Michael Guice [Co-Founder, President]
Michael started CityTennis with Sam Kang with a passion for increasing accessibility to high-quality tennis. Michael grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes playing at the Jack Kramer Club and South Bay Tennis Center, places previously frequented by players such as Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova and Lindsey Davenport. Michael was a former Top-50 junior in the Southern California boy's 18's division while playing top 6 singles at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (All American Champions, Division 1). Michael later went on to play 4 years of collegiate tennis at Occidental College and was then hired on as head coach for the program shortly after graduating. Some of Michael's more-recent accomplishments include serving as Head Pro at the Rose Bowl Tennis Center and the Medici Apartments in Downtown Los Angeles. Michael coached USTA junior team tennis for several years and maintains his USPTA certification.
Sam Kang [Co-Founder, Executive Director]
Sam Kang co-founded CityTennis in 2017 with Michael Guice, after they became re-acquainted as coaches of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena. Like Michael, Sam grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes and received top-level training from some of the best pros in the country. As a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Certified Elite Professional and member of the USTA, Sam has over 10 years of experience coaching tennis for all ages and levels ranging from Tiny Tots, high performance juniors and adult USTA League Teams. He currently serves as the head coach for Varsity Tennis at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, and on the teaching faculty at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Sam handles logistics, operations, and implementation of CityTennis programs.
Shepherd Newcomb [USPTA Staff Pro / Program Director]
As a young player, Shepherd established regional and national rankings, and trained with Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL and Newk's Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX. He first began coaching at the age of fifteen as an assistant in his father's summer camp, and later got his USPTA certification in 2013. During a red-shirt year, after playing #1 at Marion Military Institute , Shepherd worked as the Head Coach of Junior Programs at Peninsula Community Center. He then went on to play Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. In 2017, he finished his college career as senior captain of the team with an individual national ranking, having helped lead the Cougars to the NCAA National Tournament quarter finals and the their first ever top 10 finish in DII.
Alexa has been playing tennis competitively since the age of seven. She was the only freshman at Crescenta Valley High School to make the Varsity Tennis Team and later became the captain of her team senior year. Later, Alexa received a full ride to play for California State University of Northridge’s Women’s Division 1 Team. During her student athlete career, she began training and coaching top level juniors and recreational players of all ages at La Canada Flintridge Country Club. Alexa quickly realized that after competing at such high levels of the sport, her talents as a coach, trainer, and motivator would become a way for her to stay involved in the game she has played and loved for over 16 years.
Ervin Saravia (USPTA Pro / Area Manager)
Ervin started his coaching career as a volunteer coach in 1995. He has helped develop players at all levels and age groups. He was the Head Coach for the Boys and Girls Tennis Teams at Monrovia High School from 2010-2015. He helped the Mt. San Antonio College Women’s Tennis Team win the 2015 State Championship when he was the assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s teams. In 2018, he was the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach at Caltech when both teams were nationally rank and had their number one doubles team named All-Americans. Most of his students agree that two of his greatest strengths are his knowledge of the game and his patience. He is very positive and wants you to learn but at the same time, he wants his students to have fun. If they have fun, they will keep coming back and if they keep coming back, they will keep learning and keep playing tennis.
Meredy Gharabegi [Area Manager, Glendale]
Meredy joined CityTennis in 2018 with the hopes of educating and introducing the great sport of tennis to different communities and individuals. Meredy began her tennis experience at the age of 3 when her dad introduced her to the sport. She soon entered the world of USTA tournaments at the age of 10, reaching top 30 in Southern California. Meredy attended Burbank High School where she was part of the varsity team for 4 years. After graduating high school, Meredy attended Glendale Community College where she went undefeated her first year and played #3 throughout her second year. Meredy went very far in her doubles career during her time at Glendale Community College where she reached Western State and also received MVP her first year. Her love for tennis has inspired her to share her achievements and to help students reach their goals on the court.
Isa Kibira [Staff Instructor]
Isa joined CityTennis in 2017 to run clinics in Rancho Cucamonga and Pasadena. Isa is exceptionally talented and amazingly personable. Isa is currently in his final year at Occidental College and was named the ITA West Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. Isa is also an exemplary figure in the Oxy community. He is heavily involved in Oxy's Black Student Alliance, and he has served on several search committees as the student representative, including the Campus Safety Advisory Committee and the Dean of Students search, and is currently working at the Leadership Professional Development Program for the city of Minneapolis in his hometown. Talk about a role model for young kids!
Meg Mooradian [Staff Instructor]
Meg joined CityTennis in 2018 and has been coaching at Serve It Up Tennis academy for over 3 years (in addition to privates). She started playing tennis at age 7 in Iran and later, at age 12, was selected to compete in India for ITF Tournaments and was ranked 3rd place. After moving to United States, she quickly became the #1 player at Hoover High School and later #2 player for the Glendale Community College Women’s Tennis team (finalist in 2015). After graduating from GCC, she started school at the University of Southern California studying aerospace engineering while playing tennis for the USC advanced club tennis team. Meg has a ton of experience coaching children, adults, and USTA Junior Team Tennis. We're delighted that Meg has decided to join our team in Glendale and surrounding areas.
