Billy is a former top 10 national, international and collegiate ranked player. He played professionally for three years on the ATP tour. Billy is a USPTA professional with 17 years of teaching experience coaching district, sectional, national and collegiate ranked players.
Brent began his tennis playing career in Missouri. He played college tennis at Central Missouri State and Jefferson College where he finished top 20 nationally. Some of his post-college
playing highlights include: Top 20 nationally ranked in Men’s 35 Singles in the Missouri Valley (2009); 2-time Show Me State Champion; WTT National Champion in 2000; and #1 rankings in
Missouri Valley for Men’s 35s and Mixed Doubles.
As a tennis professional, Brent started at Sunset Tennis Center in 1997 where he taught adults and juniors. He also organized and instructed ladies USTA and interclub practices. Since then
Brent has held various positions at several tennis clubs in the New England area and has worked with all ages and levels from beginners to nationally-ranked. He has developed 10 and under
junior programs and worked with nationally ranked juniors. Brent has also managed and coached both adult Men’s and Women’s USTA and CMITA teams and recently served as head
coach for Assumption College’s Men’s Tennis Team. Brent is a USPTA Professional and Net Generation Certified Coach.
Brent and his wife moved back to the St. Louis area in the Summer of 2019. We welcome Brent’s return to Sunset Tennis Center.
Brian has been employed as an assistant pro at Chesterfield Athletic Club and as a teaching pro at public parks in St. Louis. Brian has served as a head pro with the NetRushers Tennis Association, a M.A.T.C.H. tennis pro and an assistant pro with Pat Purcell Cardio Tennis.
Brian has also served for more than 20 years as a child abuse and neglect investigator. He earned a B.A./B.S. in psychology and sociology from Culver-Stockton College.
Brian started giving tennis lessons about twenty years ago and shortly thereafter he earned his USPTA certification (on his first attempt).
Brian says that as a pro, he “loves identifying, analyzing and curing tennis problems.” He says his “greatest accomplishment within tennis is helping people stay in the game and improve.”
As a player, Brian has been a USTA district and sectional champion and a World Team Tennis district, sectional and national champion. He was part of a #1 ranked men’s 4.0 doubles team in the USTA Missouri Valley and has competed in USTA mixed doubles at the district and sectional levels.
A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Craig won five high school titles in that state, then went on to play Division I collegiate tennis for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. During his summers he competed on the European circuit. For his achievements during the period of the ‘60s and ‘70s, he was inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.
Craig moved to St. Louis in the ‘70s to pursue a graduate degree in Political Science at Washington University where he also coached the men’s tennis team. He came to Sunset in 1977 and, with Doug Smith, helped spearhead the development of Sunset’s Junior Program. This program produced multiple state champions, Valley and nationally-ranked juniors and collegiate players. Craig served as VP of Juniors for the District and spearheaded the development of the St. Louis Competition Training Center.
Craig also commands a special respect in the St. Louis tennis community for his untiring work with women’s tennis programs coaching many District, Sectional, and National Champions.
For his efforts in implementing USA tennis programs, in 2003 he was named to the USA Tennis National Recognition Program “All-America” Team. In 2005 he was again honored by the MVTA as its Outstanding Contributor to the USA League Tennis Program. More recently, in 2011 the SLDTA recognized him as the Outstanding USTA Jr. Team Tennis Organizer. Craig received the Distinguished Service Award from the District in 2013.
In recognition of his efforts to grow the game and serve the tennis community, Craig was selected for the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015. Craig has also been featured on KSDK for his 55,000 hours of teaching. Click her to see that video.
Elizabeth started playing tennis in 1979 at the age of 14, participating in the junior program at Sunset. She played varsity tennis all four years while attending Lindbergh High School. In her sophomore year, she finished second in doubles to her own teammates in the State Championships. In 1983, at the age of 17 she traveled to Europe with Craig Sandvig and other juniors from the United States to play tennis for five weeks on an organized team sponsored by Tennis-Europe. In 1984, at the end of her high school career she received the National High School Girls Tennis All-America Award.
Elizabeth attended college at Gustavus Adolphus College and played Varsity tennis all four years. Her senior year she qualified for the NCAA Division III Nationals in singles and earned a ranking in the Top 35. During college she participated in a month-long course for teaching tennis following the USPTA guidelines. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Fitness. Following this she attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and received a Master’s degree in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehab.
She worked as an Exercise Physiologist for four years before starting a family. She is married and has two daughters, 22 and 17.
