Blackburn Tennis Center Coaches

Patti O’Reilly

Patti O’Reilly has competed internationally on the women’s professional tennis circuit, competing in all four Grand Slam Championships. Patti graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics. Patti and her identical triplet sisters brought the Duke women’s tennis program to national prominence.

Patti and her sisters have been inducted into the Duke University Hall of Fame and even have a court named after them at the Duke tennis facility. She was a four-time All-ACC player, a two-time ITA All-American and the 1990 ACC Player of the Year. Patti and her sisters have also been inducted into the Eastern Tennis Association Hall of Fame. As a junior player, Patti captured the Rolex International Junior Championship.

Patti and her husband, James, have two dogs, Duke and Duchess. In their spare time they enjoy playing golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Noel Wadawu

Noel is well known and respected in the Atlanta tennis scene. He has coached several top ranked national junior and professional players, including current touring professional Melanie Oudin.

Before joining the Universal Tennis Academy team, Noel taught tennis at The Riverside Club in Atlanta for 11 years and was the Director at The Riverside Club for five years. Collegiately, he played at Florida A&M where he was 3-time Academic All-American as well as recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.

A native of Zimbabwe, Noel was the African Junior Doubles Champion. He is married with two lovely daughters.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Krupina

Sasha started playing tennis competitively at age 7 in her hometown of Moscow, Russia.  Sasha participated in numerous national and ITF junior tournaments before she was recruited by the former Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis Coach Bryan Shelton.  Sasha spent 4 years competing for the Georgia Tech tennis team where she played #1 doubles and #2 & #4 singles for most of her college career. Her accomplishments include 2008 NCAA National Team Champion as well as 2007 & 2008 NCAA ITA Indoor Team Tennis Champion.  She was also 2007 & 2010 ACC Team Champion.  Coach Krupina teamed up with Irina Falcomi to achieve a top 20 NCAA doubles ranking.  She was elected team captain during her senior year at Georgia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Economics and a minor in German.

Her hobbies include attending concerts and listening to music.  Sasha also enjoys reading, yoga, hiking and horseback riding.

Cheikh Salif Kante

Salif hails from Dakar, Senegal where he grew up playing at the Olympique Tennis Club of Dakar.  He graduated from Florida A&M with a degree in Public Relations.  While at Florida A&M Salif was an NJCAA All-American. Salif played on the ATP Tour with wins over players ranked #662 and #604.  Before joining UTA he worked 3 years at Harp Performance Tennis. Salif enjoys working with adults and juniors of all level, from beginner to elite.

Salif is married and enjoys soccer, swimming and time spent at the beach.

Clement Darko

Clement was born in Accra, Ghana where he learned to play tennis. In 1998, he was named to Ghana’s Davis Cup team and he competed professionally on the men’s tennis circuit. He was consistently ranked Nationally in the top 5 and achieved a top 80 ranking on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit. He won two junior doubles tournaments with partner Lleyton Hewitt. As a junior he was brought to the United States on a tennis scholarship to the world famous John Newcomb Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. He has coached several highly ranked junior players. Clement has coached tennis for over ten years and is USPTA and GPTA Certified. In his spare time, Clement enjoys playing soccer and working out in the gym.

Daniel Rush

Daniel Rush hails from Jacksonville, FL. He attended Georgia Southern University (GSU) and College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA), earning a Psychology Degree. Daniel was a top Florida junior player. He played singles and doubles at GSU and was a volunteer assistant coach at CCGA.

Daniel’s family lives in Florida. He enjoys basketball, watching “Game of Thrones”, going to church and the Celtics!! He likes working with children and adults of all ages.

Jonny Roberts

Jonny is a native of London, England and is a UKPTR certified coach who played three years of college tennis at U.W.I.C. in Wales, Great Britain.  He graduated with honors while earning his BA in Physical Education and Sports. Jonny grew up in a London suburb where he taught High School Physical Education for 7 years.  In 2008 he moved to the United States to further his studies.  He earned an MBA at the University of Southern Indiana.

