Jason Kedzierski

Introduction

Ambition, Dedication, and Passion for the game

After committing the past 33 years to the sport as a player & coach, Jason's extremely motivated to have the best tennis program around - anywhere in the world. His key ingredients to success are Ambition, Dedication, and Passion for the game.
Jason's currently the Territory Manager / Sales Rep for Babolat VS North America - South Texas & Louisiana section. 
Prior to Babolat, Jason served as Director of Player Development & Head Tennis Professional at the Bay Area Racquet Club in Houson, Texas.

Professional Coaching Experience

*   USPTA Professional since 1996 
*   Produced over 60 State & Sectional  Junior Champions in both Singles & Doubles (Texas & Nevada). 
*   Jason's juniors went on to earn college scholarships to top universities throughout the nation, such as UCLA, Yale, Villanova, Illinois, Stanford, Purdue, Boise State, and University of Oregon.
*   Jason's top junior players ranked in 
Northern California's elite Top 10, in every age divsion. 
*   Hitting partner for 2003 NCAA National Doubles Champion & former WTA Touring Pro, Gabriella Lastra. (Gabriella reached a career high of #164 in the world on the WTA Tour, and played in the 2003 U.S Open main draw. She ranked inside the Top 10 world junior rankings - ITF).
*  Head Boy's Coach at McQueen High School (Reno, NV) for 4 years.
*  Coached local Reno standout & Sectional Singles Champion, Chris Shackelton, who went on to play at Yale University and become Team Captain.
*  Coached several USTA Adult Teams to sectional titles. 
*  Over 20 years of "hands-on" experience in running Adult & Junior Leagues, Stringing, Cardio-Tennis, Tournament Directing, Socials, Business Management, and Marketing.

Resume / Positions held


April 1, 2016 - Present: Territory Manager / Sales Rep - South Texas & Louisiana - Babolat VS North America

November 2010 - March 2016: 
Head Tennis Professional & Director of Player Development - Bay Area Racquet Club - Houston, TX

1993 - Current:  USPTA Certified Tennis Professional - Borowiak International Tennis & Golf Tours

2006 - 2008:  Director of Tennis, Head Pro, & Director of Junior Tennis - Caughlin Club - Reno, NV

1996 - 2004:  Director of Junior Tennis & USPTA Certified Tennis Professional - Lakeridge Tennis Club - Reno, NV

1992 - 1995:  Director of Junior Tennis & Assistant Tennis Director - Caughlin Club - Reno, NV

Past & Present Students

** Jeffrey Mullen - University of Oregon & all-time record holder at #1 Doubles / Top 10 Northern California / Obtained ATP World ranking **

**Andrew Eklov - UCLA / Top 5 Northern California / Optained ATP World ranking**

**Chris Shackelton - Yale University / Top 5 Northern California**

**Scotty Fahrendorf - Villanova / Top 25 Northern California**

**Tiffany Eklov - Illinois / WTA Touring Professional**

**Gabriella Lastra (Hitting Partner)- Stanford / WTA Touring Professional & NCAA Champion**

**Lara Burgarello - Purdue / Top 3 Northern California**

**Julianne Marie Burgarello - Sacramento State / Former #1 Northern California**

**Rolf Sievers, 2-Time State Doubles Champion, Nevada / Top 25 Northern California**

**Josh Codding, State Doubles Champion, Nevada**

**Wesley Reimer, 2-Time Zone Doubles Champion / Nevada State Doubles Finalist / $25,000 Stead Open Doubles Quarterfinalist, partnering Mullen (2007)**

**Phillip Hinojosa - University of Nevada / 2008 Northern Nevada Zone Singles Finalist / Top 35 Northern California** 

** Tanner Pearson - Midwestern State University / Super Champ Boy's 16's & Boy's 18's, Texas

** Katelyn Willis - Austin College / Champ level, Girl's 16's & 18's, Texas / 

TEXAS

Max Pearson - Super Champ 12's & 14's, Texas. (Ranked #7 in Texas, Boy's 14's. Top 30 Boys 16's).

Reed Collier - Super Champ 12's & 14's, Texas. (Reached Top 25 in Boy's 12's).

Maura Mitchell - Super Champ Girls 14's. Current #1 at Friendswood High School as a Freshman.

Davey Daymiel - Champ Boys 12's.

Nick Pant - Super Champ 12's & 14's, Texas.

