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Brandon Hornback

Brandon Hornback

Tennis Professional

With a decade of coaching and 22 years of playing experience, Brandon is a respected teaching professional in the Eastern Iowa Corridor. With humble beginnings in Marion, IA, Brandon played for the Indians where he finished as a runner up in the 1a Iowa state doubles tournament. He then continued his career at Wartburg College where he was a 4 year varsity player playing in the number 1 spot. Post collegiately, Brandon worked for Westfield Tennis Club as its Head Tennis Professional until the building was destroyed by a derecho in 2020. He then spent a year at Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation before moving back to Cedar Rapids as the Head Tennis Professional at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

Mike Evans

Pickleball Instructor

Mike has been playing Pickleball since 2019, He was a lifelong tennis player who attend Truman State University on a tennis scholarship; played number one singles and qualified for the NCAA National Tennis Tournament as a junior and again as a senior reaching the quarter finals his junior year.

Kris Diehl

PPR Professional Pickleball Instructor

Kris resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband, teenage daughter and 3 dogs. She loves to camp in National Parks, walk dogs, swim, read, write, boat and visit and spend time with extended family and friends.

Eliott Kuchera

USPTA Assistant Professional Tennis & Pickleball Professional

Born and raised in Waterloo, IA, Eliott Kuchera first became a lover of tennis at 4 years old while watching his older brother and sister take lessons at Byrnes Park. After playing for Waterloo Columbus, he joined the Wartburg Knights tennis team in 2015 where his appreciation for the sport and the people it attracted grew even further.

Paolo Santonocito

IFP & PPR Certified Head Pickleball Professional

Paolo has been playing pickleball since 2014. Having played baseball and tennis, pickleball was an easy sell. Over the past decade, he has been active in growing and strengthening the pickleball community in and around his hometown in Connecticut.

Jeremy Ellerby

USPTA Head Professional

In his role as Head Professional, Jeremy will oversee the direction of all tennis and pickleball private and group lessons. Jeremy aims to grow the programs and provide an energetic and inclusive environment for players of all skill levels.