ATi tennis coaches are selected not only for their impressive skills on the court, but also because they genuinely care about helping kids achieve athletic and personal greatness. In addition to drill interaction, coaches are available for private lessons, travel to and from tournaments and to consult on your child's progress.
Danny Carlson, Owner
A lifelong contributor to the Atlanta tennis community, Danny turned a part-time venture into a full-time high-performance academy in 2008 after retiring from a career in government management. As a collegiate athlete, Danny played line 1 singles and doubles for Southern Polytechnic University, which earned him the top ranking spot several years running in the Georgia open divisions. The 1980s saw Coach Carlson impart his expertise to many juniors who would go on to be nationally ranked athletes, with several achieving top 500 world rankings. Among his pupils were his sons Chad and Todd, both nationally-ranked juniors who went on win the NCAA National Championship as part of the University of Georgia tennis team. Chad continued his tennis career post-college with major wins at two ATP tournaments.
Kathy Carlson, Team Coordinator
As team coordinator, Kathy helps keep the academy running smoothly and seamlessly. An avid tennis player herself, Kathy has coached and mentored many dozens of junior players, and is affectionately thought of as “team mom.”
Kyle Childree, Managing Partner, Finance Officer and Co-director of Elite High Performance
Kyle returned to ATi in a professional capacity after spending four years competing on the Boston College tennis team. He secured the sought-after spot after training with ATi since age 12. Kyle served the team as captain during his junior and senior years, and led the team to major wins at the Princeton Invitational and Flushing Meadows Fall Tournament. He also claimed huge victories at both singles and doubles against the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia, while both programs were ranked number one in the nation, respectively. In addition, he posted wins against programs like the University of Miami, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina State and Florida State University.
His leadership and skills both on and off the court helped him secure the Eagle of the Year Award, as well as Outstanding Senior. In addition, during his time at one of the nation’s top business schools, he earned the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll all four years. Prior to college, Kyle played four years of varsity tennis for Whitefield Academy, leading the team to a state championship his senior year. He also earned the much-coveted honor of Cobb County Player of the Year in 2012.
He specializes in high performance singles and doubles, however he regularly works with athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Harrison Kansol, head coaching professional
ATi was thrilled to welcome Harrison as a full-time member of the coaching staff after many years as a student, then part-time pro. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, Harrison has 15 years of playing experience, six of those in coaching. He started on the varsity team at Harrison High School for all four years before spending a season on the tennis team at Anderson University, where he finished the season 12-1 in singles and helped lead his team to a Division II national ranking of 29.
Austin Roebuck, Managing Partner and Academy Director
Few people are better equipped to help juniors navigate the complex tennis tournament and ranking system than Austin, who was ranked in USTA’s top 100 in the 14, 16 and 18 and under age groups. Raised in Athens, Georgia, he went on to achieve a national high school ranking of 78, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. This success propelled him to play for the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2009, where he held a winning record in both singles (30-29) and doubles (24-18).
Austin is a USPTA certified professional and a USTA high performance coach. He also holds certifications with the International Coaches Institute, as both a level 1 competitive coach and level 2 professional coach. He trains high-level athletes to be especially skilled in three critical areas – the backcourt, midcourt and front court. His specific coaching system of drills, live ball controls and match play encourages proficiency with footwork, balance and shot placement in defensive, offensive and finishing positions.