Brianna was born and raised in Georgia. She is attending Gwinnett Technical College working towards a Nursing degree. Aside from school and work, she loves to cook and come up with new recipes and then go to the gym to burn off all those calories. She is a very competitive person and loves having game nights with friends and family. She is also an aspiring model and has an all natural skin care line that is set to drop in 2022.
DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
EMILY ZABOR, USPTA
Emily Zabor leads the development and growth of Agape Tennis Academy’s Junior High Performance Program. Coach Emily comes to Agape from Jones Bridge Swim and Tennis Club in Norcross, GA where she served as the Director of Tennis. Before Jones Bridge Swim and Tennis Club, Emily was the Director of High Performance at ATI Tennis Academy in Marietta, GA.
Coach Emily is a USPTA Certified Professional and a USTA High Performance Coach who specializes in developing youth and adult players who seek success in tennis. Her work ethic, knowledge, and experience have been paramount in helping Emily develop many high level athletes. Emily was the #1 singles player for Walton High School’s tennis dynasty (the winningest sports team in Georgia history with 147 consecutive dual match wins). Additionally, Emily played four years of Division I collegiate tennis at the University of Alabama and was part of the SEC Championship Women’s tennis team. Emily was a scholarship player at the University of Alabama, graduated in 4 years with a master’s degree in Marketing, and was also a recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. This award is the athletic department’s highest esteem which goes to one male and one female student-athlete who achieves excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. Coach Emily was a High School and College Division 1 All American and an SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Coach Emily brings Agape Tennis Academy a multitude of strengths, including a strong mindset of cultivating work ethic, discipline, and teamwork into high performance junior players. These traits while important as an athlete, are also invaluable to human development and to a player’s enjoyment of sport throughout their lives.
DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR EVENTS
Jose Galvez was born in Decatur, GA and has lived in Alpharetta, GA his whole life. He was born into a Hispanic heritage through his mother, Ana, and father, Jose. He started playing tennis at three years old, and have always kept it his main sport of focus.
JOnce he became more advanced, he started traveling to a lot of Junior Circuit tournaments which included ITF’s, USTA National Championships, and Southerns.
Jose achieved a National Ranking of #35 in the United States when he was 18 and qualified into the Main Draw of Eddie Herr ITF Grade 1, winning 6 matches in a row to reach Round 16. Tournaments he’s played in include:
- Eddie Herr International at IMG Bollettieri
- USTA National Championships held in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- USTA Southern Championships held in Mobile, AL
- Pan American ITF Grade B1 held in Tulsa, OK
- USTA National Indoor Championships in Kansas City, MO
At 19 years old, Jose is currently a sophomore at Kennesaw State University where he was awarded a full scholarship playing Division 1 Tennis. He is enrolled in the Coles College of Business studying Business Management.
Jose has a great passion for tennis, especially when it comes to teaching junior tennis programs on a group and individual basis. He relates well to the juniors he teaches since he recently went through the process of rising through the different levels of junior programs to reach his goal of playing collegiate tennis. Jose has been with Agape Tennis Academy since 2011. He REALLY loves cheeseburgers and gladly invites anyone to enjoy one with him!
12 U JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
NE’KO REDDICK, USPTA
Ne’ko is from the Bronx, New York City and graduated from Washington College with a degree in psychology. She played collegiate tennis and was the number 1 singles and doubles all 4 years and was a 3 time All-American/MVP at Washington College. After college, Ne’ko taught tennis in Atlanta and New York City to adult and junior players of all ages and abilities.
Before joining Agape Tennis Academy, Ne’ko was the Director of Junior Development at Silvia Tennis Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia. She was responsible for leading the team and the instruction for over one hundred youth ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Additionally, she directed and owned Elite Performance Tennis which focused on training competitive junior athletes. Ne’ko is also certified in Mental Toughness.
Ne’ko loves music and sharing Bible truths with people. She and her husband have a beautiful Boxer/Rottweiler mixed dog named Mason.
