2013 Instructional Tennis Classes:
Upper Macungie Township is pleased to offer tennis lessons in the township. Come join Head Tennis Pro George Henry, along with Keith Soanes as Assistant Pro and learn the game of tennis from some of the best instructors in the Lehigh Valley!
Over 25 Years of coaching experience. USPTA P1 Certification Trained. Coached #1 Venus and Serena Williams!!! Also coached and trained several other world ranked and top nationally ranked players. A few players included Shenay Perry (ranked #48), Steve Campbell (ranked #75) and Ahsha Rolle (ranked #50). George is also a Personal Advisor for Richard Williams.
Shortly after forming the National Urban Youth Tennis Foundation George Henry came to appreciate the depth of his commitment to tennis, the game and the business. It was then that he realized the value of the experience he has gained over the years as a player, coach and administrator. It was then that all the pieces came together.
As a player, George realized that it wasn’t enough to just hit textbook perfect strokes. He also had to have a clear head and a healthy body to be competitive. As a college player, he developed a camaraderie with his team members. Even though only a freshman, he quickly became a team leader and the person that his teammates looked to for inspiration and support. Later, as a player on the satellite circuit, alone, without the benefit of a team and a coach, he again relied on his personable qualities to unite other players in a similar situation to his. They formed an informal group that was able to share and limit expenses for travel and lodging, but most of all, to provide coaching and support to each other.
As a coach to players on the circuit, George was able to draw on his own experience as a player to identify with his players. Thus he was able to not only work on developing their on-court skills, but also to help them deal with the competitive aspects of the sport and the pressures involved in keeping focused while traveling and being away from home for long periods of time. George has also had the benefit of coaching men and women and is familiar with the different demands on their respective circuits.
Finally, as an administrator, he was able to utilize his skills as a player and coach and take it to another level. Drafting the proposal by which he was able to secure the contract with the City of North Miami and enabling him to base his Foundation out of Pepper Park, he realized the value of his diverse experience. He built a program from the bottom up. He secured the site, the financing, the equipment and the staff. He presented programs tailored to the needs of the North Miami community, for children and adults of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and skill levels. He was able to expose novice players to the sport of tennis and introduce them to players and coaches who had already made their marks in the world of tennis.
Coach Keith is from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He is a former US Davis Cup Team Player and coach. Coach Keith attained a number one ranking in the islands and went on to compete on the collegiate level.
He is a graduate of Barry University. As a member of the Unites States Army, Coach Keith competed in all armed forces competition in Berlin, Germany. He also taught and trained junior tournament players in Germany.
Coach Keith was a touring professional on USTA Satellite Circuit for 3 years. He has been involved in the success of several top collegiate and professional tennis players such as Steve Campbell (ATP ranking #70), Asha Rolle, Taya Rolle, and 2008 12 and under girls national champion Sasha Vickery.
Coach Keith is certified as a teaching professional by United States Professional Tennis Association, United States Tennis Academy and participated in the International Tennis Federation coaching workshops.
Tennis Courts in Upper Macungie Township:
3 courts at Blue Barn located at 5770 Snowy Orchid Road in Allentown.
2 courts at Ricky Park located at 5875 Ricky Ridge Trail in Orefield.
1 court at Apple Park located at 1935 Packhouse Road in Fogelsville.