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
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.
DIRECTOR OF THE JUNIOR PROGRAM
SIMON MBOCK, PTR
Simon is a PTR Certified Professional and a former professional player. Simon moved from France to the United States and had the privilege to be coached by the tennis coach legend Nick Bollettieri at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. While competing in France, Simon won the Paris Saint-Germain Junior Open and competed in the Roland Garros Junior Tennis Tournament.
Simon attended Georgia State University on a tennis scholarship and participated in several professional tournaments in the United States including the Legg Mason Pro-Tournament in Washington D.C.
2- Time NJCAA National Champion
2- Time Men’s Open #1 ranked in Georgia
2-Time Men’s Open #1 ranked in the Southern Region
Simon also attended Kennesaw State University and earned a degree in Accounting with honors while doing community service around the Atlanta metropolitan area to teach young student-athletes the importance of education. Simon trained several City Finals ALTA and USTA Junior and Adult Teams and taught private and group lessons to students of all levels for over 12 years. He enjoys teaching tennis to juniors and adults at all levels and his greatest passion is helping students reaching their tennis goals.
In 2015, Simon and his wife welcomed the birth of their son Oliver. During his free time, Simon likes playing tennis, golf, soccer and spending time with family. In addition to English, Simon is fluent in French and speaks conversational Spanish.
DIRECTOR OF SUMMER CAMP | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE JUNIOR PROGRAM
Jose Galvez was born in Decatur, GA and has lived in Alpharetta, GA his whole life. He was born into a Hispanic heritage through his mother, Ana, and father, Jose. He started playing tennis at three years old, and have always kept it his main sport of focus.
JOnce he became more advanced, he started traveling to a lot of Junior Circuit tournaments which included ITF’s, USTA National Championships, and Southerns.
Jose achieved a National Ranking of #35 in the United States when he was 18 and qualified into the Main Draw of Eddie Herr ITF Grade 1, winning 6 matches in a row to reach Round 16. Tournaments he’s played in include:
- Eddie Herr International at IMG Bollettieri
- USTA National Championships held in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- USTA Southern Championships held in Mobile, AL
- Pan American ITF Grade B1 held in Tulsa, OK
- USTA National Indoor Championships in Kansas City, MO
At 19 years old, Jose is currently a sophomore at Kennesaw State University where he was awarded a full scholarship playing Division 1 Tennis. He is enrolled in the Coles College of Business studying Business Management.
Jose has a great passion for tennis, especially when it comes to teaching junior tennis programs on a group and individual basis. He relates well to the juniors he teaches since he recently went through the process of rising through the different levels of junior programs to reach his goal of playing collegiate tennis. Jose has been with Agape Tennis Academy since 2011. He REALLY loves cheeseburgers and gladly invites anyone to enjoy one with him!
DIRECTOR OF THE JUNIOR HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
EMILY ZABOR, USPTA
Emily Zabor leads the development and growth of Agape Tennis Academy’s Junior High Performance Program. Coach Emily comes to Agape from Jones Bridge Swim and Tennis Club in Norcross, GA where she served as the Director of Tennis. Before Jones Bridge Swim and Tennis Club, Emily was the Director of High Performance at ATI Tennis Academy in Marietta, GA.
Coach Emily is a USPTA Certified Professional and a USTA High Performance Coach who specializes in developing youth and adult players who seek success in tennis. Her work ethic, knowledge, and experience have been paramount in helping Emily develop many high level athletes. Emily was the #1 singles player for Walton High School’s tennis dynasty (the winningest sports team in Georgia history with 147 consecutive dual match wins). Additionally, Emily played four years of Division I collegiate tennis at the University of Alabama and was part of the SEC Championship Women’s tennis team. Emily was a scholarship player at the University of Alabama, graduated in 4 years with a master’s degree in Marketing, and was also a recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award. This award is the athletic department’s highest esteem which goes to one male and one female student-athlete who achieves excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. Coach Emily was a High School and College Division 1 All American and an SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Coach Emily brings Agape Tennis Academy a multitude of strengths, including a strong mindset of cultivating work ethic, discipline, and teamwork into high performance junior players. These traits while important as an athlete, are also invaluable to human development and to a player’s enjoyment of sport throughout their lives.
