MEET THE TEAM

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IT TAKES GREAT PEOPLE TO MAKE A WORLD-CLASS FACILITY. MEET THE TEAM ON-COURT, BEHIND THE DESK, & BEHIND THE SCENES!

STAFF TENNIS AND PICKLEBALL PROS

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Aaron Zaderej

Assistant Tennis & PIckleball Director - Staff Tennis Pro

Aaron is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and has been playing tennis since his childhood. He played competitively in high school and college. When Aaron teaches tennis, he enjoys working most on mindset, serves, and strategy; he also has a passion for working with kids of all ages. Next to tennis, Aaron is a practicing shamanic medicine man, who assists people in stepping out of their comfort zones, and finding new approaches alongside their path. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, and watching live music.

 $65/hour

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Kenneth Kilgore

Staff Tennis Pro

Kenneth moved to Denver from Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his masters degree in business administration. His specialties include tennis strategy and footwork.If you are looking for a kind, patient, goal-oriented pro, Kenneth is your guy. His hobbies include playing soccer, listening to Anderson Paak or Thundercat, and trying out new local delis. On the ATP tour, Kenneth is a big fan of Medvedev and continues to argue that his volley skills are very underrated. $65/hour

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Staff Tennis Pro

Sarah Megilligan

She goes by many names: TriSarahtops, Sarahendipity, Megalodon, or simply coach Sarah. In 2020, Sarah received her bachelor's at CSU-Pueblo, where she also played 4 years of tennis. Sarah has been a tennis pro, pursued sales, advertising, film, & radio. She spends her free time mastering puns, lifting heavy things, hiking, and always staying curious by learning something new. $65/hour

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Staff Tennis Pro

Eric Smith

Eric comes to us from Vero Beach, FL. Home to American number 1 player Mardy Fish. He trained, and worked on the green clay of Twin Oaks Tennis Club, One of south Florida’s top teaching, and private facilities. If you would like to work on your topspin forehand, or kick serve, Eric is your guy. He is a kind, silly, outgoing instructor, who can help develop players at any skill level. Eric is also USRSA certified, he can help you with any racket, and string questions you may have. When not on court, he loves to try new restaurants around Denver, and loves to talk food. $65/hour

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Rick Escobedo

Staff Tennis Pro

Rick is a junior pro specialist, starting as early as 5 years old. Originally from Roswell, New Mexico, he played high school tennis and many years in league tennis. He understands the importance of teaching kids the fundamentals of the game, along with general core beliefs of being an athlete. Rick has spent many seasons at Keystone working as a ski instructor. If you are hitting the slopes, keep your eye out for him! Consider Rick for the junior player in your family. $60/hour

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Julia Clough

Staff Tennis Pro

Julia is a Colorado native who played tennis throughout high school and college. She took up tennis at the age of four, guided by her grandfather who was a collegiate tennis player and later a collegiate coach. Julia draws on the same style of teaching that she learned with. She is patient, gentle, and easy going and focuses on a growth mindset and positive reinforcement when instructing children. She is exuberant and lights up when interacting with her students. She has been a junior pro with the children’s camps at Gates the past three summers. Outside of tennis, Julia loves skiing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, farmer’s markets, and yoga. A recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, she will be pursuing a graduate degree in sustainable architecture. Consider Julia for your youth tennis needs! $55/hour

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Kate Clough

Staff Tennis Pro

In her fourth summer at Gates, Kate is excited to be a new junior tennis pro. Kate is a Colorado native. She learned tennis at an early age from her grandfather who was a collegiate tennis player and later a collegiate coach. She played high school tennis, both singles and doubles. As she pursues a rigorous degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, she manages to play tennis there too! Her heart is with children - she has been a lead counselor at Outdoor Ed camps, YoungLife mountain camps, as well as a lead at Gates summer tennis camp. She is lively and engaging, yet patient and gentle. She adores skiing, hiking, yoga, coffee shops, journaling, comics, and her golden retriever. Consider Kate for your tennis needs - youth or otherwise!. $55/hour

