Jim Kohr is from York, PA. He is excited to join West Winds to create programs and clinics that will benefit players of all ages and abilities. Jim has been coaching tennis for 31 years and is ready to deliver world class service and knowledge to the membership. After high school, Jim earned a full Division I scholarship to the University of North Texas. While spending valuable time on the satellite tour, Jim started his coaching career with his alma mater and led the men’s team to their first Southland Conference championship. Jim worked with International Hall of Famer, Dennis Ralston at Southern Methodist University before becoming the head coach. During this time, he had worked with a WTA player who was ranked 50th in the world, coaching her at six professional tournaments including the US Open. Jim was inducted into York Sports Hall of Fame for his playing and coaching career. In 2015, Jim was voted men’s Centennial Coach of the Year while at Dickinson College. Jim coached several juniors who went on to achieve their personal playing goals. Jim used his energy to run several programs at Country Clubs before purchasing and successfully managing his hometown tennis /fitness business where he learned to play.
Jim still enjoys competing and has won six national doubles titles which earned him the #1 ranking in the nation four years in a row as well as numerous top five singles rankings. Jim’s USTA 5.0 teams have made nationals 4 out of 6 years. These credentials provide the tools required to instill knowledge and stroke production in students. Jim is eager and honored to work with students who seek his expertise.
Steve grew up playing tennis near Philadelphia, where he was a ranked junior player in the Middle States section of the USTA. He moved to Frederick, MD, in 1998, serving in the Army JAG Corps at Fort Detrick, initially on active duty, and then (and currently) as a civilian.
He has been teaching tennis part-time at West Winds since 1999, running a Saturday morning drop-in Drill for intermediate/advanced adult players, and offering private lessons. He is also available as a “sparring” partner for adults and juniors. Steve competes at a 4.5 level, and is enthusiastic about playing and working with all who are interested.
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Blaine grew up playing tennis in the Richmond, VA area and traveling the Mid-Atlantic region competing in USTA tournaments as a junior. He went on to play NCAA Division II Tennis for Virginia State University and work as an Assistant Coach for the Fayetteville State Bronco’s women’s team prior to being hired by the USTA Mid-Atlantic to help oversee elementary school tennis programs in the Howard County and Anne Arundel area. Blaine has worked at a number of racquet clubs in both the Virginia and North Carolina area over the years and and is excited to bring his wide range of tennis experience to West Winds Tennis and Fitness.
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Jorge is originally from Colombia, where he achieved 7th position in the under 18s ranking, and played ITF junior tournaments all over South America. After his career as a junior, Jorge was recruited to play Division 1 college tennis at Tennessee State University where he played for 2 years before transferring to Coppin State University (CSU) in Baltimore. During his 2 years at CSU, Jorge played at the number 1 singles spot, was named captain of the team, earned the MVP award both years, and earned the All-MEAC conference team award.
Jorge is a very passionate coach who focuses on hard work, positive attitude, and respect for the sport. Jorge is a coach who is assured to lead players to their full potential.
Jake has been a USPTA member since 1990. He is a USPTA Elite Professional, and a USTA Mid-Atlantic member. He also serves as USTA Chair Umpire and USTA Linesman.
Ghera graduated from Clemson University in 2010. He is the former Captain of the Clemson Men’s tennis team with collegiate wins over #5 nationally ranked players in singles and #6 ranked doubles team. Ghera is a former #1 in the Mid-Atlantic section, and was a member of the Junior Davis cup team. After college, Ghera played on the ATP tour recording wins over players, who had participated in grand slams with rankings in the top 40th in the world.
Ghera's passion to help and mentor other people regardless of age or experience. The importance today of physical, mental and emotional development is greater than ever. His goal is develop well rounded individuals as well as athletes that achieve high performance in their field. Ghera has expertise in a multitude of techniques: movement and technical biomechanics, match play, mental toughness and sports psychology, among many other facets of the sport. Ghera is also a Certified Movement Coach from m|WOD Institute founded by Dr. Kelly Starrett.