Rich Thom, Tennis ManagerA native of California, Rich was a highly ranked junior player and played number one singles and doubles at Utah State University. Rich has been a PTR member since 1993 and is certified in Adult Development and 11 to 17. Rich has 30 years of teaching experience. As a coach, Rich feels that helping his students identify what drives them accelerates their development and results; finding it his responsibility to teach each player to respect themselves, their opponent, teammates, other coaches, and the game. Before becoming Tennis Manager at the MAC, Rich was the Assistant Tennis Manager for 19 years. Rich is sponsored by Wilson.
Rebecca Bond, Assistant Tennis Manager
Rebecca is USPTA, PTR and WTCA certified. Rebecca believes that tennis is a game for every age and every level; it is her job to get the most out of her students by passing on her knowledge and love of the game. While her coaching style is not for everyone she believes that effort is the number one ingredient to improvement. As a player, Rebecca was a nationally ranked junior in Australia, and was a formerly ranked ITF doubles player. She played number one singles and doubles for Eastern Michigan University winning top honors that include: NCAA Midwest Rookie of the Year, MAC Newcomer of the Year, MAC Player of the Year, and was a member of a winning conference championship and tournament championship team. When Rebecca is not on the court she enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric and their three kids. Rebecca is sponsored by Wilson.
Cody Cross, Teaching Professional
Cody Cross is from Portland, MI where he began playing tennis around the age of five. Tennis runs in the Cross family seeing that Cody's four older siblings also play tennis (he is the youngest of six). Cody played tennis at Portland High School where he won four league titles, two regional titles, and was named First Team All-State at number one singles his junior and senior year. Cody earned his degree in Professional Tennis Management from Ferris State University. He is PTR certified: including 10 & Under, 11 to 17, Junior Performance, and Adult Development. Cody has coached several high school state champions in both singles and doubles. He also spent a season as a volunteer Assistant Coach with MSU Men's Tennis. Cody was married in July of 2016 (he met his wife through tennis). When he isn't playing tennis, Cody spends his free time home with his wife, two dogs, and two cats.
Tarik Enustun, Teaching Professional Tarik began instructing for the Todd Martin Development Fund and the National Junior Tennis League while still in high school. While attending Michigan State University, and playing Varsity tennis for the Spartans, he led classes at the Country Club of Lansing, and instructed MSU Nike Camps. For almost a year, Tarik was a full-time Professional at the Midland Community Tennis Center before becoming the Head Professional at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility for 10 years. Tarik also worked as the Junior Coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, Portage Branch. Harnessing a players ability, creating confidence, and assisting his students grow as players, and individuals is Tarik's coaching philosophy. In Tarik's free time he is with his wife Ayla and their 3 kids. Tarik is a USPTA certified instructor and is sponsored by Head Tennis.
Mike Fessel, Teaching Professional
Mike has been coaching for 40 years. In that time, 28 of his players became State Champions, and approximately 50 have gone on to play college tennis. Mike's approach to coaching is helping his players learn how to have fun playing at all levels of competition, footwork, and playing strong patterns. As a player, Mike won 23 singles tournaments and 53 doubles tournaments; and in 1992 Mike was a Mixed Doubles National Champion.
Gus Giltner, Teaching ProfessionalGus's approach to coaching is facilitating a fun-based learning environment where fundamentals are stressed with the goal of being able to rally, and ultimately play competitively for years to come. Gus has been an Assistant Head Pro at Denver Country Club, Head Pro at Court One East in Okemos, MI, Head Pro at Champion Health and Fitness in Rockford, MI, and Head Pro at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility before becoming Senior Staff at Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club. As a player, Gus played number one singles and four doubles, and was the Captain his senior year, for the MSU Spartans. Gus is a member of the Prince Team.
John Good, Tournament Director
John grew up in East Lansing and played tennis for MSU, helping them to a Big Ten tennis title. John taught at an international tennis camp in Florida for ten years before returning to East Lansing. While back in his hometown, John became the manager of the MAC and held that position for 17 years before retiring. Currently, John runs junior tournaments and helps teach group lessons at the MAC.
