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Advantage Tennis, owned and managed by Coach Darren Holt, is the tennis management company for the town of Celebration. Coach Darren is also our head teaching pro and the Celebration High School Boys Tennis Coach. Originally from Sussex, England, and a player from the age of 7, he has taught for over 25 years, all over the east coast of the United States! Former Director of Operations for MG Tennis (overseeing Lake Cane Tennis Center, Ft. Gatlin Tennis Center, and others) he enjoys all aspects of the tennis industry; creating, promoting and teaching programs, giving private lessons, managing other tennis professionals, and he himself continues to play competitively! Coach Darren is skilled and experienced at teaching all levels of students, from the very beginner, to the college prospect and advanced ladies teams and is certified USPTA, CPR and First Aid.
Coach Darren and his family live right here in Celebration, where they all play tennis competitively and as a fun, family pastime!
Coach Innocent Modika was born in Nigeria and was playing ITF tournaments by the time he was 14. He played at Hampton University and his team won the National Championships his senior year. He then moved to Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton where he started to train with the likes of Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, David Weaton, etc. After his pro career, he has since coached College tennis and touring professionals.
Coach Darren and Coach Inno began coaching kids groups together back in 2004, growing programs at Ft. Gatlin from beginners to college athletes! We are so excited and blessed to have this partnership together again!!
Coach GianCarlo comes to Advantage Tennis with a substantial amount of experience in competitive tennis! At 16, he was number 3 in his home country, Dominican Republic, in the 18's division. He also reached the top 500 in the world for ITF, and for four years, he played on the Davis Cup for his country! When Coach GianCarlo moved to the US, he continued to play competitively in professional tournaments for prize money while beginning his career in coaching. Currently, Coach GianCarlo has over 7 years of experince in coaching, working for such prestigious academy's such as P3 Tennis Academy in NJ, ESTA academy, Nike summer camps, and most recently Montverde Academy. Another beneficial asset is Coach's ability to speak three languages; Spanish, English and Portuguese!
Coach GianCarlo is UPSTA and PTR certified and excited to help build the tennis programs here in Celebration!
Coach Josh played high school tennis right here in Osceola County! With his skill and training, he most likely could have played college tennis, but his heart was elsewhere... serving our country in the military! So instead of 4 yrs playing college tennis, he served 4 years in the US NAVY, as an Aviation Ordnanceman attached to an F18 Squadron! He was deployed 3 times on the USS George Washington, and left honorably as a Petty Officer Third Class. We thank him for his service to our country and honored to have him working along side us! And of course his experience in the Navy translate perfectly on the tennis court as it takes skill, discipline, patience, focus, and mental toughness to win a match.
Coach Josh is also the P.E. Instructor at Creation Kids Village and is USPTA Certified.
Coach Rachel picked up tennis later in life, and instantly fell in love with the sport. As an All-State athlete in high school, her competitive spirit and drive for athletic achievement translated easily to the game of tennis! In her 13 years on the court, she has captained several ladies teams, has won State Championships and competed twice at the USTA National Championships in both doubles and singles. In 2019, she went undefeated in the state, with a 20-0 record in singles for her level. She loves competition, and understands the pressure of a high stakes match!
Coach Rachel is the head coach of Celebration High School's girls tennis team, and fitness coach for Advantage Tennis. Now, she is beginning the process of teaching tennis as well, sharing her passion with beginners!
Coach Alisa began receiving lessons from the age of 7, competing in tournaments all through her youth and high school years. She might have pursued tennis through college if her passion for baking didn't steer her into a different direction..
Though Coach Alisa spent the past 20+ years as a pastry chef, the pandemic was the catalyst her for career change!
The unprecedented layoffs at WDW has allowed her to pursue to a greater capacity her love for tennis and being able to pass on her experience and love of the game to others.
Along with part time coaching kid’s groups over the years she has played in numerous adult leagues, both singles and doubles, ranking #1 in the county for her level, as well as first place finishes with a variety of other teams. Most recently one of her USTA teams became Sectional Champions for the state of Florida.
Alisa is a fireball of energy and her competitive spirit, mind for strategy, and vast knowledge of the sport enables her to share and teach this wonderful game, a game that anyone can play, for rest of their life.
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