CVAC is very fortunate to have a group of highly skilled tennis professionals on staff. They get the same kick out of teaching a first-timer how to grip a racquet as they do watching a long-time student win the big match! Stop in and meet tennis professionals.
Greg Aten, USPTA Certified Professional, Tennis Director
Greg was inducted into the USPTA Midwest Divisions Hall of Fame in 2012. At the University of Akron, he captained the team his senior year recieving All Conference All American honors. Greg has over twenty years of teaching experience receiving several awards; USPTA Ohio Pro of the year in 91 & 93, USPTA Midwest Pro of the year 95 & 97. He served as President of the Midwest USPTA & President of the Northeast Ohio Tennis Association. The USTA recognized Greg in 98 awarding him the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award. He has served on the executive board of the NEOTA. Greg has coached Girls Varsity at Kenston H.S. since 2001 and is a member of the Wilson Premiere Advisory Staff.
W. Lovelle Crenshaw, USPTA Certified Professional
Head Tennis Professional, Lovelle is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He played varsity tennis at I.U.P.U.I in Indianapolis from 1981 through 1984. Prior to joining CVAC Lovelle was Head Pro at Sycamore Hills Country Club and coached tennis at Wildwood Racquet Club. From 1995 to 1999 he was the Northern Indiana Junior Davis Cup Coach. Lovelle is a head verifier for Northeast Ohio USA Adult Tennis League and past Vice President of USPTA for Northern Ohio. Currently Lovelle is the Head Professional at the Signature of Solon during the summer months. Lovelle has served on the Midwest USTA ratings appeals committee and is sponsored by Head Racquet Sports.
Walter Oden, USPTA Certified Professional
Walt brings many years of experience to CVAC. His resume includes 7 years Boys Varsity Coach Hudson HS with 75 wins and 7 conference titles, Administrator and Head Coach USTA's High Performance Coaching program and he is a P-1 USPTA Pro. In 2000 and 2003 Walt received the USPTA Ohio Professional of the Year award. He has served as Vice President on the NEOTA executive board starting in 1997. He also is the Head varsity coach at Laurel where he has been at the helm since 2007. Walt spends a great deal of time giving back to the game through speaking, coaching & volunteering. He is sponsored by Head Racquet Sports.Walter Oden, USPTA Certified Professional
Bob Rowe, USPTA Certified Professional
Bob has been playing tennis since the age of six. He is a graduate of West Geauga HS where he played first singles four years and was named to The Plain Dealer first team his senior year. He has a degree in Art from the University of Akron. With over twenty years of experience on the courts - he is suited to teach and coach both juniors and adults. Bob joined CVAC in 1999 and recieved his USPTA certification. He has been the CVAC stringer since 2001. He has the knowledge to customize your racquet just the way you like it. Bob coached the Kenston Bomber Varsity Boys team from 2001 to 2006. He has coached several USTA junior team teams to the Midwest sectional championships. Bob is sponsored by Babolat.
Dale Israelson, USPTA Certified Professional
Junior Activities Coordinator, Dale is from Kalamazoo, Michigan where he was Head Tennis Professional at the Kalamazoo YMCA for 11 years and coached high school tennis for 5 years. Dale graduated from of Galesburg-Augusta High School where he played varsity tennis 4 years. He continued playing at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Dale has a USPTA Distinguished Service Award and WMTA Organization of the Year Award. He has served as USTA Head Scout for Junior Area Training centers in Michigan and NTRP Verifier in Michigan and Ohio. Dale is Head Professional at the Chagrin Valley Country Club and the varsity boys coach at Kenston H.S. He is a Prince Elite Team member.
Torrey McNeal, USPTA Certified Professional
Torrey grew up as a junior player at CVAC. He went on to play Varsity tennis at the University of Toledo. After college Torrey coached at the Division I level for Toledo as well as the women at Hiram College. Before returning to the Cleveland area, Torrey taught at the Racquet Club of Boca Raton for 8 years directing their adult programs. We are happy to have Torrey and his tennis experience on our teaching staff here at CVAC.
Robert Golsmith, USPTA Elite, PTR Certified Professional
As a junior player from Greenville Pa, Robert attended Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and the Billie Jean Tennis Camp. He played #1 singles and #1 doubles for division lll Thiel College. In the 1995 Men’s Open division of the USTA Middle States section Robert was ranked in the top 20. Thirty years of experience includes Director of Tennis at the famed Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh and Director of Tennis at the Oakwood Club in Cleveland Heights. In 2013 Robert was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Leadership Award by Boardroom Magazine. 2015 Robert joined the teaching staff at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club and is Director of Tennis at the Chagrin Valley Country Club.