Cindy Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Tournament Director/Tournament Referee
Cindy is a USPTA certified teaching professional as well as a highly decorated USTA/USPTA tournament player. She was the USPTA Women's 35 and Over Player of the Year, Women's Open Player of the Year, and is nationally ranked in her age group. Cindy was a hurdler and sprinter in college (she attended Hope College) so her main coaching philosophy revolves around footwork. It is her belief that a solid competitive game is built around footwork and then work from there! Cindy earned her Ph.D in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and is sponsored by Head.
Dan Howard, Teaching Professional
Dan has coached players of all levels from beginner to nationally ranked, and all ages from three to 83 throughout his 20-plus years as an instructor. He is a certified USPTA Elite Pro and USTA High Performance Coach. Dan understands that each student has unique desires, motivations, physical capabilities, and understanding of the game when it comes to learning and playing tennis, making it his job to find out those item and work to help the student improve in the most efficient way. Dan played competitive tennis for Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI; he played number one singles and doubles as a freshman and stayed atop the lineup for the remainder of his collegiate career. Dan and his wife, Christine have five children ranging in age from 17 to five years old. Dan also enjoys reading, basketball, pickleball, and laughing!
Jimmy Joyce, Teaching Professional
Jimmy is a USPTA Certified Professional. As a coach, Jimmy strives to help players improve, develop, be successful, and have fun through the game of tennis. A philosophy that continues to prove him well as the Head Coach of Boys and Girls High School teams in Michigan. Currently, Jimmy coaches the Boys' Varsity Tennis at Mason High School where he has increased player participation. Jimmy coached the Girls' Varsity team at Lansing Catholic Central High School, leading his team to top ten victories three out of the four years as head coach. He also received honors such as, Coach of the Year. Other coaching experience includes, Assistant Tennis Professional at the MSU indoor facility, East Lansing HS Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach, and Volunteer Coach for the MSU Women's Tennis Team. Jimmy is sponsored by Wilson.
Katie Miness, Teaching ProfessionalKatie is USPTA, PTR, and USTA 10 and under certified tennis teaching professional. Before joining the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, Katie spent seven years as the Assistant Tennis Professional at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was the girls' varsity tennis coach at Lansing Catholic in 2012. She has been associated with tennis for nearly 20 years and is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game with anyone who steps onto the court. When not on the tennis court, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children; she also has a passion for baking and cooking.
Bruce Perkins, Teaching Professional
Bruce is a certified USPTR and USPTA Elite Professional and who has worked as a teaching professional at the MAC for 12 years. Continuing education is an important focus for Bruce, as he believes that you need to constantly strive to improve. Over the past 12 years he has completed over 112 Continuing Ed credits. Bruce currently coaches USTA tournament athletes, some of whom have held rankings as high as the top 25 in the Midwest. He has proudly coached three recent high school state champions. Bruce is the proud father of two collegiate athletes; both of his girls play tennis. He is sponsored by HEAD Tennis.
Charlie Skalsky, Teaching Professional
Charlie is involved in all aspects of the MAC Tennis Program; whether it be teaching Cardio Tennis, Hitting Group for Adults, or coaching the juniors in our ROGY and Player Development, Charlie has taken part. He is Cardio Tennis, and soon to Cardio Tennis+TRX, certified. Before, and while at the MAC, Charlie has been involved with the Todd Martin Development Fund program for 10 years, working with kids 5-18 years old, and is also USPTA and USPTR certified. Charlie enjoys all things fitness. If you don't see him on the tennis court you can catch him in a yoga class or working out.
Dan Howard, Pickleball Coordinator
Dan, or DJ to those who play Pickleball, has been coaching the increasingly popular game for three years and is an IPTPA certified pro. DJ has a passion and love of the game that he feels is contagious! In his coaching, he focuses on court positioning, shot selection, and technique - considering those the foundation for success. Within six months of first playing the game, Dan won gold in his first tournament. He was a gold medalist in the Men's 5.0 doubles at the US Open in 2016, singles silver medalist at the US Open in 2017, and has won multiple medals while participating in local and national level tournaments. DJ has traveled to many other states and as far as Indonesia introducing or teaching the game of pickleball to many people who want to learn more about the sport. His dedication to becoming the best coach and player he can be is obvious everyone at the MAC and around the country.