Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that it has named Brian Parkkonen as Director of Development, a post vacated when Steve Keller was promoted to Director of Education earlier this year.
Parkkonen earned PTR Master of Tennis - Performance, and is a Clinician and Tester in all four PTR education and certification pathways. Additionally, he is certified as both an Etcheberry Strength and Conditioning Coach and USTA High Performance Coach. In 2013, Parkkonen was awarded PTR Member of the Year for South Carolina.
As Director of Development, his responsibilities will include the scheduling and coordination of all PTR Certification Workshops in the USA, and ensuring that workshops are held in all 50 states each year.
Coming full circle, Parkkonen started his career at the Van der Meer World Class Academy as Head Pro and Director of College Placement. He was selected by the USTA as Head Coach for Southern Junior Cup, Southerns and Zonals, and is the former Chair for USTA South Carolina Player Development. Parkkonen coached WTA player, Sanaz Marand, from 1180 in the world to Top 300. Most recently, he was Director of Tennis at The Weymouth Club near Boston.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,800 members in 121 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.