Houston TX

Certifications:
Functional Movement Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
MovNat Certified Trainer
Hobbies: Reading, Writing

Accomplishments:
ITF Junior World Ranking
ATP World Tour ranking in Doubles
National Champion
Coached ATP ranked players and top Juniors age 14 and under






PEPI KATSOUPI

Coach

Philosophy: Fear no one but respect everyone. Focus on the journey and let the racquet do the talking as you reach your destination.

Experience:
2017– Present Assistant Coach , Men's and Women's Tennis, Babson College
2016-2018 Tennis Pro at Boston Sports Clubs
2008-2015 Teaching Pro at clubs in Indianapolis, IN and Greece.

Certifications:
B.S. Physical Education & Sport Science
USPTR Certified: 11 to 17 year olds
Hobbies:
Exploring new travel destinations, Making puzzles

Accomplishments:
Member of the Greek National team and competed on the ITF Women's tour.
2018 Conference Finals with both Babson teams
Developed nationally ranked juniors in Greece.

Coached ATP ranked players and top Juniors age 14 and under




Alexander yarkov


coach

Philosophy:
Simplicity is natural. The peak of development always strives to reach simplicity. Therefore, my job as a coach is to teach players the effortless, simple technique so that they can execute the most powerful and precise shots without wasting the extra energy and without overthinking.

Experience:
(2013-2015)Leader Plus Tennis Academy (Coach/Fitness Instructor/Nutrition Specialist)

(2015-2016)Self-employed as a private tennis and fitness coach

(2016-2019)Founder of AY Tennis Academy

Certifications:
Certified Fitness coach
Certified Nutritionist
PTR Certified

Hobbies:
fitness; sport statistics; family time

Accomplishments:

ITF Junior World Ranking

ATP World Tour Ranking Singles and Doubles

Multiple winner and runner up of international and national tournaments

Developed 4 players to top 5 ranking in Florida

Coached #20 14s boy in the country

Coached top 200 WTA and top 500 ATP players





MIKE CHIN

COACH

  • USPTA Certified coach
  • Former Pro Manager of the Sportsmen's Tennis Club
  • Has coached elite junior tournament players for 15 years
  • USTA NE Zonal Coach






ALEX JOHANSSON


DIRECTOR-coach

Philosophy: Tennis is the ultimate tool in development of a great person. The #1 goal I have for my students is to have no regrets when it comes to bravery and effort.


Experience:
2016: Video analyst for ATP players and Texas A&M Men's Team
Founder of hoplu.com, Tennis Techie, and tennisfilm.com
2013-2016: Founder of Shark Tennis Academy
2008-2013: Co-Founder and Director of Player Dev. Premier Tennis Academy
2002-2008: Coach and Director of Marketing Denton DiLaura Tennis Academy
2001-2003: Asst. Coach Texas A&M CC Men's Team

Certifications:
USPTA Elite Professional
Swedish Tennis Federation Level 2

Racquet Fit


Hobbies:
Family time, Innovating, Skiing

Accomplishments:
Coached #1 18s boy in the country, #7 16s girl in Europe
Developed 10+ players to top 5 rankings in Texas
Personally coached over 40 players (for a minimum of 3 years) to tennis scholarships at schools such as USC, UT, MIT, Rice.






Brian Lomax

sport psychologist

  • Played tennis for over 35 years
  • Ranked number 1 in New England 5 times and in the top 10 in the US twice
  • Assistant coach at Boston College
  • Sport Psychology Consultant for several athletics teams at Bryant University, Holy Cross College, Boston College and Regis College
  • Masters in Education for Positive Coaching (Sport and Positive Psychology)
  • Co-founder of a Positive Psychology program in Minnesota that prepares high school students for post-secondary careers and education
  • Consults with athletes in many different sports and teaches them to be mentally tougher in all aspects of their lives
  • Certified in Mental Toughness Training by the Human Performance Institute
  • USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
  • USPTA New England Rookie of the Year
  • USPTA Player of the Year three times





Dan Salerno

performance coach

  • MS, Exercise Science, California University Pennsylvania
  • BS, Exercise Science, Salem State College
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • International Sports Sciences Association-Certified Personal Trainer, Adaptive Fitness Specialist
  • Longfellow Sports Club Professional Trainer




Sonephet Souvanna

Performance coach


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Exercise Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Certified Personal Trainer
  • NEAOT Performance Coach Longfellow Sports Club




Jane Polley

nutritionist

  • MS, RD, LDN
  • Registered dietitian and the nutritionist at Longfellow Sports Club
  • Teaches sports nutrition at Framingham State College
  • Guides athletes to create a high energy, sports nutrition eating plan by balancing food groups, fluids & treats for lasting fuel & for quick recovery





JOHN HENRY REEVES

Video analysis

Philosophy: Train hard. Play hard. Compete harder. The will to win means nothing without the will to train.

Experience:
2014-2016 Head of Upper Camp/Longwood Cricket Club
2014-2016 Head Coach Catholic Memorial High School

Certifications:
USPTA P1
Hobbies:
Play semi-pro baseball, Watching Boston Sports teams, Running 5k races

Accomplishments:
Lost 100 lbs.
Catholic Memorial High School reached first State Playoff in 13 years.
Produced feature film 'Removal'