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Development Team

Profile Mike Barrell

Mike Barrell

Based in the UK, Mike has taught tennis for over 30 years working with players of all levels and is the Founder and CEO of evolve9. Mike has presented at numerous National and International conferences and authored magazine articles and manuals, almost all in the area of Junior Development.

He has worked on programs for USTA, Tennis Australia, LTA (GB), the Netherlands and Norway. Mike was the author of the ITF Tennis10s Manual and has a been a major contributor to Under 10 programs around the World.

An LTA Level 5 Licensed Coach, he was also the 2007 PTR Professional of the Year.

Profile Jason Wass

Jason Wass

Events Director
Jason is the Director of Tennis for Sportime Kings Park and also a Regional Director for U10 Tennis for Sportime Clubs located throughout New York state.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has 15+ years of experience as a Director. Jason is a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional with certifications in Ten and Under Tennis (TAUT) and the USTA High Performance Coaching Program.

At Sportime, he has instigated one of the most success internal U10 Competitive Circuits with over 200 children compete at each event. The Sportime World Tour has quickly become one of the models for all clubs to aspire to. Jason lives in Massapequa, NY with his wife Julie and son, Daniel

Laramie Gavin

Laramie Gavin

Development Associate
Laramie Gavin is the Director of Racquet Sports at Midtown Athletic Club in Rochester, New York.  where he manages a team of 16 racquet sports professionals. His roles have included Junior Director at Midtown Chicago before taking the role at Rochester. As a player Laramie’s earned a scholarship to play for Southern Illinois University.  From there, tennis life evolved into coaching the college team and local developmental programs.

Laramie is a USTA Sectional clinician, USTA committee member and a Net Generation Ambassador.  When not working, Laramie spends his time with his wife Molly and their two boys, Emerson and Elliott.

Profile Michelle B

Michelle Brown

Communications Manager
Michelle has worked in the tennis industry since 2000. As an USPTA Elite Professional, she has focused on getting more players to the game and helping new players navigate learning skills, being successful, and competing. Her passion has been with juniors and creating a pathway for players from 2 and up. Michelle returned to Florida after being in Massachusetts for 6 years where she was Director of Tennis at a U8 facility. 

Michelle manages the communication between our extensive club network and is an exceptionally valuable member of the team! 

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Katerina Sevcikova

Development Associate
Originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Kat played college tennis at the University of Missouri where she was named to the All Big XII Conference Team in singles and doubles. She is certified by the USPTA as an Elite Professional, a USTA High Performance Coach, and by the ITPA Tennis Performance Specialist.   She serves as a USTA Eastern 10 under Lead Coach and Clinician, PTR Clinician and Girls Tennis Network Clinician. Previously, Director of 10 and under Tennis and the Director of Tennis at Grand Slam Tennis Club, an Ivan Lendl Training Center, she is the Director of Advantage QuickStart in New York City where she leads and manages a dozen instructional sites and 30+ instructors.
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Simon Gale

Club Management Associate

Originally from Perth Australia Simon has held many Director of Tennis roles, including Beaver Brook Tennis Club, Redding Country Club, Yonkers Tennis Centre, eventually becoming General Manager of Yonkers. Simon’s awards include USTA Youth Provider of the Year, and Facility Manager of the Year. Simon is a USTA Net Generation Trainer.

Simon became part owner and General Manager of Taconic Sport and Racquet in 2015, a frequent speaker for the PTR, USPTA, USTA Eastern and TIA Tennis Owners and Managers Conferences throughout the US, he is a respected industry leader and a key member of the EKT Development Team.

National Directors


Dejan Vukojicic

Regional Manager Balkans
Dejan is National Coach of the Tennis Federation Of Serbia, member of the board of coaches of Serbia and president of the board of tournaments. Dejan has taught players all the way up to professional level including Winners of the Orange Bowl and many other National Events.

He is the driver of Evolution Kids Tennis in Serbia, the National U10 Program there, and is the Lead Tutor for the Serbian Evolution Kids Tennis workshops and other workshops across Europe. In the first year of the Evolution Program in Serbia, Dejan was responsible for training over 400 coaches creating a buzz all across the country.

