Academy Staff


Jeff Bearup photoJeff Bearup
Founder - Special Advisor

  • Recipient of USPTA National Industry Excellence Award
  • Coached hundreds of Sectional and National ranked players including national champions
  • Chair of the USTA NE Coaches Commission
  • Recipeint of the USTA Gardner Chase Award
  • USPTA Joseph Dietz New England Pro of the Year
  • USPTA Coach of the Year
  • USTA High Performance Coach
  • USPTA Eastern Professional of the Year
  • USTA Level 1 and 2 Sports Science Certification
  • Chair of the USTA N.E. Player Development Committee
  • Chair of the USTA N.E. National Selection Committee
  • Two time recipient of the USTA William Freedman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Junior Tennis
  • Former ATP Tour Coach
  • International Tennis Consultant China Tennis Association/Beijing International Group
  • Certifications from USTA and USPTA

Tim Donovan photoTim Donovan
College Tennis Advisor

  • Competed for four years on the ATP Tour and achieved a top 300 world ranking in singles
  • Competed in the U.S., French, and Australian Opens
  • Number one player for four years at Brown University, 1985-89
  • Member of the Brown University Hall of Fame
  • Gold medalist in singles at the 1985 United States Olympic Festival
  • Two time Ivy League and Eastern Conference Player of the Year and Sportsman of the Year
  • United States Tennis Association/New England Director of Player Development, 1994-98
  • Has placed dozens of players in Division I, II, and III college tennis programs throughout the country
  • Certified by the USTA in Sports Psychology, Motor Learning, Sports Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Founder of Donovan Tennis Strategies
  • USTA High Performance Coach

Laury Hammel photoLaury Hammel

  • 2000 USTA Tennis Family of the Year
  • Gardner Chase Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Tennis in New England
  • Joseph Dietz New England Pro of the Year
  • Coached hundreds of Juniors who have earned National Rankings

Bryce Warren photoBryce Warren
Assistant Academy Director High Performance Manager

  • USTA High Performance Coach
  • USPTA Certified
  • USTA NE Zonal Coach
  • Nationally ranked junior tennis player
  • Won the 2007 Singles State Championship in Ohio
  • Played Division I College Tennis at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN
  • Played #1 singles and #1 doubles at Butler University
  • Former Volunteer Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at University of Notre Dame
  • Coached and traveled with juniors to tournaments in the summers and throughout college

Mike Chinn photoMike Chinn

  • USPTA Certified coach
  • Former Pro Manager of the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club
  • Has coached elite junior tournament players for 13 years
  • USTA NE Zonal Coach

Alex Johansson photoAlex Johansson

  • Touring Coach of the Year 2016 USPTA Texas (for his work with competitive junior players)
  • USTA High Performance Coach
  • USPTA Elite Professional
  • Swedish T. F. Level 2 Certified
  • World ranked junior player, All American College player, and played professionally.
  • Zonals and Intersectional coach for USTA Texas and New England
  • Owner and Director of Shark Tennis Academy, Texas
  • Have developed many top state and nationally ranked players
  • Primary coach for over 40 players to Scholarships at schools such as USC, University of Texas, MIT, Rice etc.
  • Tennis technology educator and consultant (USPTA, PTR, etc.)
  • Video analyst and technology advisor #3 NCAA Div.1 Texas A&M Aggies Men’s team 2016
  • Assistant coach for two college teams
  • Owner of Coachnect, a tennis technology company developing and video analysis services used by professional, college, and junior players

Christo Schultz photoChristo Schultz

  • USTA Zonal Coach
  • USPTA Certified Coach
  • Currently Tufts men's assistant tennis coach
  • Played for Harvard varsity men's team
  • Professional ATP Tour player
  • Worked for USTA New England
  • Grew up playing at NEAOT

Sports Psychology

Brian Lomax photoBrian Lomax

  • Played tennis for over 35 years
  • Ranked number 1 in New England 5 times and in the top 10 in the US twice
  • Assistant Men’s & Women’s Tennis coach at Bryant University
  • Sport Psychology Consultant for several athletics teams at Bryant University, Holy Cross College, Boston College and Regis College
  • Masters in Education for Positive Coaching (Sport and Positive Psychology)
  • Co-founder of a Positive Psychology program in Minnesota that prepares high school students for post-secondary careers and education
  • Consults with athletes in many different sports and teaches them to be mentally tougher in all aspects of their lives
  • Certified in Mental Toughness Training by the Human Performance Institute
  • USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
  • USPTA New England Rookie of the Year
  • USPTA Player of the Year three times


 Jane Polley photoJane Polley

  • MS, RD, LDN
  • Registered dietitian and the nutritionist at Longfellow Sports Club
  • Teaches sports nutrition at Framingham State College
  • Guides athletes to create a high energy, sports nutrition eating plan by balancing food groups, fluids & treats for lasting fuel & for quick recovery

Physical Training

Dan Salerno photoDan Salerno - Performance Coach

  • MS, Exercise Science, California University Pennsylvania
  • BS, Exercise Science, Salem State College
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • International Sports Sciences Association-Certified Personal Trainer, Adaptive Fitness Specialist
  • Longfellow Sports Club Professional Trainer

Marko Stanic photoMarko Stanic - Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified
  • USPTA Certification (pending)
  • Played ATP Tour (world doubles ranking)

Sonephet Souvanna photoSonephet Souvanna - Performance Coach

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Exercise Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Certified Personal Trainer
  • NEAOT Performance Coach Longfellow Sports Club

Mariana Conway photoMariana Conway - Performance Coach

  • B.S., Health and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Community Health and Nutrition
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for Division 1 Collegiate Athletes

Coaching Partners

David Benzel photoDavid Benzel - Growing Champions for Life

  • Nationally recognized Sport Family Coach
  • Author, ESPN Commentator and National Speaker on Family & Youth Sports
  • Coaching Educator for the USTA and USPTR and many more elite athletic coaching associations