DIRECTOR OF THE ADULT PROGRAM
Coach Daneric was born and raised in the Fiji Islands. As a successful junior tennis player, Daneric travelled to the United States on athletic scholarships and attended New Mexico Military Institute and Carthage College. During his undergrad he qualified for Nationals and achieved All- American honors while setting program single season records for both singles and doubles. After a decorated playing career and earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Daneric returned to be Head Coach of New Mexico Military Institute. He worked predominantly with the young men starting their college careers and trying to motivate them to use tennis as an opportunity to better themselves and to gain an education.
Daneric decided to further his own education by accepting a graduate assistant position for the women’s team at Henderson State University. After completing his masters in sports administration, Daneric pursued his coaching career at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn, Illinois. At Midtown Athletic Club, he helped with the junior and adult programs teaching individual lessons, group lessons, cardio tennis and working with adult league teams. Daneric returned to Carthage College to be the Assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at gaining a second master’s in Educational Leadership.
During the summers, Daneric worked camps at both Carthage and Bannockburn. He discovered his joy for mentorship and a drive to help young people find confidence in themselves and in their abilities. In addition to teaching tennis, Daneric was selected to represent his country on numerous occasions and was a bronze medalist at 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. He enjoys playing rugby, fishing, music, travelling and learning about different cultures. His passion for the sport has opened doors to education, travel and personal growth. Coach Daneric believes that through tennis you can find yourself and contribute to making the world a better place. The Agape team is so happy to have him, please welcome Coach Daneric.
DIRECTOR OF TOURNAMENTS
CANDACE KEARNEY, USPTA
Candace Kearney is one of the most experienced tournament directors in Georgia. She has been certified as referee and umpire for more than 10 years and has been certified as a tournament director for 11 years.
Candace is originally from Washington, DC and has lived in DeKalb county for over 20 years. As a Spelman graduate, she earned a BA in Sociology and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She believes tennis is a great sport for community involvement, junior and adult recreation, development of athletes, and development of great character traits. Candace directs multiple (12 plus) sanctioned USTA JR and Adult events at different levels as well as UTR events out of DeKalb Tennis Center, giving our current Agape players and those in the surrounding community greater access to more sanctioned tournament play.
JOE HILL, PTR
Joe is a PTR Certified teaching professional with over 25 years of experience. During his tennis journey, he has had the opportunity to play at a high level as a junior and young adult in various tennis tournaments throughout the country.
As a teaching professional, he has been fortunate enough to be able to work with toddlers, juniors, young adults, adults, and Olympians! He is very proud of the fact that he has been able to help juniors achieve their dreams of earning tennis scholarships. He also takes great joy in seeing his adult teams improve every season and ultimately compete in the City Championships.
He loves working with USTA, ALTA, and junior teams of all levels, bringing all of the personalities of the players on the court together for one purpose, TEAM! He has extensive experience in running cardio tennis, men’s drills, beginner ladies, tournaments, and fun socials as well.
Besides being a tennis professional, Joe is also a chef and traveler. He is an adventurous, energetic, kind, and creative person. The tennis courts are his home and coaching brings him the greatest joy of all!
BOBBY HOLLINS, PTR
Coach Bobby Hollins is a College Park, Maryland native bringing his experience to Atlanta. He was a highly ranked junior player who represented the state of Alabama in the United States Youth Games. He received a scholarship to play collegiate tennis at Alabama A&M University. He was highlighted in the “Who’s Who Among Black Collegiate Athletes”. Coach Bobby has taught all levels and ages, including summer camps, group lessons, private lessons, and teams. He coached a junior travel team that represented in the 2018 NJTL Excellence Teams Cup held at the JTCC in College Park, Maryland. Additionally, Coach Bobby coordinated with school officials and staff to organize and train students in an after- school program that gave instructions and exposure to basic tennis through the Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF) at Camp Creek Middle School, Union City, Georgia. He has two teenage boys who are also highly ranked juniors in the state of Georgia.
