Blackburn Coaching Staff
INFO       coaching staff        UTA JUNIOR       ADULT PROGRAMMING       summer camp
  • Patti O' Reilly
  • Aleksandra (Sasha) Krupina
  • Cheikh Salif Kante
  • Clement Darko
  • Clifford Malivert
  • Daniel Rush
  • Jonny Roberts
  • Jordan DeLass
  • Levan Clark
  • Marianna Land Taylor
  • Noel Wadawu
  • Pamela Rock
  • Ryan Hughes
  • Steven Lewis
  • Trey Walston

Patti O' Reilly

Patti O'Reilly is a partner at Universal Tennis Academy and has competed internationally on the women's professional tennis circuit, competing in all four Grand Slam Championships. Patti graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a degree in Economics. Patti and her identical triplet sisters brought the Duke women's tennis program to national prominence.

Patti and her sisters have been inducted into the Duke University Hall of Fame and even have a court named after them at the Duke tennis facility. She was a four-time All-ACC player, a two-time ITA All-American and the 1990 ACC Player of the Year. As a junior player, Patti captured the Rolex International Junior Championship.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Krupina

Sasha started playing tennis competitively at age 7 in her hometown of Moscow, Russia. Sasha participated in numerous national and ITF junior tournaments before she was recruited by the former Georgia Tech Women’s Tennis Coach Bryan Shelton. Sasha spent 4 years competing for the Georgia Tech tennis team where she played #1 doubles and #2 and #4 singles for most part of her college tennis career. Her accomplishments include NCAA 2007 Indoor Tennis Championships Title, NCAA 2008 and 2010 ACC Team Championships Titles. Coach Krupina teamed up with Irina Falcomi to achieve a top 20 ITA doubles ranking. She was elected team captain during her senior year at Georgia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Economics and a minor in German.

Her hobbies include attending concerts and listening to music. When she can she enjoys reading, yoga, hiking and horseback riding.

Cheikh Salif Kante

Salif hails from Dakar, Senegal where he grew up playing at the Olympique Tennis Club of Dakar. He graduated from Florida A & M with a degree in Public Relations. While there he was an NJCAA All-American. Salif played on the ATP Tour with wins over players ranked #662 and #604. He worked 3 years at Harp Performance Tennis.

Salif is married and enjoys soccer, swimming and time spent at the beach.

His email address is

Clement Darko

Clement was born in Accra, Ghana where he learned to play tennis. In 1998, he was named to Ghana’s Davis Cup team and he competed professionally on the men’s tennis circuit. He was consistently ranked Nationally in the top 5 and achieved a top 80 ranking on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit. He won two junior doubles tournaments with partner Lleyton Hewitt. As a junior he was brought to the United States on a tennis scholarship to the world famous John Newcomb Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. He has coached several highly ranked junior players and is USPTA and GPTA Certified. He has over 10 years working experience and prior to that he played professionally. Clement is USPTA certified and enjoys playing soccer in his free time.

Clifford Malivert

Clifford Malivert grew up in Miami, Florida. He is the youngest of six and a twin. Clifford played on the Florida A & M University Men's Tennis Team from 2004-2008, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. He is a High Performance Coach, was a ATP Touring Coach, and worked at the Evert Tennis Academy. Clifford has both USPTR Performance Professional and USTA High Performance Coaching certifications.

Clifford will be a tennis professional at Blackburn, working with children of all ages. His email address is:

Daniel Rush

Daniel Rush hails from Jacksonville, FL. He attended Georgia Southern University (GSU) and College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA), earning a Psychology Degree. Daniel was a top Florida JR player. He played singles/double at GSU and was a volunteer assistant coach at CCGA.

Daniel’s family lives in Florida. He enjoys basketball, watching “Game of Thrones”, going to church and the Celtics!!

He can be reached at and likes working with children and adults of all ages.

Jonny Roberts

Jonny is a native of London, England and is a UKPTR certified coach who played three years of college tennis at U.W.I.C. in Wales, Great Britain. He graduated with honors while earning his BA in Physical Education and Sports. Jonny grew up in a London suburb where he taught High School Physical Education for 7 years, before moving to the U.S. in 2008, in order to further his studies. He earned an MBA at the University of Southern Indiana.

Jonny specializes in coaching adults and has helped to develop and expand a range of adult tennis programs. He is also passionate about developing academy players. Off the court, Jonny’s interests include golf, soccer, pool and badminton. He has recently fallen in love with American professional sports such as football, baseball and Nascar. One of his favorite sporting events is March Madness, as anyone would be after residing in Indiana.

Jordan DeLass

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Education: Georgia Tech/Samford

Jordan trained at UTA when he moved to Atlanta during High School. He held the #1 ranking in both Georgia and Southern Section, and achieved a top-10 national ranking while playing in U18’s. He attended Georgia Tech for his first three years of college and transferred to Samford University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He played in the NCAA tennis tournament all 4 years.