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John Page

Staff Tennis & Pickleball Pro

John is a recent graduate from Liberty University where he played on the Flames Club Tennis Team. He obtained a degree in Sports Management and has a passion for helping others reach their potential. John puts an emphasis on mindset, focusing on players' ground stroke timing and can be seen swinging a one-handed backhand. He is a patient pro that enjoys working with players of all ages and skill levels. In his free time, John enjoys drives in the mountains (with the top down, of course) Spartan Races, watching The Office, and cheering on the Boston Celtics. $60/hour

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Chris Foglia

Staff Tennis & Pickleball Pro

Chris Foglia is a USPTA Tennis and Pickleball Teaching Professional who comes to the Gates Tennis Center from Lighthouse Point, Florida, where he taught at the Lighthouse Point Tennis Center and Hillsboro Club. Chris was a baseball college athlete who picked up a tennis racket and fell in love with the game. If you want a pro who is versatile in tennis and pickleball, Chris is your pro.Chris is new to Denver and excited to be at Gates and in Colorado.  He is pursuing his Master in International Business at the University of Florida and enjoys all outdoor adventures ahead! Tennis: $65/hr Pickleball: $60/hr

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Robert Leonard

Staff Pickleball Pro

Robert currently competes in both singles and doubles at the 5.0 and Open Pro level. He is a student of the game, dissecting both the micro and the macro, and is PPR certified. He excels at technical analysis of every shot, from the serve to the drop shot to the top spin roll and everything in between. His macro analysis of partner strategy, stacking, creating and punishing holes in the court, as well as covering your own side’s holes, has teams coming to him regularly, especially in tournament season! Robert believes in purposeful pickleball: understanding exactly what each shot accomplishes, what the ‘job’ of each part of the body is, and how to anticipate your opponent’s next shot - setting you up for the one-two combo. While technically a Denver native, he grew up in San Diego with a strong background in tennis and paddle tennis before finding and falling in love with our favorite fast-paced, strategic sport: pickleball. He began teaching in 2020 in Santa Barbara, and has had the pleasure of teaching Kenny Loggins. Get on his schedule now before it fills up!

​$80/hr semi-privates / $60/hr privates

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Chase Stokes

Staff Pickleball Pro

Chase Stokes grew up in central Virginia playing basketball, soccer, and football. In between school and practice he would play hours of ping pong with his dad, this is where his love for pickleball began. As a player he participates in tournaments across the country and enjoys playing on the weekends at local parks in the Denver area.  As a PPR® certified coach, he enjoys working with all skill levels from beginner to advanced, his favorite pickleball skills to help improve are court positioning, 3rd shot drops, and serves. In his free time he likes to ski, play poker, and golf. Looking forward to working with you soon!

​$80/hr semi-privates / $60/hr privates

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Mario Boschi

Staff Pickleball Pro

As a son of Italian immigrants, Mario has an inspiring work and playing ethic in whatever he does. Mario's' professional pickleball philosophy regarding success has never been focused purely on monetary gain, but rather the development he sees within his pickleball students and clients. Mario's foundation of a successful pickleball coach/instructor enlightened leadership, collaboration and open communication, which leads to a better pickleball player. Mario is certified in the Neuropickleball Trained Coach/Instructor team where he travels across the country, bringing you the best in neuroscience-based performance and pickleball teaching for beginners to elite pickleball players.

​$80/hr semi-privates / $60/hr privates

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TENNIS PROS

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Andy Booth

IC Tennis Pro

Former Director of Tennis at The Snowmass Club in Aspen, Colorado, Andy is a USPTA Elite Professional, twice elected as President of the USPTA Intermountain Division. He’s had great success in taking league players to the next level through strategic court positioning and stroke production. In addition to being a hitting partner for Johan Kriek (two-time Australian Open Champion), Andy was also on-court with Cici Bellis and Nicole Gibbs, two young up and coming American WTA Professionals. $100/hour

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Michael Towne

IC Tennis Pro

Originally hailing from Richmond, Va., Michael was crowned Virginia State "All Prep." in high school. He also played college tennis his freshman year at Hampden Sydney College. While out on court, Michael likes to focus on strategic configurations, thinking outside the box, and considering all angles of the court. He has a calming demeanor and a knack for targeting (and then correcting) the weaknesses in a player’s game. Michael also has a mediocre mid-range basketball jump shot and sub-par kickball skills (just don’t tell him that). $75/hour

