We’ve got a thriving staff of seasoned tennis pros here at Elysium Tennis. These are people with a variety of professional coaching backgrounds that are always glad to offer guidance and training to new tennis players of all skill levels. In the interest of introducing you to some of these talented tennis instructors, we’ll feature them regularly here on our blog.
This month we’re proud to spotlight one of Elysium’s Co-Founders, a Seasoned Tennis Player, and our new Director of Platform Tennis;
Brian grew up in Worthington, Ohio where his parents taught him to play tennis at the age of five. He went on to play tennis, soccer, and basketball for St Francis Desails High School and kept up with tennis during his years at the University of Dayton. Brian is now a Level 1 Certified Teaching Pro for Platform Tennis by the APTA and a USPTA certified Elite instructor with a National Ranking as high as 5.
Brian and co-founder Kevin Hornik introduced Elysium Tennis to the Dublin and Greater Columbus community nearly 10 years ago when the previous owner sold the land and building, along with a pre-existing membership base. The tennis duo sought out their own investors and laid down their own sweat and hard labor to build one of the most thriving tennis clubs in central Ohio.
Offering the only public Platform Tennis facility along with 5 of the 6 certified teaching pros in Columbus, Elysium Tennis continues to grow exponentially in membership and offerings in its 56,000 square foot complex that houses over 30 employees and boasting hundreds of active members. The efforts of Brian’s Elysium platform tennis team have grown paddle play across Columbus since they opened their courts.
“We’ve sacrificed a lot over the years just to get our name out there and raise awareness for platform tennis here in Columbus,” Brian told us. “From donating valuable court time to charity functions like the Make a Wish Foundation to partnering with local high schools to offer their teams competitive coaching and instruction. We just want people to enjoy the game.”
The primary paddle instructor at Elysium Tennis was Jake Wilson for many years. Jake has recently returned to St Louis to be closer to his family leaving Brian to directly oversee the paddle tennis program and to offer private lessons and coaching once again. Regarding his coaching advice, Brian is a stickler for well-practiced form and proper execution. “At the end of the day,” he says, “Indecision is worse than a bad decision. Don’t think. Just execute.”
If you’d like to schedule a free paddle tennis intro lesson with Brian, sign up online or visit the front desk. We’re very proud of Brian and grateful for all the he and Kevin have accomplished in building up Elysium Tennis. See you on the court!
For more information on working with Brian here at the club, contact the front desk and book a time to meet with him.