OWNER/CEO/DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
AMY PAZAHANICK, PTR & GPTA
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.
- Division I Collegiate tennis player at Coastal Carolina University
- Participated in the NCAA Championships
- Ranked top 50 in the nation as a collegiate player
- Certified in Sports Science, High Performance Player Development, and Mental Toughness
- Tennis columnist for local, national, and international magazines
- Founder of Agape Tennis Academy in 2012
- Director of Tennis at White Columns Country Club 2012-2016
- 2016 Community Outreach Program of the Year
- 2017 Tennis Director of the Year for Georgia
- 2017 10 and Under Program of the Year of Georgia
- 2018 Georgia Professional Tennis Association Program of the Year
- 2019 PTR Georgia Member of the Year
- 2019 Tennis Media Group Organization of the Year
DIRECTOR of tennis and pickleball for the city of tucker
Coach Tory Martin was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in College Park, GA. He began his coaching career at Washington Park located in Atlanta, GA as a Camp Best Friends Tennis Instructor at the age of 17. As a student and graduate of Morehouse College, he majored in Business Finance and minored in Economics. Coach Tory continuously visited Washington Park and would help with the junior program during his collegiate career. Coach Tory was the captain of the Morehouse College Tennis Team for 3 years. During his time at Morehouse College, he won 3 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
After graduating, Coach Tory continued his career as a USPTA certified tennis professional with Universal Tennis Academy (UTA). During his tenure at UTA he became the Lead Professional over the 12&U Program at the Sharon Lester at Piedmont Park location. Here he trained and developed hundreds of adult and junior athletes. Coach Tory has extensive playing and coaching experience, as well as knowledge in the Atlanta tennis community. He has the ability to work well with all ages, levels, and teams. Most recently, Coach Tory became certified by the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) and will coach pickleball as well as tennis. Additionally, he is USPTA certified and Net Generation certified.
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 in 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.
Jude is a native of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Jude received a degree in Computer Science from Virginia State University. He resided in Washington, DC before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where he has been for almost two decades. Jude discovered tennis through his daughter, Gabby. When his daughter began playing more and more, Jude became involved with tennis management.
He has extensive experience managing, scheduling, and coordinating at tennis centers throughout the Atlanta area. He has been the Site Director at Burdette Tennis Center, McGhee Tennis Center, Washington Park, and most recently, Sharon Lester Tennis Center. He has been working administratively for the past fifteen years in tennis center operations. In addition to creating thriving tennis operations, Jude also mentors high school and college students, some who are now also in the tennis industry.
JOE HILL, PTR
Joe is a PTR Certified teaching professional with over 25 years of experience. During his 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!
BOBBY HOLLINS, PTR
Coach Bobby Hollins is a College Park, Maryland native bringing his experience to Atlanta. He was a highly ranked junior player who represented the state of Alabama in the United States Youth Games. He received a scholarship to play collegiate tennis at Alabama A&M University. He was highlighted in the “Who’s Who Among Black Collegiate Athletes”. Coach Bobby has taught all levels and ages, including summer camps, group lessons, private lessons, and teams. He coached a junior travel team that represented in the 2018 NJTL Excellence Teams Cup held at the JTCC in College Park, Maryland. Additionally, Coach Bobby coordinated with school officials and staff to organize and train students in an after- school program that gave instructions and exposure to basic tennis through the Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF) at Camp Creek Middle School, Union City, Georgia. He has two teenage boys who are also highly ranked juniors in the state of Georgia.
XAVIER GRAVES, PTR
Coach Xavier Graves is a native of Atlanta, Georgia with over 20 years of experience playing and coaching tennis at an elite level. Coach Xavier was the Head Tennis Professional at Clayton County Tennis Center where he coached high performance juniors, adult ALTA and USTA recreational players, cardio tennis, and a host of programming for all levels and ages. He was also the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he was also a college athlete and student himself. In addition to being, a great player and coach, he also teaches and counsels inner city and disadvantaged youth by encouraging a strong work ethic, intellectual development, regular exercise, and sportsmanship through the Recreation Youth Development Services, Inc. Coach Xavier uses his own experiences and that of his mentors to impart life lessons for these at risk and troubled teens. Agape is very lucky to not only have a qualified coach and player, but also such a caring and giving individual on the team.
