Ron NanoPresident and CEOView BioRon joins Legacy's diverse team from New York, where he was the Executive Director of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project and Co-General Manager of Sportime Randall’s Island/John McEnroe Tennis Academy. For nearly a decade prior, Nano served as the Director of Tennis and Senior Director of Operations for New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL), where he led dynamic tennis and education programs for nearly 75,000 young athletes. In 2015, Nano oversaw the completion of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, NYJTL’s flagship $26.5 million center and served as its General Manager in its inaugural year.
Derrick T. Billups Sr.Senior Director of Community ProgramsView BioDerrick has been with Legacy for over 10 years, he began as a coach and supervisor in Camden, NJ and Chester, PA. He is currently the Senior Director of Community Programs where he oversees all aspects of the Community Program including, After School, Sub- Contracts, Rising Stars, Education, OST and Summer Camp. As a former High School Teacher and coach with over 50 years of tennis experience beginning in 1969 as a NJTL camper in North Philly, Derrick continues to strive to expose as many youth in Philadelphia and surrounding areas to our great sport of tennis.
Sanjin KunovacDirector of TennisView Bio
Sanjin Kunovac is one of the premier developmental coaches in the country. As Legacy’s Director of Tennis, he has coached many of the top sectionally and nationally ranked juniors. Since joining Legacy in 2011, Sanjin served as the Director of Player Development, as well as the Academy Lead. Sanjin was the creator and the driving force behind the establishment of Legacy’s collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s tennis team. Penn players serve as peer-mentors to our young Legacy players and advise them on how to be the best students and athletes.Sanjin played college tennis at Florida Southern and served as the men’s assistant coach at Temple University. He is a former player and coach at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, where he was coached by and worked alongside some of the most accomplished and renowned tennis coaches in the world.
Sanjin is certified by the USTA as a High-Performance Coach and holds a Master Certificate from PTR in Professional Performance. He serves on the USTA Middle States Coaches Commission Board and is tremendously passionate about growing and developing youth tennis in Philadelphia and in the Middle States. Additionally, Sanjin is actively involved in the USTA NJTL Excellence Teams, Early Development Camps, Sectional, Regional and Team USA Camps.
Kat SorokkoAssociate General Manager (AGM)-Legacy CenterView Bio
Kat is the Senior Director of Operation at Legacy. Kat is a product of NJTL programming, growing up in Queens, NY. She is a graduate of Brown University where she played Division I Tennis.She holds a masters in Sports Management from Columbia University and comes to us from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy facility in Syosset, NY where she was the Director of Player Development/Associate Academy Director.
Deborah WaldmanDirector of Human ResourcesView Bio
Judith HenzyDirector of EducationView BioJude Henzy began her career at Legacy as a Community Tennis Program Coach, and became the Director of Education in January 2016. She helped start the current guidance program and Summer Munchkin Camp. Jude is responsible for organizing Legacy's annual High School Fair, implementing our CITRS character development program, and overseeing our literacy efforts through “Read By 4th.” She develops the curriculum for LYTE, Legacy's city-funded after-school program which brings literacy, STEM, athletics, character, healthy living and the arts to over 100 elementary school students every school day and throughout the summer.
Morgan FrankAssociate Director of Adult TennisView BioMorgan is a native of Oldsmar, Florida. She was top 5 in Florida, as well as top 25 in the nation in every junior division. Morgan then went on to play for Texas A&M University where she received a full scholarship. She was awarded Big 12 Champion at the #2 singles spot, and currently holds the 8th spot in the record books for most wins in a season. Morgan then went on to work as a private instructor in the Tampa area working with many top junior players and top adults. Just from there Morgan worked in Northern California where she continued to work juniors as well as adults of all levels including those
that compete in USTA leagues and went to play sectional tournaments.
Frank GreenAssociate Director of TennisView BioFrank 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 brings to Legacy with over 15 years of coaching experience having coached several national and sectional champions as well as placing over 15 athletes into collegiate tennis programs.
Josh IrvingAssociate Director of Community Programs & OST LYTE Site DirectorView BioJoshua Irving, raised in the West Philadelphia area, was first introduced to the game of tennis at Connestoga Playground through NJTL Summer Programming. The following Fall, he further pursued his interest in the sport by enrolling into regular clinics at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, eventually earning a spot on the then "Traveling Team". After graduating from the William Penn Charter School in 1997, he went on to attend Howard University, in Washington D.C., earning a degree in Social - Psychology. Joshua returned home to the Philadelphia area dedicating himself to servicing the inner city community having counseled both directly and indirectly hundreds of people as an Individual and Family Therapist. Joshua now combines his love of tennis and working with youth, both on and off the court at Legacy as the Associate Director of Community Programs and Site Director for OST Programming.
Joni C. HeltonCommunity Programs CoordinatorView Bio
Tina PotchenAccounting Coordinator/BookkeeperView Bio
Al WhiteBuilding SupervisorView Bio
Rushelle TaylorBuilding MaintenanceView Bio
Marcie BakerSpecial Event CoordinatorView Bio
Tanja KojicFront Desk StaffView BioTanja has been with Legacy Youth Tennis and Education since 2015. She played sports throughout her childhood which sparked her interest in obtaining her B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University. Since then, she has completed two internships; SquashSmarts in Philadelphia, PA (where she gained her interest in working for nonprofits) and for Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in Jacksonville, Florida. In January 2015 she graduated from Temple and soon after started working for Legacy as a Front Desk Representative in the summer of that same year.
Angelic LopezControllerView BioAngelic holds a BBA from Peirce College and an MBA from Strayer University and comes to us from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, where she served as Accounting Director. She has over fifteen years of work experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Coincidentally, Angelic grew up in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. There she played softball and volleyball while attending McClure Elementary School where we currently deliver out OST program.
Megan ShaefferDirector of DevelopmentView BioMegan joins us from Philadelphia Futures, where she was the Director of Individual Giving. There she led the creation and execution of the two signature fundraising events for the organization and strengthened the individual donor support for its students as they journey to and through college. She began her nonprofit career as the Policy and Legal Assistant at Single Stop U.S.A. in New York City while earning her Economics degree from New York University. After graduating, Megan worked as a paralegal providing debt counseling and pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy representation to individuals who could not afford representation. She transitioned to development work with Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia. Megan brings a deep commitment to organizations serving the city of Philadelphia in pursuit of economic justice and equality.