Profile Adhemar Rodriguez

Adhemar Rodriguez

National Manager Mexico
A Coach for over 20 years, Adhemar is currently Director of Development at Credito Real Tennis Center in Merida Mexico and Evolution Kids Tennis partner for Mexico He has been working on tennis development at some of the best tennis programs in Mexico working with some of the best Mexican junior players such as Renata Zarazua. He was the national coach for Mexican teams at World Youth Cup JNR Orange Bowl.

Tournament Director of the Pan Am and Para-Panam games in Guadalajara 2010, the Guadalajara ATP Challenger from 2010 – 2018, Puerto Vallarta ATP Challenger 2018

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Nick Jacques

National Manager New Zealand
Nick now resides in Auckland, New Zealand. A development coach, who specializes in helping young children on a performance tennis pathway. He has worked in Talent Identification for both the LTA and Wimbledon, and currently works as the Community and Participation Coordinator for Tennis Auckland and Tennis Northern. Nick is now a regular part of the Tennis NZ coach development team running ITF Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
Profile Adams

Adams Zhao

National Manager China
Adams is the National Partner for Evolution Kids Tennis in China. He is the Director of PTR China and owner of Fusion Tennis, a sports management company with great influence in the growing Chinese market.

A long term supporter of evolve9 Adams provides support for the clubs who enlist as EKT Academies in China both in terms of coach education and business management. Adams splits his time between clubs in both Shanghai and Beijing.

Profile Zhou Zhou

Su Shu

Lead Clinician - China Academy Program
Su Shu, Head Coach of High Performace in Cheng Du City Tennis Team since 2012. She is a currently member of PTR China Clinician & Tester Team and holds various coaching credentials including ITF and GPTCA. Her players have won a number of ITF Junior Titles.

Su Shu is the Lead Clinician for on boarding clubs at the Academy Level in China, working alongside Adams Zhao and Fusion Tennis.

Academy / Club Directors

Profile Alec Horton

Alec Horton

Tennis Director - Griffin Club, LA, USA

Alec has been an Industry Leader for over 25+ years and is the current Director of Tennis at the Griffin Club Los Angeles. He got his start with legend Vic Braden, working at his tennis colleges in California, Colorado and Utah. He has coached at every level from 5 and under to ATP/WTA Tour and NCAA Div 1.
Alec’s teaching philosophy is to create an exciting learning environment for each and every student he works with to maximize learning in the shortest time possible.
His key roles have included USTA Intersectional and National Coach, Director of Junior Development and Competition – USTA SoCal. and USTA Early Development Camp Director

Profile Susan Nardi

Susan Nardi

Junior Director - Griffin Club, LA, USA
Susan is a 30 year certified tennis professional specializing in creating and expanding innovative development programs for juniors of all ages. She is an expert trainer at the 10 and under level. In her past positions she has coached collegiate tennis, and she was on Staff at the USPTR Van Der Meer World Training in Hilton Head Island, SC. Susan played college tennis at Elon College (NC) and Radford University (VA).  She is the only female to be the head coach of the All Army Tennis Team.   Finally Susan is a MTM Level 4 International Tester & Clinician, PTR International Tester & Clinician, USPTA Elite Professional and ISSA Certified Personal Trainer.
Stephen Poorman

Stephen Poorman

Director - Southlake Tennis, TX, USA
Stephen was a sectionally ranked Junior in Southern California and was a three time All American at Claremont-Mc Kenna College, winning the team NCAA Championships. He played professionally before becoming a teaching pro at Gold River Racquet Club, Arden Hills Racquet Club, Del Norte Club, and Canyon Creek CC. He has developed multiple Division I college players in both California and Texas. His holds USPTA Pro 1, USPTA High Performance, USTA High Performance, PTR 10U, 11-17, Adult and High Performance and USTA QST Training. In 2011 he was awarded the Industry Excellence Award, the USPTA Texas Section’s highest honor, for his contributions to the game of tennis.
Profile Jenny

Jenny Woyahn

Junior Director - Wheaton Sports, IL USA
Jenny is the Jr. Tennis Director at Wheaton Sport Center in Wheaton IL, where she oversees the 10 & Under, Jr. Academy and High Performance programs. Prior to joining Wheaton, she was Jr Director at  Midtown Palatine.  She is a PTR Professional in both 10 & Under and Adult Development, Cardio Tennis Instructor and a Girls Tennis Network clinician. Jenny was a 4-year Varsity player at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Jenny has twice represented the United States in the Deaf Olympics and competed for the U.S. in the Davis Cup for the Deaf in 2014 winning a silver medal Jenny has ranked as high as #10 in the world for deaf tennis.
Profile William Hill

William Hill

Junior Director - Hillcrest Tennis Club
Will graduated from Davis & Elkins College with degrees in Physical Education, Psychology and Management. For Davis & Ellis he won variopus awards including being an All Conference Player.