Elizabeth assisted in teaching tennis clinics at Sunset Tennis Center throughout her high school and college years. After being away from tennis for several years, she returned to Sunset in the Fall of 2006 to do one of the things she loves: teaching tennis. In 2008, Elizabeth also took on the role of coach for the JV tennis team at Westminster Christian Academy. In 2011, Elizabeth expanded her tennis coaching duties at Westminster to include the middle school girls tennis team.
Originally from Canada, Karim earned an ITF World Junior Ranking at age 17 and finished multiple years with National Rankings in the #20's. He played collegiate tennis at McGill University in Montreal and Maryville University in St. Louis.
From 2000-2008, Karim served as the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Maryville University where his players earned All-Conference, Academic All-American, and All-District Honors (awarded by ESPN the Magazine). He was also the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Fontbonne University in 2009-2010.
In the summertime, Karim serves as the Director of Tennis at Westborough Country Club. He has been there since 2004. He was also a staple at the Frontenac Racquet Club (FRC) from 2002-2015. In addition to being the Director of the Top Gun Program at FRC, Karim coordinated the Men's Interclub Team, Men's Singles and Mixed Doubles Leagues.
Karim has been an Elite (P1) USPTA Professional since 2003. In 2013 he also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association).
Kevi is an all-round multi-sport athlete who went to college on scholarships for both diving and softball. She graduated with a degree in Education that included a specialization in health and physical education for the secondary level. At various times and at various institutions over the last 20 years she has coached diving, swimming, water polo, softball, and track. During one span she was Head Diving Coach at both Washington University and SLU, simultaneously!
After college, Kevi fell in love with tennis. Upon developing her own game, she promptly turned to her natural love of teaching and coaching. She is a certified USPTR Pro and “10-and-Under” professional. Over the span of the last 11 years she has taught tennis at St. Louis Country Club, Clayton High School, and Whitfield High School. Currently she coaches high school girls and boys tennis teams at Rockwood Summit where she has coached many state qualifiers including Dylan Steffens and Sara Helbig. During the day she is a substitute teacher in the Rockwood School District. She still enjoys playing and competing when she has time.
Certified as an USPTA Professional One, Lorri has coached tennis from the 1960’s to the present. From hitting against the wall of her elementary school to becoming the #1 ranked singles, doubles and mixed doubles in Middle Illinois, she has made tennis her way of life. She also, at various times in the 70’s and 80’s was the women’s and mixed doubles #1 team in St. Louis. Her daughter, Corrina Gunter VanGeison and father, Peter G. BardezBanian have also coached.
Before coming to St. Louis, she graduated from Western Illinois University, where she helped with the boys’ tennis team and the tennis P.E. classes. She then graduated and taught English at Peoria High School and coached tennis at River City Racquet Club in Peoria, Illinois.
In St. Louis through the many years, she has been a professional at Town and Tennis, John Burrough’s School, Dorset Racquet Club, Westwood Country Club, South Hampshire Racquet Club, Kings Point, and now at Sunset Tennis Center for sixteen years.
She has received several awards, but in 2006 she received the USPTA Missouri Valley Professional of the Year Award.
She says that tennis is a sport of a lifetime because we can play for most of our lives and there is always something to learn. Always!
Martin has been teaching and coaching tennis for 37 years. His coaching experience began in 1978 at Southwest High. He inherited the coaching duties during a period when teachers were, for reasons unbeknownst to him, being transferred from city public schools to county schools. A math teacher who also coached tennis was one of several from Southwest transferred to a county school. This is how he started the coaching duties.
His girl’s tennis team won the PHL championship in fall of ‘78 and his boy’s team won the same honor in spring of ‘79. Because of these achievements, several parents asked if he would teach them to play. Martin agreed and that became the genesis of his lengthy tenure in this sport.
Martin feels his role is to partner with students in the hope that they forge a bond that assists in their tennis journey and, hopefully, helps lead them to discovery of the best tennis possible at that particular time in their development. Martin says he has been fortunate to have met and worked with many good people who have become competent players. Along the way, he has discovered, thru necessity, an abundance of teaching methods that are “tried and true.” As he learned as a science teacher at both the elementary and secondary education levels, what resonates with one or more students may not do the same with others. Each individual is unique, as is their ability to process and implement information. As such, as an instructor, Martin tries to tailor instruction to fit the individual. That’s Martin’s goal, his passion, his mission.
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