Weil Coaches

Mohamed Badran, Senior Head Coach & College Placement Assistant 

160628 Mohamed BadranHead 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, Senior 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, Senior Head Coach

160628 Charles IrieHead Coach Charly Irie joined the Weil Tennis Academy coaching staff in 2008 after graduating from Freson 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 Abidijan, 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.


Juan Arteaga, Associate Head Coach

Juan Arteaga

 

Juan is originally from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, where he was ranked in the top 10 in Venezuela from age twelve through sixteen. Juan came to the U.S. in 2009 to study and play for Ventura College and had great success, winning the 2010 California State Community College Team Championships, as well as taking the state doubles title with his twin brother, Pedro.

Juan was then offered a full scholarship to play at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in International Business and helped his team achieve an NCAA Top 20 NAIA team ranking for the first time in the school's history. After graduating from OLLU, Juan worked as an assistant coach at OLLU for one year before joining the Weil coaching staff in 2014.

Coach Juan can be reached at jiarteaga_89@hotmail.com.


Pedro Arteaga, Group Head Coach

Pedro Arteaga

Pedro is originally from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, where he was ranked in the top 10 in Venezuela from age twelve through sixteen. Pedro came to the U.S. in 2009 to study and play for Ventura College and had great success, winning the 2010 California State Community College Team Championships, as well as taking the state doubles title with his twin brother, Juan.

Pedro was then offered a full scholarship to play at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in International Business and helped his team achieve an NCAA Top 20 NAIA team ranking for the first time in the school's history. After graduating from OLLU, Pedro worked as an assistant coach at OLLU for one year before joining the Weil coaching staff in 2014. 

 Coach Pedro can be reached at pedro_89@hotmail.com.


Juanjo Climent, Sport Management Trainee

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.

 


 Omar El Kheshen, Assistant Coach

Omar El Kheshen

Coach Omar is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he was ranked Top 3 in the country from age ten through age eighteen. He competed with the Egyptian team for six consecutive years from 2004-2010 in various tournaments (Arab Championships and Africa Championships). He won fourth place in the African Champs in the U16 division, and won the Gold Medal in the Arab Champs in Singles and Teams in the U18 division. He achieved a junior career high of #225 ITF. He also competed against Top 40 ITF ranked players.

Post high school, he studied for 1 year in Egypt at the Arab Academy for Science & Technology, and then in 2011 he came to the U.S. to play Division I tennis at Florida Atlantic University where he played top 4 in singles and #2 in doubles. He then transferred to Southwest Baptist University (Division II) in Bolivar, MO where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. He competed with the team for two seasons (2012-2014) and played top 3 in singles and #1 in doubles. His team made it to Nationals both years and in his senior year, he was ranked #8 in the nation in doubles, was awarded All-American Student Athlete, and his team finished in the quarterfinals of Nationals.

After graduating from SBU, he worked as an assistant coach at SBU for one year before joining the Weil coaching staff in 2015.

Coach Omar can be reached at omar.kheshen@hotmail.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.


 Dominique McLean, Assistant Coach

Dominique McLeanCoach Dominique is originally from Nottingham, England. She became a volunteer assistant coach at the age of fifteen, for numerous tennis clubs in the Nottinghamshire region. She went on to complete both her Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications from the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), at the ages of sixteen and eighteen respectively. From 2009-2011, Dominique went on to work at the Nottingham Tennis Center as an assistant coach for ages 2-50+.

She started playing tennis at the age of fourteen and quickly excelled to a higher level. Additionally, she joined after-school clinics, where she was picked up by high performance coaches who saw her potential, which led to her invitation to train at the Nottingham, Tennis Center's High Performance Academy. Following this, she received a full scholarship to train and study at Morehead State University (Division I) in Kentucky in the Spring of 2012. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from MSU in Exercise Science and worked as a personal trainer for various age groups and levels.

