Nadine Pankins-HoustonNadine Pankins-Houston, Enrichment Director
Ms. Houston leads all of our academic and social enrichment programs including summer camp. Ms. Houston works in Special Education in the Newton public schools working closely with children, parents and teachers. At Sportsmen’s she has developed gender specific programs for both boys and girls as well as led the growth of our academic and camp programs. She also hires and supervises Boston Youth working at Sportsmen’s through several programs including Boston Youth Fund and the MLK Scholars. A long time Boston resident, Ms. Houston is a gifted educator and mentor of young people.
nhouston@sportsmenstennis.org

Tia Lites, Academic & Enrichment CoordinatorTia Lites
Tia has been connected to STEC since the age of 14 as support to the Administrative staff during the summer camp. What began as a summer job through the employment collaboration of Boston Youth Fund and STEC has evolved into a leadership position in the organization. Tia coordinates all academic and enrichment programs through The Learning Center at STEC. She creates the curriculum and assessments for the after school academic programs, serves as the lead teacher for HEY Sister and Racquets to Reading, and during summer session is the Non-Profit Lead for The Summer Learning Project.
tlites@sportsmenstennis.org

Jessica MaxwellJessica Maxwell
Jessica has been a part of the Sportsmen’s family since the age of ten. For several years, she has volunteered in numerous programs and events and then started working at Sportsmen’s at the age of fifteen. She has been working here now for three years in both “Ready Position” and “HEY Sister.” She helps children with their homework, improves their tennis game, and most importantly, serves as their mentor. Jessica is now in high school at Boston Collegiate Charter School.

 

Staff | Coaching Staff

Sportsmen’s Tennis Coaches: All of our coaches enroll in ongoing professional development that gives them the experience and knowledge to develop as individual coaches and as part of our coaching team.

Coach Marton BallaMarton Balla, Director of Tennis
Despite the 25 years of sweat and work Marton has put in on the court, if you google his name you will find an article about his wedding (and maybe a picture of his pregnant wife) before digging up all of his tennis results. In 2000, while escaping the mandatory Hungarian military service, he landed at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He spent 4 years loving life, studying, and playing tennis on the beach. He was ranked in the top 10 in division II, and was awarded several recognitions from both his college and the conference such as Athlete of the Year. After graduation he was not ready to give up the sunshine, so he got into coaching in the Tampa Bay area. While coaching, Marton was mentored by some of the tour level coaches, and he was privileged to work and travel around the world with some of the top ITF juniors. During his 3 years at the Saddlebrook International Tennis Academy, he helped the preparation of numerous WTA and ATP players, however he devoted most of his time to Alex Domijan who became #1 on NCAA. When Marton was ready for a change of scenery he moved to India with his wife, Kate. After some crazy adventures and wild tennis stories (ask me about the “Psycho”) they decided to settle in Boston where their daughter was born in 2013. It was then when they realized that the craziness and the wild stories had just begun.

 

Harshana GodamannaHarshana Godamanna, Assistant Director of Tennis
Harshana holds an ATP World Tour ranking of 811 in singles and 846 in doubles as of October 2008. He has been the Men’s National Champion of Sri Lanka in singles and doubles for 6 years. He has represented Sri Lanka in the Davis Cup since 2002. Harshana holds the highest win-loss record (55-17) by any Sri Lankan in the Davis Cup competition. He was the former Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a BS in International Management.
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Jelani HaynesJelani Haynes, Director of Community Outreach
Jelani is from Boston and a product of Sportsmen’s, where he played as a Junior before heading to Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. He has been instrumental in building our Community Tennis Programs from a reach of about 600 students 2 years ago to over 1500 today. His efforts include the Volley Against Violence program, which runs in conjunction with the Boston Police Department. Coach Jelani continues to explore and execute community partnerships that allow us to bring tennis into the lives of youth and families that might not have a clear path to participate in our traditional tennis programs. He also works in our 10-&-Under tennis program and coaches our adult teams.
jhaynes@sportsmenstennis.org

Renaud AlexandreRenaud Alexandre
Renaud has been playing and enjoying Tennis since 1999. He played high school tennis for the Brighton/BLA tennis team. Renaud has been working with youth since high school and finds it very gratifying. His future goal is to be a personal trainer/nutritionist.   ralexandre@sportsmenstennis.org
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Robert AmarteyRobert Amartey
Originally from Ghana, Robert has represented his country in Davis Cup competition. He holds his certification from the ITF and PTR (Professional Tennis Registry), and has been living in the US for 10 years. Robert works primarily with our Tournament Tennis program.
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James BanksJames Banks
Mr. Banks has a long history at Sportsmen’s and currently works in our 10-&-Under and Community Tennis programs. He has extensive experience teaching sports and athletics to children in the Boston area, and is a member of the USPTA.
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Hajji Glover
Hajji Glover

Hajji has been coaching and teaching at the Sportsmen’s for 18 years. He has been the Director of Tennis at the Charlestown Community Center for the past 7-9 years. He coaches part–time in the weekend programs while also teaching private lessons at Sportsmen’s. He played collegiate tennis for the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Hajji is USPTA and USPTR certified.
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Jimmy HiteJimmy Hite
Jimmy has been part of Sportsmen’s for many years and works primarily in our Community Tennis programs. He has also served as a high school coach and coordinated tennis programs at Carter Playground.
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Mark Anthony KenneyMark-Anthony Kenney
Mark-Anthony grew up here in Dorchester and has been a member of the Sportsmen’s community since the age of four. Over the years he has developed his skills on the court with the help of many coaches on his journey around the country at some of the most prestigious tennis programs and academies. The knowledge he has acquired through diligent work on and off court over the past sixteens years is what makes him one of our more experienced coaches, not to mention the youngest of the group. MA’s enthusiasm and love for the game is always evident when on court with the juniors and his commitment to their success is unmatched.

Mary MonteiroMary Monteiro
Mary is a native Bostonian who transitioned from basketball to tennis in 1990. She is USPTA certified who was recognized in 2010 for 5 years of service. She is returning to Sportsmen’s after departing in 2005 where she developed an after school tennis program in Brookline, MA. While at Sportsmen’s, Mary coached many youth and adults and is excited to return to the community. Mary’s professional background is in accounting and she holds certificates in Internet marketing and website development.
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Joseph TaylorJoseph Taylor
Joe has been coaching tennis for 10 years and is a principal instructor and coordinates the 10-&-Under after school programs at Sportsmen’s. He coaches in USTA programs and is USPTR certified and a USTA member.
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