Staff

Director

Mike-front-pageMike Oransky, Director of Tennis for the City of Gainesville since 1981, grew up in Miami. He was one of the top junior players in the state ranking in the top 3 in the boy’s 16’s and 18’s. He also ranked in the top 20 in the country in the junior division. Mike achieved a ranking high of number 2 in the United States as an amateur in college. He played number 1 for Louisiana State University and was one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference. After graduating college, Mike played professional tennis in Europe, Canada South America, Mexico and the U.S. and achieved a world ranking on the men’s A.T.P. tour. After retiring from the pro tour and accepting a position as tennis director for the City of Gainesville, Mike began coaching several juniors that became nationally ranked. Over 35 of his students went on to play on full tennis scholarships in college. Several players competed on the pro tour in the mid 90’s, ranking in the top 100 in the world in men’s singles and top 40 in the world in women’s singles. Mike even coached a player that won a US Open Mixed doubles title. Please feel free to contact Mike with any questions, concerns or comments at info@gainesvilletennisacademy.com

Coaches

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Skip Deist, has been a USPTA P1 certified Teaching professional since 1994. He started teaching tennis at Westside Park in 1982 as one of Mike Oransky’s first assistant pros while studying at UF. He received an MBA from UF working first as an auditor for Barnett Bank, Inc and then as a financial analyst for Carnival Cruise Lines.

He returned to teaching tennis at Westside Park in the early 1990s with stops at db Racquet Club and the 300 Club as well as coaching the Oak Hall Girls Varsity from 1995-1997 before returning to Westside Park in 2003.

Skip started playing competitively in his 20s, training at Harry Hopman’s Academy in St. Pete while traveling state wide to play USTA Men’s Open singles. He successfully partnered with several top UF players in Men’s Open doubles. Later, in the Men’s 35 and over Florida division, he consistently ranked in the top 20.

bobbyBobby Beland  brings extensive skill and knowledge to every aspect of his work at The Gainesville Tennis Academy. Bobby grew up in Gainesville and was one of the best junior and High School players in the area. Whether teaching private lessons, high performance juniors, or our highly praised adult stroke clinics, his hands-on, focused and organized approach is evident. Bobby is excellent at teaching doubles strategy sessions. Bobby teaches with fast paced drills, with an emphasis on foot work, and an aggressive approach to stroke perfection on each swing. This combination of intensity and attention to detail makes Bobby a staff favorite with the juniors and adult players of all levels.  Bobby is a USPTR certified tennis instructor.

jadeJade Park heads our 10 & Under and Junior Tennis program at the Gainesville Tennis Academy. Jade also teaches various  beginner women’s clinics, doubles clinics, and other adult beginner lessons. Jade is a USPTA certified tennis instructor. Her animated personality and abundance of energy fits in perfectly with teaching in our 10 & under kids program. Jade combines games and drills to make the classes both fun and instructional for our youngest Gainesville Tennis Academy players.

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Addison Staples has a passion for teaching tennis to all levels of players from complete beginners to advanced junior players. Addison heads our Cardio Tennis lessons and is Director of the Aces in Motion tennis program for community outreach. Addison  is a USPTA Certified tennis coach.

 

 

monteMonte Towe has been teaching tennis for over 30 years.  He brings extensive knowledge to our players, including the mental aspects of the game of tennis.  

 

Pro Shop / Court Attendants

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Roy Davis is our Pro Shop manager. He has been working at the Gainesville Tennis Academy for over 8 years and helps keep all our USTA leagues and tournaments scheduled and organized. Roy works tirelessly around the tennis center.

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Robert Gasser is one of our friendly staff pro shop attendants. Robert played High School tennis in Gainesville and is a great addition to  our tennis center. Robert assists with all aspects of customer service, inventory control and court assignments for our walk on players.

 

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Terry Wissler always wears a smile.  He is an avid tennis player and works to provide excellent customer service to our players.  He assists with scheduling, court maintenance and pro shop.  In addition, Terry brings his fun personality into coaching 10 & under kids.

 

 

 

 

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