As a coach, Will is a PTR Certified Professional Coach of High Performance and Master of Tennis in Junior Developmemt. He bring years of experience to Hillcrest, as well as three years personal training and fitness coordinator for a quality NCAA intercollegiate athletic program in the Great Midwest Atlantic Conference through Davis & Elkins College.

Profile Tamas Bogyo

Tamas Bogyo

National Manager Hungary
A coach since 2001 Tamas is the Director of Tennis at the Nexon Tennis School based in Dunakeszi. Having coached in Hungary, US and Canada he has worked with a number of tour players including Attila Sávolt, Zsófia Gubacsi, Fanny Stollar, Anna Bondár and several others.

Tamas is now the Development Manager for Evolution Kids Tennis in Hungary, now adopted as the National Program. As such his focus is less on tour players and more on the development of the future players in Hungary. We are very proud and excited to be working with Tamas and the Hungarian Tennis Association!

Profile Gregor Ficko

Gregor Ficko

Director Krsko Tennis Club
While student at Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Gregor started to tutor coaches and teachers in tennis. From 2007-2018 he was  head coaching in 3 different Slovenian tennis clubs and is now also tutor for international coaching education. He was a Speaker at the Evolution International Coach Symposium in Orlando Florida in Nov 2018.

Gregor is currently the Head Professional at Teniška ŠOLA Sevnica and Teniški klub Krško.

Profile Ruben Navarro

Ruben Navarro Miralrio

Director - Navarro Tennis Academy
Ruben started teaching at 15 and has been teaching for over 25 years. After coaching at clubs in Guardalajara he founded the Navarro Academia. He also works at both Summit School and Technologico De Monterrey. Ruben is considered a pioneer of kids tennis in Mexico. Having attending multiple workshops and certifications including ITF, RPT and FMT, we are excited to have him on Team Evolution.
Profile Janusz

Janusz Conradi

Director Oakbourne Jnr Tennis Academy

Janusz started the Oakbourne Junior Academy in 2012. A native of Poland he lives with his wife Toni and two kids in Lafayette. In 2006 and gained  singles ranking on ATP Tour. Since 2008, Janusz has managed junior programs in New Iberia, Broussard and in Lafayette. Graduated UL-Lafayette with a degree in Sports Administration in 2011. Previous positions include clubs at Knollwood Country Club (’08) in Illinois and Fairfield County Hunt Club in Connecticut (’10).  Janusz holds USPTA certification and USTA certification in High Performance.

Profile Thomas Lu

Thomas Lu

Tennis Director - Rendy Lu Inc

Vice Director of Rendy Tennis Academy in Taiwan, Thomas has been working with  Rendy  Lu (Yen-Hsun Lu), A Top 100 ATP player for more than  20 years . He is now in charge of developing Junior Tennis Programs for Rendy’s Academy.

Profile Ye Xiao Shan

Ye Xiao Shan

Director of Tennis - Maxtop Club
Ye Xiao Shan is a member of PTR China’s Clinician Team, running all PTR workshops in the city of Guangzhou.  He is the Director of Tennis for Maxtor Tennis Club, a company that manages 10 sites,and goes into 15 schools and 2 kindergartens.
Profile Chen Qi

Chen Qi

Director of Tennis - Xiang Fan Tennis Club
Chen Qi, Director of Xiang Fan Tennis Club. PTR Certified he has been running his coaching business for more than 13 years. Xiang Fan is based in Shen Zhen and runs various programs for Junior and Adults.
Profile Chen Jia Jie

Chen Jia Jie

Director of Tennis - Country Star Club
Chen Jia Jie has been the Head Coach at Country Star Club in Forshan for more than six years. He is a certified pro with the PTR in both Adult and Junior Development.
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Deng Yi

Director of Tennis - Yong Wang Zhi Qian Sports
Deng Yi, started his coaching career in 2004 and become a PTR China Tester in 2016. His company now runs 4 sites, has 10 coaching staff and more than 300 kids in the program.
PROFILE Qiao Liang

Qiao Liang

Director of Tennis Qing Liang Sports

Based in the city of Zheng Zhou, Qiao Liang is PTR Certified and the Director of Qing Lang Sports. The clubs runs numerous junior and adult programs under his direction.

