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OUR STORY
WHO WE ARE
OUR PHILOSOPHY
OUR VALUES

WHY GALINDO TENNISOUR ACADEMY BUILDING BLOCKS

  • The Galindo Tennis Methodology provides a strategic and innovative approach to the complete development of our athletes.
  • Each of our athletes will receive this teaching system and specific on court training that will allow them to properly develop their skills in a progressive and sequential manner.
  • This sequential method optimizes the proper development of our students centered in an orderly, cumulative and directional path.
  • The Galindo Tennis Methodology Pathway follows a comprehensive and directional foundational building block system.
  • Each block or stage symbolizes a general age group and the specific programs that are developed at these ages that our students need to go through.
  • Following our training methodology the main objective is to create an incremental pathway for students to grow and develop at the proper pace with the required competencies to continue their adequate progression.
  • We provide a progressive and effective goal setting process to ensure our students meet their expectations and reach their objectives through our player management system.
  • We initially assess all our players, we establish the best training plan for their goals, we track and collaborate with all Coaches so we can evaluate each player’s individual performance and progression, and finally, we implement an individualized training plan, adapted to each unique student based on their current progress.
  • Our standard of Coaching is extremely comprehensive.
  • All our Academy Coaches must extensively study and train, and demonstrate complete mastery of our methodology before they can individually implement any programs.
  • We also require that our Coaches maintain national or international certifications at the highest level the industry offers.
  • Since the inception of our Academy, we have developed hundreds of kids at all levels; from successful high school and college careers, to highly competitive juniors, to nationally and internationally ranked players, and to developing and assisting professional players at the highest level.
  • In the past few years alone, we have been able to place more than thirty (30) athletes in top colleges around the country, generating more than three million dollars ($3,000,000) in athletic scholarships.
  • Our staff is completely versed on NCAA requirements and offers players and their families collegiate counseling.
  • One of our main goals is to offer our athletes the opportunity to obtain a free or reduced education through Tennis.
  • Character Development is based on the understanding of the athlete’s mind.
  • Our initial goal is to achieve a player’s trust, that in turn assures a more successful absorption of the learning process.
  • We are committed to do so, as it is essential in the successful development of each student.
  • Creating a Circle of Trust – is the key to having a close and understanding relationship between the player, the Coach and the parents.
  • This is necessary to facilitate a clear path for the athlete.
  • Our ultimate goal is the success of our student and we will take the time to effectively communicate, as the student needs that platform to succeed.
  • We aim to create and foster an environment and platform that unifies the Tennis community, bringing it together through long-lasting relationships.
  • We want to become a family that supports and stands by and for each other.
  • That’s what this game has brought to us; a life full of learning experiences and priceless memories, and that’s what we want to instill and replicate in our Academy.
  • Life and Sport are powerful tools that offer our athletes enjoyment and meaning through the sport, and teaches them valuable skills that will aid them throughout life.
  • We aim to enhance every aspect of their health, self-confidence, inner motivation and values, as well as instill independence and self-reliance, giving them the ability to adjust and to adapt to the many life challenges they will face both on and off the court.
  • Mentoring our students thru our “Love 4 Sports” foundation is a priority to us as it demonstrates to our athletes the importance of giving back to the community in various ways.
  • On this great journey, our main goal is to teach our athletes to find real success through personal fulfillment, contribution, connecting with and impacting the lives of others.

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1500

Students

15

Nationalities

8

Years strong

4000000

College scholarships

OUR TEAMMEET OUR COACHES

WE HAVE A UNQUE TRAINING METHODOLOGY, AN ELITE TEAM OF EXPERIENCED COACHES AND A LOT OF PASSION AND DEDICATION

Since the start of our journey we have developed hundreds of kids to reach their goals. The combination of providing younger athletes with the best tennis education, guidance, mentorship, world-class instruction with a unique family atmosphere will create lifetime experiences and long-term opportunities to children.

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Juan Pablo Palacios
Assistant Director

Coaching experience

1998-2000 Club Tachira Tennis Caracas, Venezuela (Assistant Coach). Helping with quick start programs and advanced players in all club’s programs.