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Brian Williams

IC Tennis Pro

Originally from New Jersey, Brian moved to Colorado in 2017 and began working at Gates soon thereafter. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 2014 where he played singles and doubles; earning First Team All-Conference honors. His favorite shots to win a match are his top-spin forehand and serve, although he wants to teach you ALL the shots. When not on the court, Brian enjoys skiing, traveling, and climbing a variety of Colorado 14ers as a way to simultaneously explore and get a healthy dose of outdoor exercise. A solid coach & great guy. $80/hour

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KB Makgale

IC Tennis Pro

Born in Botswana, Africa, KB’s favorite sports, besides tennis, are soccer and football. KB’s serve, topspin, and footwork are a few specialties, among many. KB played tennis at Metro State College of Denver. KB is a true veteran of Gates Tennis Center, having taught lessons here for over a decade. He is quite fond of court 12, but can elevate your game successfully on any given court number you may find yourself on with him. KB has a very calm and even temperament on court, allowing students to feel comfortable and progress at a fast pace.  $75/hour

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Carey Brading

IC Tennis Pro

A former national junior champion,Carey represented his native country of New Zealand in international play before attending and earning a B.A. in Business Management from Colorado State University-Pueblo,where twice he was awarded All-American status and selected to represent the NAIA national team.Carey has earned many accolades, has several USTA/USPTA certifications, and has been as high as #308 in ATP rankings. When not teaching tennis, you might find Carey on the dance floor doing the Cha-cha. www.careybrading.com $75/hour

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Dan Dicke

IC Tennis Pro

Coming to Colorado as a former Tennis Facility manager, Dan brings an overall knowledge for the tennis industry. He has quickly earned a reputation at Gates for his quick wit and legendary lessons. With twenty five years of tennis experience, Dan has been called the Tennis Doctor, capable of remedying even the worst habits. Put your faith in Mr. Quick Tips and never look back. $80/hour

MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Sam Hitman

General Manager / Hitman Sports Management

From South Jersey, Sam honed his tennis game in Hammonton, NJ, a rural farming town.  His first coach was his mother. Sam was #1 singles all 4 years in high school, and then played at Rutgers U.   In college, Sam organized Bike Trek USA; and did several “Across America” transcontinental bike rides with a college group. It was on bicycle when Colorado caught Sam’s eye. (probably from the top of Wolf Creek pass!)  After graduating, Sam moved to Colorado in 1993, and has been involved with Gates Tennis Center since!  (minus a 6 year hiatus from Gates, circa 2000-2005)    Starting in 1993, Sam was a Tennis Professional at Gates, when he had long hair, ran popular drill classes, and could move much faster than today! (that’s according to Sam)  He was interested in the management side of the industry, too.   Sam “took a break” from Gates for about 6 years, and was a Director at a local tennis center. He came back to Gates in 2006 as a principle in a Tennis Management company hired to operate Gates.  Today, Sam is the owner of Hitman Sports Management that operates GTC and 3 other facilities in the region.  Sam is also a part-owner of a beautiful indoor tennis center in Santa Fe, NM.  He tries to run Gates as a great community place and as a public amenity, that it was designed to be when beautifully built by the Gates Foundation and the City of Denver.  Sam is a dedicated husband and father of 4.  Beyond playing with his kids, Sam likes playing tennis with his wife in Hawaii on special occasions; and while he still roots for his Philly teams (76ers, Phillies, Eagles) first, he then roots for all the Denver teams (Nuggs, Rockies, Broncos) as a very close second. Email: samhitman25@gmail.com

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Ted Bradley

Director of Tennis & Pickleball

As Director of Tennis, Ted teaches, manages, coordinates, and still has time for a witty one-liner. He does it all! Originally from Portage, WI, Ted grew up as the son of a basketball coach. He was an all-state tennis player during his high school days, and state champion. Ted played his college tennis at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he played #1 singles and doubles. Ted loves to teach the game, and is passionate about helping people improve their tactical and technical skills. Email: ted@gatestenniscenter.info