Melody Emmanouilidi [Staff Instructor]
Melody lives and works in Glendale, where she is part of our after-school program. She joined the Glendale Community College women’s tennis team in 2016, where she played #6 singles her first year. Melody was awarded 2nd Team All-Conference and awarded most improved player by her peers. She contributed to the team’s success by helping the team win its second consecutive Western State Conference title, going 10-0 in conference (first time in Glendale Community College history). In 2017, she improved her ranking and played #5 singles on the women's tennis team, as well as #3 doubles. That same year, Melody helped the GCC team win its 3rd consecutive Western State Conference title. Her love of for tennis has taught her what it means to be a competitor on and off the court.
Elen Chtchyan [Staff Instructor]
Elen joined CityTennis in 2018, passionate about coaching and spreading knowledge about tennis to schools around the Glendale district. Elen currently attends Glendale Community College where she was apart of the Glendale tennis team in 2016. In 2015, Elen played tennis for her local High School, Herbert Hoover High, where she was awarded the MVP award. Currently, she is studying Political Science, and Journalism at Glendale Community College. Elen currently co-runs the after-school programs at R.D White, John Muir Elementary, and Keppel Elementary in Glendale. Elen is very passionate working with kids, hoping to teach future champions the fundamentals of tennis
Adrien Vareene [Staff Instructor]
Before joining CityTennis, Adrien served as an instructor at La Habra Tennis Center, alongside some of the best professionals from the IMG academy in Florida. Adrien also served as Assistant Coach at Hope International University in Fullerton after graduating from there as team captain. Probably most notable are some of his collegiate accomplishments: 2012 and 2013 Intercollegiate State Championship team winner (Fresno, CA) with a record of 58-0, 2013 Intercollegiate Regional Doubles Champion (Fresno, CA) and 2015 ITA Intercollegiate National Doubles Runner-up. Someone with a list this impressive doesn't come around that often. This is why we are very proud to have Adrien as part of our team. Adrien lives in Glendale, where he runs high-performance clinics at Glendale High School and assists with our after-school programs.
Miles Clark (Staff Instructor)
Miles is relatively new to the coaching scene. He has 10 years of experience as player and he continues to develop his skills. He’s currently in his second and final year at Riverside City College. For his first year at RCC himself and the team had a very successful season for the year 2017-2018. He went undefeated for all the regular season in singles, and his team was conference champions. Currently he is the number one player and is looking forward to replicating his performances from last season. Miles brings a level of energy and knowledge critical for developing players at all levels and age groups. His coaching style facilitates an instant connection with players at all levels. Miles also loves to make jokes and wants to make sure his students remember to have fun.
Vivian Bai [Staff Instructor]
Vivian joined CityTennis is 2018 to assist with Right-at-School tennis programs in Arcadia. Prior to working with us, she worked at the City of Arcadia's Recreation and Community Services Department, where she was Awarded the Silver Circle for volunteer dedication. Vivian has a passion for working with children and introducing more kids to the world of tennis. At the Boys and Girls Club Pasadena, Vivian supervised students throughout the day to keep them engaged. Vivian currently attends Pasadena City College, and previously served as team captain for Arcadia High School's girls team. We estimate the Vivian's skills and passion for tennis will help us accomplish many initiatives in the future.
Michael Marks (Staff Instructor)
Michael is a film/tv producer and writer who grew up playing and coaching tennis all over California and has joined our team to help children who never held a racket, learn the fundamentals of the sport, but more importantly to have fun. Mike has coached kids of all ages but specializes in coaching special needs children and adults and provides a safe, fun and educational environment that is both fun for the players and for anyone who is lucky enough to watch.
Cory Schillerstrom (USPTA Certified Pro)
Cory grew up in Naperville, Illinois where her father began teaching her tennis at a young age. She competed in USTA junior tournaments, played number 1 singles and doubles and served as captain at Naperville Central High School as well as North Central College (Naperville, IL). For four years at North Central College she was an Intercollegiate Tennis Association all-academic team member, CCIW conference scholar athlete/all-conference team member, and all-American. She wasalso part of the Athlete and Education Honor Societies. She holds the record at her college for most matcheswon at first singles and first doubles. Cory holds her United States Professional Tennis Association certification. Over the past 12 years she has taught tennis to people of all ages at clubs in Illinois and California and during her Peace Corps experience in Tonga. Cory currently teaches first grade and still loves to teach and play tennis!
As a teen Homer found himself starting tennis at a much older age than most. He picked up a racket and found out her has a talent for the sport of tennis. At the age of 12 he started his first group tennis class. The more he played more the sport he liked became a passion of his. At 16 years young he started being a tennis assistant for his coach in Temple City. Soon he started Coaching for Parks and recreation for Cities of Arcadia, San Gabriel, San Marino, Monrovia and Temple City. Homer now has more than 18 years of experience coaching kids, teens and adults. He feels that it’s vital that each and everyone one of his students enjoys the sport first so that they will always look forward to stepping on a tennis court.
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