2001-2004 Hunter’s Creek Tennis Club in Orlando, Florida. (Assistant Coach) Developing quick start tennis in nearby communities, and also acting as high performance hitting partner for all ages.

2007-2012 Hunter’s Creek Tennis Orlando, Florida. (Head coach) Developing programs and working with homeschoolers as well as advanced junior players. Coached hunter’s creek women’s team for two consecutive seasons, quick start tennis and summer camps as well.

2013-2014 Hunter’s Creek Tennis (Head coach) Coached high school advanced players, group clinics, private lessons for all levels, summer camps and cardio tennis as well.

2014-2017 Lake cane Tennis Orlando, Florida. (Staff coach) Helping high performance players with private lessons.
Kissimmee oak tennis (assistant coach) developing fundamental and quick star tennis.

2014-2017 Working independently as a coach and hitting partner with state junior players, and developing and promoting foundational tennis programs within the orlando communities.

2017-Present Galindo Tennis Academy, Orlando/Lakeland locations. (Assistant Director). Hitting partner for top players as well as assisting and running junior development and high performance programs in the Orlando branch. He is also teaching lessons for junior development and high performance players.

Playing experience

He was nationally ranked in Venezuela’s junior circuit.
He has been the hitting partner of multiple national ranked players.
He has competed at state and national level tournaments.

Certifications

Professional Tennis Registry (Certified Coach)

Education

University of Central Florida (Bachelor in Business Administration)
Fluent in English & Spanish

Kelsi Black
Staff Coach

Coaching Experience:

August 2014-present, Galindo International Tennis Academy, Lakeland, FL

May 2017 – present, USTA National Campus, Orlando, FL

June 2014-August 2016, IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL

Player Experience

2014-17: Southeastern University Tennis Team Member/Captain

2013-2014: Adrian College Tennis Team

2009-13: Saint Mary’s Catholic Central

Certifications

USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association Certified) with U30

Net Generation Certified

EDC (Early Development Camp) Certified

Billie Jean King Eye Coach trained

BuddyUP (class for students with Down Syndrome) trained

Awards

Second Team All-Conference for Southeastern 2015-2016

All Academic- Athlete for Sun Conference 2014-2017

Sun Conference Player of the Week 2015

States Champion for #2 Singles in Michigan 2011

Education

M.S. in Kinesiology, concentration in Sport Administration

B.S. in Sport Management, Minor in Business

Joaquin Marshall
Program Assistant Director

Coaching Experience

2014-2015, 2017. Camp Walt Whitman, New Hampshire, United States. (Professional Coach)

Worked for well recognized USPTA Master Professional Dave Porter. Duties consisted of providing individual and group lessons for campers. In charge of organizing and executing intercamps as well as traveling to tournaments with the campers. Assisted the director with the planification of lessons. Assisted the Camp’s Directors with the overall planning of sports activities.

2017-Present. Warner University. Lake Wales, Florida, US. (Graduate Assistant Coach)

In charge of conditioning and team workouts. Assist the head coach with player development and help run practices. Help organize team travel with hotel booking and budgeting. Assist in the recruiting process.

Player Experience

2011-2015. Emmanuel College, Georgia, US

Played singles 2 and doubles 1. NCAA Division II

2004-2010. Argentine Junior Circuit

Winner of many tournaments with the Junior Circuit

2009 Ranked 45 in the Nation for age 16

Competed at various COSAT international tournaments in Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil.

Certifications

USPTA Tennis Professional

Awards

2017 Graduate Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region

Education

B.S in Business Administration and Management

Emmanuel College, Georgia, 2017

MBA, concentration in Accounting

Warner University, Lake Wales, 2017-Present.

Isaac Galindo
Academy Director & Founder

Isaac Galindo is Founder and Academy director at Galindo Tennis USA, a subdivision of GMG United, a full-service sports company providing complete management services worldwide.
Isaac brings great expertise in stroke analysis, sports science, and player development. He has put great emphasis in the development of young American athletes by bringing a unique training system based in the Spanish methodology by understanding and applying principles of perfect biomechanics and proper positioning. He also represents and counsels several top ITF/ATP players in the world.
He also started Love 4 Sports Foundation with the goal of helping the community and less fortunate through sports.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2008-to-date

Co-Founder/Director of Tennis (Galindo Tennis Academy)

2007-2008
Assistant Coach at Florida Southern College

2003-2006
Assistant Summer Camp Director at Scripps Ranch Club, San Diego.

