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Heightwise, tennis coordinator falls short, but not his teaching skills
By Matt Stone

December 3, 2005

Kiwanis Recreation Center has a new tennis coordinator, Chris Brewer. Brewer, 29, comes from similar positions in California, Colorado and Missouri.

With the birth of his first child, his family’s desire to move to Arizona and the opening at Kiwanis, it seemed like a perfect fit, says Brewer.

“It sounded like they were looking to make some changes for the better, and I thought I could help them do that,” said Brewer. “[I’d bring] some new ideas, a different way of teaching, a different attitude, experience.”

The job, which requires Brewer to supervise the team of professionals and organize classes and tournaments, is one he feels he can do well.

His responsibilities also include teaching new techniques and strategies to the pros. Brewer even tries to get on the court when he can, though he admits it is not as often as he’d like. It is not always easy for him to stay away, though, as he has been on the court since he was six, despite it not being his strongest game.

“I played all sports when I grew up and I was probably better at soccer and basketball,” said Brewer.

Brewer attributes his height as the reason he stopped pursuing basketball and the rationale for never trying to go pro as a tennis player.

“[I’m] strictly a teaching professional—too short,” said Brewer.

Shortcomings caused by his height never derailed Brewer’s dreams of becoming a coach. Receiving his bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1998 from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a member of the men’s tennis team, he did not stop his education there. He would earn his USPTA (U.S. Professional Tennis Association) certificate two years later and his PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) certificate three years after that.

Finally, Brewer added a masters degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in 2004.

With his extensive education and love for the game, Brewer should help to produce good things from the Kiwanis tennis program.

Kiwanis Recreation Center is located at 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe.


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