ANGELO COGDELL, PTR
Coach Angelo Cogdell is a certified Professional Tennis Registry coach with over 19 years of experience coaching and playing. Coach Angelo has been in the Atlanta area coaching adult and junior players of all levels for the past 10 years. He has coached at the East Lake YMCA, Emory University, and with the Charles Drew Charter School. Coach Angelo has a lot of experience working with ALTA and USTA adult teams of all levels. His specialties include helping individuals with strategy, tactics, and stroke mechanics. Coach Angelo is an articulate communicator, enthusiastic, motivating, and professional. Additionally, he is CPR and AED certified.
SIMON MBOCK, PTR
Simon is a PTR Certified Professional and a former professional player. Simon moved from France to the United States and had the privilege to be coached by the tennis coach legend Nick Bollettieri at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. While competing in France, Simon won the Paris Saint-Germain Junior Open and competed in the Roland Garros Junior Tennis Tournament.
Simon attended Georgia State University on a tennis scholarship and participated in several professional tournaments in the United States including the Legg Mason Pro-Tournament in Washington D.C.
2- Time NJCAA National Champion
2- Time Men’s Open #1 ranked in Georgia
2-Time Men’s Open #1 ranked in the Southern Region
Simon also attended Kennesaw State University and earned a degree in Accounting with honors while doing community service around the Atlanta metropolitan area to teach young student-athletes the importance of education. Simon trained several City Finals ALTA and USTA Junior and Adult Teams and taught private and group lessons to students of all levels for over 12 years. He enjoys teaching tennis to juniors and adults at all levels and his greatest passion is helping students reaching their tennis goals.
In 2015, Simon and his wife welcomed the birth of their son Oliver. During his free time, Simon likes playing tennis, golf, soccer and spending time with family. In addition to English, Simon is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish.
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON, PTR
Coach Chris was born and raised London, England. He attended University at Hackney College in London. Coach Chris has played sports at a high level his entire life. He played semi-professional soccer as well as tennis. He has been coaching in the Atlanta area for the past seventeen years.
Coach Chris has taught tennis all over the Atlanta area and most recently with Emory University. He has vast experience coaching adult ALTA and USTA teams, adult group and private lessons, cardio tennis, high performance junior players, recreational level junior players, and private lessons to all ages and levels. He specializes in helping doubles teams with strategy, tactical movement, stroke mechanics, and creating effective partnerships. Coach Chris has led many of his doubles teams to become City Champions at multiple levels. He is certified with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and with the USTA, Net Generation program. He is still a very active tennis player and has been a City Champion in Atlanta 8 times. Coach Chris enjoys playing tennis and chess. He also has apassion for music and dancing.
ANDREI IONESCU, USPTA
Coach Andrei is originally from Romania and is certified by the USPTA. He started playing tennis in Romania at the age of 7 and was ranked top 10 in the county every year as a junior player. He was a quarter finalist in the 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under national championships and was a national champion with Steaua Bucharest Club Tennis Team in the 14 & under.
As an adult, he was ranked 35 in Romania and was a two-time finalist with Steaua Bucharest Club Tennis Team at the national championships. He began his professional career playing in Future and Challenger events on the ATP tour. After he had to stop competing, he became a full time tennis coach. He was hired to be a hitting partner for top 200 ATP players and top 10 WTA players. He also was an assistant tennis instructor for some of the best tennis coaches in Romania who worked at the highest levels training ATP & WTA players.
Although Coach Andrei is experienced at the professional tennis level, he has over 10 years of experience coaching players of all ages and levels and enjoys working with anyone who wants to learn and get better. He has been coaching in the Atlanta area for the past several years.
Coach Jeffrey is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and attended Lakeside High School, where he was an accomplished singles and doubles tennis player. Coach Jeffrey played competitive junior tournament tennis for over ten years. He played all four years of high school tennis, playing #1 doubles most of the time, for Lakeside High School. Coach Jeffrey is a one-handed backhand specialist and is an aggressive all court player. He has been coaching with Agape Tennis Academy in summer camps for three years. He is excited to bring his passion for coaching tennis to help your reach your full potential in group and private lessons.
Fun facts: Coach Jeffrey is fluent in French, an Eagle Scout, and loves to travel.
