Alan Tsuda, PTR Certified
Co-Head Teaching Professional
Alan’s father introduced him to
tennis at the age of eight. As a junior, Alan competed at state,
sectional, and national levels. He played on the CU Club Team
that reached nationals four years in a row.
Alan graduated from CU with a degree in child and
neuro psychology, but couldn’t envision using his degree at a desk
job. He embraced the idea of utilizing psychology and his love
for tennis to help both juniors and adults. Alan believes
he can help all his students to reach their full potential as
tennis players, and in the case of juniors, to help transfer
lessons learned on court to life experiences.
Alan’s longtime coach, Rich Berman, encouraged Alan to attend
the Dennis Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina, to earn his Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)
certification. Alan did just that and has been the cohead
teaching professional at Rich’s Tennis School since 2002. Alan
enjoys seeing students begin as youngsters, and then years
later, head off to college ready to play tennis and ready for
the rigors of college academics.
Alan, Rich has not only been his coach, but his mentor and
friend. He would even go as far to say that Rich has been like a
third parent to him—he has influenced him that much. Alan has
nothing but love and respect for Rich and all that he has taught
him about tennis and life. Alan learned the importance of
honesty, being a man of his word, hard work, and
perseverance—qualities that have helped him become not just
successful on the court, but in life in general.
Alan is also the assistant coach for
the Fairview High School Girls’ Tennis Team.
Chad Tsuda, PTR Certified Teaching
Chad started playing tennis at the
young age of seven with his father and brother, Alan. With Rich
Berman as his coach, Chad earned a ranking of eleven in the
nation at the age of sixteen and won two Colorado state
championships at No. 1 singles. He was thrilled to play for his
hometown college, CU, and had the opportunity to compete in
Tennis has been such an important part of Chad’s life that he
made a decision early on to play and teach tennis for the rest
of his life. He enjoys giving back to the people and to the game
that afforded him so many opportunities and experiences.
Chad received his PTR certification and started working with
Rich and his brother, Alan, at Rich’s Tennis School in 2007. Chad
and Alan both enjoy helping adults improve their tennis game and
reach their full potential. Because they are close in age to the
junior players, they are quite comfortable serving (no pun
intended) as mentors on and off the court.
Rich has been Chad's long-time coach and he considers Rich part
of his family. Rich traveled with Chad during tournaments and
has been a role model for him both on and off the court. Rich is
a masterful coach and Chad aspires to use the knowledge Rich has
passed to him to better serve his own students. Rich taught Chad about being a
man of his word, and that nothing worthwhile comes without hard
work and perseverance. Truly a one-of-a-kind person and someone
he hopes to become like in his lifetime.
Chad is also the head coach of the Fairview High School Boys’
Berman, PTR, USPTA Certified
Rich has been playing
tennis for over fifty years and teaching for forty. His father
was instrumental in getting him on the court, but after hitting
only two tennis balls, Rich was hooked for life.
Rich was a ranking junior player in Southern California. His
highest ranking was eighth behind would be champions such as
Stan Smith and Bob Lutz. Rich played on the junior U.S. Davis squad and later for Cal
State (CSU Long Beach), where he earned All-American honors. He
has enjoyed a long career as a teaching professional and has
held the pro position at: Hillcrest Country Club in Los
Angeles, Boulder Country Club, Boulder Valley Racquet Club, and
Colony Beach and Tennis Resort (Florida). Rich took his
father’s advice in 1975 and opened his own club, South Bay
Tennis Center, in Torrance, California. Rich sold this business,
moved back to Boulder, Colorado, in 1981, where he cofounded the
Colorado Group, a real estate company that remains successful to
this day. Restless to return to his roots as a tennis
coach, Rich opened Rich’s Tennis School in Boulder in 1990,
then built the current facility in Erie in 2004.
The highlights of his career include: coaching David Hall, the
six-time No. 1 wheelchair player in the world, five-time
Paralympic medalist, and singles gold medalist in the Sydney
Paralympics; coaching Chad Tsuda, who was nationally
ranked and won two state 5A championship singles titles; and
coaching and working side by side with Alan Tsuda for the past
eight years. Rich is proud to have coached both Alan and Chad
and is now proud and honored to say they are his trusted
colleagues and friends.
Rich is grateful for the mentors in his life throughout his
journey with tennis. His father encouraged him to play tennis,
even though it was thought of as a “sissy” sport back then.
His first coach, Carl Earl, inspired him to become a pro and
hired him for his first job when he was nineteen. Rich also
worked for Dennis Van der Meer (who was coaching Billie Jean
King at the time) and later opened a Dennis Van der Meer
franchise known as TennisAmerica. Rich is indebted to his
mentors, and he hopes he has inspired Alan and Chad, and others,
as he has been inspired.