2000-2017
ATP Coach (Including Grand Slams and other major ATP events)
ITF Elite Coach training top international junior players (Stephen Madonia (Top 10 US), Benoit Paradis (Top 5 Canada), Isaac Nortey (N-1 Africa) , Stephen Watson (N-5 USA), Ninan Kumar(Top 10 US)
Hitting Partner for ATP/WTA players such as: Conchita Martinez (Wimbledon Champion) Nicolas Almagro (N-9), Adrian Menendez (N-111) Oscar Hernandez (N-48), Anabel Medina, Albert Montanes (N-22), Paradorn Srichaphan (N-9), Roberto Carballes (N-98), Alberto Martin (N-34)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Played professional ATP events around the world
Recorded wins over top ranked junior players  (Stanislas Wawrinka – former #3 ATP, Juan Monaco – former #10 ATP)
Competed in top junior events against Spanish and former ATP players (Rafael Nadal – #1 ATP, Juan Carlos Ferrero #1 ATP, David Ferrer #3 ATP, Feliciano Lopez #12 ATP, Oscar Hernandez #48 ATP, etc..)
Top ranked national Spanish player
Trained with top 100 ATP players in elite group of Spanish Federation juniors
All-American Collegiate 2005
Ranked #9 in the Nation –Collegiate
Posted a record of 32-6 at Florida Southern College NCAA D2 School in just two seasons leading the team to the highest national ranking in school history (3rd in the country).

CERTIFICATIONS

NCAA Eligibility Coaching Certification (Collegiate Placement and Guidance Certifications) (NFHS)
GPTCA B-Level International Coach (Second highest international certification for ATP coaches at the Challenger and Grand Slam level)
PTR Member
2015/2016 Tennis Congress Faculty Member/Guest Speaker
Psychology of Sport (FSC)
Fitness: Instruction and Prescription (FSC).
SSC Commissioner’s List of Outstanding Achievement (2007)

EDUCATION

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida (U.S.A) – Bachelor of “Science in Sports Management”.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) – “Bachelor in Psychology

Gerard Galindo
ATP/WTA/ITF Director & Co-Founder

Gerard Galindo is the co-founder of Galindo Tennis USA. He is the ITF/WTA/ATP Academy Director. He is also in charge of the international business department which embraces the operational and financial areas of all international programs the academy offers abroad. Gerard was a top junior player in Spain and reached the quarterfinals for the 16’s national championship. He was an All-American player in college, has played professional ATP tournaments with multiple wins over world ranked players and has been a hitting partner for WTA players.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2008-to-date
Co-Founder/Director of ITF/WTA/ATP International Programs (Galindo Tennis Academy)

2007-2008
Assistant Coach for the University of Arkansas (U.S.A).

2006-2008
Assistant Director at Bermudez Tennis Academy, Arkansas.

2003-2006
Assistant Summer Camp Director at Scripps Ranch Club, San Diego.

2000-2017
ATP Coach (including Grand Slams and other major ATP events like Indian Wells, US Open, Miami Open)
ITF Elite Coach training top international junior players (Stephen Madonia (Top 10 US), Benoit Paradis (Top 5 Canada), Isaac Nortey (N-1 Africa), Stephen Watson (N-5 USA), Ninan Kumar (Top 10 US and coached at the biggest junior tournaments in the world.
Hitting Partner for ATP/WTA players such as: Adrian Menendez (N-111), Vasek Pospisil (47 ATP) Marta Marrero (Top 50 WTA), Carla Suarez (Top 10 WTA), Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1 WTA).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Played professional ATP events around the world
Recorded wins over top ranked junior players (Thomaz Bellucci – former #21 ATP)
Competed in top junior events against Spanish and former ATP players (Marcel Granollers – former #10 ATP, Fernando Verdasco #7 ATP, Feliciano Lopez #12 ATP)
Top ranked National Spanish player
Trained with top 100 ATP players in elite junior group at Spanish Federation.
All-American Collegiate 2005
Ranked #10 in the Nation –Collegiate
Competed in top national team in the Spanish Club Championships.
Former ITF and National Spanish Championship contender.
Under 16 Catalonian Junior Club Team Champion.