Jonny specializes in coaching adults and has helped develop and expand a range of adult tennis programs.  He is also passionate about developing academy players.  Off the court, Jonny’s interests include golf, soccer, pool and badminton. He has recently fallen in love with American professional sports such as football, baseball and Nascar. One of his favorite sporting events is March Madness, as anyone would be after residing in Indiana.

Levan Clark

Levan Clark is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but moved to Florida when he was 10 years old. He attended Florida A&M University majoring in Business Administration. At Florida A&M, he competed on the men’s nationally ranked tennis team. He was First Team All-Conference as well as Florida A&M Player of the Year. He also placed first in the University of Florida Invitational Tournament. Levan was a highly ranked national junior and competed in all the prominent junior championships from the Orange Bowl, Easter Bowl, National Hard Court Championships at Kalamazoo.

He has 2 older brothers and likes to play football and basketball. He enjoys working with kids and adults of all ages.

Marianna Land Taylor

Marianna was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She played tennis and won the State Championship at the Lovett High School all four years. She played tennis at the University of Georgia where she was 1994 NCAA National Team Champion, 1994 & 1995 National Indoor Team Champion, 1994 SEC Team Champion. Marianna was named to the All-SEC team in 1995. She transferred to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her last year of eligibility and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies.

Marianna is married and they have three children who also play competitive junior tennis. They enjoy participating/watching all sports and also enjoy spending time together with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Pam Rock

Pam is from Trumbull, Connecticut. She was the 1995 Connecticut State Open Singles Champion, a 4 time Division III Collegiate All American, and a NCAA Team Champion Division III in 1999. She also taught at The Longfellow Club in Wayland, MA and Athletic Club Northeast in Atlanta, GA.

Pam earned a BA in Psychology at Amherst College and a doctorate in physical therapy at Emory University. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (STOTT pilates certified and Titelist Performance Institute certification).

She lives with her husband Michael and 2 daughters, Sara and Jordyn, who also play tennis. Pam enjoys taking spin classes, reading, traveling and being with her family.

Robert McAdoo

Robert McAdoo (“Mac”) grew up in Wyckoff, NJ. He was an All-State Tennis Player in NJ and played D-1 Tennis at UNC-Asheville. Mac attended both UNC-A and William Patterson University and earned a degree in Exercise Physiology.

Mac is USPTA certified and his life revolves around his passion for the game of tennis. When not on the courts he loves spending time with his wife and 2 children. Mac enjoys working with children and adults of all ages.

Robert Parker

As an athlete, Robert excelled, winning state titles in soccer, martial arts, and tennis. Originally from Tampa, Robert chose to attend the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship and later continued his studies at MIT.

Robert is a certified tennis professional where he specializes in working with juniors that want to maximize their performance. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) in Performance at the Professional level. He has two kids, both of whom play tennis. His son is an aspiring junior tournament player.

When he’s not on court, he enjoys climbing mountains, traveling and watching college football.

Ryan Hughes

Once you hear Ryan out on the courts you will know he is originally from England. Ryan has worked at UTA since March 2007 and is part of the original coaching staff from the initial location at the Chattahoochee Plantation. Ryan helps oversee the 10 & Under class and Competitive group at Blackburn, as well as assisting Universal Tennis Management as International Programs Coordinator/Recruiter.

Ryan played at the University of Southern Indiana where he graduated with a degree in business administration. He was team captain his senior year and his team won the Conference Championship during his junior year. Before coming to the United States, Coach Hughes attended Sutton Junior High Performance Tennis Center in London, England from 1999 to 2002 and played events in the UK tennis tour.

Ryan’s Mom and Dad, and his 4 older brothers still live in England. When not teaching juniors, Ryan is a scratch golfer and enjoys working on his car collection.

Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis is a Certified ITPA Tennis Performance Trainer. He has been working with tennis players for over 7 years and trains children and adults of all ages and athletic ability. He trains individual well as in group settings. He is constantly studying and reading about new advances in fitness/sports to incorporate into his training methods. Steven continues to improve his knowledge by attending seminars and workshops through the USTA. Steven is in process of achieving his ITPA Tennis Performance Coach certification. Steven is an ITPA Certified Tennis Performance Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and ASF Certified Speed and Agility Coach.