• Chris Cooprider
    Chris Cooprider
  • Jeffrey Smallwood
    Jeffrey Smallwood
  • Marisa Johnson
    Marisa Johnson
  • Rob Millsop
    Rob Millsop
  • Brian Cheney
    Brian Cheney
  • Mike Alvarez
    Mike Alvarez
Chris Cooprider
Jeffrey Smallwood

Jeffrey grew up playing at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center in Philadelphia, PA where he later began working as an NJTL (National Junior Tennis League) tennis instructor for inner city youth. AAYTC later changed their name to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education where he started teaching children from red-ball to high school players headed to college. Before joining Camelback Village, Jeffrey served as a traveling coach for ATP players on tour training at the Saddle Brook Tennis Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL. Before that, he worked in Wuxi, China as director of tennis for the Rush Young Tennis Company. During college, Jeffrey worked for Nike Tennis Camps in Florida and Dartmouth College (KJTC) Tennis Camp. After college, he moved to Los Angeles where he began working for Sampras Brown Tennis Camp at UCLA and The Riviera Country Club. In his college days, Jeffrey played for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jeffrey played both #1 doubles and #6 singles. “Tennis is just like life. There are no time-outs, no breaks, and you are all by yourself.” – Arthur Ashe

Marisa Johnson

Assistant Tennis Professional

•USPTA Tennis Professional

•Team HEAD Advisory Staff

Marisa was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and started tennis at age nine. She went on to play at Brigham Young University Hawaii and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She left with an undefeated tennis record and the team was nationally ranked at #2 and #3 throughout the years she attended.

Philosophy: Fail Forward

Rob Millsop

Camelback Village Tennis Professional

Team HEAD Advisory Staff

Rob a ended Brigham Young University in Utah. He was the 1996 National 40’s Hardcourt Doubles Champion and played professional baseball for the California Angels.

Philosophy: Improve your technique– Improve your game. Winning is hard work!

Brian Cheney

Camelback Village Tennis Pro Emeritus

• USPTA Elite Professional
• Wilson Sports Premier 360

Brian graduated From the University of Arizona; he was a three-time All- American tennis player; an instructor pilot for the United States Air Force; and won the 80+ USTA National Championships.

Philosophy: Enjoys teaching players of all levels.

Mike Alvarez

Camelback Village Tennis Professional

• USPTA Elite Professional
• PTR Certified
• Team HEAD Advisory Staff

Mike graduated from St.Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation & coaching. He was the 1999 Arizona State Doubles Champion, Men’s 35 and over. While at St. Cloud State University he was a player and coach

Philosophy: Tennis is a dynamic game and should be coached and played that way.