Profile Lydia

Lydia Wen Li Yuan

Director of Tennis - Yuan Yuan Tennis
Lydia Wen Li Yuan is a former China National Team Player and has been a tennis coach for more than 20 years. She was lead Tutor for the Play & Stay program in China training thousands of Tennis Coaches. She is also a USPTA Elite Pro and Tester in China.
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Zhang Zi Yu

Director of Tennis - Warrior Tennis
Zhang Zi Yu, started training tennis at the age of 4 and has played for the city of Wuhan winning a number of national titles. He has coached many ITF Juniors after his playing career of became PTR Certified and turned his talents to coaching. He founded Wuhan based, Warrior Tennis Club in 2018.
Profile Zhou Sheng Wang

Zhou Sheng Wang

Head Coach - Lou Dong Tennis Club
Zhou Sheng Wang is the Head Coach of Lou Dong Tennis Club. A PTR certified coach, his team runs an extensive community program across the City Tai Cang, regularly visiting 10 schools. He directs a team of coaches who are currently working with over 300 juniors.
Profile Gu Shuai

Gu Shuai

Head Coach - Kome Tennis Club
Gu Shuai is the Head Coach of Kome Tennis Club in Shanghai, one of the largest court operators in all China. He is a PTR Certified Professional and has been running club operations for Kome for over 7 years.
Profile Deng Qiang

Deng Qiang

Head Coach - Elite Tennis Club
Deng Qiang is the Head Coach of Elite Tennis Club in Chengdu. A PTR Certified Professional he has been running the club for more than 6 years. A high level player, he was the winner of the Chengdu Open in 2016.
Profile Zhang Jun

Zhang Jun

Director of Tennis - Mai Dong Sports
Director of Mai Dong Sports, Zhang Jun, has been dedicated to Tennis Coaching since his graduation from university. Based in Zhen Zhou he is committed to creating a fun environment for his students. He is PTR Certified.
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Ren Yun Qiao

Director of Tennis - Ashin Tennis
Ren Yun Qiao, founder of Ashin Tennis, has been running her own club in Nan Tong, for 7 years.  She has been working as a coach in  junior development for 11 years. She is PTR Certified and has attended numerous trainings with both evolve9 and PTR.
Profile Guan Chun You

Guan Chun You

Director of Tennis - Ding Ding Xiong Tennis

Guan Chun You is the Director of Ding Ding Xiong Tennis Club, Zhu Hai. He started coaching in 1998. A keen player still, has won a number of titles within China. In 2016 Guan founded Ding Ding Xiong Tennis Club and started to focus on Junior Development with mostly U12 kids. His students have some great results in China National U12 tournaments.

Profile Raduslavov

Bogomil Radoslavov

President and Coach - TC Shumenets

Bogomil Radoslavov is the president and Coach of TC Shumenets in Shumen, Bulgaria, which has around 100 players in their Evolution program. He holds  Level 1 and Level 2 of Bulgarian Certification.
Using Evolution he is taking tennis out into the community, focusing on developing team competitions and activities. As a club TC Shumenets have twice finish third in the National Team Championship under 8/10 and under 14.

Profile Corey

Corey Thompson

Junior Lead - Taconic Sport & Racquet
Corey joined the Taconic Sport & Racquet team in May 2016. He graduated from Ferris State Universityt with a B.S. in Marketing and Professional Tennis Management. He is PTR certified in both 10 & Under and Adult Development he is also a Cardio Tennis Trainer. Corey’s love for tennis came from school sponsored tennis camps provided by his high school tennis coach and his passion for coaching grew from there. A relatively new member of Team Evolution Corey bring a passion and commitment to coaching young players to become the very best they can be.