Rick Zabor has been a life long tennis player, teacher and mentor for tennis players at all levels. He has a keen interest in helping players learn to compete and enjoy competition.
Rick started playing tennis at age 15 and walked on to play D1 collegiate tennis at Michigan State University. He earned a scholarship and competed at #1 Singles and Doubles positions while earning a BS and MS degrees in Physics and Engineering. Rick has also had a 30+ year career as a professional recruiter in the business and technology areas.
Rick has been teaching tennis in Atlanta for 30+ years. He works with players and teams to help them get the most from their games and develop skills that allow them to enjoy tennis more. His experience includes developing programs at Circlestone RC, Stone Mountain Park, 15+ years as middle school tennis coach at Mt Bethel Christian Academy, and developing his daughter Emily Zabor as a competitive Div 1 tennis player in the SEC . In addition to coaching Rick competes and has won over 15+ Georgia State titles in singles and doubles in the Open and Senior divisions.
Coach Rick brings to Agape Tennis Academy a mindset for the enjoyment of competition and using tennis as a tool for personal development. He can use his experience to shorten the path to becoming a better tennis player and competitor and enjoying tennis more.
Julie Fusik is originally from Muskegon, Michigan which makes her a HUGE Detroit sports fan. She played Division II collegiate tennis for Ferris State University where she studied Professional Tennis Management- Marketing. Julie was voted “Athlete of the Week” for her University, she was team captain, and also team “Most Improved Player”. Coach Julie has been living in Georgia with her dog, Lilly, since December of 2016. She comes to Agape Tennis Academy after working for the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College as the Director of 10 & Under Tennis/Assistant Tournament Director. Coach Julie loves working with all tennis players of all ages and levels but specializes with youth!
Coach Julie is a certified USPTA Elite Professional and serves as the southern section chair for the “Elevate” Committee, which promotes support and networking for new tennis professionals entering the industry. Coach Julie also holds certifications as a certified racquet stringer, USTA referee, USTA sport science, and is USTA safe play approved. She also volunteers time to work with USTA wheelchair tennis.
Coach Julie brings her contagious energy, ferocious work ethic, and ability to empower those around her to the Agape Tennis family! Her coaching philosophy centers around the idea of resilience. She loves the quote, “a lion doesn’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.” As Coach Julie says, “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. You are capable of anything.”
Coach Eric Melville is from Saginaw, Michigan and has worked as a USPTA certified tennis professional for over 25 years. He picked up the game of tennis his sophomore year in high school and became an avid student and lover of the game. He played for a junior college and on the Satellite Circuit before focusing solely on competitive instruction.
Coach Eric works with players of all levels. He specializes in player development and enjoys watching young beginner students transform into competitive college athletes. His experience also includes coaching USTA Midwest zonal teams with some of the country’s top junior students. Additionally, he was a USTA District Junior Competition committee member. Coach Eric has developed multiple students (including his daughter) who have went on to play collegiate tennis for UCLA, Texas Christian, Michigan State University, Toledo University, and many others.
He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, and watching collegiate basketball and football. Coach Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Agape Team.
PEERAYA CHAROENSIRISUTTHIKUL (NING)
Originally from Thailand, Ning has been playing competitive tennis since she was nine years old. She was an award-winning junior player, ranked Top 5 of her age group in Thai’s ranking and Top 400 by the ITF. Her award-winning performance continued at the college level, including multiple AAC Conference Awards from 2018 to 2020.
Coach Ning has over a decade of coaching experience with junior players from 4-18 as well as adult beginners and league team players.
Coach Shadisha’s passion and life’s mission are to affect as many individuals as possible through physical and emotional education. She knows that tennis has opened many doors in her life and now has the fortunate opportunity to influence others on similar journeys.
At the University of Georgia, Coach Shadishawas named to the ITA Collegiate All-Star team, after finishing the season ranked first in the country in doubles and #6 singles (’04-’06).
From there, she went on to become one of the rising stars on the professional tennis circuit. She has competed in all four grand slams as a junior competitor and had her famous debut at the 2003 U.S. Open in her hometown of Queens, New York.
