Weil Coaches

Mohamed Badran, Head Coach & College Placement Assistant 

160628 Mohamed Badran

Head Coach Mo Badran is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he was ranked Top 5 in the country as a junior player and won a Gold Medal for Egypt in the Arab Games.

In 1995, he received a scholarship to train at an academy in the US, where he trained with other internationally top ranked players.

He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business & Logistics from the Arab Academy for Science & Technology in Cairo, where he began his coaching career, while in college.

In 1999, he began coaching some of Egypt's top juniors at the Heliopolis Club in Cairo, including Ahmed Ismail, whom he sent to Weil Academy in 2005.

Coach Mo joined Weil's coaching staff in 2006 and immediately began working with the Academy's top national and international junior players, including his student, Ahmed Ismail, who reached Top 5 in Boys 18s in So Cal, represented Southern California on the National Champion Jr. Davis Cup Team, and was recruited by legendary coach, Billy Martin for the UCLA Men's Tennis Team. Coach Mo also coached:  Patrik Fabian (Slovakia, Top 40 ITF); Monica Turewicz (USA, Top 50 ITF/Duke University); Lucas Da Silveira (USA/Brazil, Top 10 So Cal Boys 18s/Brown University); Sasha Solonin (Top 10 So Cal Boys 18s/Pepperdine University); Max Cressy (USA/France, Top 10 So Cal Boys 18s/UCLA); Armando Soemarno (Indonesia, Top 50 ITF Doubles/University of Oregon).

Coach Mo was promoted to Weil Head Coach in 2010 and in 2014, he joined Mark Weil's College Placement Team. 

Coach Mo can be reached at mohamed@weiltennis.com.

Ogi Katsarov, Head Coach

160628 Ogi KatsarovHead Coach Ogi Katsarov is originally from Bulgaria. He worked for the Bulgarian Fed Cup Tea, as an assistant coach from 1999-2003 and as a head coach in 1995, 1996 and 2004. Coach Ogi has worked with the likes of Magdalena Maleeva, three Top 150-250 WTA players, ten Bulgarian National Chamlions and a Semi-Finalist in the Orange Bowl.

He graduated from The Higher Institute of Physical Education, specializing in Tennis & Pedagogic Profile. As a tennis player, he participated in the National Team of Bulgaria, ranked fifth place in the Men's National Team and placed first in Tier 1 Doubles in national tournaments.

His coaching career began in 1980 in his home city of Plovdiv, where he also lectured from 1983-1989. He coached for the Locomotiv-Stad Tennis Club and in 1991, he became a coach for Bulgaria's National Women's Team.

He is married to Veselina Katsarova. Their son, Bozhidar Katsarov, was Top 20 ETA and went on to play for UC Berkeley.

Coach Ogi can be reached at ognyan55ka@hotmail.com.

Charly Irie, Head Coach

160628 Charles IrieHead Coach Charly Irie joined the Weil Tennis Academy coaching staff in 2008 after graduating from Fresno State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications & Journalism (Public Relations). He competed for the Fresno State Bulldogs Men's Tennis Team from 2004-2008 on a tennis scholarship, where he played in the top four of the lineup.

He is originally from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where he began playing tennis at the age of ten. He achieved a junior career high ranking of #67 ITF and #1 Junior in Ivory Coast. He is also proud to have represented his country as a member of the Ivory Coast Men's Davis Cup team since 2003.

During his junior career, he had the privilege to compete in prestigious junior international tournaments such as Wimbledon, Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl. While a junior, he also compete against top ranked ATP players such as Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Rafa Nadal and Marcos Baghdatis. Coach Charly has won several junior championships around the world including an ITF Grade 2 in South Africa and was a finalist at the 14 & Under 2001 African Champs.

He has four brothers and two sisters and is married to Eszter Irie.

Coach Charly can be reached at iriecharles@yahoo.fr.

Takeshi Ozaki, Director of International Marketing & Coaching Consultant

Takeshi Ozaki

Head Coach Ozaki, originally from Tokyo, Japan, was ranked #3 in his section while a college student in Japan. He coached in Tokyo for six years and was the Director of Lavoy Pacific College (sports college) from 1990-1993. He also developed the BETA (Briscoe Eisendrath Tennis Academy) in Washington, where he served as Director for eight years. Before joining Weil Tennis Academy, he directed the Pacific Tennis Academy.

In addition to coaching, Coach Ozaki travels to Japan regularly to recruit students for a new Asian Training Program at Weil Tennis Academy.

Coach Ozaki can be reached atsmash@takeshiozaki.com.



Patrick Muller, Fitness Director

160705 Patrick Muller

Coach Patrick is originally from Colmar, France. He began working at Weil Tennis Academy in 2006. Patrick studied Sports Science for five years and graduated with a Master's Degree in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Strasbourg, France. His main focus was sports performance and he specialized in strength, speed, endurance, agility and flexibility training.

He has played tennis since he was very young and he has coached tennis as well. He completed several internships in the Strength & Conditioning field before coming to Weil. He has worked with professional soccer and rugby teams in France and top juniors in basketball and badminton. Patrick began his tennis career with an internship in the French Tennis Federation with the top six 14/16 year old players. He also worked as an assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at Evert Tennis Academy in Florida.