Rachel Cunningham - Super Champ Girls 14's, 16's & 18's. Won Texas High School Mixed Doubles District title in 2012 as a Freshman. Won District Singles Title the following year as a Sophomore.

Shelby Fillingame - Super Champ Girls 16's & 18's, Texas.

Imran Siddiqi - Boy's 16's & 18's Champ, Texas.

Sydney Nwakanma ("Little Syd") - Super Champ girl's 12's, Texas.

MiaGonzalez - Champ Girl's 12's, Texas.

Nina Gonzalez - Champ Girls 12's, Texas.

Neil Pant - Boy's 16's, Champ level. Texas.

Tanner Pearson - Super Champ 16's & 18's, Texas.

Russell Bell - Super Champ 16's & 18's, Texas.

Cody Blanchard - Super Champ 16's & 18's, Texas.

Kasun Raigima - Super Champ 12's, Texas.

Tyler Cauthen - Champ level boy's 16's, Texas. 

Peter Bualat - Champ level boy's 16's, Texas.

Neil Legrada - Champ level boy's 16's, Texas.

Jason's Career as a Player

As a junior player, Jason played most of his competitive tennis throughout Oregon, Washington, Nevada, & California. Capturing several singles & doubles titles as a junior, Jason held the #1 Boy's 18 & under ranking, and ranked #2 in the Boys 16's. He twice represented Northern Nevada at the prestigious Governor's Cup (Las Vegas), once won by tennis legend, Andre Agassi and former World #1 Doubles Player & former TCU standout, David Pate.

As an adult, Jason's latest achievement came at the 2010 Northstar Open Championships (Lake Tahoe, CA), where he reached the semi-finals of the Men's Open Singles & Doubles. Alongside long-time student & junior tennis standout, Weslely S. Reimer, they held set point to close out the first set against 5-time defending champions & national "gold ball" champions, Jani Tiilikainen & Mark Fairchilds, both former Touring Pro's. 

At the 2010 Reno City Championships, Jason reached the Men's Open Doubles final with his student & University of Oregon standout, Jeffrey Mullen. In 2009, Jason reached the Men's Open Doubles final at the Northstar Open, again partnering long-time student, Wesley S. Reimer. In addition, Jason captured the Men's Open Doubles title at the 1999 Lake Tahoe Tennis Classic (Zephyr Cove, NV) when it had the strongest field in tournament history (see attached newspaper article in the "News" section). Jason was also a Singles Finalist at the 1999 Mammoth Open (Mammoth Lakes, CA), and won the Men's Doubles title at the 1998 Lakeridge Tennis Championships in Reno, Nevada.

In 2001, Jason tore a wrist ligament in his dominant arm. Prior to undergoing a successful wrist surgery, he taught himself how to play (and teach) left-handed. This significantly enhanced his understanding for the game, both playing and teaching, and really put things in perspective as to how much he loved the sport of tennis. In order to fulfill his passion for the game (and hunger for competition), Jason began competing left-handed. One of his most fulfilling moments as a player came at the 2001 Lakeridge Class Championships, where he made the semi-finals of the 4.5 level Men's Singles event, playing "lefty".

More on Jason's Career 

After studying Journalism & Business Management at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jason became a certified USPTA teaching professional in 1994. Dedicating the past 30 years of his life to the sport, his love for the game continues to this day. Jason's had the opportunity to personally meet and be on the court with many tennis greats, such as Federer, Safin, Davydenko, Sampras, Agassi, Nadal, Tim Henman, Michael Chang, Monica Seles, Marina Hingis, Tommy Haas and Lleyton Hewitt, among others. He's personally witnessed how the best players in the world train, and enjoys passing this knowledge on to his students.

From 1996 - 2010, Jason traveled with his top players (junior & adult) to tournaments throughout the country, many of whom who went on to play at the Collegiate and Professional levels. (See Above).  

Although Jason's specialized in developing the "tournament player", he equally enjoys working with all ages and abilities, especially those who have a passion for the game

Jason's main goal, teaching philosophy, and greatest reward are seeing his students develop a passion for the game. "If the player enjoys the process, the competition, and the game itself, they will want to be involved in it that much more. Enjoy the process - Enjoy the battle - Fulfill your personal potential! - IT'S THAT SIMPLE!"

"Develop a passion and the results will follow"