AGAPE TENNIS ACADEMY LEADERSHIP

HONESTY • EXCELLENCE • ATTITUDE • RESPONSIBILITY • TEAMWORK

OWNER | CEO

AMY PAZAHANICK, PTR, PPR & PPTR

Amy is the CEO of Agape Tennis Academy, which currently manages public tennis centers in Fountain Valley, California, Oxnard, California, and Atlanta, Georgia. The organization provides programming to over 15,000 tennis and pickleball players annually. She currently manages a staff of over 125 tennis and pickleball coaches, administrative professionals, and business managers. Agape’s management style, processes, and systemized to approach allows the organization to continue to scale.

Amy is certified by the USTA in Sports Science and High-Performance Player Development. She is certified in Tennis by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), Pickleball by the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR), and platform tennis by the Professional Platform Tennis Registry (PPTR).

Amy is a coach, author, change expert and serial entrepreneur. Her personal and professional transformation systems show us how to infuse entrepreneurship with purpose, passion, and perseverance to create businesses that are bigger than the bottom line and positively impact communities.

Most recently in California, Agape and Amy were recognized by the United States Congress, the California Legislature Assembly, and the County of Orange as one of Fountain Valley’s finest leaders, in recognition of her small business’ contributions to the U.S. economy. Most recently in Georgia in 2020 and 2021, Agape Tennis Academy received the Best of Decatur Award. This award is given to local companies in different categories that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

In 2019, Amy was honored as the PTR Georgia Member of the Year and Tennis Media Group named Agape Tennis Academy Organization of the Year. Agape Tennis Academy was selected as the GPTA’s (Georgia Professional Tennis Association) Program of the Year in 2018. In 2017, Amy was voted Tennis Director of the Year and Agape Tennis Academy was named 10 and Under Program of the Year by the GPTA. In 2016, Agape Tennis Academy was voted Community Outreach Program of the Year by the GPTA.

Amy currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and in San Clemente, California with her two cats Zuki and Paix. She enjoys traveling, reading, business, living life to the fullest, all things outdoors, tennis, pickleball, golf, hiking, biking, surfing, and being in the ocean.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

ANNIE FREEMAN

Annie Freeman brings an interesting decades-old mix of tennis experience and hospitality to her role as Chief Operating Officer for Agape Tennis Academy. She started playing tennis at the age of seven and has continued playing ever since. Annie was the captain of her Marist School team that won the National Championship for Tennis.

After studying engineering at Marquette University, for more than 25 years she combined her work as a popular sports bar employee with managing, merchandising and systems for Serious Tennis and Berkeley Hills Country Club. In addition to her challenging work with the expanding Agape Tennis Academy, Annie and her husband also help homeowners clear their houses of clutter and organize estate sales. They now live in Lilburn with their daughter, Maddux, and 2 fur babies, Shadow and Bowie.

corporate head tennis professional

JOE HILL

Joe is a PTR Certified teaching professional with over 25 years of experience. During his tennis journey, he has had the opportunity to play at a high level as a junior and young adult in various tennis tournaments throughout the country.

As a teaching professional, he has been fortunate enough to be able to work with toddlers, juniors, young adults, adults, and Olympians! He is very proud of the fact that he has been able to help juniors achieve their dreams of earning tennis scholarships. He also takes great joy in seeing his adult teams improve every season and ultimately compete in the City Championships.

He loves working with USTA, ALTA, and junior teams of all levels, bringing all of the personalities of the players on the court together for one purpose, TEAM! He has extensive experience in running cardio tennis, men’s drills, beginner ladies, tournaments, and fun socials as well.

Besides being a tennis professional, Joe is also a chef and traveler. He is an adventurous, energetic, kind, and creative person. The tennis courts are his home and coaching brings him the greatest joy of all!

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BRANDING

JOA THOMPSON

Joa is a small town country girl with a big heart and dazzling southern Charm. She was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama and later moved to Atlanta once she graduated high school to work towards her dream of entrepreneurship. She loves to have fun and learn new things. She keeps busy with the likes of cooking, writing, business planning, and long walks in nature. Her most favorite activity being exploration of new lands.

Joa looks forward to continue to keep improving on the tennis court while working along side a great tennis academy. She hopes to travel the world spreading her branded message of Choosing your Joy over Anything! If you see Joa in the office, feel free to say hello!

BUSINESS MANAGER

LAUREN COOK

Lauren Cook grew up just outside of Atlanta and spent the majority of her time playing soccer for the club team, State team, and Olympic Development team. She went on to compete at the Division 1 level for the Samford Bulldogs in Birmingham and was nationally ranked. She also enjoyed volunteer coaching for a kids’ soccer program in the city, and at camps in Ukraine during the summers. She followed her passion to serve and moved to Kenya for 3 years after college to work for a non-profit organization. She coordinated youth centered conferences and seminars, organized the organization’s short-term mission trips to Kenya, and managed the budgets. While in Kenya, she acquired her Masters in Leadership Development and Non-Profit Management.

In returning to the States, she decided to pursue her love for fitness and coaching. She became a trainer and Branch Manager at two locations for Iron Tribe Fitness in Atlanta. Lauren is very extroverted and was able to exercise her interpersonal skills in the gym and use her passion for excel spreadsheets and program development.

Her competitive spirit led her to pick up the incredible sport of tennis. She spent some time coaching strength and conditioning for young tennis athletes. She loves the sport and its ability to reach so many lives, of all ages, in every community.

Lauren resides in the heart of Atlanta with her fiancé, Amy, daughter, Graham, and their two cats Zuki and Paix. She loves to travel, surf, hike, dance and explore.