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Leanne Mann, director of operations, has more than 20 years of coaching and teaching experience. She is a certified TOEFL instructor with memberships to both USPTA and USPTR. In high school, she was a 12-time All-State honoree and won two state championships in track and field. At the collegiate level, she excelled in tennis, cross country and track. She was a three-time All-American and finished second in the 1985 NAIA heptathlon, which later earned her induction into Campbell University’s Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating with dual major in communication and literature, she went on to become a 16-time North Carolina state cycling champion. Ranked among the United States’ top eight cyclists from 1988-92, she participated in both the National Cycling Championships and the U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials.

Juan Pablo Selle, a native of Santiago, Chile, is the director of tennis at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga. He is a USPTA P-1 Tennis Professional and a certified USTA High Performance coach with many years of experience as an assistant pro and former collegiate player at Shorter University. Most notably, as a junior he held a No. 2 ranking in doubles and singles in Chile, had a top 100 ITF ranking and earned a Chilean “Cristal” ranking, allowing him to play ATP qualifying tournaments. In college, he won an NAIA National Championship in doubles, was a two-time NAIA All-American and played in the NAIA National Championships from 1999-2002. Selle holds a B.A. from Shorter University and an M.B.A. from Berry College.


David Araiza, assistant director of tennis, was a top player in the Mexican junior rankings, earning a No. 1 ranking in the fourteens and representing his country in ITF tournaments around the world. He went on to play professional tennis, participating in several future and challenger ATP tournaments, and train with the Mexican Davis Cup Team. David came to the U.S. in 2006 on a tennis scholarship from Shorter University, where he earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-American honors as well as other team awards. He graduated with a degree in business administration and management and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Shorter University. David is head tennis professional at Coosa Country Club.


Laura Cunningham, staff coach, is a native of Brazil where she was a top Junior player. She is currently working on her MBA from Berry College, where she played four years of tennis on a full ride. Laura has played an important role in the Junior Academy, where she specializes in working with the 10 and under players.





Colt Kelley, staff coach, was born and raised in Rome, Ga. He is a member of the Shorter University tennis team, where he plays both singles and doubles. He is a sports management major and will graduate in spring of 2012. This is Colt's second season with CITA, and he has proven him to be a great coach among Junior players.







Michael Short, staff coach, was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and is currently a P.E. coach at Rome Middle School. He is also the middle school tennis coach at Berry Elementary School. Michael has done an outstanding job with the 10 and under program, which was implemented in the fall of 2012.

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