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ATA Coaches
Brian Dushock
Coach

Ranked top 500 nationally
Ranked number 2 men's open singles in Florida
Played Division 1 tennis at Samford University
Played number 1 college singles and doubles
Played on the ATP futures tour post-college
Holds silver and bronze balls in singles and doubles, USTA National Grass Courts Championships 2011/2012
Brian Dushock

   
Brittany Augustine
Coach

USPTA Certified
Ranked Top 500 WTA singles & Top 200 doubles
Ranked Top 200 WTA doubles
USTA African American spotlight player$10,000 Pro Circuit Challenger championEaster Bowl Champion
Jr. US Open, Aus Open, & Jr. Fed Cup player
Youssef Timour

David Secker
Coach

USPTA Certified
Led teams to 3 DII Women's Nat'l Championships
Led teams to 2 DII Nat'l Championships
2 NCAA DII Women's Nat'l Asst Coach of the Year
NCAA DII Men's Nat'l Asst Coach of the Year
Coached Over 25 All Americans
Gizella Turbok




ATA Directors
 
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson
Founder/Academy Director

Jimmy Johnson brings over 25 years of coaching experience and a significant playing history to Advantage Tennis Academy, as well as a background in managing and directing academies and tennis clubs/facilities.

Jimmy played both junior and Division 1 college tennis and then went on to play the ATP Tour. After playing on the tour, he continued to pursue his education at a highly specialized “Tennis Technical Program” at Tyler College in Texas. This program equipped him with an in-depth understanding of the biomechanics of successful stroke production. His coaching experience ranges from beginners to ATP players, with a specialty in identifying talent. Jimmy attributes his success as a coach to his ability to push players to higher levels than they thought possible, and his emphasis on helping students improve key aspects of their technical game. Combining his deep understanding of the principles of kinesiology and strategy with his own extensive experience, Jimmy consistently produces a high number successful players.


Mahmoud Karim
Mahmoud Karim
Partner/Academy Director

Mahmoud grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where he was a top 3 junior player. He then came to the U.S., where he achieved a top ITF ranking and was awarded Division 1 Scholarships at both Rice University and Loyola Marymount University.

Mahmoud played the ATP tour for two years before an injury led him to dedicate his life to coaching others. He partnered with Jimmy Johnson to build and grow Advantage Tennis Academy in 2005. For over 13 years, Mahmoud has coached top nationally and internationally ranked juniors, including both ATP and WTA touring pros. Mahmoud’s unique ability to understand the mental aspect of tennis helps him connect with players and instill in them the mental toughness tactics that are critical for any aspiring athlete. Mahmoud assists the Advantage players on a day-to-day basis with developing their mental focus, physical conditioning, and game-winning strategy.

Brandon Fallon
Brandon Fallon
Director of Player Development

Brandon Fallon brings 13 years of teaching experience and an impressive playing background to his work at Advantage Tennis Academy. He was ranked among the top 5 Southern California juniors in each age division, top ranked nationally for juniors in the 18’s, and world ranked in singles and doubles for 3 consecutive years.

By 2004 Brandon had achieved an ATP ranking of top 800 in the world, with wins over players as high as top 60 ATP in singles. In college, Brandon was an academic All-American and played both number one singles and doubles for UNLV and Cal Poly-SLO. His coaching experience includes coaching the tennis teams at Cal Poly SLO (2001) and San Diego State University (2004-2007). With his expertise in stroke analysis using video software and his certifications as both a USTA high performance coach (2006) and a USPTA Pro-1 level coach, Brandon helps the best students play even better. Currently, Brandon is the director of player development and the college placement program at Advantage.


 

ATA Fitness
   
Matt Orlando
Fitness Director

Matt Orlando has been training athletes for over 20 years, from professional MMA fighters to now specializing in high level tennis players and pros. His focus is in functional movement training, speed, balance, power, and endurance.

Nicola Strother

   
Nicola Strother
Fitness Instructor

Nicola Strother, personal trainer and fitness instructor, brings her uniquely tennis-focused expertise to her role as fitness instructor at Advantage. Nicola is a Certified Pat Etcheberry trainer, a certification which focuses on speed, agility, quickness, and fitness specifically for tennis players. She also holds a BA from UCLA and is a NESTA certified personal trainer as well as a certified nutrition coach. With these qualifications and her dedication to effective fitness techniques, Nicola is able to provide Advantage students with specialized training for their needsas tennis athletes. She trains students on strength and balance, with a focus on prehabilitation exercises to prevent injuries.

Nicola Strother
   
Diana Karim
Fitness Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Nicola Strother

   
Bridget Ross
Fitness Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Nicola Strother


ATA Education
   
Brad Barber
Academic Director

In 2007, Brad made the decision to pursue his dream of becoming an educator. He finished up his work at a booming mortgage lending service he had co-founded in 1996, and went on to earn his teaching credential in Math and Economics as well as a Masters degree in Educational Best Practices. After completing his education, Brad helped form a new charter school and Early College High School, Nova Academy. He was the head of the Math and Business department at Nova Academy, an Early College High School in Santa Ana.

US News and World Report recently recognized the school with the Bronze award. The school was also recognized as Educator of the Year from the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Nova Academy was recognized for having the largest jump in API scores in the state of California. In 2011 Brad was hired as the Academic Director at Advantage Tennis Academy. With his strong focus on student achievement along with his expertise in digital/blended learning, he has become a great asset to Advantage Tennis Academy. He and his staff understand the unique requirements of student-athletes and the need to prepare for a rigorous college education. Brad resides in Southern California with his wife and four children. He enjoys surfing, traveling and playing tennis with his family.

   
Kristen Maddocks
Kristen Maddocks
Learning Coach

Kristen Maddocks has always loved teaching. Before she started her career as a full-time teacher, Kristen pursued her passion for education through her work as a Summer Migrant Teacher, ESL Aide, Special Education Aide, and After School Club Teacher.

Kristen earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in English in 2008, and went on to earn her ESL endorsement while teaching full-time in Utah’s Granite School District. She served as an elementary school teacher there for three years, as well as a tutor to individual students in various subjects as a home/hospital teacher. Kristen is currently a Learning Coach for Advantage Learning Academy, where she helps student-athletes obtain an excellent education while they pursue their passion for tennis.