CERTIFICATIONS

PTCA B-Level International Coach (Second highest international certification for ATP coaches at the Challenger and Grand Slam level)
ATP Coach
NCAA Eligibility Coaching Certification (Collegiate Placement and Guidance Certifications) (NFHS)
PTR Member
2015/2016 Tennis Congress Faculty Member/Guest Speaker
Personal Trainer Course (ISSA / FHHA)
Sports Nutrition Specialist (NFHF/ISSA)
Certified in Sport Concussion (NFHS)

EDUCATION

University of Arkansas Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.A).
Bachelor: “International Business”
Minor: “Foreign languages – Spanish”

Sean Bullock
Junior Development Director

Sean’s skills are extremely unique when it comes to the holistic viewpoint of player development. He is more than the average coach to our academy. At Galindo Tennis International, we believe that the quality of our leaders are based upon the standards they set amongst themselves. For instance, Sean’s integrity, passion, dedication, discipline to bettering each of his students on a daily basis, and keeping himself in optimal shape in order to bring out the best in each of his students. All of these admirable attributes are contagious to those that train on his court on a day to day basis. He engages frequently with each player and not only analyzes each of their weaknesses, but he also possesses the unique ability to turn those weaknesses into strengths. We truly believe that Sean is going to be a key factor in the development of our future athletes.

Coaching Experience:

(Galindo Tennis USA 2009- Present)
Sean is one of the academy’s first coaches since its founding.
He has managed over the years different program positions being instrumental in all of them.
He currently runs the foundational program and junior developmental program.
He is also teaching private, semi-private, and group lessons of all ages from beginners to intermediate players.

Playing Experience:

Sean was a late bloomer, who started developing his tennis game in 2004 in Philadelphia. He began his training with the Galindo Tennis Academy in 2009 where he has significantly elevated his level of skill since then. He has had success competing in the PCTA in 2012 and stays active with his game playing adult leagues.

Certifications:

PTR High Performance Certified

Education:

Florida Southern College (Biology Major)

Tosin
Program Director (Sebring)

Tosin Awomeme has almost two decades of coaching experience. He possess extensive knowledge from player development, to coaching High School teams to their first district championships in 20 years, to pro shop management and Head Stringer. He is currently the Director of the Sebring Division of the Galindo Tennis Academy. He coordinates all aspects of player development, while managing the division and leads with strong distinction the Sebring Junior Academy “Travel Team”.

Coach Awomeme is a firm proponent of transition balls, and implements the academy’s curriculum that sets forth a pathway of success for all students in his programs. He strongly believes in “live ball drills”, complemented with the implementation of transition balls. This creates accelerated advancement for the students and almost instant success. His entire coaching approach is founded on “Building a love of the game”, which in turn builds character and commitment in his students.

Tosin has created a cohesive Tennis community in the Sebring division at the Thakkar Thakkar Tennis Center where he trains his foundational players, as well as the Junior Academy “Travel Team”. This Team is comprised of selected students who are committed to developing their game to their fullest potential. Coach Tosin has brought the players, their families and the community as a whole together through his “Team” by working closely with many local businesses and highly revered sponsors.

Tosin began playing Tennis at an early age and found a passion for the game both on and off the court. He continues to pursue his own tennis game and currently trains and competes in many events throughout Florida. He believes that it is important for coaches to stay current and relevant in the sport to optimize maximum support of his players.

Also managing the Galindo Tennis Academy Pro Shop is where he has developed his expertise as a stringer and where he prides himself on keeping up to date with the newest industry standards of all Tennis equipment. He believes that the players should be educated on the importance of using proper equipment based on their age and playing experience.

CERTIFICATIONS

First-AID/ CPR Certified
USTA Net Generation Certified

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