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2015 2015 IHSTeCA Indiana Tennis Convention

in conjunction with:  USPTA Midwest Winter Forum

Additional sponsor:   Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.

Dates are Feb. 5-6-7, 2015 at the Five Seasons Sports Club

Registration Link to the Right!

Hotel Information also to the Right






Rick Graves

Jeff Smith

Derek Myers

Ron Clase (absentia)

Bonnie Bleecker Gamble (absentia)

(Pictures w/ Speaker MaliVai Washington)




FULL GRID of Speakers, Times, Topics, & Events (pdf):    Grid Link




Full Speaker Bios Listed Below!!!


Thursday, February 5 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Friday, February 6 (All Day)
Saturday, February 7  (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Price (Include 2015 Membership):

$130 for full clinic

$100 for Thursday-Friday only

$70 for Saturday only

$85 for assistant coach

$75 for retired coach




Click above to Registrar for the

2015 Coaches clinic

in Indianapolis!




Holiday Inn Carmel
251 E Pennsylvania Parkway

Indianapolis, IN 46280


Two Ways to Reserve a Room:

Option #1:

Call 1-866-305-4832 and ask for the

"IN High School Tennis Coaches/USPTA"

room block.


Option #2:

Use the booking link:





- Grab and Go Breakfast is included


- Anyone wishing to claim tax exemption must provide a tax exempt form from the State of Indiana. Any clubs coming from outside of the state must have a form that specifies an exemption from the State of Indiana. This must be received via fax or email prior to arrival.


MaliVai Washington
– Founder of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation and Television Tennis Analyst
Runner-Up in Men’s Singles at Wimbledon in 1996. Grew up in Michigan and played tennis at University of Michigan, where he was ranked No. 1 in college tennis.  Played 11 years on professional tour, achieving a career high singles ranking of No. 11 in the world.  Played on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1992. Chosen by the ATP Tour to receive the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year Award in 2009. 
Larry Lauer, Ph.D.
– Mental Skills Specialist, USTA Player Development, Boca Raton, Fla.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport. Conducted research on tennis parents, coaching, coach education, aggression in hockey, and life skills development in youth. Served as lead editor for the USTA Mental Skills and Drills Handbook.
Rahman Smiley
- Head Teaching Professional, Jasper Tennis Club, Jasper, Ind.
Former IU tennis player.  Played professional tennis briefly. Taught tennis in Columbus, Ind., from 2006-2014 and relocated to Jasper in March of 2014.
Bill Riddle
– Director Tennis, Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club, Hendersonville, Tenn.
     USPTA Elite Professional and Tester with over 25 years of experience coaching, teaching, promoting and playing tennis internationally.  A native of a small farming town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, he has been fortunate enough to travel the world through the sport of tennis.  
Bobby Bayliss
– Retired Men’s Tennis Coach, University of Notre Dame
Retired with 765 collegiate NCAA Division 1 victories, fifth-place on all-time list. Head coach at Notre Dame, MIT, and US Naval Academy. Member of ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame.
Mike O’Connell, Director of Tennis, Indiana University Tennis Center, Bloomington, Ind.
     USPTA Master Professional who has been named USPTA Indiana Pro of the Year five times and USPTA Midwest Pro of the Year in 2009. Inducted into the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame in 1998.
Mark Noe
– Cathedral High School, boys’ and girls’ varsity coach
Currently in 13th year at Cathedral after serving as head coach at Northwestern HS and DePauw University. Has amassed over 350 wins in high school tennis. Coached Cathedral to 2005 Boys’ State Championship and 2012 Girls’ State Runner-Up
Chuck Kuhle – Director of Tennis at Decatur Athletic Club, Decatur, Ill.
USPTA Master Pro who has spent his lifetime directing tennis both indoors and outdoors in Decatur, Ill., including bringing a professional tournament to Decatur.
Steve Contardi – Director of Tennis at Harper’s Point, Cincinnati, Ohio
USPTA Master Pro who has directed the tennis programs at Harper’s Point since 1977.  Member of USPTA Hall of Fame and an international clinician.
Lee Ann Berning
-Partner and USPTA Professional, Wildwood Racquet Club, Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Professional at Wildwood club since 1991 after spending 11 years in the Ft. Wayne Community School system as a physical educator and coach. Member of the IHSTeCA Hall of Fame and Valparaiso University Athletic Hall of Fame. Former USPTA Midwest Pro of the Year.
Will Cleveland
-Partner and USPTA Master Professional, Wildwood Racquet Club, Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Came to Wildwood in 1988 as general manager after serving as men’s and women’s coach at Wright State University. Frequent speaker at USPTA Midwest and World Conferences. Former USPTA Indiana Pro of the Year and USPTA Midwest Facility Manager of the Year.

