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Tauheed (Coach T) Browning, Junior Future Stars Clinic Lead

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Tauheed R. Browning, also know as “Coach T” in the tennis industry, started playing tennis in the NJTL program during the summer months and eventually got selected to join The Bill Johnson Tennis Team which was a grass roots program located in West Philadelphia. This was the catalyst for him to attend Hampton University majoring in Professional Tennis Managment (PTM). After college “Coach T” spent several years in the private and public sector before returning to one of his life’s passion teaching and playing tennis. Tauheed started coaching at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center now know as Legacy. His first teaching duties he was tasked with instructing special Olympics teams, autistic players, munchkins and at inner-city recreation centers. Over a 10 year span with the organization “Coach T” has acquired several tennis professional certifications and was appointed the organization’s first ever 10u Tennis Director. He also spent two years in College Park, Maryland working with national, ITF and professional tennis players developing and honing their skills “On And Off The Court.”

Email: tbrowning@legacyyte.org

Frank Green, Junior Advanced and High Performance Clinic Lead

Frank is a Philadelphia native, who grew up in the program and was a very accomplished junior. Frank held rankings as high as #2 in USTA Middle States and as high as #8 in the nation. He also won national championships; earning 4 in singles and 1 in doubles. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU) before transferring to Florida A&M University. As a player at Division I Florida A&M, he was the 2006 Conference Player of the Year. Frank recently returned to Legacy after a few years coaching throughout the Middle States region.

Email: fgreen@legacyyte.org

Malik Hall, Munchkin Clinic Lead

Malik Hall

Tennis has been a major part of Malik’s life since he was six years old.  This lifelong passion was developed and nurtured at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center and the NJTL Programs.  Malik played tennis competitively throughout middle school and high school and played college tennis at Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Serving as Assistant Tennis Coach at Bethune Cookman, Regional Director of NE Philadelphia NJTL Summer Program and as tennis instructor at Khepera Charter School has propelled his love for sharing a passion for tennis with children.  Malik holds current PTR certifications for children 10 years and under and for 11-17 years.

Email: mhall@legacyyte.org

Chris Hill, Director of Coach Development and Maximum Performance

Prior to being named Director of Coach Development and Maximum Performance, Chris co-managed our Maximum Performance tennis program and home school student-athlete program. Chris earned a tennis scholarship and played for Pepperdine University. He graduated with degrees in both Business and Public Relations. After college, Chris played professional tennis for two years, during which time he broke into the top 500 in singles. Chris brings to Legacy 20 years of coaching experience, having coached at the Washington Tennis Foundation, the Aerohead Racquet Club, and as the Assistant Men’s Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Email: chill@legacyyte.org

Sanjin Kunovac, Director of Player Development

Sanjin has been a player and coach at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, coached by and working alongside the best coaches in the world.  Prior to being named Director or Player Development, Sanjin served as an Academy clinic coach at Legacy and an assistant coach for the Men’s Tennis Team at Temple University.

Brian McGhee, Future Stars Clinic Lead

Brian McGhee

Brian creates and executes all development plans for the Future Stars clinic at Legacy.  His focus is on helping players to develop a technically sound foundation while following USTA guidelines, which is an essential building block for each individual to reach his or her potential. Brian trained at Legacy (back when it was Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education) as a junior, prior to being awarded a scholarship to play tennis at Central Connecticut State University.  Following graduation, he was appointed Assistant Head Coach of the tennis team.  To date, Brian has been teaching tennis for over 20 years.  He has held the position of High Performance Director as well as Junior Development Director.  He has also held the position of Zonals coach for the Middle States section since 2009.  Brian is USTA High performance certified; he is also a USPTR certified professional.  Brian also served on the MSTA High Performance committee from 2010 to 2012.

Kein Wilson, Junior Development and Junior Competitive Clinic Lead

Philadelphia resident Coach Kein Wilson developed his abilities, and passion for tennis in the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education program (LYTE, formerly Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, AAYTE). He became inspired by the life mission of Arthur Ashe, and how the organization had crafted those ideals with such care and professionalism. Coach Kein believed he could do the same through the global reach of tennis and has dedicated his life to the sport. Collectively he has been with the organization for over 18 years. In this time he has been a part of various programs such as National Junior Tennis and Learning summer camps, after-school programs and USTA Team Tennis to name a few. Kein has assisted or advised, in the creation of much of our center-based programing structure and has also created supplementary programming for the organization. He holds several certifications and specializes in youth development, community inclusion, and recreation excellence.

