Lost Mountain Staff

Stewart Russell

Stewart Russell is originally from Northport, New York and graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. with a degree in Sociology. Stewart directs the junior and adult programs at James Creek Tennis Center and he also oversees the junior program at Lost Mountain Tennis Center.

Stewart is a USPTA Certified Level 1 Professional who is working towards becoming a Master Professional. Stewart is a USTA National Junior Player Development coach who participates in Regional and National events hosted by the USTA. Before joining Universal Tennis Academy, Stewart was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia for 5 years. He was also the Director of Tennis at Brookstone Country Club in Acworth, Ga. He has a comprehensive and extensive background in teaching players of all ages and ability levels.

Stewart and his wife Penny have two children. Their daughter, Taylor, is a certified personal trainer in Savannah and their son, Justin, plays baseball at Kennesaw State University.

Eric Highsmith

Eric Highsmith’s hometown is Marietta, Georgia. He received a B.S. in Economics/Finance from West Georgia University. Eric has been coaching fitness and tennis for 24 years and holds certifications in 10U, Adult Development and Advanced Doubles Training. He enjoys working with Juniors ages 3-18 and Adults (Doubles). In his free time, Eric is active in his church and neighborhood.

Hill Marks

Hill Marks hails from Chicago, Illinois. He attended The College of DuPage and is continuing his studies with Eastern Illinois University. Hill has coached several sports including: tennis (20 years), squash (11 years), fitness/golf/pickleball (4 years) and racquetball (5 years).  He enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities.

In his spare time, Hill enjoys games, toastmasters, reading and civic groups.

Tyler Couch

Tyler grew up in Kennesaw and began playing tennis at the age of 11. As a junior, he was an active tournament player. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with honors and received a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He holds USPTR-adult level 1 certification and has also received a Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association. Tyler started coaching tennis as a teenager and has coached players of all ages, but has a strong passion for working with young tennis players.

In his free time, Tyler enjoys biking, hiking and fishing.