With Over 25 Years of coaching experience. USPTA P1 Certification, Trained. Coached #1 Venus and Serena Williams!!! Also coached and trained several other world ranked and top nationally ranked players. A few players included Shenay Perry (ranked #48), Steve Campbell (ranked #75) and Ahsha Rolle (ranked #50). George was also a Personal Advisor for Richard Williams.
As a player, George realized that it wasn't enough to just hit textbook perfect strokes. He also had to have a clear head and a healthy body to be competitive. As a college player, he developed a camaraderie with his team members. Even though only a freshman, he quickly became a team leader and the person that his teammates looked to for inspiration and support. Later, as a player on the satellite circuit, alone, without the benefit of a team and a coach, he again relied on his personable qualities to unite other players in a similar situation to his. They formed an informal group that was able to share and limit expenses for travel and lodging, but most of all, to provide coaching and support to each other.
As a coach to players on the circuit, George was able to draw on his own experience as a player to identify with his players. Thus he was able to not only work on developing their on-court skills, but also to help them deal with the competitive aspects of the sport and the pressures involved in keeping focused while traveling and being away from home for long periods of time. George has also had the benefit of coaching men and women and is familiar with the different demands on their respective circuits.
Finally, as an administrator, he was able to utilize his skills as a player and coach and take it to another level. Drafting the proposal by which he was able to secure the contract with the City of North Miami and enabling him to base his Foundation out of Pepper Park, he realized the value of his diverse experience. He built a program from the bottom up. He secured the site, the financing, the equipment and the staff. He presented programs tailored to the needs of the North Miami community, for children and adults of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and skill levels. He was able to expose novice players to the sport of tennis and introduce them to players and coaches who had already made their marks in the world of tennis.
Education Bachelor of Business Administration. August 1991
North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina
United States Professional Tennis Association Certification
PAL, Harlem Armory Center
New York, NY September, 2006 to July, 2010
Responsible for directing and managing tennis operations for 369th Harlem Armory Tennis Center. Duties include programming, scheduling and staffing the 8 court indoor multi-sport and tennis facility.
USTA Eastern Section
Long Island Regional Director
Promote and ensure implementation of USTA and USTA/Eastern Section programs by forming professional relationships with regional volunteers, community tennis associations, teaching professionals, indoor club owners/managers, community leaders, recreation and park departments and media personnel.
Allentown, PA August, 2002 to July, 2005
Head Men’s Tennis Coach
National Urban Youth Tennis Foundation Inc.
North Miami, Florida August, 1997 to August, 2002
Responsible for the management of the Foundation, its staff and its programming along with on-court responsibilities and community outreach.. Responsible for overall budgeting for the organization.
GTen Services Inc.
North Miami, Florida June, 1995 to December, 2001
President, Tennis Instructor
Trained, instructed and managed professional and nationally ranked tournament players. Arrange individual workouts, travel and lodging. Negotiate with potential sponsors.
Richard Williams Tennis Association, Inc.
Delray Beach, Florida February, 1994 to January, 1995
Trained and instructed Venus and Serena Williams for professional tennis competition. Was a personal advisor to Richard Williams.
DIWANI LEWIS - Rockwall, TX Area
A highly motivated and versatile individual who possesss excellent organizational and analytical skills. Exhibits strong work ethics and a positive attitude. Operates effectively in leadership roles and as a team member. Readily accepts new and additional responsibilities; learns quickly and applies new skills to improve quality and efficiency.
Master of Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Graduated May 2014
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Graduated May 2010
Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Coppin State University (Division I), Baltimore, MD. July 2010 to 2015.
Assistant Tennis Coach. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Morgan State University (Division I), Baltimore, MD. September 2005 to 2010
Resident Assistant. Office of Residence Life, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. September 2006 to 2010
Submitted completed paperwork in a timely manner (reports, duty logs, weekly reports, incident/personal concern reports, maintenance requests, etc.).
CRAIG FLIGSTEIN - Long Island Field Rep for Charitable Initiatives & Player Development
In 2004, Craig Fligstein, a USPTA certified teaching professional joined George Henry to provide free "high performance" tennis lessons to economically disadvantaged children, teens and collegiate players. Craig helps to identify and deepen the base of young athletes who excel at tennis. These are primarily children and teens who have learned to hit ground strokes at public parks and need coaching to get to the next level to earn a spot on the varsity school team, earn a college scholarship or achieve a national ranking. Craig also serves as a USTA Eastern Long Island Regional Board Member.
Allentown, PA 18104
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Phoenixville High School Boys Tennis Coach, WTA and ATP Coach