Our Team

Jon Neeter | Owner & Founder

Jon Neeter is a former collegiate coach from Duke University and has been coaching tennis for more than 20 years.  He has helped his students earn over $2.5 Million dollars in combined college scholarship money.  Jon believes that tennis can serve as a great platform to secure a good education.  Jon has a reputation for helping kids to cultivate independence, discipline and problem solving skills that are required to become successful in tennis and in life.  Prior to owning SMTC,  Jon was the Head Pro at the Palisades Tennis Center and a private coach in Southern California.  Jon was the assistant director of Nike Tournament Tough Training Camps under legendary coach Carlos Goffi, the former coach of John & Patrick McEnroe.  Jon is also currently COO and a partner at Tournament Tough Online.

Private Lesson Rates:  $200 per hour | $225 semi-private per hour

Deiton Baughman | Director of Tennis & Head Pro

Deiton Baughman adds to the staff at SMTC one of the most impressive resumes of any young coach in the nation. While serving at SMTC will also be pulling double duty as the Volunteer Assistant Men's Coach at the University of Southern California.   A program which has won five of the last seven NCAA titles.  Coach Deiton is not only one of the best young coaches in the nation he is also one of the most accomplished junior and professional players from the Los Angeles area over the past decade.   

 

Deiton is currently the #1 ranked player in the USTA SoCal men's open division and was ranked #315 on the ATP tour in 2015.  He has won several professional tournaments over the past few years and competed in the main draw of the 2015 US Open men's doubles.  As a junior player he was the So Cal sectional champion in the boy's 10's, 12's, 14's divisions and was ranked #1 in the nation on several occasions.

 

What makes Coach Deiton even more special to SMTC is that he spent many of his formative years training on our court at 2505 Wilshire Blvd.  From the start of our business in 2010 till now Deiton has spent most of the  Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings that he was not traveling the world on the junior and professional circuit training on our ball machine and perfecting his craft.  The level of experience he brings to SMTC is nothing that can be found at any other club or facility in our area.  

Private Lesson Rates:  $200 per hour | $225 semi-private per hour

Austin Karosi | Tennis & Pickleball Professional

From the age of 8 years old, Austin trained to become a top professional tennis player and was one of the top juniors from Southern California. Austin turned professional out of high school after being recruited by Pepperdine, UC Irvine and the United States Air Force Academy.

 

After training and playing tournaments all over the world, he won his first ATP points in 2009. Austin has been based in Singapore for the past seven years, and is joining SMTC for this summer and fall seasons. Over the years, Austin has trained with many top players such as current WTA #1 and US open champion Angie Kerber, as well as 3 time ATP Grand Slam Winner, Stan Wawrinka.

 

Austin works with all ranges of tennis players – from children and recreational players to top Athletes. Austin brings his competitive experience acquired from the Professional tennis tour combined with the prestigious, United States Professional Tennis Association Elite (USPTA) coaching background to develop individual training programs to suit each of his clients.

Private Lesson Rates:​  $200 per hour | $225 semi-private per hour

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Lopez Williams | Tennis Professional

Lopez Williams is a former stand out Junior Tennis player from New England. As a player, he has been featured on ESPN's Scholastic Sorts America. NBC, Tennis Magazine, and received full scholarship to train at the Dennis Van Der Meer and Nick Bollettierri Tennis Academy.

As a personal coach, he believes in helping individuals maximize their tennis goals through technique designed to help build ground stroke confidence and consistency at all levels. 

Private Lesson Rates:​  $150 per hour | $175 semi private per hour 

Kris Harris | Tennis Professional

 

Private Lesson Rates:​  $150 per hour | $175 semi private per hour