Jay Morgan – Executive Director

jay 2Jay, son of the club’s founder Steve Morgan, became the club manager in 1981 and has been the South Barrington Park District Executive Director since 2007. His playing career includes four years at Barrington High School (1968-1972) and four years at Bradley University. Jay has been a USPTA member for over 30 years.

Paul Burrus – Deputy Director

Paul is USPTA certified and has been teaching tennis since 1974. He has held the Head Pro position at Barrington Hills Country Club, Glen Ellyn Racquet Club and was Director of Tennis at The South Barrington Club from 1980 to 2008. He has been the Club Manager since 2008. Paul played four years of collegiate tennis at Illinois State University. Paul works with all skill levels, travel teams and leagues.

Kurt Kopp – Racquet Sports Director / Club Manager

Kurt is excited to be back at South Barrington to see familiar faces and meet lots of new people. Kurt has been involved in the tennis industry for over 20 years and
currently holds a USPTR certification in 10u, High
Performance and Senior Development tennis. For the past 5 years Kurt has been the Director of Tennis at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Dayton, Ohio. During his time at Five Seasons, Kurt established The Five Star Tennis Academy as a pathway for junior tennis players to develop to their fullest potential. Kurt also developed The Kids Club Program. This is designed for kids aged 5 – 12 to learn the basics of tennis in a six week period. Since 2015 he has had over 350 kids participate in the Kids Club. Kurt also works extensively with the GMVTA and USTA tennis teams for the club.Kurt was also the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Dayton men’s and women’s tennis teams. He was instrumental in helping Jordan Benjamin (a U of D player) become the A10 player of the year, a national ranking of #77 in the country and making it to the NCAA singles tournament. Jordan qualifying for the NCAAtournament in 2018 was the first time a University of Dayton player had qualified. Before his position at Five Seasons, Kurt served as volunteer assistant coach for the University of Illinois women’s tennis team.
In his spare time, Kurt still plays competitive tennis. In 2018, he and his partner, Matt Brothers, won the Men’s 40 Indoor National Doubles title and finished the year ranked #2 in the country for the Men’s 40’s Doubles.  Kurt has two sons, Brayden and Ian Kopp. Brayden is 18 years old and will be attending Wittenberg University in the fall where he will play tennis and study sports management. Ian is 16 and will be a junior in high school. Ian currently plays baseball for Bellbrook High School and has successfully started his own business in Digital Marketing.
Kurt’s philosophy of teaching tennis is a technical approach combined with a positive attitude, FUN, and teaching how to resolve problems on court whether you play tennis
competitively or just for fun. He also likes to include a good workout during a lesson.

Adam Morgan – Director of Platform Tennis

Adam attended Barrington High School, where he played on the varsity tennis team all four years. He played #1 singles from 1998-2000, and #1 doubles from 2000-2002. He placed 4th in the Illinois State Doubles Tournament in 2001 and 5th in 2002.
Adam attended Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minnesota. He competed on the tennis team for four years and received All-American honors three times. He compiled a singles record of 88-37, and doubles record of 104-33 during his college career. In his senior year of
competition, he was ranked 16th in singles, 5th in doubles, and 3rd as a team in the Division III National Rankings.
In 2008, he began traveling around the country competing on the ITF Futures Tour. He compiled a 13-6 record in 2008, 13-10 in 2009, and 1-2 in 2010. Adam has wins over nine world ranked tennis players with his best win over a player ranked 810. In the USA Professional rankings, he was ranked 207 in 2008, and 184 in 2009.
Adam won the USA KIA Amateur Regional Qualifying Tournament five years in a row from 2007-2011. He won the USA National Qualifying Tournament in 2007 & 2011 and represented the United States in the World Championships in Australia, he was a finalist in 2008 & 2010. In 2007, he finished 4th in singles, 5th in mixed doubles and 2nd as a team and 5th in singles in 2011.
After competing on the professional tennis circuit, Adam began teaching tennis and platform tennis as an Assistant Racquets Professional at the Lake Forest Club from April 2010-March 2015. He was the Director of Racquet Sports from April 2015 -March 2019.
In Platform Tennis competition, Adam has competed in National Tournaments for the last nine years. He has won the Detroit Invitational (2013), Illinois States (2015) and Milwaukee Open (2016 & 2018). He was a finalist at Hinsdale Challenge in (2014) and Indianapolis Open (2015). He was ranked #14 in the nation in 2019 and has finished in the top 20 the last five years. He also competes with his wife Alison in the National Husband/Wife Platform Tennis Tournaments. They won the title in 2016 & 2017 and were finalists in 2014 & 2019.

Tanya Haber

Tanya has been working in the tennis industry for over 20 years as a tennis professional and league coordinator. She has coached college at the NCAA Division 1 and 3 levels. Tanya played college tennis at DePaul University. She is a former elementary school teacher who has a masters in education.
Tanya has taught adult and juniors at all levels.  She has 2 children who both play in USTA tournaments.

Randy Panagopoulos

Randy has over 20 years of experience and has played at the collegiate and professional levels. He has worked with several state champions and finalists at the high school level. Randy is USPTA certified and he attained a world ranking in doubles in 1993.

William Karydakis

William, a nativwille of Athens, Greece, has been teaching tennis in north shore clubs and park districts since 1999. He was a state qualifier twice at Streamwood High School and also played one of collegiate tennis at UIC.  He graduated from UIC with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. William is USPTR certified and works with all skill levels and travel teams

 

Bill Schmidt

Bill has been teaching tennis since 1996. He was a two-time state qualifier for Streamwood High School and he played two years of collegiate tennis at UIC, where he earned degrees in Kinesiology and Business Management. He has coached boys and girls high school tennis at the varsity and junior varsity levels, including two sectional championship teams.

 

 Yohan Jacob

yohanYohan is USPTR certified and has over 25 years of teaching and playing experience. As one of our part time tennis pros, Yohan teaches both adults and children of all skills and abilities in the evening and on weekends.

 

Stephan Brown

Steve grew up a player in the SBC program as a junior competing in many tournaments and a competing on the Lake Zurich Varsity Tennis team. He has held a high ranking of 34 in the Men’s Open- Chicago Singles division. Steve has also recently become a very active Platform Tennis participant in the winters.

 

 

*Outside tennis pros not on the SBPD staff are not allowed to work with clients at the South Barrington Park District.