Joel Hoffman: Program Advisor
Joel is a former collegiate and pro circuit player. He is known throughout the tennis industry as one of its most innovative tennis professionals. His background includes 6 years of national competition in the Juniors, a graduate of the University of Houston, 3 years of touring professionally on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour, and 25 years of experience directing tennis programs and managing tennis facilities.
Joel grew up as a nationally top 20 ranked junior tennis player from Topeka, Kansas and came to Houston to play college tennis at the University of Houston in the mid 1970’s. As a college senior, Joel was captain of the Top 10 NCAA Division I University of Houston Cougars and received the University’s top student athlete award. He received a Business Degree in Finance.
After college Joel played as a professional on the ATP Men’s Tennis Circuit for three years, achieving a World ranking of 127 in Men's Doubles and 329 in Singles. As a professional Joel had the opportunity to play over 10 Wimbledon Singles and Doubles Champions.
In 1984, Joel retired from the pro circuit and settled in North Houston as Head Tennis Pro at Wimbledon Racquet Club, a Tennis Magazine Top 20 tennis club. It was in North Houston that Joel developed one of the most successful junior tennis programs in Texas. In 1986, students from his tennis academy won 5 of the 8 Texas Junior Tennis Championships. Joel has also worked as a tennis professional at some of Houston’s most respected tennis facilities and country clubs including: Wimbledon Racquet Club, Olde Oaks Tennis Club and Raveneaux Country Club. In 1989 Joel started the Houston Tennis Buddies League (now called USA Tennis 123). This beginner program has introduced thousands of children to tennis over the past 25 years.
Chris Hoffman: Owner
Chris Hoffman: Owner
Chris started tennis late at the age of 12. After playing 7 years of Ice Hockey, he made the switch to tennis and never looked back. He has had a successful Junior, High School, and NCAA tennis career.
USTA Junior Tennis Accomplishments:
12's Texas Championship Level
14's Texas Super Championship level
16's Texas Super Championship Level: Highest Rank of 32,
18's Texas Super Championship Level: Highest Rank of 48
High School Accomplishments:
Chris attended Clear Lake High School and was a 4 year varsity letterman. His freshman year he was the JV District Champion in singles and a member of the UIL 5A Team Tennis Regional Finalist. Chris' sophomore year he placed 2nd in the UIL 5A Boys Doubles Regional Tournament, placed 3rd in UIL 5A State Boys Doubles Tournament, and was a member of the UIL 5A Team Tennis Regional Finalist. Chris' junior year as co-captain he won the UIL 5A Regional Boys Doubles Tournament, reached the Quarter Finals in UIL 5A Texas State Tournament, and was a member of the most successful Clear Lake High School Tennis Team reaching the UIL 5A Team Tennis State Finals. Chris' senior year as captain placed 3rd in the UIL 5A Regional Boy's Doubles Tournament and was a member of a team that placed 3rd in UIL 5A Team Tennis.
NCAA Tennis Accomplishments:
Chris was a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy Tennis Team from 2010-2012: While at USCGA Chris was a valued member of the NEWMAC Conference Team Finalist during the 2010-2011 Season. During the Fall, after an undefeated singles and doubles season, Chris reached Men's Doubles Round of 16 in the New England ITA Regional Tournament, losing 9-7 to the NCAA Division III National Champions.
USPTA Teaching Professional
Currently Chris is a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite Professional and teaches tennis while he maintains a career in Commercial Banking.
Top Professional Career Singles and
Doubles Wins Include:
Vince Van Patten
Max McDulin: Director of Tennis
Max started playing tennis as soon as he could walk. He is a passionate ambassador of the game and has coached in many cities and worked with all levels of players from young juniors to 90 year olds.
Max has always had a passion for coaching since he was in high school.
He has worked as a pro in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and was most recently a Co-Director in Chicago. He has coached multiple junior champions, many who have gone on to train at IMG.
Max specializes in identifying and developing young talent, and has a strong network with collegiate coaches. Max will be able to help juniors develop a path to a collegiate tennis career.
He can also provide the energy and fun of recreational tennis for juniors and adults.
Max played locally at Clear Falls High School and was Captain of the Junior Varsity team for two seasons and was then Captain of the Varsity team his junior and senior season.
He went on to pursue a degree at Ohio University in Sports Broadcasting and Sports Administration.
In Pittsburgh he coached multiple champion USTA Juniors, and then went on to facilitate Adult Team Tennis and Junior Team Tennis in Chicago. He believes in a philosophy taught to him by his parents, "Tennis is fun to play, and even more fun when you win."
His Adult Team Tennis squads were all at the top of the table in Chicago at the time he left.
Whatever you are looking for on the tennis courts, from elite competition, recreational play, and junior development, Max is excited to work with you and your family.