We are excited to welcome two new pros to our facility and to officially announce that Mike Thompson and Mike Rose will be stepping into new, more defined leadership roles and responsibilities at the Tennis Center.
Michael Thompson will move into a new role as Director of Junior Development. This will allow Mike to oversee all of our junior programs, lessons, and clinics. In his new role will include being the point person for all questions regarding our junior development program and lessons, scheduling of staff, direct supervisor for all staff that works in our junior development program, and to set goals for the program.
Mike Rose will also take on additional responsibilities starting immediately. Mike will now completely oversee our Adult Tennis programs from a management and supervisory role. Mike will take on additional responsibilities which will include being the point person for all questions regarding our adult tennis programs and lessons, scheduling of staff, direct supervisor for all staff that works in our adult program, and to set goals for the program.
Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Emily Speich is an all-around athlete who began playing tennis at the age of three and grew up playing in USTA tournaments. She played tennis at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI, where she played one through five singles and one through three doubles. She has two national titles under her belt, one singles and one doubles back to back championship, and has played in ITA Championships.
Emily graduated from Davenport with degrees in business management and sports management and is excited to have found a job where she can put to use her degrees and her extensive tennis background! She is looking forward to meeting people and growing her tennis experience in a new direction so please say hi and introduce yourself if you see her out on the courts!
Adam Ford has been coaching tennis full-time for nine years at the DeWitt Tennis Center in Holland, MI where he coached players of all ages and levels. He also coached the Hope College Women's Tennis Team for four seasons and the Hope Men for one season. During his tenure working for Hope College, he led the women’s team to four NCAA Division III Tournaments and three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles. In his one year as coach of the men’s team, he helped them achieve second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Adam has a very simple coaching philosophy he calls ‘Control the Controllable’ and he is excited to begin implementing it here, stating: “I will be grading our players here in Midland on only things they can control. You can't control wins and losses, but you can control energy, effort, enthusiasm and attitude. These are what all great players have and with all the great coaches we have here in Midland, we will create some great competitors.” Adam will be taking over the leadership of our Junior Competitive Program under the direction of Michael Thompson.