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John is a native of Atlanta and grew up playing competitive tennis. John was a highly ranked state, sectional, and national junior player. John has spent a significant amount of time coaching juniors to reach their full potential. He was the Junior Academy Director at Ace Tennis Academy where he coached many highly ranked players. He has trained three, four, and five star level juniors. Additionally, he has coached students who have performed at the highest sectional and national levels and ultimately gone onto play college tennis. Some of John’s previous students have played at LSU, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, North Georgia University, and Belmont Abbey.

John still plays AA1 ALTA in Atlanta and just recently moved to Decatur, Georgia. His favorite part about being a tennis coach is the relationships formed while trying to solve each player’s personal tennis puzzle. He is also an avid fan of entrepreneurship. In addition to coaching tennis, John owns and operates a small business in the insurance field that he founded four years ago.

Favorite Tennis Accomplishment: For the past eight years, John has taken at least one new player to the GA state qualifier that had never qualified previously in their careers.  

owner/CEO/DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

Link is a passionate tennis professional with a strong desire to grow and promote tennis throughout the community. She is originally from Macon, Georgia. Link was a highly ranked junior player reaching # 1 in Georgia, # 3 in the Southern Section and # 35 nationally in the U18’s. She served as a key member on the USTA Federation Cup and she earned recognition for several national sportsmanship awards. She was also nominated as the Female Junior Tennis Player of the Year by the Georgia Tennis Association.

Link continued her success in tennis at the collegiate level, playing at the University of Georgia and College of Charleston. During her time at the College of Charleston, Link played #1 singles and doubles, served as the captain of the team her junior and senior year, and was selected to be a key member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board. She earned her degree in Corporate & Organizational Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Business.

Every summer while Link was in college, she coached tennis at numerous facilities in Charleston, South Carolina. She has worked with and conducted private and group lessons for people of all ages and talent levels, placing emphasis on on skill development while promoting a positive, fun learning environment.

After graduating from college, Link worked as a High Performance Coach in Charleston.  She served as a key member in the development and implementation of a High Performance Tennis Program that allowed competitive juniors the opportunity to grow and develop their skills and excel in the national and collegiate arena. Link was responsible for the development and training of the players, placing an emphasis on strengthening stroke and skill development, and improving match play strategy skills.

As a tennis professional, Link enjoys sharing her passion for tennis with others while helping her students strive to achieve success on and off the tennis court. Link has extensive knowledge and experience working with kids, juniors and adults. She enjoys being able to create lesson plans and programs that are tailored for every individual and/or group she works with that are based off of their goals and ultimately maximizes their true potential as an athlete and person.

Off the court, Link enjoys taking spinning classes, trips to Charleston, and hanging out with her corgi. 

Nela is a graduate of the University of North Georgia where she played four years of college tennis and majored in Exercise Science. Her passion for health, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness is the basis for her life and she hopes to bring this knowledge to the world using tennis as her vehicle.

Nela was born in the city of Mostar in Bosnia, and she came to the United States with her family at the young age of two years old. Growing up in Buford, GA, Nela started tennis at the age of eight. At this age, her family had moved into a new house that had tennis courts in the neighborhood, and she quickly begged her dad to buy racquets so that they could try out the sport for fun. From that moment forward, Nela was hooked. Being the first person in her family to play tennis, Nela became very passionate about the sport and became deeply inspired by the fact that it is such an individual sport in which you can create your own destiny. Nela continued to play for her team at Mill Creek High School in her hometown, where she broke all school doubles records. She went on to play a vital role in both doubles and singles all four years of her college career at UNG, and led her team as captain to break the record for most season wins her senior year. In addition to her knowledge of tennis, Nela has experience in the world of wellness, as she was an intern at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked in Employee and Child wellness, teaching exercise and nutrition classes and creating health programming for clients of all ages and fitness levels.


In addition to her knowledge of tennis, Nela has experience in the world of wellness, as she was an intern at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked in Employee and Child wellness, teaching exercise and nutrition classes and creating health programming for clients of all ages and fitness levels. Nela was also an assistant student strength trainer in her college athletic facility at UNG, and gained experience in leading athletes from all different sports in personalized workouts.

Off the court, Nela loves traveling, reading books, enjoying music, and experimenting in the kitchen. Her  passion to lead a cultured, healthy, happy, and full life leads her in everything she does and has helped to build her desire to lead others. Nela believes that helping improve lives is woven into the small details, and she hopes to do so through the world of tennis. As it has molded her, she hopes that it so positively molds the people around her.

