Our Staff is second to none in the State of Alabama for the number of players that have been developed into Champions. ACE is the only Junior Development Program in the state to have Champions in the following events: Men's & Women's USTA Pro Circuits, Men's & Women's NCAA team and Individual Champions (Ga Tech & UVA), ITF Junior Circuit, National Regionals & National Opens, Southern Closed & Southern Opens. We have had over 50 former players who went on to play college tennis and several that have made it to the Pro Tour. Several ACE players have received the BG12s Southern Closed Sportsmanship Award and one of our players received the prestigious DeWitt Redgrave III Male Junior Achievement Award for the Southern Section. Our staff has over 100 years of coaching experience and success in the tennis industry, with the hardware to prove it!
Jack Standifer, USPTR, USPTA, USRSA, Head & NIKE
Jack started teaching tennis in Jacksonville, FL in 1987 as a Staff Pro for Diverse Tennis Services. Since that time, the game has taken him far and wide. He served as a Director of Tennis in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas. He moved to Birmingham permanently in the summer of 2000 to become a partner of "The Academy" at the Lakeshore Foundation. Since then he married a great lady, has 3 beautiful daughters and been a major influence in the lives and development of some of this nation's best junior players.
Charles "Flip" Phillips, USPTA, Babolat Team
Flip has been involved in the game of tennis since 1976. He was one of the founding partners of "The Academy" at the Lakeshore Foundation in 1996. He has served as a Director of Tennis at Birmingham Country Club, Maryland Farms Racquet Club - Brentwood, TN, Wimbleton Racquet Club - Memphis, TN, as well as being on the staff at Nick Bollettari Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. He enjoys teaching men's and women's teams, but his passion is junior development. He has coached numerous players that have won Sectional and National tournaments. Many of these players went on to play college and professional tennis. Flip was recently honored as the USPTA "Pro of the Year" for the State of Alabama for 2007.
DeRico Tilley, Speed & Agility Coach
Rico was ranked as one of the fastest men in the world in 2001 in the 200m. He was a 2-time All-American, 8-time NJCAA All-American, 12-times All-Conference with 20 weeks as Athlete of the Week in the Sun Belt Conference. His program consists of four phases: 1) basic conditioning, 2) basic sprint techniques, 3) specific conditioning and 4) advanced techniques. Our students who choose to follow his program improve their overall speed, agility, quickness, core strength, balance and their self-confidence.