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.
Assistant Director of Tennis 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.
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Tennis Professional: Dale Thompson, USPTA
Cell number: (901)831-0549
Dale Thompson began playing tennis at the age of 9. He became a highly successful and top playing junior within the state of Tennessee, the Southern Region and Nationally. After a decorated junior career, he took those successes and talents to Harding University in Searcy, AR. In his freshman year, the team won the the season conference title along with the year ending conference tournament. Dale won his singles and doubles and the team qualified for NAIA nationals in Kansas City, KS. The team competed well and finished in top 12 out of 35 schools. He than transferred to the University of Memphis where he finished his collegiate career.
Dale is a certified tennis professional by the USPTA and is an energetic, fun loving instructor.
He joined our staff in 2015 and will serve as the middle school tennis coach, U10 director and will be involved in all aspects of our adult program. In addition to teaching, Dale will also provide racquet stringing. Dale lives in Arlington, TN with his wife Sandy, his daughter Emma Kate, and son Eric.
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Tennis Professional: Bailey Pinckernell
Cell number: (901)483-7688
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Tennis Professional: Phyllis Taylor, USPTA
Cell number: (901)581-9149
Phyllis Taylor has been a USPTA Teaching Professional for the past 23 years. The highlights of her teaching careers have taken place at Memphis Country Club and St. George's Independent School. Phyllis played 14 years on the Tennessee Southern Cup Team, and 4 years on the Tennessee Southern Intersectional Team. When Phyllis was 45 years old, she was ranked #2 as a USPTA Teaching Professional. In 2004, Phyllis was inducted into the Memphis Amateur Hall of Fame. In 2013, Phyllis won a Bronze Ball with the #3 ranking at the National Indoor Kansas City, and received the Prestigious Slew Hester - Female Player of the Year in the USTA Southern Division. Recently, in 2016, Phyllis was inducted into the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame in Nashville. Phyllis lives here in Collierville with her husband Richard.