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Katie Hardin

Tennis & Pickleball Department Manager

Katie is a veteran of Gates Tennis Center and is darn close to being a Denver native at this point, having moved here from Tennessee over 30 years ago! Katie has been a rock star Front Desk Manager and is now focusing her time on the Tennis and Pickleball side of the business. She brings her invaluable GTC knowledge to all things programmatic and will help coordinate and execute our extensive Tennis and Pickleball programs. She's always got her music playing and her laugh can be heard around the entire facility. Katie enjoys playing tennis AND pickleball (no purest here), cooking at home with her cat, and visiting the local movie theaters for the latest horror flick. Email: katie@gatestenniscenter.info

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Doug Morton

Co-Director of Operations

Doug joined the Gates team in 2020 having previously moved to Colorado from Big Sky Country. He has played tennis competitively across the western US and served as President of the Board of Directors for USTA-Montana. At Gates, Doug is the man in charge of things "facility" (that's a lot of moving parts)! He is a natural problem solver and is dedicated to keeping our property running smooth and looking great. In his free time, Doug can be found on or planning his next epic backpacking trip, trying out new brewpubs or volunteering on one of several non-profit Boards.  Email: doug@gatestenniscenter.info

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Madison Green

Co-Director of Operations

Maddy is originally from Madison, WI, where she played tennis through high school and with her family growing up. She moved to Boulder   for her undergrad and to ski. Since joining Gates in 2021 she has worked numerous roles including the front desk, managing camp and assisting with the Colorado State Open.  Maddy now works alongside Doug to manage the facility, marketing and business operations of Gates. In her free time she can be found hitting the slopes, bowling, doing jigsaw puzzles and falling asleep during movies.  Email: maddy@gatestenniscenter.info

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Andrew James

Marketing/Design Manager

Andrew moved to Denver in 2014 to explore the great outdoors and all the unique high altitude activities that Colorado has to offer. He was hired as part of the original Lakewood Park Tennis staff, where he wore many hats, helping to build the first iteration of their website, designing their logo, stringing, and more. He transitioned to GTC several years later and narrowed his role to marketing and design. He is now in school, pursuing a degree in Digital Design. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, skate/snowboarding, music production, and live music. Email: andrew@gatestenniscenter.info

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Michael Glaser

Business Services Manager

After growing up and graduating college in Pennsylvania Mike moved back to Colorado in 2014. Making pitstops along the way, he also lived in Arizona, Missouri and Tennessee before settling back in Denver. He grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball. Mike joined Gates Tennis Center in 2021 after running a youth sports franchise for years in West Denver. In his spare time, he likes to travel whenever possible. In Colorado he likes to go up into the mountains during the summer months for camping and exploring mountain towns. When in Denver he likes to scoot around and explore the food and beer scene.  Also, being a big Denver sports fan, he likes to attend Nuggets and Broncos games whenever he can. Email: michael@gatestenniscenter.info

SPECIALISTS

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Dan Rosner

Head Stringer & Pro Shop Manager

Dan moved to Denver in 2018 from Minnesota. As a lifelong tennis player, Dan is now appreciating the fact that it's much easier to play tennis outdoors in a Colorado winter vs a Minnesota winter! He is also a big fan of live music, and found the scene in Denver to be a pretty awesome fit for him. After spending some time in Minnesota stringing for a retail shop, he transitioned to full time stringer at Gates Tennis Center and became USRSA certified as a Certified Stringer in Minn, Colorado. When he's not at Gates he's probably hiking or listening to music.

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Melissa Harris

Customer Service Specialist

Melissa “Missy” Harris is a Denver native who loves all things tennis. She has played for several years in various USTA leagues, but also enjoys playing non-competitively. Working at Gates Tennis Center is a perfect fit for her when she is not practicing graphic design, hiking around Colorado, biking, quilting, or baking a mean peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Fun fact that relates back to Gates Tennis Center: Missy designed the Wooden Open logo a few years back. You've probably seen this design on shirts being worn around the facility by staff or customers!