Moses was born in New Delhi, India and came to the United States when he was three years old. Moses started playing tennis at the age of twelve and quickly became a highly ranked JR player in the state of Georgia and the Southeast. He was recognized as the Gatorade Tennis Player of the Year for Clayton County during his high school career.

Moses earned a scholarship to play tennis at Piedmont College, where he was the number one singles and doubles players for three of his four years.  He was the two time all conference player of the year for Piedmont College and won the conference championship in 2011.  After graduating with a degree in Sports Marketing, he was the assistant Men's and Women's tennis coach at Piedmont college until 2015. He also completed his Masters in Business Administration during his tenure as assistant coach.

In addition to tennis and business, Moses is also an actor who is represented by People Store Talent Agency. He loves to workout, play all athletics, travel, nature, and hanging out with his Siberian husky. Oh, and his favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.

NELA HANDAC, PTR & GPTA

QUINCY JONES, PTR

Elite USPTA Certified Professional

THOMAS CALDERONE, pTR

STAFF PROFESSIONAL

Quincy Jones is a professional tennis player, trainer, and coach who offers programs designed to help youth and adult players enhance both physical activity and personal performance. He has been recognized for creating The Adult Academy, a tennis training program he developed during his time as Director of Adult Programming for Silvia Tennis Academy. Quincy helped adult players benefit from the academy style training utilized by national junior competitors throughout the United States. In addition to coaching adults, Quincy has coached youth of all ability levels. He ran an elite high school program at Silvia Tennis Academy before coming to White Columns.

In addition to teaching tennis, Quincy is also a writer and musician. He has written numerous articles on topics ranging from 'The Perfect Service Rhythm,' to 'Money Middle Doubles. He authored the official Cardio Tennis theme song, which has been featured on international platforms since its iTunes release in 2015.

MEET OUR COACHES

OFFICE MANAGER

Jacob began playing tennis as a sophomore in High School. Starting with little to no experience, he reached his goal of playing collegiate tennis when signing with Spring Arbor University, his senior year of high school in the spring of 2013.

Playing number one singles and serving as team captain all three years at Ontario High School in Ohio, Jacob developed a passion for the game of tennis as well as teaching and inspiring his teammates. Jacob led his team from a 5-15 record his sophomore year to a 23-2 record his senior year. As exciting as the thrill of victory was, his true joy came from impacting the lives of his teammates. Witnessing lives change through the game of tennis inspired Jacob to pursue a career in teaching tennis.

Jacob graduated from Spring Arbor University in May of 2017 with a degree in Business and Sports Management. Jacob played four years of tennis for Spring Arbor University on an athletic scholarship.

  • Certified teaching professional by PTR (specializing in ages 11-17)
  • Interned for Agape Tennis Academy at White Columns Country Club (Summers of 2015 and 2016)
  • Team captain for Spring Arbor University in 2016/2017
  • Played number 3 singles for Spring Arbor University
  • Team captain for Ontario High School (2011-2013)
  • Played number 1 singles for Ontario High School

Barry TamaRKIN



STAFF PROFESSIONAL

STAFF PROFESSIONAL

Ian was born in Italy and is fluent in Bosnian but considers Georgia his home. Ian has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for the majority of his life. He has played tennis since the early age of five and has always had an intense passion for the sport. Ian was a highly ranked junior player, successful high school player, and ultimately earned a scholarship to play for Georgia Perimeter College. Ian is an English major. Ian has experience coaching adults and juniors of all ages and abilities. Ian is excited brings his passion, knowledge, and experience as a successful college player to Agape Tennis Academy. 


HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH


MARKETING DIRECTOR/STAFF PROFESSIONAL

JACOB byrd, PTR

Damon was born in the wintry blasts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but raised in the warm and friendly confines of Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf Coast. After graduating with a degree in technology, he joined a Christian music company where he saw his career grow steadily.

Damon started playing tennis as a young adult and quickly fell in love with the sport. He played in several USTA tournaments before moving to Atlanta where he started to play ALTA on a regular basis. Damon is a true tennis enthusiast. He will bring his love for tennis, as well as his skills in technology, website building, programming, and marketing to help the Agape team.

ANNIE FREEMAN

staff PROFESSIONAL

Joe is a PTR Certified teaching professional with over 25 years of experience. During hia tennis journey, he has had the opportunity to play at a high level as a junior and young adult in various tennis tournaments throughout the country.