Sam Kercheval

– Adult Program Coordinator, Indiana University Tennis Center, Bloomington, Ind.

    Girls’ tennis coach at Bloomington High School South since 2010.  Chosen as 2012 Indiana USPTA Pro of the Year.  Member of USPTA Under 30 National Task Force.


Chris Chopra

– Junior Program Coordinator, Indiana University Tennis Center, Bloomington, Ind.

    USPTA Elite Professional who served as past president of the USPTA Indiana and is a current Executive Board member of the USPTA Midwest Division.  USTA Certified High Performance Coach.  Frequent presenter at Midwest and state conferences.

Craig Jones
– Owner and Director of Operations, Petersburg Racquet Club, Martinez, Georgia

     Former USTA South Carolina, Georgia, and Southern District Pro of the Year. USTA High Performance Quick Start Trainer and national expert on 10-Under tennis.  2007 Racquet Sports Industry "Junior Development Champion of the Year."

Kamau Murray
– Executive Director of XS Tennis and Education Foundation, Chicago, Ill.

XS Tennis, the only major tennis opportunity on the South Side of Chicago,  was founded by Kamau Murray in 2005. Now President/CEO of XS Tennis and Executive Director of XS Tennis and Education Foundation, he grew up on Chicago’s South Side and earned a full tennis scholarship to Florida A&M University. Kamau is a sales representative for Novo Nordisk during the day, and has devoted his evenings and weekends to building XS Tennis and XSTEF. Kamau Murray also co-coaches professional tennis player Taylor Townsend with coach and former professional player, Zina Garrison.


Tim Cleland – Boys and Girls Coach at Delta High School, President of Indiana HS Tennis Coaches Association
Coach at Delta since 1989.  A 2008 inductee into the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame, he is one of five tennis coaches in Indiana history to surpass 800 career varsity victories.  Teams have competed six times at IHSAA State Finals. Co-founder of #SmashCancer tennis events.  

Mark Faber
– Director of Tennis, Laurel Hill Swim and Tennis Club, Toledo, Ohio
USPTA Elite Professional. Also serves as head tennis coach at Toledo St. Francis High School and assistant coach of men’s tennis at the University of Findley. President of USPTA Midwest Division. Recipient of 2013 USTA/USPTA National Community Service Award
Eric Bowers
– Boys’ and girls’ tennis coach, Penn High School, Granger, Ind.
Coach of boys’ and girls’ tennis at Penn HS and vice president of Indiana HS Tennis Coaches Association.   







Stephen Smith

– Boys’ tennis coach, Lafayette Jefferson High School, Lafayette, Ind.

    Coach in the Lafayette School Corporation since 2001 and vice president of Indiana HS Tennis Coaches Association in charge of social media.  Also is a student teacher supervisor at Purdue University

Stan Oley
– Product marketing specialist, Playmate Ball Machines, Viera, Fla.
    National expert on ball machines and founder of FBT60 (Fit By Tennis in 60 Days), a fitness program combining nutrition and a series of ball machine drills. During 27-year career as teaching pro, he was the head tennis professional at the International Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., (home of the Nasdaq Championships) and also the director of tennis at Orange Lake Country Club in Orlando, Fla.

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