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The Austin Tennis Academy

The Austin Tennis Academy full-time Academy program is designed to help junior tennis players reach their highest potential, now and in the future.  We are very proud of the overall development our program offers. From group practice, fitness training and tournament travel, to mental toughness training and private lessons, we provide a comprehensive development program for each player.

Our mission is to help young athletes reach their full potential as tennis players and human beings. Austin Tennis Academy strives to develop citizens of significance, not only of success. The entire Austin Tennis Academy community – students, parents, and staff – is living the sport of tennis.

Passion to pursue excellence in life skills and in the sport of tennis produces exemplary results. Our students train to take their game to the highest level, be it collegiate tennis or further, and become well prepared for challenges life and career may bring. The Austin Tennis Academy staff consistently develops student-athletes into top ranked junior players and scholarship-ready collegians.

Austin Tennis Academy CEO Jack Newman exemplifies the philosophy and approach of the Austin Tennis Academy during his legendary beginning-of-season speech each year in late August.

In order to deliver results at the elite level we employ a group of coaches who are proven junior developers. Each of our coaches has a proven track record of developing elite national caliber players. Our coaches are dedicated to the development of their students and are involved in players’ development both on and off the tennis court.

Jack NewmanHead Coach / CEO

Doug Davis – Head Coach

Brian Notis – Director of Junior Academy / Academy Coach / Tournament Director / Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Director

Deb Cahill – Chief Operating Officer

Carol Hagar – Founder and Head of School

John Schoenmakers – 10U Director/Director of Camps/Academy Coach

Brandon Davis – Head Coach, 14 and Under


The Austin Tennis Academy coaching staff is made up of some of the highest quality tennis professionals in the country.  Our players register for one-year increments, thereby avoiding the drop-in, drop-out attitude and improving the commitment level required by coaches, parents and players.  ATA coaches work and study to make sure our players train the right quantity and quality necessary to reach their goals.  We have studied both the USTA’s and a combination of European National Federations’ recommendations on the training and competition plans for high performance players (top 100 and higher U.S. National ranking.) Because our players want to compete at the highest-level, they train more hours and learn to get the most out of each and every practice.


ATA provides group tennis training, private tennis instruction, tournament travel with coaches, and customized fitness, to ensure a player can improve rapidly and parents do not have to arrange all aspects of the players schedule in a piecemeal fashion.  While parents often enjoy travelling to tournaments, we have found that tournament travel with our coaches improves the competitive experience and allows the player to attend more tournaments, while parents spend time with family and work obligations.  It also allows players the opportunity to learn self reliance, time management and self discipline, preparing them for the same sort of tournament travel which occurs as a part of college tennis.


ATA has a proven track record of helping players obtaining college scholarships or leveraging their college choice.  Whether you are pursuing an NCAA Division I college scholarship or whether you are using athletics to improve your college application, you will find that our coaching staff can help you achieve your goals.  We have had tremendous success at helping players attend some of the most elite colleges and universities in the nation.  Recent grads have gone on to Notre Dame, Princeton, Amherst, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna, University of Virginia, University of Chicago as well as the Air Force and Naval Academies.


Our coaches enjoy a collaborative atmosphere at ATA, centered around the players, not the coaches.  Our coaches meet regularly to freely exchange information concerning each player’s development and training methods.  Coaches are encouraged to seek advice from their mentors and peers.  Coaches frequently pass on players to other coaches for their advice and expertise without fear of “losing” players.


Tournament travel is one of the hallmarks of the ATA training program. ATA coaches are at tournaments to watch and help guide Academy players.   Tournament travel with the team is beneficial in many ways, including fostering player independence, team camaraderie and time spent with the coaching staff. We are committed to having our coaches at tournaments to mentor our players and parents through the competitive process. It is vital that our coaches see the players in tournament competition as well.
In order to increase the number of competitive experiences for our players, ATA hosts 6 sanctioned Open tournaments annually, giving our players additional tournament competition opportunities without traveling. We also host a number of National events. As always, Academy 6-day and 4-day players will not be charged a “coaching fee” for the coach’s time, but will only be charged a percentage of the coaches travel expenses for “covered” tournaments.


Character development is a key component in the Austin Tennis Academy training program at all levels.  It starts with our youngest QuickStart players and culminates with the leaders we produce in our college athletes.  We strive for a respectful and family atmosphere.  We expect all of our athletes to give back to the community.  Our slogan for our foundation is “Given Much…..Giving Back!”
One way to demonstrate the success of our program is to list a few of our success stories, most of whom were chosen to be the captain of their college teams.
Hunter Bleser – University of Virginia – Captain of her team
Peyton Holden – Princeton University – Captain of his team
Josh Hagar – Notre Dame – Captain of his team
Brandon Davis – University of Illinois – Captain of his team
Santiago Montoya – Notre Dame – Captain of his team
Whitney Waters – Redlands – Captain of her team
Brent Werbeck – Boise State – Captain of his team
Adam Slagter – Penn State – Captain of his team
Mathew Bain – Texas A&M – Captain of his team
Jenn Wencel Werbeck – Boise State – Captain of her team
Roger Gubser – The University of Texas – Captain of his team
Ashley Weinhold – Not Captain, but is currently playing pro tennis
Tres Davis – Texas A&M – Not Captain, but went on to play pro tennis
Kendall Dabaghi – Duke – Not Captain, but was President of his Class and Fulbright Scholar

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