“The greatest gift you can give to the world is to inspire purpose in it’s youth.” – Coach Kein Wilson

Staff Pros

Kyle Colliluori

Kyle has been a student of the game since he was 5 years old.  He was a top ranked junior in Middle States and played division 2 tennis for Bloomsburg University.  After college tennis Kyle actively competed in Middle States achieving a ranking of #2 in Men’s Open and also competed on the USTA Futures circuit.  Kyle brings over 12 years of coaching experience in all levels and stages of the game to Legacy.  Previously, Kyle worked as a head coach at the Centercourt Performance Training Center working with some of the top ranked juniors in the country.  Most recently, Kyle served as the Director of Junior Development at Kinetix Sports Club.

Katelynn Wilson

Katelynn grew up in the program as a high performance youth tennis player at the former Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center with her three older brothers; Kein, Kristian and Kyle. Katelynn later went on to Cairn University playing number#1 singles for four years straight. After she graduated from college with a dual degree in both Social Work and Bible Studies, she returned to Legacy, and has faithfully dedicated herself to servicing youth and their families through the sport of tennis both on court and off.

For the past several years, Katelynn has served as the Site Manager of Legacy’s largest After-school Neighborhood-Based Site, she is a PTR Certified coach and a Lead Instructors for our Munchkins clinic. Off court she serves as the Coordinator of Youth Leadership and is tasked with management of the Goodstein Junior Leaders, Legacy’s youth leadership program for high school students.

 

Faith Barlow

Faith began playing tennis through Arthur Ashe’s NJTL program, and since then has played competitively in both the high school and college level. She has been coaching all ages since high school and loves sharing the sport of tennis with others.  In addition to her coaching responsibilities on and off-court at Legacy, Faith is a full-time Reading/English teacher at Delaware Valley High School.

Karin Ptaszek-Kochis

Karin is a certified USPTA member and has taught tennis for 15+ years.  She is the Head Racquet Professional for Adults at Whitford Country Club when not teaching tennis at Legacy.  Karin is also an active paddle player currently ranked #11 in the country.  Her youngest, Kylie Kochis, who she also coaches, is currently a happy student in Future Stars at Legacy.

Karin, originally from Denmark, came to the US in 1997 to attend school following a professional tennis career.  She graduated from Brigham Young University in Hawaii where she majored in international business.  Later, while residing in Chicago, Karin would further her educational credentials by obtaining an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.  Most recently, Karin got her teacher certificate from Immaculata University in Chester County.

Karin’s professional playing career is highlighted by 27 Danish national championships.  She was also a key player for a decade on the Danish Federation Cup team where she played many top-ranked players, including Chris Evert Lloyd and Gigi Fernandez.  On the women’s tour, Karin was ranked in Top 300 in singles and doubles and won two professional tournaments.

Karin resides in Exton, PA with her husband, Matt and two children.  She and her family are avid tennis players, golfers and paddle players.

Joseph Reynolds

Coach Reynolds is a graduate of Coppin State University in Md., where he played number one singles for its Division 1 program.  He grew up in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, where he was introduced to the game by his parents – both avid tennis players.  He is a product of Bill Johnson’s Urban League Tennis Program and played sectionally (holding a top 5 ranking for much of his junior career) as well as for Penn Charter.  Notably, he is a two-time winner of the ATA National Championships, an event that Legacy students compete in year after year.  Today, Coach Reynolds works with neighborhood-based program students through the Changing the Game and Rising Stars programs, while also serving as the clinic lead for Junior Development programming at the Legacy center.

Email: jreynolds@legacyyte.org

 

Zack Elbin

zack-elbin-squareZach is from Findlay, Ohio and played four years of college tennis at Baldwin-Wallace University. After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia and joined the Legacy coaching staff as well as serving as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Philadelphia University. In 2015, Zach was promoted to the head coaching position at Philadelphia University and is now entering his second season as the team’s head coach. In addition to coaching both at Legacy and Philadelphia University, he also teaches in Legacy’s after school programming bringing tennis to student-athletes around the city of Philadelphia.

