WHAT IS SATA?
Founded in 2016, SATA is a 501(C)(3) comprised of tennis enthusiasts and community leaders centered on bringing families together through healthy physical activity, and mentoring youth through the sport of tennis.
Through SATA’s successes to date, the organization is now a recognized chapter of the USTA National Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program (www.ustafoundation.com/njtl_network).
In addition to our mission to promote education attainment, our promotion of character development is taught through V.A.L.U.E.S. education. This education emphasizes six core principles:
MEET THE COACHES
Coach Eddie Blackburn is a PTR-certified instructor with decades of experience working with adults & juniors of all levels. Coach Eddie first started playing tennis in the National Junior Tennis & Learning Program led by Arthur Ashe in Philadelphia, PA.
He later played college tennis at St. Augustine's University and served our country in the U.S. military. Coach Eddie is an integral part of SATA's coaching staff and advisory board.
Coach Gray is a former Alabama High School State Champion and highly successful junior tennis player.
Coach Gray has been teaching SATA's outreach programs, High Performance Clinics, and private lessons. He enjoys working with kids of all ages and abilities.
Tim DiNoto is Vice President of the SATA Board Member and current George Washington High School Girls Tennis Coach. He moved into the Danville area from Pennsylvania where he coached with Bucks County Tennis Association and is certified as a Net Generations Coach. He also previously had 7 seasons of High School Boys and Girls Coaching experience at Twin Valley HS before joining GWHS. He enjoys teaching individuals at all levels and ages, and he just loves to see people getting out and enjoying the lifelong sport of tennis.
“My parents got me involved with tennis at a young age and I still revel at my mother at 80 years old still enjoying the game. My entire family enjoys playing and I just can’t think of a better sport for all to play.”
Coach Martin Ringstaff has been playing tennis for over 37 years and previously held the USPTR Teaching Pro Certification. He began in Richlands High School and continued on into college where he played his first year at Lees McRae College his first year before transferring to Virginia Intermont College.
Martin has coached in numerous places across the United States including at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, NC, Gloucester High school in Gloucester, VA, and at Nike Tennis Camps (Previously known as Offense-Defense Tennis Camp) in Boston, MA. He is also on the SATA Board of Directors.
Rusty Lovell is Director of Programming for SATA and a USPTA-certified tennis instructor in the Danville area. He currently works at Stratford Tennis Club and has over 10 years coaching experience with juniors and adults of all levels.
Coach Rusty has been developing youth and adult tennis in southwestern VA over the past four years. His classes focus on energetic clinics using fun, game-based learning to peak interest and motivation.
MEET THE BOARD