About - RVA

We believe sports change lives

Teach, Grow and Achieve with TGA Premier Tennis

Tennis promotes fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Tennis is educational

Many lessons use math and science including scoring, distance and shot making

Tennis builds life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

Tennis is a life-long sport

Play with family, friends, colleagues and clients

Swing, volley, and serve!

Discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA

NOW SCHEDULING Winter-Spring 2018 TGA Afterschool Enrichment Classes and Camps!

Chapter Manager: Shannon Scarvey 804-387-5927 PlayTGA-RVA@mas.usta.com



Meet the Team

Shannon Scarvey
Chapter Manager

Shannon grew up in a tennis family and played tennis throughout high school.  When her children showed interest in tennis, she picked up her racquet again and hasn’t put it down since.  Shannon loves helping others enjoy the game she is so passionate about.  She captained several  USTA Jr. Team Tennis teams and as the Richmond area JTT league coordinator, grew the league over 540% in its first year.  She spearheaded the inaugural Chesterfield Junior Cup in 2015, a tennis play day event for Chesterfield County elementary school students, which is entering its fourth year.  She’s held several roles with USTA Mid-Atlantic, including overseeing school tennis in Virginia.

John Clark
Head Coach

John picked up the game of tennis at the age of 13.  As a high school sophomore, he didn’t make the tennis team, but continued to practice with them just because he loved being part of the game. The team eventually approached the coach and requested John be made an official team member. That year, John earned most improved player for the season.  He went on to play for Longwood University, where he competed in the top three singles positions and the number one doubles position, while earning his undergraduate degree.  To pad his tennis resume, he taught tennis for Nike, University of Richmond, and William and Mary College.  John loves working with children and has coached tennis for two high school teams and developed tennis programs at two middle schools.  He continues to actively participate in recreational tennis as his activity of choice.  John holds a master’s degree in Education Administration and teaches Health & PE at Midlothian Middle School.

Rob Johnston
Head Coach

Rob is a PTR certified teaching professional and has been teaching tennis for 25 years to students of all ages in Richmond and Pittsburgh. Rob loves seeing his students progress and enjoys providing as many play opportunities for them as possible. In addition to teaching, Rob has coached college and high school tennis. Rob holds degrees in Business Administration and Secondary Education from Robert Morris University.

Gabriel Kotto
Head Coach

With the U.S. Foreign Service Diplomatic Corps, Gabriel has traveled the world for 20 years supporting their mission overseas.  He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Belgium University.  During his free time, Gabriel enjoys coaching and teaching tennis.  He holds a Master Tennis Performance degree from the Professional Tennis Registry as well as a Conditioning Coaching Certificate.  He learned Nick Bolletieri’s method of coaching and assisted him at IMG Academy when he was coaching Sloane Stephens in 2008.  The father of two daughters who play tennis, Gabriel has coached the American International Schools’ varsity tennis team in Kenya as well as the U.S. Embassy’s tennis team in Paris, France.  In addition to his interest in tennis, Gabriel holds a black belt in judo and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Rickey Gibson
Head Coach

Rickey taught tennis in the Portsmouth school system for 2 years before becoming the teaching pro at at Kempsville Recreation Center and eventually joining the staff at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Racquet Club. He has passed all qualifications for a USPTA Professional Recreation Coach.

Rickey was raised in Clarksville, TN and later attended college at UT, Austin where he pursued a business degree.  He has also owned a painting and remodeling business for the past 15-20 years.  Rickey has considerable experience working with juniors and enjoys sharing his love of the game with others.

Lee Byerly
Head Coach

Lee grew up in Richmond, Virginia and played tennis through his juniors and high school. He graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with a concentration in Elementary Education from Mary Baldwin College. He also holds a Virginia State teaching license in grades PreKindergarten-6th grade. He currently serves the public schools in a substitute teaching capacity and teaches tennis independently as a certified professional with the USPTA. Lee has worked at several area clubs as a head tennis professional as well as assistant professional before making the transition to the classroom. Lee continues to teach the game he loves by inspiring students of all ages, but particularly fostering a sense of self-worth into his younger students. He is excited about introducing the game of tennis to as many area students as possible!

Danielle Blevins
Head Coach

Danielle grew up playing junior tennis in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Sports and Entertainment Management and after graduation became an event planner. She has planned hundreds of events over the past decade including weddings, sporting events & tournaments, corporate functions, concerts, political events, and more. She is PTR certified and previously served as the Director of Racquet Sports at Westwood Club.  Danielle adores working with juniors of all ages and is so excited to introduce a game that has shaped so much of her life in positive ways!

Tom Webb
Head Coach

Tom grew up in Lynchburg, VA and played competitive tennis through his high school and college years.  He was graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering and the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A.  Over the years he has held several grass-roots positions with the USTA, including President of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the Middle States Tennis Association.  He is currently a USPTA-certified professional, working on the teaching staff at ACAC Fitness & Wellness in Midlothian.  Tom specializes in the 10 and under age group, recognizing that these players of tomorrow need a sound basis in the game’s fundamentals to spark their continuing interest and excitement in the game of tennis.

Shannon Eckenrode
Head Coach

Shannon has had a racquet in her hand since she was 4 years old.  A nationally ranked junior, she went on to the collegiate level at Peace College and Virginia Tech.  She has been a tennis teaching professional for over 20 years, and loves to give back to the game.  Shannon also is the event coordinator for The Clay Court Championships held at Salisbury Country Club.  This is a huge event with collegiate and pro level players.  She loves to be involved with teaching and events.  Both of her children and husband play the game.  Tennis is the sport of a lifetime and will always be a part of Shannon’s life.

Gabby Oblena
Assistant Coach

Gabby is a 2017 graduate of VCU with a Bachelor of Science, and is working towards becoming a Clinical Rehab and Mental Health Counselor. She is originally from Chesapeake, VA, and is a first generation Filipino-American. Gabby has been an avid player of tennis since she was 12 years old, and continued into high school competitively with the girls’ varsity tennis team. In addition to TGA, Gabby is a Program Counselor at the Mary and Frances Youth Center with their Lobs & Lessons program. She appreciates the sport of tennis as a life-long sport, and hopes to instill the same thinking with youth in a fun way!

Derrick Ford
Assistant Coach

Derrick is a PTR certified instructor and has previous experience working with other youth tennis  organizations throughout the city. After first picking up a racket in his freshman year of high school he quickly became captain and number one player for his team. Derrick enjoys teaching tennis to juniors as he appreciates the opportunities and fun the sport provides.

Assistant Coach
Lea Kotto

Lea is currently a college student at the Northern Virginia Community College. She started playing tennis when she was just 4 years old and now plays in WTA ITF professional level tournaments. Lea enjoys being around children and sharing her love for the great game of tennis.

Company History


TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovate 5 level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.


TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.


Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchisees which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.


The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.


TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.


Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.


TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.


TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all American youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.