Jordan taught at Pinetree Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama for 3 years before moving back to Atlanta to work for UTA. He has taught professional, collegiate, junior, and adult players of all levels.

He is USPTR certified and works with kids and adults of all ages and levels.

Levan Clark

Levan Clark is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has been playing tennis for 20 years and worked for 9 years as a tennis coach. He attended Florida A&M University majoring in Business Administration. At Florida A&M, he competed on the men’s nationally ranked tennis team. He was First Team All-Conference as well as Florida A&M Player of the Year. He also placed first in the University of Florida Invitational Tournament. Levan was a highly ranked national junior and competed in all the prominent junior championships from the Orange Ball, Easter Bowl, National Hard Court Championships at Kalamazoo.

He has 2 older brothers and likes to play football and basketball. He enjoys working with kids and adults of all ages.

Marianna Land Taylor

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA

Work/Player Experience/College Experience/Special Titles:
Played tennis and won State Championships at the Lovett High school all four years 1989-1992
Played tennis for University of Georgia 1992-1995...
1994 National Indoor Team Champions,
1994 SEC Team Champions,
1994 NCAA Team Champions,
1995 National Indoor Team champions,
Individually named All-SEC in 1995

Transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for last year of eligibility and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies.

Husband, Jeff Taylor. Three kids, Anna Miles (11), Davis (11), and Ashlyn (8). The family enjoys playing tennis and other sports together. We also enjoy spending time with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Noel Wadawu

Noel is well known and respected in the Atlanta tennis scene. He has coached several top ranked national junior and professional players, including current touring professional Melanie Oudin.

Before joining the Universal Tennis Academy team, Noel taught tennis at The Riverside Club in Atlanta for 11 years and was the Director at The Riverside Club for five years. Collegiately, he played at Florida A&M where he was 3-time Academic All-American as well as recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.

A native of Zimbabwe, Noel was the African Junior Doubles Champion. He is married with two lovely daughters.

Pamela Rock

Pamela is from Trumbull, Connecticut. She was the 1995 Connecticut State Open Singles Champion, a 4 time Division III Collegiate All American, and a NCAA Team Champion Division III in 1999. She also taught at The Longfellow Club in Wayland, MA and Athletic Club Northeast in Atlanta, GA.

Pamela earned a BA in Psychology at Amherst College and a doctorate in physical therapy at Emory University. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (STOTT pilates certified and Titelist Performance Institute certification).

She lives with her husband Michael and 2 daughters Sara (9) and Jordyn (7). Both of her girls love UTA and all the programs they offer. They have developed a passion for tennis just like she has. Pamela also enjoys taking spin classes, reading, and being with my family. She loves to explore the world with her husband.

Email address:

Ryan Hughes

Once you hear Coach Hughes out on the courts you will know he is originally from England. Ryan has worked at UTA since March 2007 and is part of the original coaching staff from the initial location at the Chattahoochee Plantation. Coach Hughes helps oversee the green dot and junior excellence groups at Blackburn, as well as assisting Universal Tennis Management as International Programs Coordinator/Recruiter.

Ryan played at the University of Southern Indiana all 4 years, and was team captain his senior year. Additionally, Ryan was part of the team that won the Conference Championship during his junior year. He earned a degree in business administration while attending University of Southern Indiana. Before coming to the United States, Coach Hughes attended Sutton Junior High Performance Tennis Center in London, England from 1999 to 2002 and played events on the UK tennis tour in that time.

Ryan’s Mom and Dad, and his 4 older brothers are all still living in England. Ryan married his wife Alice in May 2013. When not teaching juniors, Ryan enjoys playing professional golf events around Atlanta and working on his 2 black Trans Ams.

Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis is a Certified ITPA Tennis Performance Trainer. He has been working with Tennis athletes for over 7 years with various demographics and genders as well as Sports Rehabilitation. Steven continues to improve his knowledge by attending seminars and workshops through the USTA. He is constantly studying and reading about new advances in fitness/sports to incorporate into his training methods. Steven is in process of achieving his ITPA Tennis Performance Coach certification. He trains children of all ages and athletic ability.

Education: ITPA Certified Tennis Performance Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and ASF Certified Speed and Agility Coach.

Trey Walston

Trey grew up in Birmingham, AL, playing state, sectional, and national tournaments from the age of 11. He attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the tennis team for four years, and served as team captain for his final two years. While in school, Trey was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well as making the SEC Academic Honor Roll(tide). Trey graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics. He is USPTR certified and works with kids and adults of all ages and levels.

When not on the tennis court, Trey is an avid traveler and enjoys playing golf and guitar.