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Eric Dobsha

Program Director / Head Coach

Eric Dobsha had a standout junior career in Florida. He was ranked inside the top #5 in singles in every age group, culminating with a #1 ranking in the 18's, following his win in the 18's at the Bobby Curtis State Closed. In doubles, he was ranked #1 in every age group in Florida. 

 

In national level play, Eric was ranked top #10 in singles in every age group, with a high of #7 in his first year of 18's. In doubles, he was ranked #1 in every age group. He won 5 gold balls in doubles over his career, topped off with a win in the prestigious USTA National 16's in Kalamazoo, MI.  Eric went on to play at the University of Florida, where he was ranked top #50 singles and top #20 doubles in NCAA rankings. He is a proud member of the 1994 SEC Championship Team, who just celebrated their 25th anniversary.

 

Eric has been coaching for over 25 years, and has produced scholarship players for University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Carolina, L.S.U., University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Brown, Furman, Montevallo and many other Universities and Colleges. His students have amassed over 5 million in college aid, and he has overseen over 40 students who have gone on to play college tennis. Eric also brings his coaching passion to his TTJL and Women's League teams. He loves working with every level and age group. He finds the relationships he cultivates to be his biggest source of happiness.

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Sukhwa Young

Program Director / Head Coach

Sukhwa Young is a former NCAA Division 1 player, who played at Georgia Tech, reaching as high as the #1 junior in the USA.  He played against many top 20 ATP players such as Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Thomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and John Isner, to name a few.  
 

He has coached many top nationally and internationally ranked athletes and helped them get scholarships to D1,D2,D3 and Ivy League colleges.  Sukhwa Young was the assistant coach for St. Leo University and helped them finish top #4 in the Nation. 
 

He brings his extensive playing experience and passion for tennis to his teaching and helps guide players and parents to reach their goals. 

David Kuhlman

Junior Development Head Coach

David Kuhlman oversees our Junior Development programs, which include 4 year olds in our Red Ball group up to 18 year olds in our Varsity program.  While growing up in North Canton, Ohio, David played numerous sports-- soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, swimming, and cross-country, and enjoys using his knowledge and love of sports to relate to his students.
 

USPTA certified, David brings a wealth of experience to EDT.  He played college tennis at Eastern Michigan University and has coached juniors for over 20 years.  He has learned from the likes of Steve Smith and well-respected USPTA Master Professional Jay Hardman.  
 

David has coached junior team tennis for numerous years, and enjoys helping players improve not only their tennis game, but also their self-confidence as well.

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Christopher Le-Bert

High Performance Head Coach

Born in Miami, Christopher Le-Bert is a former standout of the junior tennis circuit, nationally and internationally, ranked as high as #1 on the Chilean national circuit.  He also earned a Doubles Championship at the Coqui Bowl in Puerto Rico, competed in the prestigious Orange Bowl and played NCAA Division 1 tennis at Louisiana State University. 

 

After his competitive years, he was a head coach and traveling coach for several Peruvian players on the South American junior circuit.  Chris spent over 16 years working with wheelchair tennis athletes, including coaching ITF competitor, and former World #11, Francisca Mardones.

 

Chris lived in Chile for 15 years prior to calling Tampa home, and is fluent in both Spanish and English.  Prior to joining Eric Dobsha Tennis, Chris served as Head Coach/Traveling Coach for the Gildemeister Tennis Academy.
 

Chris brings his extensive knowledge and perspective to EDT, and excels at supporting and encouraging our juniors to reach their individual goals and potential. 

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Mitchell Pritchard

Junior Development Associate Head Coach

A native of Bomaderry, NSW, Australia, Mitchell Pritchard was born into a tennis family.  His parents manage their own tennis academy in Australia, so Mitchell had the good fortune of being immersed in the sport at a very early age.

Prior to playing NCAA Division I tennis for the University of Tulsa, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Mitchell achieved an ITF Junior ranking of 149, while winning three junior titles.  While at Tulsa, he clinched matches by winning the deciding line against #1 USC, #4 Texas and #21 Cal Berkeley.

