Director of Tennis: Mark Bran, USPTA
Cell number – 901-651-0159
Coach Mark Bran joined St. George’s Independent School in February of 2011. Originally from Memphis, he brings with him 25 years of competition and coaching experience. Coach Bran was a member of the Men’s 5.0 National Qualifying Team in 1999, and he competed in the National Championships in Flushing meadows, NY, that same year. In 1997 he was named the Tennessee Tennis Pro of the Year for his outstanding leadership in growing the game in our area. Most recently, he was named 2012 Best of Preps Tennis Coach of the Year. In 1992 Coach Bran was a quarter-finalist in the United States Professional Tennis Association International Doubles Championship in Palm Springs, CA and was ranked No. 1 in the USTA Southern Region in Men’s Open Doubles. Coach Bran played college tennis at Delta State University, where he captured a conference title in doubles and was an All-Conference selection.
Coach Bran is a member of several professional tennis and athletic associations, including the United States Professional Tennis Association, the USTA, and the American Sports Builders Association, and he is past president of the Memphis Professional Tennis Association. He has always been actively involved in community service and hopes to continue that work. His past experiences include working with the Special Olympics for Tennessee and creating and implementing Game! Set! Match! - a tennis-focused drug free education program for schools. Prior to joining the coaching staff at St. George’s, Coach Bran was on staff at Memphis University School’s Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center as tennis professional and middle school tennis coach. He was head tennis professional at the Bluewater Bay Tennis Center in Niceville, FL. His previous work experience also includes serving as owner and president of Derrick Barton Tennis Court Construction and as the Director of Tennis at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, TN. He currently lives in Collierville, TN with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Kristina ’07, Alex ’12, Annie ’19 and Matthew ’21. His oldest child, Jessica Bran Butler, lives in Memphis with her husband, Wes.
Tennis Professional: Ronny Bran, USPTA
Cell number – 501-253-1220
Ronny Bran joined the team of tennis professionals at St. George’s Independent School in 2012. His professional tennis career began in 1988 as Director of Tennis and Head Tennis Professional at Leftwich Tennis Center in Memphis. He went on to manage the tennis program at the Memphis Country Club before moving to Arkansas where he directed the tennis programs at Pine Bluff Country Club, Indian Hills Country Club, and Hot Springs Country Club. He returned to Germantown as head tennis professional of Ridgeway Country Club before joining St. George’s program where he enjoys teaching tennis with his brother and Director of Tennis, Mark Bran. Ronny is a Certified Tennis Professional who has coached the Arkansas competitive training center team, held the office of President of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association of Arkansas, and received the Arkansas Professional of the Year award in 2009.
Tennis Professional: Kris Morgan, USPTA
Cell number – 901-687-8072
Kris began playing tennis in 1998 after a long background of playing and coaching volleyball at the high school, club, and college levels. Kris has represented Memphis at numerous Tennessee state and southern sectional USTA tennis tournaments at the adult 4.0,4.5, and 5.0 levels. She currently captains a ladies 5.0 adult team and World Team tennis 9.0 team, and achieved a career high 5.0 USTA rating in 2011. Kris has previously taught children, ladies, men, and teens at Germantown Country Club, and understands the different needs of the beginner through the competitive level tennis player. She has a B.A. in education and looks forward to teaching tennis to the families at St. George’s. Kris and her husband Jay have lived in Collierville for the past 12 years. She has four tennis-playing daughters and a baby grandson. She hopes to meet you on the courts very soon.