ANDREI IONESCU, USPTA
Coach Andrei is originally from Romania and is certified by the USPTA. He started playing tennis in Romania at the age of 7 and was ranked top 10 in the county every year as a junior player. He was a quarter finalist in the 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under national championships and was a national champion with Steaua Bucharest Club Tennis Team in the 14 & under.
As an adult, he was ranked 35 in Romania and was a two-time finalist with Steaua Bucharest Club Tennis Team at the national championships. He began his professional career playing in Future and Challenger events on the ATP tour. After he had to stop competing, he became a full time tennis coach. He was hired to be a hitting partner for top 200 ATP players and top 10 WTA players. He also was an assistant tennis instructor for some of the best tennis coaches in Romania who worked at the highest levels training ATP & WTA players.
Although Coach Andrei is experienced at the professional tennis level, he has over 10 years of experience coaching players of all ages and levels and enjoys working with anyone who wants to learn and get better. He has been coaching in the Atlanta area for the past several years.
Coach Jeffrey is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and attended Lakeside High School, where he was an accomplished singles and doubles tennis player. Coach Jeffrey played competitive junior tournament tennis for over ten years. He played all four years of high school tennis, playing #1 doubles most of the time, for Lakeside High School. Coach Jeffrey is a one-handed backhand specialist and is an aggressive all court player. He has been coaching with Agape Tennis Academy in summer camps for three years. He is excited to bring his passion for coaching tennis to help your reach your full potential in group and private lessons.
Fun facts: Coach Jeffrey is fluent in French, an Eagle Scout, and loves to travel.
Coach Eric Melville is from Saginaw, Michigan and has worked as a USPTA certified tennis professional for over 25 years. He picked up the game of tennis his sophomore year in high school and became an avid student and lover of the game. He played for a junior college and on the Satellite Circuit before focusing solely on competitive instruction.
Coach Eric works with players of all levels. He specializes in player development and enjoys watching young beginner students transform into competitive college athletes. His experience also includes coaching USTA Midwest zonal teams with some of the country’s top junior students. Additionally, he was a USTA District Junior Competition committee member. Coach Eric has developed multiple students (including his daughter) who have went on to play collegiate tennis for UCLA, Texas Christian, Michigan State University, Toledo University, and many others.
He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, and watching collegiate basketball and football. Coach Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Agape Team.
Coach Shea comes from Towns County, where he was the high school Valedictorian at Towns County High School and also received the highest SAT score beginning recognized as the STAR student. He received offers to play collegiate football from Syracuse, Cornell, Lehigh, and Alabama A&M but decided to play for Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, Coach Shea was a kicker and punter for three years and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering.
He won the Aer Lingus classic in Dublin, Ireland and the Taxslayer bowl in Jacksonville, Florida while part of the team. In addition to playing football, Shea has years of coaching experience. He mentored and helped high school athletes get athletic scholarships and opportunities to Clemson, Georgia, Dartmouth, and more. Coach Shea has trained over 800 students and hosted over 40 instructional kicking camps.
The past two years, his passion has become Pickleball. Coach Shea is an avid Pickleball athlete and aspiring to become a professional pickleball player. He has coached adult and junior pickleball players of all levels. In addition to coaching Pickleball, he is also currently working as a functional engineer at Kimberly Clark Global Supply Chain. Coach Shea’s other passions are playing Rocket League, chess, fantasy sports, and coding.
Coach Ruth Amiel, mostly known as Coach BamBam is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Surfside, Florida. Coach Ruth and her Service Dog, Marley have been in Atlanta, GA since 2019. She is an avid sports professional who grew up competing in surfing and gymnastics. Additionally, she played tennis, softball, basketball, and waterpolo!
Coach Ruth is fluent in Spanish and is able to teach lessons in both English and Spanish. Dejame ayudarte a aprender el juego de Pickleball. More recently, Coach Ruth developed a passion for Martial Arts. She created a program for women, taught self defense classes and helped many women empower themselves through martial arts. During this time she taught Kickboxing, became a certified Yoga Instructor, and a 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Taekwondo. She incorporates the mind and body connection in all of her coaching techniques and philosophies, including Pickleball.