Coach Patrick can be reached at patrick@weiltennis.com.

 Juanjo Climent, Assistant Fitness & Tennis Coach

Juanjo ClimentCoach Juanjo is originally from Cáceres, Spain, He studied Sports Science for five years at the University of Extremadura in Spain. He has his Spanish tennis coach certification from RFET (Spanish Tennis Federation) as well as his tennis fitness certification from ITPA (International Tennis Performance Association). He specializes in tennis training and tennis fitness training. 

Coach Juanjo has played tennis since the age of five in Spain. He has worked as a tennis and fitness coach in Cabezarrubia Tennis Club (Spain), Lleida Tennis Club (Spain), Juan Carlos Ferrero Professional Tennis Academy (Spain) and in Schuttler-Waske Professional Tennis Academy (Germany) as an intern. He has a well-rounded background in coaching junior and professional tennis players and he brings his vast experience to Weil Tennis Academy.

Coach Juanjo can be reached at jjclimentr@gmail.com.

Magdalena Smejova, Assistant Coach & Tournament Travel Coordinator

Magdalena Smejova

Magdalena "Maggy" Smejova is originally from Czech Republic and played college tennis at Hawaii Pacific University where she was granted a full scholarship. She finished her HPU career with an overall 49-7 record, was named Most Valuable Player at HPU during her 2012-2013 season, and earned All-Pac West honors in singles and doubles.  Maggie began playing tennis at the age of six, and during her junior tennis career, she played in the Czech Republic's highest team league and in the German 2nd highest team league. She has played many international tournaments (ETA 14, ETA14, ITF and Women’s ITF). She was the runner-up at the 16& under ETA in Slovenia in 2005.  Before joining Weil Tennis Academy, she worked at Future Stars Academy in New York, coaching players between 4 to15 years of age.

Coach Maggy can be reached at maggy@weiltennis.com.

 Marjorie Ondeck, Assistant Coach & Tournament Travel Coordinator

Marjorie Ondeck

Marjorie Ondeck is originally from Monroe, Connecticut. She was ranked Top 10 in New England in G16s and 18s and reached as high as #2 in G18s.

She went on to play for the University of Memphis on a full scholarship in 2006. She played 1-3 in singles and #1 in doubles all four years at Memphis, while majoring in Marketing Management.

After graduating from Memphis, she lived and taught tennis there for one year before deciding to play professionally. She reached as high as #104 on the Top 500 USTA rankings list and won a National Women's Open. Previous to coaching at Weil, she coaches and traveled with junior players to ITF and national tournaments.

 Coach Marjorie may be reached at tournaments@weiltennis.com.

Jose Ortega, Assistant Coach

Jose Ortega VelaJose Ortega is originally from Cadiz, Spain. He trained and competed in Spain from the age of nine years, until he was offered an academic and athletic scholarship to play college tennis for New Mexico State University. Jose transferred to Cumberland University in Tennessee to play and complete his studies in Business Management & Accounting.

He has his Spanish coach certificate from RFET (Spanish Tennis Federation), and has worked as a tennis coach in the Smith & Stearns Tennis Academy (Hilton Head, S. Carolina), Northside TC Junior Tennis Academy (San Antonio, Texas), and Heit Tennis Academy (Spain).

Coach Jose may be reached at jaortegav@outlook.com.




 Mark Harradine, Sports Performance Mental Coach

Mark Harradine

As Founder and CEO of Conscious Athletes, Mark Harradine has run two of his own professional coaching practices over the last 10 years, including his high performance work with leaders of industry, and as a performance coach with elite athletes developing many of the world's leading players to the highest level of their sport.

Using his unique understanding of human potential and inner development and his deep experience as a mental coach for top athletes, Mark applies himself to the complex systems of the business and political worlds. He supports leaders in these environments by lifting their altitude on strategic thinking and consequently dramatically enhancing their performance and success.

Mark Harradine may be reached at mark@theconsciousathletes.com.


Stacy Margolin Potter, Nutritionist

Stacy Margolin Potter - New Head Shot

Stacy Margolin Potter, M.A., C.E.D.S., was a professional tennis player from 1977-1987. With victories over many Top 10 players, she reached a world ranking of No. 18. While attending USC, she won the National Collegiate Singles Title as a freshman. She was also a member of the USC team which won the NCAA title the following year, playing the #1 singles position. Coming off the tour, Stacy coached the women's tennis team at Pomona College. She then completed her studies at UCLA and received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Stacy worked at Rader Institute for 12 years as an Eating Disorders Counselor and is now a Certified Health Coach.

Presently, Stacy resides in Ojai, CA and operates Balanced Eating & Lifestyle Coaching, specializing in nutrition, eating and exercise behavior, weight loss, stress management, body image, lifestyle and motivation. She also performs body composition testing, weight training sessions and fitness consultations. 

On the physical side, Stacy and her husband, Ian, operate "Trails By Potter," a hiking, climbing and biking tour service throughout the Ojai Valley and Ventura for the past fifteen years. www.hikingojai.com

Stacy continues to be involved in the tennis world through occasional coaching and charities. She enjoys yoga, running and living the Ojai life for eighteen years.

Stacy can be reached at stacy@stacypotterhealthcoach.com.


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