Chad Hamilton

chad-hamiltonA Philadelphia native, Chad started playing tennis at age four and has been a fanatic ever since. He was a USTA nationally ranked Jr. in 12’s thru 16 and under and consistently remained top four in Middle States during that time. Chad attended Howard University and played #1 singles all four years, winning MVP freshman, sophomore and junior years.  Chad was an athletic scholar for his sophomore and junior year, as well as the Captain of his team as a sophomore.  He won the Georgetown Metro – Invitational, Mt. Saint Mary’s fall College Invitational and was invited to the Jr. Davis Cup.   Chad has taught inner city youth in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia throughout his 15 year coaching career and now specializes in coaching high performance tennis.   Chad loves to teach children of all ages to instill the core value of discipline while teaching tennis technique in a fun atmosphere.

Email: chamilton@legacyyte.org

Simthembile (Sim) Heeren

sim-for-webBorn in South Africa, Sim started playing tennis at the age of five. After his family moved to the States and settled in the Philadelphia area, Sim joined the Arthur Ashe Center (now Legacy) at age 15.  The Center quickly became his second home while attending Cardinal O’Hara High School where he played # 1 and was named to first team all Catholic. He played collegiate tennis at Chestnut Hill College and then transferred to play at Ave Maria University in Florida. Sim worked as a junior instructor at a Legacy NJTL site in West Philadelphia and has been coaching at Legacy for the past 2 years.

 

George Henry

george-square-for-webGeorge played HS tennis in Wilmington NC and received a tennis scholarship to NCCU in Durham, NC.  Upon completion of eligibility and graduation, George competed on the USTA amateur and professional circuits. George was hired by Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena personally to assist in their early tennis development.   George has been active in many aspects of the tennis industry for over 35 years, holding a USPTA P-1 Elite Pro Certification for 25 years along with a PTR Professional 10 and Under Certification.  George was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach- Muhlenberg College and was the Head Tennis Pro and Co-Tennis Director at the Washington Tennis Foundation, Washington, DC.

email: ghenry@legacyYTE.org

Ricardo Saad

ricardoA top junior for his country, Argentina. Ricardo competed internationally until a shoulder injury sidelined him and he started coaching. A national coach for his country, he was instrumental in the development of numerous professional players that included former #1 in doubles in the world and many Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitors. Ricardo’s educational background as an electrical engineer, allowed him to deeply understand the game’s bio-mechanics and its statistical nature, enabling him to be a stand out coach. Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French languages, he also is a club owner, ran a successful sport shop and organized many ATP and WTA tour players’ exhibitions.

Cha Goods

 

Charles GoodsCoach Cha brings to Legacy nearly 10 years of professional coaching experience and expertise in Video Based Training and Performance Analysis, including Dartfish software. Cha has coached extensively with players of all levels, from beginners, 10 and Under and QuickStart players, to sectionally- and nationally-ranked players.  Cha is flexible in his coaching strategies – he can be silly, but also firm, depending on the player, and has had great success with coaching people of all ages. Coach Cha provides the incredible tool of video technology to all Legacy staff and players in documenting, archiving, and analyzing movement, stroke bio mechanics, tactical repertoires, body language, and routines.

Joshua Irving, Achievement Coach

Joshua was raised in the West Philadelphia area and grew up learning the game of tennis at the Arthur Ashe Center as a part of the Traveling Team and National Junior Tennis League.  He graduated from the William Penn Charter School in 1997 and went on to Howard University, earning a Degree in Sociology. Joshua returned to Philadelphia and dedicated himself to serving the inner city community by counseling hundreds of families and individuals as a Social Worker-Therapist. From his helping to develop one of Legacy’s first Changing the Game sites at Hunting Park, to being appointed the program’s Achievement Coach, Joshua has fused his passion for tennis and his love of working with youth, both on court and off, at Legacy.

Rachel Isenberg

 

Rachel is a PTR-certified tennis professional. She brings her enthusiasm, educational background, and humor to many aspects of the Center, including community programs, Junior Development, and Munchkin Clinics. Rachel played college tennis at University of Rochester and completed her Masters Degree in Elementary Education and TESOL at the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel currently teaches college courses at Temple University and clinics here at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education.

Kristian Wilson

Kristian WilsonKristian (Kris) Wilson was born and raised in Philadelphia and is a former LegacyYTE student-athlete. He played tennis at Community College of Philadelphia(CCP) for 2 years before he went on to play at Washington College under Dave Marshall. Kris worked the NJTL summer program since he was 14 years old. He worked at Sea Colony during the weekends while attending CCP teaching adult and youth tennis. After college, he worked for the after school program in Camden, Chester, and Philadelphia through Legacy. Some of his other coaching experience was at the YMCA in Lansdale as head pro for 10 and under, Gold Cup, and the assistant coach at Archbishop John Carroll girls tennis team.

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