Junior Tennis Instructors

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Steve Williams - B.A., EMT-B, USPTA
Head Professional and Junior Coordinator - Williams Tennis School.LLC

EDUCATION

 Steve has a Bachelors degree from the University of Kansas located in Lawrence, KS and is certified as an emergency medical technician. 

EXPERIENCE

Steve has several years of experience teaching and coaching in the Kansas City area. He has worked as a pro at Overland Park Racquet Club, Woodside Racquet Club, and Lake Quivira Country Club. Steve has also helped coach the varsity players at his high school in Kansas City at Shawnee Mission West High School, where Steve was the #1 varsity singles player sophomore through senior years. He achieved a sectional ranking as a junior player in the Missouri Valley area, and also played college tennis for Johnson County Community College, where he was the #3 singles player and a quarterfinalist at nationals. Steve finished 2007 ranked # 5 in Colorado at the championship level. In June 2008, he was hired as the Assistant Tennis Coach at the University of Northern Colorado working with both the men's and women's teams. In January 2008, Steve was one of 17 coaches nationally to be selected to the USTA High Performance Coaching Camp in Boca Raton, Florida.

INTERESTS/HOBBIES

Steve enjoys traveling as often as possible, hiking, and trail running. He has a passion for college sports and will talk University of Kansas basketball with anyone willing to listen.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

"I believe that footwork is the foundation for solid technique. All of the junior classes emphasize constant movement and footwork. I primarily teach the USPTA modern coaching technique to my students. The open stance groundstrokes and semi-western grip will be introduced to all players when they are ready. I believe that tennis classes should be fun at all levels, and teaching game-based drills enhances the enjoyment of the game. I also focus on shot selection and tactical considerations with more advanced players."

Email Steve Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may contact him at 303.772.4700 ext. 48.


Ken Gross-PTR Professional Tennis Registryken gross

A Colorado-native, Ken is a tennis enthusiast. Ken comes to us from Wyoming where he coached for Frontier Park Family Tennis Center, where he excelled as Director of 10 and under tennis. Ken coached some of Wyoming’s brightest 10U players. Recently Ken assisted at the 2014 Adidas Summer Tennis Camp as a visiting pro and plans to participate in more camps in the future. PTR Certified, Ken loves working with all ages and levels. Ken was a 4-year letterman for his High school and continues to compete now. When not on court, you can find him on a yoga mat or at church playing drums. Ken always loves talking about music.

Email: Ken Gross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can contact him at 303.772.4700.


  WES BALLENTINE   

Wesley Ballentine-  USPTA
Professional Tennis Instructor

EDUCATION

Wes attended New Canaan High School in Connecticut before earning a BA in Economics and Communication from the University of Colorado @ Boulder in 2011.

EXPERIENCE

Tennis became one of Wes’s passion at a young age. He has enjoyed competing in junior tournaments, high school tennis and club tennis at the University of Colorado.  Wes has been teaching seasonally since 2005 and has run the tennis program at Camp Tecumseh in NH for five summers.  He has been a certified USPTA instructor (P-2) since 2013.

 INTERESTS / HOBBIES

Wes is a sports enthusiast and hopes to ski, golf and play basketball while away from the tennis courts.

 TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

It is a teaching priority to provide a contagious love for playing tennis.  Time on a tennis court should be fun, active, and rewarding through competition.  Wes enjoys sharing athletic knowledge and the opportunities for character growth that are available through tennis and other athletics.

 Email Wes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you may contact him at  303.772.4700.


eric carlson

Eric Carlson-  USPTA
Professional Tennis Instructor

EDUCATION

Eric attended the University of Colorado at Boulder before becoming certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association in the Spring of 2009.

EXPERIENCE

Eric is currently working on his 3rd year of teaching here at Longmont Athletic Club.  He began teaching several years ago at various tennis camps in the summer in Colorado Springs where he grew up.  There he also assisted with his former high school team where he played varsity #1 singles his senior year.  Eric also placed 2nd at the state level in doubles his sophomore year.  He then went on to attend John Newcombe Tennis Academy for 3 months before making the CU Club Tennis Team.  Eric has a current ranking of #11 at the Colorado singles championship level.

INTERESTS/HOBBIES 

Eric loves playing basketball and golf in addition to tennis.  He is passionate about most sports and loves to debate with people.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Eric loves the game of tennis and really enjoys helping others achieve their personal tennis goals.  He believes that repetition and proper instruction lead to a fundamentally sound game and tennis success.  Although he recommends the modern tennis game, he concentrates on teaching a style that is attainable for that particular players abilities.  Most of all Eric believes in having fun!

Email Eric at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may contact him at 303.772.4700.