The Bolles School is proud to announce a partnership with Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), under the continued leadership of Director of Tennis Brian Gottfried. With a name known around the world due to his professional tennis career success – winning 25 singles and 54 doubles titles, including doubles championships at Wimbledon in 1976, the French Open in 1975 and 1977, and a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1976-78, 1980 and 1982 – Gottfried continues to follow his passion through coaching at Bolles.
After spending 13 years playing on the ATP Tour, Gottfried has now been at Bolles for more than a year and is partnering with one of the elite groups in tennis. Founded in College Park, Maryland in 1999, JTCC is committed to providing world-class tennis programming alongside quality education and character development. “Partnering with JTCC allows Bolles Tennis to continue its growth into a comprehensive training program with the goal of helping students achieve athletic and academic success, while developing strong character and leadership skills,” Gottfried said.
JTCC uses tennis as a vehicle to develop champions with the highest standards of fair play on and off the court, providing a pathway from their introduction to the game to top-tier collegiate and professional competition. JTCC participants have won more than 50 national and international junior championships and continue to excel at the intercollegiate and professional level. In 2013, 38 students earned Top 50 rankings in various age groups including six players who were ranked in the Top 50 in all four junior age groups. In total, JTCC players have earned Top 50 rankings 80 times.
Ray Benton, JTCC CEO stated, “Bolles has an international reputation as an excellent college preparatory school and we share the same goals—to provide young people with the opportunity to attend the top universities and succeed in all that they choose to pursue. We are looking forward to working with Bolles and Brian Gottfried in developing strong, academically oriented, tennis players.”
Gottfried has coached players at each level of development and has worked with former top 20 players such Jimmy Arias, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein, Jay Berger, Mal Washington and Kathy Rinaldi. In 1989, he was named the Director of Tennis at the ATP International Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach. Gottfried was inducted into the Florida Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.