DIRECTOR OF THE ADULT PROGRAM
Coach Daneric was born and raised in the Fiji Islands. As a successful junior tennis player, Daneric travelled to the United States on athletic scholarships and attended New Mexico Military Institute and Carthage College. During his undergrad he qualified for Nationals and achieved All- American honors while setting program single season records for both singles and doubles. After a decorated playing career and earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Daneric returned to be Head Coach of New Mexico Military Institute. He worked predominantly with the young men starting their college careers and trying to motivate them to use tennis as an opportunity to better themselves and to gain an education.
Daneric decided to further his own education by accepting a graduate assistant position for the women’s team at Henderson State University. After completing his masters in sports administration, Daneric pursued his coaching career at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn, Illinois. At Midtown Athletic Club, he helped with the junior and adult programs teaching individual lessons, group lessons, cardio tennis and working with adult league teams. Daneric returned to Carthage College to be the Assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at gaining a second master’s in Educational Leadership.
During the summers, Daneric worked camps at both Carthage and Bannockburn. He discovered his joy for mentorship and a drive to help young people find confidence in themselves and in their abilities. In addition to teaching tennis, Daneric was selected to represent his country on numerous occasions and was a bronze medalist at 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. He enjoys playing rugby, fishing, music, travelling and learning about different cultures. His passion for the sport has opened doors to education, travel and personal growth. Coach Daneric believes that through tennis you can find yourself and contribute to making the world a better place. The Agape team is so happy to have him, please welcome Coach Daneric.
Jon Benken is a native of Lilburn, GA where he played tennis and baseball at Parkview High School. He attended college at Western Carolina University, where he studied and earned his degree in Health and Physical Education. During his time at WCU, Jon worked with multiple intercollegiate sports teams, including tennis through the Western Carolina Strength, Speed, and Agility program. Jon has also spent time working with professional athletes.
Jon has a fitness and wellness background that extends beyond the court, which brings a multifaceted approach to developing tennis athletes of all ages and levels. He is experienced in assisting people of all health levels reach their desired goals, whether that is competitive, recreational, or achieving a greater sense of well being
Coach Jon can create a fitness program to suite specific goals and needs.
When he is not developing athletes for sports performance or people for overall fitness and health, Coach Jon enjoys working out and developing his own personalized fitness programs, playing tennis, and exploring small towns around the southeastern part of the United States.
DIRECTOR OF TOURNAMENTS
CANDACE KEARNEY, USPTA
Candace Kearney is one of the most experienced tournament directors in Georgia. She has been certified as referee and umpire for more than 10 years and has been certified as a tournament director for 11 years.
Candace is originally from Washington, DC and has lived in DeKalb county for over 20 years. As a Spelman graduate, she earned a BA in Sociology and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She believes tennis is a great sport for community involvement, junior and adult recreation, development of athletes, and development of great character traits. Candace directs multiple (12 plus) sanctioned USTA JR and Adult events at different levels as well as UTR events out of DeKalb Tennis Center, giving our current Agape players and those in the surrounding community greater access to more sanctioned tournament play.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH | STAFF PROFESSIONAL
QUINCY JONES, USPTA & PTR
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. Quincy has also coached youth of all ability levels. He ran an elite high school program at Silvia Tennis Academy before joining the Agape Tennis Academy team.
In addition to teaching tennis, Quincy is driven by a passion to continually meet the needs of community members in a bigger and broader way. He is Chief Executive Officer of Beats the Streets U.S. Since 2016, BTS and its members have served more than 250 people through job placement/development programs and its ‘Homeless and Hungry’ initiative.
Quincy is also a writer, musician and an experienced Leadership and Personal Development Specialist: helping individuals and companies establish a foundation of clear purpose and self-worth; enhanced personal growth, development, and life skills. . 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.
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!
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 Privilege 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.
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.
Originally from Dublin Ireland, Ciara represented her home country from 2000-2007 as part of the National Tennis Team. She was ranked No. 1 in Ireland in under-16 and under-18 during that time. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe playing competitive tennis before coming to the United States to play collegiate tennis.
Ciara played two seasons for Georgia Southern University. During that time, she was the number 1 player on the team in both singles and doubles (where she partnered with Amy Pazahanick). She then transferred to Ohio State University where she had a successful collegiate career. She assisted the team from a ranking just outside the top 75 to a top 20 ranked team in the nation. She graduated in June of 2008 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Communication. While finishing up her degree, Ciara served as an assistant coach.
After graduating, Ciara served as a tennis instructor at the Hurricane Tennis Academy in Sarasota, FL, as well as The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key where she coached adults and juniors. In addition to coaching, she has helped run a highly successful challenger tournament in Sarasota for the past nine years. Some previous winners of this tournament include Jesse Levine, James Blake, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey, and Nick Kyrgios.
After coaching in two different clubs, Ciara then went into college coaching. She spent two years running the women’s collegiate program at Case Western Reserve University before moving on to be the assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. In her first season at Penn, she helped coach the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. The women’s tennis team had two players earn All-Ivy accolades in singles and doubles. The Quakers also defeated nationally-ranked Harvard which was Penn’s first win over a ranked team since the 2008 season.
Over the past couple of years, Ciara has been teaching adults and juniors of all levels at the YMCA of Buckhead. Ciara was heavily involved with the adult and junior program as well as the junior enrichment programs and summer camps.
ANGELO COGDELL, PTR
Coach Angelo Cogdell is a certified Professional Tennis Registry coach with over 19 years of experience coaching and playing. Coach Angelo has been in the Atlanta area coaching adult and junior players of all levels for the past 10 years. He has coached at the East Lake YMCA, Emory University, and with the Charles Drew Charter School. Coach Angelo has a lot of experience working with ALTA and USTA adult teams of all levels. His specialties include helping individuals with strategy, tactics, and stroke mechanics. Coach Angelo is an articulate communicator, enthusiastic, motivating, and professional. Additionally, he is CPR and AED certified.
NE’KO REDDICK, USPTA
Ne’ko is from the Bronx, New York City and graduated from Washington College with a degree in psychology. She played collegiate tennis and was the number 1 singles and doubles all 4 years and was a 3 time All-American/MVP at Washington College. After college, Ne’ko taught tennis in Atlanta and New York City to adult and junior players of all ages and abilities.
Before joining Agape Tennis Academy, Ne’ko was the Director of Junior Development at Silvia Tennis Academy in Alpharetta, Georgia. She was responsible for leading the team and the instruction for over one hundred youth ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Additionally, she directed and owned Elite Performance Tennis which focused on training competitive junior athletes. Ne’ko is also certified in Mental Toughness.
Ne’ko loves music and sharing Bible truths with people. She and her husband have a beautiful Boxer/Rottweiler mixed dog named Mason.
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.
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON, PTR
Coach Chris was born and raised London, England. He attended University at Hackney College in London. Coach Chris has played sports at a high level his entire life. He played semi-professional soccer as well as tennis. He has been coaching in the Atlanta area for the past seventeen years.
Coach Chris has taught tennis all over the Atlanta area and most recently with Emory University. He has vast experience coaching adult ALTA and USTA teams, adult group and private lessons, cardio tennis, high performance junior players, recreational level junior players, and private lessons to all ages and levels. He specializes in helping doubles teams with strategy, tactical movement, stroke mechanics, and creating effective partnerships. Coach Chris has led many of his doubles teams to become City Champions at multiple levels. He is certified with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and with the USTA, Net Generation program. He is still a very active tennis player and has been a City Champion in Atlanta 8 times. Coach Chris enjoys playing tennis and chess. He also has apassion for music and dancing.
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.