Gary started tennis at the late age of 14 years old, but since the first time he picked up a racquet he knew this was his destiny, Gary was a natural. There was a lot of work to do in the 4 short years, his coach quickly decided to stop playing USTA juniors and focused more on men’s opens and ITF tournaments.
The immediate goal was to play college tennis with a scholarship to pay for school tuition. After 4 years of hard work the results in the ITF circuit and mens open events landed him a Graceland University (GU) full scholarship in 2010.
GU became a great stepping stone to for the future Gary had coming in his tennis career, while at GU for a semester the tennis team made it to NAIA nationals in 2010, a huge accomplishment and experience for Gary. Indiana Tech (IT) showed interest in Gary after seeing him in action and offered him a scholarship to finish out his college career, after 3 seasons playing singles and doubles for IT (2010-2013) Gary landed a job as the assistant coach for the tennis team at IT and was able to lead the team to Regionals in 2013.
After graduating IT with a bachelor degree (Criminal Justice/ Forensics) Gary was able to play the Futures Circuit for one year and gained coaching notoriety during that time, he began coaching high performance players around that time and started a coaching career in Florida. His teaching craft developed further at the Sixto Camacho Tennis Academy, he spend 1 year coaching and traveling with ITF players ranked in the top 200 in the world alongside 5 years of teaching experience at Tech Tennis Center.
Gary is excited to bring his knowledge and true passion for the sport to Tennis Innovators Academy!