High Performance Director
Brian is the Director of the High Performance Program at TCSP. As a former eight year owner and director of an academy in Southern California, Brian coached over 30 players who were ranked top 100 in the nation.
Brian has trained and placed over 40 players to prestigious Universities like UCLA, University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Amherst College, Air Force Academy, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Claremont McKenna College and many more.
Brian traveled the world playing ITF Juniors and professional tennis for two years. He then received a full scholarship to Brigham Young University Hawaii and helped lead the team to win its first NCAA Division II title in the 2002 season. Brian achieved a national ranking of 7th in singles and 2nd in doubles. After playing college tennis, Brian’s passion led him to study the mental aspect of game which he considers most important.
Brian received a Masters’ Degree in Applied Sports Psychology from California State University Fullerton. During his graduate study, he was mentored by Dr. Ken Ravizza a guru of sports psychology. For his Masters’ project, Brian created a mental skills training program for elite tennis players and has been applying the program to all his students. The results have been outstanding.
High Performance Coach
Lawrence was ranked #1 in southern California in boy’s 16’s and 18’s divisions. He was ranked #1 in the United States in boy’s 16’s division and 7th in boy’s 18’s division. He was the Easter Bowl’s 2007 boy’s 16’s champion and placed 4th at Kalamazoo in 2007. He competed in the Junior US Open as well as the Junior Davis Cup in 2007 where he received 6th place. He went on to play for the University of Oklahoma and helped them to the NCAA finals as the #1 seed in the nation. He stayed to help his team as the graduate assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma and is now here at TCSP helping his former coach, Brian Park.
High Performance Coach
Merritt Johnson joins the High Performance Program at TCSP bringing a wealth of coaching and playing experience over a 20-year career. Merritt has worked as a tennis coach at several clubs on the east coast but none more significant than the 5 years as a high performance coach at College Park Tennis Club and the JTCC Academy. Working with players ranked nationally and internationally, Merritt gained tremendous insight to training at the highest levels on and off the court. As a traveling coach for JTCC, Merritt also helped players deal with the rigors of playing away from home and balancing their studies. Merritt also worked at the college level spending one year as the assistant volunteer women's tennis coach at the University of Arizona and one year as an assistant volunteer coach for both teams at George Washington University. Merritt was twice named a Coach of the Year by the Washington Post during his time as the girls' head tennis coach of St. John's College High School in Washington D.C. The girls' teams won 8 of the 9 championship title matches under his guidance and finished with a record of 112-1.
As a player, Merritt played Division II tennis at Norfolk State University helping his team win the CIAA conference title his senior year. He played 2 years on the USTA Professional Satellite tour and continues to play competitively as an adult. Certified with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) as a Professional juniors coach, TCSP is grateful to have Merritt's experience coaching our juniors and adults.
High Performance Fitness Instructor
As a lifelong sports participant, a career in athletic training has given Tom the opportunity to stay involved with sports by helping athletes recover from injuries and optimizing performance. His career started as a trainer for the St. Joseph’s University men's basketball team. He spent three years training and learning about Division I sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Following his time at St. Joseph’s, he returned to his home state of Indiana to work with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA. He got to work with great coaches like Larry Bird, Rick Carlisle and Isiah Thomas, as well as helping legendary athletes like Reggie Miller, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin, Jalen Rose and many more.
His goal for the tennis community is to provide a safe, energetic and effective program to aid the athletes with injury prevention, recovery and performance.