Coach Shadisha now focuses on helping adults an youth in our community discover their talent. She focuses on developing the mind, body, soul connection in order to help her students realize their fullest potential.
Coach Warren was born and raised in Schweinfurt, Germany. He came to the United States in 1999 and lived in Savannah, Georgia until he graduated high school. He played four years of high school tennis and four years of collegiate tennis with Methodist University, Oglethorpe University, and Georgia Gwinnett College.
Coach Warren served in the United States Navy for nearly 15 years and was deployed in 2011 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. While at Georgia Gwinnett College he finished his ungraduate degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Clinical Wellness. Coach Warren comes to Agape with a lot of leadership and coaching experience. He has previously worked at the Lifetime Fitness as the Adult Director of Tennis, Atlanta Athletic Club as a Tennis Professional, and with the Ashley Hobson High Performance Academy, all in the metro Atlanta area. Coach Warren has used his leadership skills serving in the Navy as well as on the tennis courts.
Coach Warren has been teaching tennis and pickleball professionally for over 10 years. He loves to share his passion and knowledge for both tennis and pickleball to the communities that he serves. He has certifications with the Professional Tennis Registry and the United States Professional Tennis Association. Additionally, he is 10 & under certified and has served as a USTA Player Development Coach for that state Georgia. Coach Warren is also a volunteer for the Emory Tennis Medicine Program, that works with both adult and junior tennis players on injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In addition to coaching tennis and pickleball, Coach Warren still competes in USTA tennis matches playing 5.0+ and AA1 tennis. He competes at the 5.0 and pro level tournaments in pickleball. When he is not coaching or playing tennis or pickleball, he enjoys spending time cooking, reading, traveling, and being with his family.
HILLBROOKE DIRECTOR OF TENNIS AND PICKLEBALL
Ben was born in El Paso, Texas and started playing tennis at the age of two. Ben began his career in teaching tennis when he was 18 for Top Tennis Team, a Tennis program that coached juniors to play at the collegiate level. As a high level USTA junior player, Ben received a scholarship to Point University located in Atlanta in 2013 where he eventually became an assistant coach for Point University Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams. In 2017 Ben became the Director of High Performance at Evergreen Tennis located in Washington. Ben has recently returned to Atlanta to continue coaching and helping with the development of players.
Coach Emory Harris is a PTR certified graduate from Albany State University. He has over 20 years of tennis teaching experience in the Atlanta and surrounding areas. He has coached several teams to ALTA Finals and, from that, has accumulated two ALTA championship trophies.
His teaching experience includes adult teams, private lessons, beginners, Intermediate and advance adult drills. He specializes in working with children 6 years and older, 10 and under ALTA junior teams, as well as 12 and over ALTA junior teams.
Emory has 10 years of experience working at various tennis centers such as Chastain and Bisty Grant. He had a helping hand in developing the afterschool tennis program at Sutton Middle School. Also, he has taught at Emory University with their adult continuing education program.
Three words to describe Emory are energetic, skilled, and experienced.
Scott was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up playing tennis on the DeKalb Tennis Center courts. He developed his skills training with many of the state’s elite junior players who also used DeKalb Tennis Center as a training ground.
Scott played tennis in school at St. Pius X High School and then played collegiately at Georgia Tech. He also started and captained an ALTA team at Georgia Tech in the very first years of ALTA league play.
He continued his passion for tennis after graduation by teaching others to play the game. Tennis opened up many opportunities socially and professionally. Over the next couple of decades, through contacts developed through tennis, Scott opened several tennis pro shops and eventually opened retail tennis stores throughout the city. He also contracted with ATP and WTA tournaments to provide a retail experience at professional events.
As Scott discovered, tennis became a sport for a lifetime. Tennis is a rare opportunity in sports to learn at a very young age and literally play and enjoy for a lifetime.
As a member of the DeKalb Tennis Center staff, Scott hopes to develop skills in young people to bolster their confidence and provide a base that leads to a lifetime of rewarding experiences in tennis.