As a teaching professional, he has been fortunate enough to be able to work with toddlers, juniors, young adults, adults, and Olympians! He is very proud of the fact that he has been able to help juniors achieve their dreams of earning tennis scholarships.  He also takes great joy in seeing his adult teams improve every season and ultimately compete in the City Championships.

He loves working with USTA, ALTA, and junior teams of all levels, bringing all of the personalities of the players on the court together for one purpose, TEAM! He has extensive experience in running cardio tennis, men’s drills, beginner ladies, tournaments, and fun socials as well.

Besides being a tennis professional, Joe is also a chef and traveler. He is an adventurous, energetic, kind, and creative person. The tennis courts are his home and coaching brings him the greatest joy of all!

Amy is the founder of Agape Tennis Academy. She enjoys reading, writing, coaching, learning, helping others, speaking, traveling, tennis, golf, business, music, and spending time with loved ones.


  • Nationally ranked JR tennis player
  • Division I Collegiate tennis player at Coastal Carolina University
  • All -American Student Athlete
  • Participated in the NCAA Championships
  • Ranked top 50 in the nation CCU
  • Certified in sports science, high performance player development, and mental toughness
  • Tennis columnist for local, national, and international magazines
  • Workshops and speaking engagements on topics including entrepreneurship, leadership, self-development, purpose, and more
  • Director of summer camps for twenty plus staff and hundreds of youth
  • Speaker for the Kennesaw State University College of Business
  • Member of Vistage, an international organization of business owners and leaders
  • Member of Founders Society, a private organization for entrepreneurs worldwide

HEAD PROFESSIONAL

JOHN LAWRENCE

staff professional

JOE HILL, PTR

office assistant

link McNure

An Ohio native, Barry moved to Atlanta in 1994. He is an Elite USPTA Certified Professional. Barry was a highly ranked junior player in Ohio where he played the number one singles position and was the captain of his high school tennis team all four years. Barry went on to get a degree in Marketing from Indiana University.
Barry is a 5.5 level player & formerly #1 in USTA Men's singles in Georgia. He currently competes in the 6.0 Ultimate Tennis singles league. Barry has taught tennis at Sandy Springs Tennis Center, River Club, Piedmont Park, and Lifetime Athletic Club. He has extensive experience working with players for all ages and ability levels. He was the Director of Adult Programming at Piedmont Park and specializes in adult group and private lessons.

Barry is available  to teach teams, clinics, groups, 3 & a pro, private, and semi-private lessons for adults and juniors. ​​


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Raised in a tennis family, Thomas has been teaching tennis since his freshman year in college.  His successful career playing at both Western Michigan University and Spring Arbor University led him to play one singles and one doubles for SAU.  During his time at SAU, he achieved a doubles ranking as high as 6th nationally.  Since graduating college in 2014, Thomas coached in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Germany.  His passion to compete continues; if he’s not coaching, he’s playing.  You will find him playing tennis tournaments throughout summer weekends.

A Michigan native, Thomas operated several of his own summer camps, clinics, and lessons in his hometown of Jackson. He was the Men’s Assistant coach for Michigan State University in 2015, where he helped his players learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.  As a mentor and teaching pro, Thomas’ goal with his students is to tailor every lesson to maximize the student’s true potential.

 

  • Qualified and competed in the NCAA Championships
  • Men’s Assistant Coach for Michigan State University
  • Achieved doubles national ranking of 6th in the Nation
  • Team Conference Champions 3 out of 4 years
  • All-American Student Athlete
  • Elected NCCAA Men’s Tennis All-American First Team (Junior & Senior year)

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Annie Freeman is originally from Upstate New York, but she has lived in Atlanta since the age of five. She grew up playing at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell where she was a highly decorated junior player. She was Captain of the National Championship Team at Marist High School and attended Marquette University to study engineering.

In addition to continuing to play tennis recreationally, Annie has worked in the tennis industry since 1996. She was the pro shop manager at Berkley Hills Country Club where she gained valuable experience managing all areas of tennis club operations, including stringing, pricing, accounting, branding, and marketing.

Annie and her husband, Chris have been married for 10 years. They have a seven-year-old daughter Maddux and fur babies Moses, Shadow and Bowie. In her free time, Annie volunteers at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. She also enjoys Atlanta sports, playing tennis, going to the beach and watching movies.

IT DIRECTOR/STAFF PROFESSIONAL

amy pazahanick, PTR & GPTA