MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

Dave Gary

Director of Tennis

For the past seven years, Dave Gary was the Director of Tennis at Midtown Athletic Club. While at Midtown, Dave oversaw a robust tennis program that included a staff of up to 13 tennis professionals, and he was the USTA Tournament Director for the historical USTA Women’s Senior National 65, 75 and 85 Category I event. Previously, Dave was the General Manager at The Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Georgia – a 24 court facility that hosted 60 ALTA and USTA teams. They were invited to be a USTA Quickstart Pilot Program and a USPTA Regional Tennis Coach Certification Testing Center. He received the USPTA Southern Division, a seven state section, and Facility Manager of the Year award.

DEON BOTHA

Tennis Professional

Deon has 20 years teaching and coaching experience as he was Director of Tennis at Rockhill Tennis Club before coming to Woodside.

He holds a USPTA Elite certification. He has been an alternate for Kansas City Explorer’s World Team Tennis.

He is a Missouri Valley Men’s Singles and Doubles Champion and Kansas City Open Men’s Singles and Doubles Champion.

Deon played NCAA Division I Tennis at Oklahoma State University – All-Big 8 Conference Player in Singles and Doubles and competitor at the NCAA Division I Men’s National Championships. Deon also played on the ATP Tour. 

MARY SPENCER

Junior Development Coordinator

Mary is Woodside’s Junior Development Coordinator and holds a USPTA Elite certification.

Mary played 4 years of varsity high school tennis at Bishop Leblond High school in St. Joseph, Missouri and was a state contender.

From 2003-2007 she played number one singles and doubles on scholarship at Missouri Western State University.

From 2003 and 2007 she spent her summers working as a tennis director at Lake Bryn Mawr in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2 years with the Saint Joseph School District before coming to Woodside. 

BRIAN DOUGHERTY

Adult League Coordinator/Tennis Professional

Brian began teaching youth sports in 2012, heading the 5th grade lacrosse team in Prairie Village, then instructing 5-12 year-olds in tennis at the Paul Henson YMCA.

He began playing tennis at the age of 10, and at 18 started participating in USTA Missouri Valley events.  

Brian was a walk-on on to the Johnson County Community College tennis team in 2010. He is currently a student at UMKC, studying for a BBA degree in marketing and expecting to graduate in the spring of 2015.