Chad Baron

USPTA Pro 2 Chad Baron has served as an assistant tennis pro at local Lake Conroe tennis facilities; Walden Racquet Club (Summer 2005) and most recently Bentwater Sports Club (2006 - 2010).  Chad mostly helped with the junior summer camps and academy and during a recent transition period at Bentwater served as interim director of juniors.   

Most recently Coach Baron worked with the John Cooper School and head coach Jill Del Rio's boys and girls tennis teams (Spring 2011) and helping both squads to winning campaigns and solid post-season tournament showings.  Prior to this Chad was the head coach for Willis High School leading them to a 50-20 (.714) team tennis record from 2005 to 2009 where they achieved 4 consecutive district team tennis tournament championships and 4 consecutive Regional appearances from 2005-2008, reaching the quarterfinals 3 of the last 4 years - accomplishments that the Willis Community had not seen in over 10 years.  Baron was the associate head coach from 2001 sharing the duties with another coach while he fulfilled his basketball coaching duties.  In February 2005 he took over the whole program while becoming a certified tennis teaching professional through the United States Professional Tennis Association.  In 2007 the USPTA recognized Chad for his hard work and efforts in growing the game of tennis in Willis, TX by awarding him Texas High School Coach of the Year.  Chad also saw his facility, The Blythe Calfee Tennis Facility, through a $400,000 renovation which was also recognized by the USTA as the 2009 Most Outstanding Facility Award.  Under Coach Baron's leadership, growth in participation grew over 600 % from 2001 to 2009 and served over 100 students each year (from 2007-2009).

Baron attended Purdue University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a minor in German in 1993. He received a teaching license from Purdue in 1996.  He spent the 1990-91 school year studying German at the University of Hamburg, in Germany.  He is also a graduate of Culver Military Academy (1987) where he spent most of his youth growing up.

His professional goals are to become a high-performance coach and to become more knowledgeable in the areas of facility and event management and junior tennis. He also served as a keynote speaker in the Conroe area. 

He is a member of the USPTA, and the USTA. Before coming over to tennis Chad coached basketball at the high school and collegiate level for 13 years, reaching post-season tournament play in nine of those years. He was head of scouting for the Lafayette (Ind.) Jefferson High School's 1996 Final Four basketball team.

Chad and wife Amy reside in Willis and have five children.

updated 4-16-2010