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 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!