Northwest High Performance Tennis
Brian Wilson, Coach/Director Red Ball
Brian Wilson was ranked #1 in Southern California in the juniors before attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship. In 2003 Brian was the NCAA doubles champion and the team went undefeated and won the NCAA team championship. In 2004 Brian was ranked #1 in the NCAA in singles. Brian played on the ATP tour for five years and won over 15 titles in singles and doubles. He played in the main draw of the US Open and Australian Open. While playing World Team Tennis Brian had wins over Pete Sampras, and Patrick Rafter.
Since Brian started coaching in 2008, he has been involved in the most successful and acclaimed tennis centers in the Intermountain region. The Darling Tennis Center was chosen as one of the first Regional Training Centers in the country and Brian has coached in over a dozen of the USTA RTC camps. Recently, Brian was promoted to Senior RTC coach for the PNW and has facilitated training for the 3 day camps as well as help communicate the USTA teaching/coaching philosophy as NorCal National Coach for under 14's.
Along with HP, Brian directs Red and Green Ball at Eastside Tennis Center and runs Early Development Camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Gail Hanson was born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine and began playing tennis at age 6 in Brooklyn, NY. Competing as an elite junior, Gail won 8 gold balls, and multiple ITF Junior titles including the Eddie Herr, and winning the 18 and under Easter Bowl at 15 year of age, and was ranked number 1 in every age division. In her professional career, Gail got to a career high ranking of #156 in the world and competed in all 4 Grand Slam events, Indian Wells, and Sony Ericsson with multiple wins over players such as Sloan Stevens, Christina McHale, Melanie Oudin and many others throughout her career. Aside from her 8 years of tour- playing experience, Gail has also has the experience of working with coaches such as Patrick McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Paul Anacone, and Jose Higueras. Gail was also noted by Bille Jean King as a "player to watch" on HBO's Billie Jean King Cup. Gail is also responsible (with Mark) for Orange Ball programs at Eastside.
Janessa Wilson was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and was a standout tennis player from the 12 and under division. She traveled the country playing national tournaments as well as being chosen to represent the Intermountain region in team competitions. She was consistently ranked number one in the Intermountain region in the 16s and 18s divisions.
Since starting coaching in 2006, she has helped develop some of Las Vegas and Intermountain's top junior players. Two of her top players, Michael Andre and Naomi Cheong have been chosen to several USTA RTC camps as well as already starting to compete internationally.
Janessa was the director of one of the top 10 and under High Performance programs in the country. She has overseen training for the 30+ kids in the class 4 times a week. The training consists of technical, physical and mental development specific to age and ability of the player.
Mark Hanson, Coach/Director Orange Ball
Dan Willman, Director/Coach
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Mike Walter, Coach & Fitness
Mike has had a lifelong passion for tennis, was a top junior and earned a scholarship to Washington State University. Mike has taught juniors, high school players and adults and is a certified USPTA coach and tennis specific fitness trainer.
Mike actively competes in tournaments, USTA 5.0 teams, and recently became one of the elite stair-climbing racers in the U.S. He is experienced and dedicated in working with juniors and adults in attaining their individual fitness goals. Mike has been a Board Member for the last 6 years with Tennis Outreach Program (TOPs). He is also employed at TOPs' new Kirkland tennis facility.
Mark Hanson is a USPTA Certified Pro 1 with 24 years of high-level coaching experience. A former coach at several colleges, including Seattle University & University of Washington, Mark has developed numerous collegiately and nationally ranked players.
He coached main draw players at all 4 grand slams and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells such as Marie- Eve Pelletier, Julie Ditty, and Amir Hadad, and travelled to national and international junior tournaments with elite junior players like Mitch Stewart, Phillip Deaton, and Noah Shachter.
Mark has also been recognized by the USTA with an awards for his superior tournament organization, service and coaching excellence. Mark directed Big Game Academy in Tacoma for over 10 years and has been one of the senior coaches for numerous USTA Regional Training camps.
Along with HP, Mark directs Orange Ball, Green Ball, and Excellence programs at Eastside Tennis Center, and runs Early Development Camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Adam grew up the son of local teaching legend Bob Clauson in California. After coaching in Austin for two years Adam moved to the Pacific Northwest three years ago and worked at Columbia Racquet Club, Central Park Tennis Club and assisted Northwest High Performance Tennis for the past two years. His passion and dedication to the game of tennis inspires those around him to succeed.
Jon Pendano is a former professional athlete who played defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, and the Houston Texans. Jon also played overseas for the Frankfurt Galaxy for two seasons. His professional athletic career was cut short due to a knee injury. Jon has since applied his own training techniques to rehabilitate his knee, and now focuses on helping instill in other athletes, and non-athletes, the proper training mechanics to prevent injuries and achieve optimal body functioning in sports or everyday life.
Jon’s programs are based on the latest research in exercise science, sports psychology, sports nutrition, and strength & conditioning to develop and maximize each individual’s potential. The combination of Jon’s athletic background, education, and experience provide him with the tools needed to assess and implement the highest level of athletic performance enhancement training for any athlete, in any sport. Jon is the PNW Regional Training Center Trainer for NWHPT.