Pickleball is her passion and she regularly participates in tournaments as a player but enjoys sharing this passion with others through coaching. Coach Ruth or better known as Coach “BamBam”, is a HEAD Penn Pickleball Sponsored player who has been competing in high level tournaments since 2018. She competed in many tournaments in 2019 and qualified to compete in the 2019 Pickleball Nationals at The Indian Wells Tennis Center in Palm Springs, California. Her goals are to compete at the Senior Professional Level and go back to Nationals in 2022. She holds a Professional Pickleball Registry Coaching Certification and has been coaching clinics, fundraisers, tournaments, and round robins for the past two years. Contact Coach Ruth directly to set up private or group private lessons today.
Coach Emory Clark is a two time Teacher of the Year Finalist, Health and Physical Education Teacher who enjoys people and sports. He is a teacher in the South Fulton area of Atlanta, Georgia. Coach Emory has a true passion for teaching. He has started a social club teaching lifetime sports, recreational opportunities, and traveling. His main focus is to help people network and stay active and healthy for a lifetime. Coaching pickleball is a perfect opportunity!
He is a level 1 IPTPA certified Pickleball Instructor. He enjoys coaching youth and adults of all ages and levels. In his efforts to spread the word about pickleball further, he even wrote a children’s book entitled Ava Armstrong the Pickleball Princess! The book is about a little girl who just wants to play Pickleball! Coach Emory is a perfect coach for youth, those wanting to learn the game, or those looking to improve on the skills they already have! Contact Coach Emory directly to set up private or group private lessons.
Coach David Callihan is a certified PPR Pickleball Coach. He is a 4.5 tournament player who frequently competes. Most recently he competed in the Pickleball US Open! Coach David grew up in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States. He attended the University of Arizona where he studied Fine Arts and participated in tennis, golf, and basketball. Later, David moved to Atlanta where he started a family, worked in the trade show industry and helped start and run a business. During this time he also discovered Disc Golf. It wasn’t long before David transitioned from an amateur to being a professional disc golfer. He was a key player in creating a Disc Golf community locally and regionally.
Coach David discovered Pickleball later in life, at age 65, and immediately fell in love! Along with the support of his “life partner”, Margo, he began playing and drilling regularly. They built a Pickleball community using an outdoor basketball court at a nearby elementary school. It was a very exciting time. David’s passion for Pickleball led him to get certified as a PPR Coach and start teaching others how to play. He medaled in his first USA Pickleball Event and continued to rise in ranking and win more medals. After countless hours on the courts teaching and playing he found Agape Tennis Academy at DeKalb Tennis Center nearly in his back yard! Coach David is really excited about sharing his life changing Pickleball journey with others! He is positive, energetic, experienced, knowledgeable and LOVES of the game! He is excited to share his passion with players of all ages and levels. He is already a thriving and a strong “hearted” part of the Agape Tennis and Pickleball Team! Please contact Coach David directly to set up private and group private lessons
Coach Anne Clarke is a Miami native with a multisport high school and collegiate athlete background. She was born with a ball in her hand coming from a family of professional athletes and coaches. Coach Anne played volleyball, softball, soccer and badminton in high school while playing USTA tennis tournaments and coaching at the local youth center. She went on to play NCAA division 1 softball and tennis in Florida.
After injury derailed her college sports career, she focused on her media career. Coach Anne was a local newspaper editor, television producer and broadcaster in Florida. With her eye on marketing, she began a magazine publishing career. She has published parenting and travel magazines and now is publishing city magazines in the Atlanta market.
As the saying goes, she kept an ‘eye on the ball’ and gravitated back into sports. Since moving to Atlanta in 2003, Coach Anne played ALTA and USTA tennis; she volunteer-coached with Decatur recreation and Grady High School; served on the board of Decatur Women’s Sports League and the Women’s Outdoor Network. Most recently she has put together the Pickleball Intown Girls league. She has become an avid pickleball player and coach. Coach Anne is a certified PCI and PPR pickleball coach. She enjoys helping people of all backgrounds, ages, and ability levels on the pickleball courts. She began playing competitive pickleball tournaments herself in 2021.
Coach Anh began playing tennis and pickleball avidly and has been hooked on both sports ever since. She has always had a passion for coaching and teaching so she is super excited to combine this with her passion for tennis and pickleball. She has experience in the classroom and also in summer camps where she was a camp counselor for All American. She was the instructor for ropes courses and tennis. Coach Anh is highly energetic, fun, passionate, and works very well with everyone. Outside of tennis and pickleball, Coach Anh loves to run, read, hike, and play ultimate frisbee!