Sandy Springs Tennis Center in Sandy Springs, GA

Contact us: (404) 303-6182 | 500 Abernathy Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Sandy Springs Tennis Center Staff

Meet our team

Lead Tennis Pros

Gery Groslimond, Facility Manager/Maintenance Manager

Gery has taught more nationally ranked players than any other coach in the South including 12 NCAA All Americans, 5 NCAA national champions and 2 junior national champions. As a player, Gery was ranked #6 in the United States Boys 18 & under, played #4 singles and #2 doubles on an NCAA championship team at Stanford University and was ranked #45 in the men's national rankings. Gery also served as the men's tennis coach at Georgia Tech 1983-1988 and was ACC coach of the year in 1985. USPTA Certified.

Jeff Groslimond, Assistant Facility Manager/Director of Tennis

Jeff is a former nationally ranked junior, a full scholarship athlete at the University of Arizona, a top 60 ranked singles and top 10 ranked doubles player in NCAA tennis. Jeff travels extensively with the higher nationally ranked boys in the Academy. Jeff's competitive playing background at the higher NCAA level and his ability to relate on a personal level with juniors make him an invaluable source for Academy juniors to gain competitive toughness and enjoy the game. USPTA Certified.

Carlos Barrios, PTR Professional

Carlos, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, has over 15 years of experience as a teaching professional. He has worked extensively with every level of player from nationally-ranked professionals to young beginners. He is known for his ability to inspire and motivate his students and build their skills through improved knowledge of tactics, strategy and stroke development. He is an innovative thinker and excellent communicator with both adult and junior players. PTR, GPTA Certified

Hagan Endler, USPTA Professional, Director of TAS Select Program

Hagen is a former nationally ranked junior in Florida, scholarship athlete at Florida State, and worked for the Academy during the summer month of 2003. Hagen's character and work ethic will make a strong impact on the juniors in the Academy. Hagen's work with juniors during tournament competition was excellent. USPTA Certified.

Braunn Endler, USPTA Professional, Assistant Director of TAS Select Program

Braunn is a former sectionally ranked junior in the Florida section. Upon graduation from the University of Florida's Business School, Braunn taught in junior development programs in Orlando, Florida before joining TAS. Braunn brings a wealth of tennis knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to every level of TAS. USPTA Certified.

Mark Jacobson, USPTA Professional

Mark is a former nationally ranked junior in Georgia and was a scholarship athlete at Michigan State University from 1995-1999. He competed in the European Tennis Circuit in France from 2000-2006, ranging from prize money tournaments to club tennis. Mark played for Emulation Nautique Tennis Club in Toulouse from 2001-2005 traveling from Paris to the Mediterranean Coast. He has been coaching for 12 years at SSTC where he continues to teach his students the basics of ground strokes, footwork and court positioning. Mark has excelled as a teaching pro helping his students design individualized goals to reach their potential. USPTA Certified.

Angie Haynes

Angie Haynes, a California native, reached a career high ranking of 79 on the WTA tour. A leftie who began playing tennis at the age of 3, Angie has a tremendous passion for tennis. Angie’s knowledge of tennis and her competitive experience help players reach their maximum potential or just enjoy the game. Angie enjoys working with all ages and levels. USPTA Certified.

Kurt Clemmons

Kurt is a former full scholarship athlete at Jacksonville University and Georgia Tech. Kurt has one of the strongest coaching backgrounds in the Academy. He served as the assistant women's coach at Georgia Tech, is a graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program, directed the Junior Tennis Program at the Racquet Club of the South, and has coached some of the world's top women WTA tour players. Kurt is a USTA High Performance Training Coach. USPTA Certified.

Kawanish Ross

Kawanish Ross is formally the Executive Director of Kross Tennis Academy. A Georgia top junior player, Kawanish was ranked in the top 20 in the nation14,16, and 18. Recruited by top U.S. Colleges, Kawanish attended Drake University and Georgia Southern University on a full scholarship, where he studied Psychology of Sport and Kinesiology. Kawanish played #1 at GSU and achieved All Conference. Coaching credentials includes training women and men from Nigeria, Brazil, and Argentina National Teams. Kawanish has coached top 100 WTA and ATP tour professionals. USPTA Certified.

John Brvenik

John Brvenik is a former collegiate tennis player at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He played mostly the five and six singles position during his career. John was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Scholar-Athlete in 2015, earned two All-Academic Conference awards, and was named First Team All-ODAC his senior year. Upon graduating college in May of 2016, John joined the TAS team in January, 2017. John has over 17 years of playing experience and has been coaching since he was 17 years old. He has held coaching positions at both the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX as well as Saddlebrook Tennis Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL. John has coached juniors and adults of all levels, both technically and strategically. He brings both great passion and a strong work ethic to the TAS team. John is certified by the United States Professional Association (USPTA).



Rodney E. Young

Rodney Young was a top ranked junior from Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Hampton University. As a freshman, he was instrumental in helping the University to become the first Historically Black College or University to win The NCAA Division II Championship. He was a 3 time All-American. After competing on the world tour and gaining an international ranking in both singles and doubles, he relocated to Atlanta, competed for one year and was ranked #1 in the men’s in Georgia and in the South.

He has developed and coached some of the Georgia’s top state, sectional, and national players. Many have received scholarships to top colleges. The last 23 years, he has overseen and instructed private lessons, classes (all ages), camps, ALTA and USTA teams at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA. USPTA certified.

Staff Tennis Pros

Liz Murphy

Liz Murphy is a former nationally and sectionally ranked junior from Atlanta. She played Varsity tennis at Westminster winning two state championships and captaining the team her senior year. Liz combines a bachelor degree in Health & Exercise Science and Political Science with her strong background on the junior circuit to focus on movement, fitness and balance as well as proper stroke production, tactics and footwork.

Bryan Bailey

Bryan Bailey is a former college player at Oglethorpe University. He leads the university in all time wins. Selected as the Most Valuable Player, he was also named to the SCAC All Tournament Team. He finished 4th in his Kentucky junior class. He brings passion, knowledge and strategical court play to every level of competition.

Daniel Fitzsimons

Daniel Fitzsimons worked in a junior development program in Orlando, Florida before working for TAS. He has worked and trained with former tour player Robert Kendrick. Upon graduation from the University of Central Florida, Daniel moved up to Atlanta and joined the TAS team. He brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to his coaching with both the juniors and adult programs.