Coach Shea comes from Towns County, where he was the high school Valedictorian at Towns County High School and also received the highest SAT score beginning recognized as the STAR student. He received offers to play collegiate football from Syracuse, Cornell, Lehigh, and Alabama A&M but decided to play for Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, Coach Shea was a kicker and punter for three years and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
He won the Aer Lingus classic in Dublin, Ireland and the Taxslayer bowl in Jacksonville, Florida while part of the team. In addition to playing football, Shea has years of coaching experience. He mentored and helped high school athletes get athletic scholarships and opportunities to Clemson, Georgia, Dartmouth, and more. Coach Shea has trained over 800 students and hosted over 40 instructional kicking camps.
The past two years, his passion has become Pickleball. Coach Shea is an avid Pickleball athlete and aspiring to become a professional pickleball player. He has coached adult and junior pickleball players of all levels. In addition to coaching Pickleball, he is also currently working as a functional engineer at Kimberly Clark Global Supply Chain. Coach Shea’s other passions are playing Rocket League, chess, fantasy sports, and coding.
Coach Emory Clark is a two time Teacher of the Year Finalist, Health and Physical Education Teacher who enjoys people and sports. He is a teacher in the South Fulton area of Atlanta, Georgia. Coach Emory has a true passion for teaching. He has started a social club teaching lifetime sports, recreational opportunities, and traveling. His main focus is to help people network and stay active and healthy for a lifetime. Coaching pickleball is a perfect opportunity!
He is a level 1 IPTPA certified Pickleball Instructor. He enjoys coaching youth and adults of all ages and levels. In his efforts to spread the word about pickleball further, he even wrote a children’s book entitled Ava Armstrong the Pickleball Princess! The book is about a little girl who just wants to play Pickleball! Coach Emory is a perfect coach for youth, those wanting to learn the game, or those looking to improve on the skills they already have! Contact Coach Emory directly to set up private or group private lessons.
Coach Anne Clarke is a Miami native with a multisport high school and collegiate athlete background. She was born with a ball in her hand coming from a family of professional athletes and coaches. Coach Anne played volleyball, softball, soccer and badminton in high school while playing USTA tennis tournaments and coaching at the local youth center. She went on to play NCAA division 1 softball and tennis in Florida.
After injury derailed her college sports career, she focused on her media career. Coach Anne was a local newspaper editor, television producer and broadcaster in Florida. With her eye on marketing, she began a magazine publishing career. She has published parenting and travel magazines and now is publishing city magazines in the Atlanta market.
As the saying goes, she kept an ‘eye on the ball’ and gravitated back into sports. Since moving to Atlanta in 2003, Coach Anne played ALTA and USTA tennis; she volunteer-coached with Decatur recreation and Grady High School; served on the board of Decatur Women’s Sports League and the Women’s Outdoor Network. Most recently she has put together the Pickleball Intown Girls league. She has become an avid pickleball player and coach. Coach Anne is a certified PCI and PPR pickleball coach. She enjoys helping people of all backgrounds, ages, and ability levels on the pickleball courts. She began playing competitive pickleball tournaments herself in 2021.
Coach Anh began playing tennis and pickleball avidly and has been hooked on both sports ever since. She has always had a passion for coaching and teaching so she is super excited to combine this with her passion for tennis and pickleball. She has experience in the classroom and also in summer camps where she was a camp counselor for All American. She was the instructor for ropes courses and tennis. Coach Anh is highly energetic, fun, passionate, and works very well with everyone. Outside of tennis and pickleball, Coach Anh loves to run, read, hike, and play ultimate frisbee!
Jonah Wuerffel grew up in Decatur GA, where his athletic background is vast as his knowledge as he played soccer, football and ultimate frisbee, riding off-road motorcycles and bicycles on top of playing pickleball. He recently graduated from high school and will be attending college in the fall.
Jonah is an avid pickleball enthusiast and he loves to play, practice, and compete and is very excited to bring his passion to the game and spread it to the community. Additionally, pickleball also combined Jonah’s love of being outdoors and with being around people. Jonah loves to learn and grow and looks forward to helping you on your pickleball journey!