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Lenny Scheuermann
Executive Director and Head Teaching Professional

Lenny is a world-class teaching professional who has coached several world-ranked players including Elise Burgin and JoAnn Russell, former Wimbledon doubles champion. Lenny has been a registered professional since 1973 with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and is also a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR). He is the President and Founder of The Tennis Institute, Inc. as well as CEO of Motivation America, Inc. Named Baltimore’s Best tenis teaching professional by Baltimore Magizine.


Thiha Htwar
Vice President of the Tennis Institute Director of Operations/Organization

Senior Pro and USPTA member, Thiha has been with our summer camp program as a teaching professional and program director for the past thirty two years. Formerly from Rangoon, Burma, he is a graduate of Towson State University. He played for UMBC and Towson State. He was ranked as high as #2 and #1 in Doubles. Thiha was named “Teaching Pro of the Year” by the USTA Maryland in 2012.


Keith Puryear
College Player Advisor

Keith is Head Coach for the U.S. Naval Academy women’s team. Before the Academy, Keith was the very successful head men’s and women’s coach at the Univesity of Maryland Baltimore County where the men’s team won five conference championships and the women’s team six. Puryear was named the USPTA Mid Atlantic College Coach of the Year in 2007 and was selected conference coach of the year 10 times, in three different conferences. Coach Puryear is a certified USPTA and USPTR professional, and was ranked in both Maryland and MidAtlantic as a high school player.

Matt Lennox
Director of Junior Development, USPTA

Matt has been with The Tennis Institute for fifteen years. A graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he played as high as #2 singles. Has been ranked #3 in singles in the Mid Atlantic and #1 in doubles in Maryland. Ranked #1 in the nation in mens 30 singles, 2009.

Kristen Messmer
USPTR Certified Teaching Pro

Kristen has been working at the TennisInstitute since 2008. Kristen is an ITF Pro Circuit player and was ranked number 1 in Maryland in 2007. A 2007 Ohio State University graduate where she was a four year scholarship varsity player in both singles and doubles, Kristen has the recent competitive experience to improve astudents power game.


Everyone on the staff at The Tennis Institute has been trained through our own program in the latest scientific and psychological teaching techniques by Lenny Scheuermann.

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