In 2015 and 2014, Dominique spent her summers at Weil as an assistant coach and residential counselor.

Coach Dominique can be reached at dominique.chante10@gmail.com.


 Pedro Rodrigues, Assistant Coach

Pedro RodriguesPedro Rodrigues is originally from Leiria, Portugal, where he was ranked Top 20 as a junior player.

Pedro came to the U.S. in 2010 when he was offered a full scholarship to play at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Pedro received his Bachelor's Degree in Management & Accounting from CU in  May 2014. During his four years of playing for CU, he played top 3 in singles and #1 in doubles. He helped his team reach Nationals three consecutive seasons, and helped them reach a #6 NAIA team ranking, the highest in the school's history. Pedro was ranked No. 30 in the nation in singles, 10th in doubles, and earned 2nd Team All-American as a junior. After completing his degree, Pedro worked as an assistant coach for two years at CU, while completing his Master's Degree in Business Administration, before joining the Weil coaching staff in June 2016.

Coach Pedro can be reached at pedro91rodrigues@gmail.com.


Ed Italo, Personal Trainer

Ed Italo

Ed Italo grew up in New York City. In high school, he ran the 440y and 880y with personal bests of :49.6 and 1:52.9. He was a member of his school's 2 mile relay (now 4X800 Mete Relay) which won The Penn Relays Championships of America, the New York State Championships and was ranked #1 in the Nation in 1971. He went on to compete for The University of Maryland from 1972 - 1976. As a Masters athlete, he traveled to Riccione, Italy in 2007 as a member of Team USA's (men's 50-54) 4X400 meter relay which brought home Bronze that year.

Ed came to Weil Academy from Nordhoff H.S. after four successful seasons as the boys and girls sprint and middle distance coach. In that time, his group set 12 school records, including a 2015 Boys 4X800 Meter Relay that won the Redondo/Nike Invitational, Spartan Relays and Arcadia Relays before traveling to Philadelphia where they also won the same Penn Relays Championship of America race that Ed's high school relay won 34 years earlier. Their time of 7:43 broke the Ventura County record and is ranked 8th all time in California. Later in 215 at the CIF - Southern Section Championships the same four boys scored enough points in their individual events and a relay to capture the Division 4 title for the first time in the school's history. In 2016, his boys Sprint Medley Relay was ranked 7th in the Nation out of over 2,600 recorded times, setting another Ventura County record. That same season, his top runner placed 3rd in the Boys 800m at the California State Championships with a time of 1:51.9 and also ran a 4:09 in the mile earlier that season. Of the four girls who moved to Weil Academy to continue training with Ed, two were members of the 2016 Girls 4X400 Meter Relay that placed 3rd at the CIF - Southern Section Championships and set a new school record.


Dr. Allen Fox, Mental Fitness Director

Allen Fox

 Allen Fox, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physics and his Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA, where he played college tennis and won the NCAA Singles and Doubles titles. Dr. Fox wrote best sellers, "If I'm the Better Player, Why Can't I Win?," "Think to Win," and "The Winner's Mind."

With the dame competitive zeal that propelled him to the No. 4 ranking in the U.S., to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, and a three-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team, he became an investment banker and eventually ran his own investment company. Dr. Fox went on to own and operate several successful small businesses while coaching the highly-ranked men's team at Pepperdine University, mentoring (among others), super-achiever and motivator, Brad Gilbert, the renowned coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick. Dr. Fox's Pepperdine teams were ranked in the top 5 for ten consecutive seasons and reached two NCAA Team Finals.

He currently consults and works privately with professional athletes on the mental issues of competition and travels worldwide to lecture on the psychology of competition.

He lives in San Luis Obispo, CA with his wife, Nancy and has two sons, Evan and Charlie.


Stacy Margolin Potter, Nutritionist

Stacy Margolin Potter - New Head ShotStacy 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 the University of Southern California, 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 the Rader Institute for twelve 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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