Scott Leifer, Director of Tennis/Rec. Manager
USpta elite tennis professional; professional pickleball registry professional
Director of Tennis at GOG for 5 years. Expanded Junior Tennis Program to one of the biggest programs in Colorado. Worked closely on the construction of the new 4 court indoor structure and is assisting in the new expanded outdoor tennis/pickleball construction planned for 2020. Scott has coached a rare #1 Nationally ranked junior, he has coached numerous College tennis players and ATP and WTA tournament player. He is most proud of the ability to grow tennis programs from the bottom up. He is as done that with every opportunity he has had as a Coach or Director of Tennis. Scott Leifer is very passionate about coaching tennis. Lastly, he is married to Shannon and proud father of three: Savannah, Samson and Scarlet.
Head tennis professional, uspta tennis professional
Michael Manning was at the top of his class at Ferris State College in the professional tennis management program. He comes to us from Florida at the USTA headquarters in Lake Nona. Born and raised in Wisconsin. Michael is a terrific addition to our staff at GOG.
Mike Huss grew up in a tennis family, born in Aspen, Colorado where his parents developed The Aspen Tennis and Health Club in the late 70’s. His mother, Sally Moore Huss, was the head tennis pro there after retiring from the Virginia Slims Tour. She is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist and US Open quarterfinalist.
As a top-ranked junior player in Southern California, Mike headed up the prestigious La Jolla High School tennis team where he was captain and played number one singles for two years. He went on to play for the Pac-10 Division 1 top-rated University of Arizona team under Coach Billy Wright.
As a new resident of Colorado Springs, Mike joined several men’s leagues, and has remained undefeated in his first year. He helped those teams, including the Garden of the Gods 40-and-over team, win their divisions, reaching the District Championships.
Mike has a stress-free approach to the game. His teaching emphasizes fluid, powerful stokes, with a strong, positive and competitive attitude.
usptr tennis professional, iptpa & ppr pickleball professional
John Fielding is a USPTR Tennis Professional. He was formerly a Tennis Professional Broadmoor and the Director of Tennis Crested Butte. John played collegiate tennis at SMU and also coached SMU Ladies Team. Additionally, John coached ATP and WTA Tennis Professionals, Division 1 Tennis Players and many Colorado State Champions. John Coached and Played under the tutelage of Dennis Ralston and was Chris Evert’s hitting partner 1986-1989.
iptpa Level 2 certified
Regis College tennis 1 singles and doubles 4 years, play 4.5+ level doubles PB in tourneys. Two gold medals and multiple bronze medals in men’s and mixed doubles. I love to coach sports especially Pickleball and tennis.
Professional Pickleball Registry, International Pickleball Teaching Association
Pickleball Coaching International, Neuro-Pickleball Clinic Head Instructor
2020 Grand Canyon 5.0 Men’s Doubles Gold Medal, 2019 Fall Brawl 5.0 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal