IMPORTANT: MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHILE IN THE TENNIS CENTER EXCEPT ONLY FOR THOSE PLAYING ON THE COURT

– ATTENDEES IN THE BLEACHERS AND OTHER AREAS WILL NEED TO WEAR A MASK

Meet the Speakers

Greg Aten (USPTA): Greg is currently the USPTA Midwest Executive Director, is a USPTA Midwest Past President & a member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame,2012.

 

Greg has been the Managing Director at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio for the past 22 years. Greg has coached both Boys & Girls High School teams (35 seasons) his players have won 8 Team championships {currently 7 in a row (2015-2021) at Hathaway Brown-Girls, 5 singles state titles (1 runner-up), 4 doubles state titles (3 runner-ups).


Greg received the National Federation of High School Coaches Sectional Coach of the Year honors in 2019. Greg also is currently the USTA NEO District President. Greg is on the Wilson Advisory Staff.

Jorge Capestany is one of only ten people worldwide that is a Master Professional with the USPTA and an International Master Professional with the PTR. He is a 6-time Michigan Pro of the Year a 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year and was inducted into the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jorge has been named the National Pro of the Year by BOTH the PTR and the USPTA. He has coached hundreds of ranked juniors including 3 national champions. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author Jorge has been named the Professional of the Year for both the USPTA and the PTR. He is Director of Hope’s PTM program.

Jorge may be best known for developing two leading tennis industry websites. One for tennis coaches and one for players. Both websites can be found at… CapestanyTennis.com

Adam Ford: USPTA & PTR, Adam is the co-Director of the Hope College Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program. He has served as the men’s and women’s varsity tennis coach at Hope as well as being a teaching professional at the DeWitt Tennis Center.

Adam is a USTA high-performance certified coach and has developed many nationally ranked players. He was a two-time state champion at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School. He played tennis for four years at Division I Northern Illinois University. Often recognized by his peers, Adam is in a unique position to lead the College’s PTM program.

Adam was named the Michigan pro of the Year and is certified as a Etcheberry Speed & Agility coach. Adam is also certified as a Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute (HPI) the program developed by Dr. Jim Loehr.

Mark Ficks: (USPTA) Mark comes to us from Saint Joe, Michigan where he has served as the Director of Racquet Sports for the South Shore Health & Racquet Club since 2007.

Mark is the 2021 USPTA Midwest Tennis Professional of the Year and has earned Michigan USPTA Professional of the Year Honors in 2007 & 2011. In addition to his USPTA tennis credentials, Mark has also received certifications in Pickleball & Paddle Tennis, and has been certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer by the American Council on Exercise.

He has coached over 25 seasons of High School Tennis and is currently the Head Coach for the Saint Joe High School Varsity Girls Team.

Scott Ficks: (USPTA) Scott resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he is the Tennis Director at the Village Club. Scott has won the Wisconsin USPTA Professional of the Year award 3 times, as well as the Midwest’s “Fay Tooley” Award.

He has coached 5 seasons of high school tennis and 2 years of college. Scott also recently became the Midwest USPTA’s first-ever Head Pickleball Tester. Collegiately, Ficks competed for Vincennes University which is one of the most successful junior college tennis programs in the country with over 30 straight trips to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Ficks graduated from Vincennes University in 1994 and Indiana University in 1997.

Greg Patton is an internationally recognized tennis coach at both national and collegiate levels. He led the nationally ranked Boise State Broncos men’s tennis program where compiled a career record at of 203-67. At Boise State, he has won seven conference championships in nine seasons in four different conferences (Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic Conference, Mountain West). His overall college coaching record is 554-260.

Patton is also a veteran coach in the World Team Tennis ranks. He was the head coach of the St. Louis Aces, whose roster includes Andy Roddick.

He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, Christa, who was an adjunct French Professor at Boise State, and two children, Chelsea and Garrett. Garrett is currently playing professionally in Europe.

Milena Stephens: (PTR) Milena Stephens is the Director of Education and Diversity for PTR Headquarters.

Milena grew up on the courts of her parents’ tennis club, where she started playing at age three; and as a junior player, Stephens reached #1 in her native Brazil. She earned a full athletic scholarship to play for Delta State University, and went on to earn her BA and then a Masters degree in Sports Management.

Milena served as Director of Tennis at Cleveland Country Club in Mississippi. She also coached at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Florida, before joining the PTR team as Director of Education and Diversity where she is heavily involved in developing new educational courses for PTR members.

Chris Wagner has been at Bay Tennis and Fitness, in Harbor Springs, Michigan, since September of 2013 with having been promoted to Director of Tennis in March of 2018.

Chris has coached and developed juniors who have won numerous regional, conference and state titles during his time as a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional as well as many kids who have gone onto to playing at the collegiate level. At the adult level Bay Tennis and Fitness adult teams have been very successful as well typically advancing to state Finals with a couple of state championships at the 3.5 level in 2015 and at the 4.0 level in 2018.

Chris classes are always, fun, high energy and his goal is to get the most out of his players each and every day through hard work and maximum focus.

Todd Wojtkowski: who is in his 14th season at the helm of the Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team in 2021-22, has built CWRU into one of the top programs in Division III during his time with the squad, most recently guiding the squad to a second-place finish at the 2021 NCAA Championships and claiming Wilson/ ITA National Coach of the Year honors.

He has coached his players to 14 All-America honors, including one NCAA Division III Doubles Championship and one ITA Cup D3 Doubles Title, while mentoring his athletes to four CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In 2021, the Spartans notched the best-ever finish in the history of CWRU Athletics, reaching the NCAA Division III Championship match. During the shortened campaign, the Spartans went 14-3, including a 12-1 mark against Division III opponents. Wojtkowski’s squad notched a 6-1 record against ranked Division III opponents during the campaign.

Kevin Wolma: is currently the associate director of admissions for Hope college. He spent the last 25 years in education – 15 years as a teacher and the last 10 years as a high school athletic director.

Kevin has been named the Regional Athletic Director of the Year, 2021. The West Michigan Officials Athletic Director of the Year, 2015, and the Ottawa County Substance Abuse Prevention Administrator of the Year, 2015.

Kevin has over 30 seasons of experience in coaching basketball, tennis, and golf.

He is an avid tennis player and his daughter Kayla attends Hope College and is in the Professional Management Tennis (PTM) program.

Kevin authored the book “30 Second Timeout: Navigating Through the Challenges of Youth Sports”.