USPTA certified, Mitchell brings over 10 years of teaching experience to Eric Dobsha Tennis.  He has coached in Australia, at Vince Westbrook Academy in Tulsa, and here locally at the University of Tampa, where he recently received his Masters Degree in cybersecurity.

Coach Mitchell enjoys watching his students grow and improve themselves over time.  He is grateful that tennis keeps him involved in something he has loved since he was very young, and is appreciative of the opportunity tennis provides him to meet many great people. 

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Alejandro Feliciano

High Performance Assistant Coach

Born on the west coast of Puerto Rico, in a small town called Aguadilla, Alejandro Feliciano has been playing tennis since the age of 8.  He has played at all levels, starting with junior leagues and tournaments, and later, college tennis and adult leagues.  

Alejandro graduated from Wiregrass High School here in Wesley chapel, FL and King University in Bristol, TN.  He had the honor of representing Puerto Rico in National Junior Tournaments, was a two time High School State Champion and National Champion, and achieved Second Team All-Conference.​

 

Fluent in both English and Spanish, Alejandro has coached high performance juniors for over 6 years.  His entire family grew up in Puerto Rico, then made the move to Florida to provide more opportunities in tennis for Alejandro and his brother.  When he is not on the tennis court, his number one hobby is fishing, and being in the outdoors. Fishing has played a major role in his life from a very young age, before tennis, and still does to this day.

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Katie Tihanovich

Junior Development Assistant Coach

A native of Philadephia, Katie Tihanovich has been playing tennis for ten years.  Katie and her family moved to Tampa in 2012, and she joined our EDT team in 2020.  Her love of tennis resulted from her twin teenagers' interest in the sport.  They both are participants in our High Performance Program.

 

Katie is a USPTA certified tennis teaching professional and works with all of our juniors enrolled in our Junior Development Program, from Red Ball thru Varsity.  She finds the opportunity to work with kids of all levels very rewarding, and especially enjoys the feeling of accomplishment when a student begins to grasp the skills being taught.  

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Vicenzo Brida

Assistant Coach

Vicenzo Brida was born and raised in Navirai, Brazil.  He lived on the border of Brazil and Paraguay in a state called Mato Grosso do Sul until he moved to Florida at the age of 12.  He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Vicenzo started playing tennis at 4 years old. He began taking things seriously at the age of twelve, when his parents enrolled him at the IMG Academy where he trained and studied through his high school career. 

 

As a junior Vicenzo played various USTA, UTR, and ITF tournaments, and won the wild card tournament at the Eddie Herr in 2017 and 2019.  He finished 2020 with a UTR of 11.5.  

 

Vicenzo started coaching during covid, because of the free time he had with online classes. He started as a hitting partner/assistant coach for IMG.  He was the hitting partner for Shintaro Mochizuki, the Junior Champion of the 2019 US Open.

 

Currently attending USF working toward a degree in civil engineering, Vicenzo enjoys being on the court with us at EDT.  He feels it is a blessing to have the opportunity to help young tennis players achieve their best from the sport he has loved since a very young age. 

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Leslie Herrion

Director of Operations / Assistant Coach

Leslie Herrion oversees the day to day operations for EDT.  Born and raised in a sports-oriented family in the Tidewater area of Virginia, Leslie has loved tennis from a very young age and really immersed herself into the sport 14 years ago.  Her son caught the tennis bug shortly thereafter and has been a participant in our High Performance program for over two years.

 

Having been an NCAA Division I Assistant Athletic Director at The Citadel and a General Manager in the health and fitness industry for years, Leslie brings to us extensive experience in both management and athletics.  She holds a Masters Degree from The University of Virginia in Exercise Physiology/Strength Training and Conditioning, and is a former nationally certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Trainer with a passion for tennis.  While at UVA, as an undergrad she served as the Head Manager for the Men's Basketball Team, and as a graduate student served as a Strength Coach for Women's Tennis, Volleyball, Football and Basketball.  She is a PTR certified tennis teaching professional.

 

Leslie takes great pride in building relationships and assisting our parents and juniors with their tennis goals.  As a coach, her focus is in seeing the whole athlete, with mindset being an important component.  Her joy comes from being able to challenge students to not only see their potential, but to reach it, while keeping the process simplified and fun.