Professional Tennis Staff

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    John Ballard
    Director of Tennis

    John was appointed Director of Tennis at BCCC in late 2016 and comes to us from Franco's Athletic Club, where he was Head Tennis Professional for 7 years. John played his college tennis at Belhaven University, playing #1 singles and #1 doubles from 2002 to 2005. Upon graduation he took a teaching position at Cascades Racquet Club in Clinton, MS. Two years later he moved to Germantown, Tennessee where he was an Assistant Pro at Windyke Country Club. In 2008, he was awarded the USPTA Southern Division Rookie of the Year award with special focus on junior tennis instruction. He moved to Mandeville in 2009 to accept the position of Head Pro at Franco's, where he coached multiple men's and ladies' teams to State and Sectional championships, as well as being instrumental in developing several junior players and programs. John is excited to feature lots of new clinics and events. If you are interested in starting to play, or haven't played in a while but are considering getting back to the courts, John Ballard is the man to see!

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    Meyer Schwartzberg
    Tennis Professional

    Meyer is a Louisiana native who played college tennis at Spring Hill College where he was team captain and played #1 singles and #1 doubles. Following graduation, he took an assistant professional position at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery Alabama. One year later, he returned to his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana to work at the Lake Charles Racquet Club, eventually stepping into the role of Director of Junior Tennis. Within that role, he has coached multiple Louisiana qualifying champions in addition to many top-ranked players in the section as well as the nation. Meyer finds it important to have the ability to teach all age ranges, skill levels, and goals in tennis. He enjoys teaching all facets of the game, so whether you are looking to play on a competitive tennis circuit or just become a casual recreational player, Meyer would love to help you reach your goals!
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    Debbie Sachs
    Tennis Professional

    Debbie has 14 years of teaching experience on the Northshore at Tchefuncta Country Club, Pelican Athletic Club, and presently at Beau Chêne Country Club. Debbie held two consecutive #1 Southern rankings in Women's Doubles with her partner Bobby Miles in '94 and '95. Early in her career, Debbie played tennis for both Dominican High School and Nichols State University. Debbie also held several Top 10 Louisiana State rankings in Singles and Doubles as both a Junior and Adult and achieved her highest USTA ranking of 5.0.

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    Peter Taggard
    Tennis Professional

    As a resident of St. Tammany Parish since 1978, Pete is a very enthusiastic, motivated tennis instructor who enjoys teaching juniors and beginners. Pete believes that learning the fundamentals and ground stroke production is essential to the development of the student's proficiency in and enjoyment of tennis. He is USTPA (1999) and USTPR (1998) certified and has been coaching tennis for 8 years.

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    Rob Hebert
    Tennis Professional