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.
Tennis Professional: Austin Talley, USPTA
Cell number: (901) 834-5374
Austin, a native Memphian, picked up a racquet later than his peers but within 3 years qualified for TSSAA individuals state championships with Arlington High School. Following graduation, Austin played one year of collegiate tennis with Christian Brothers University before transferring to U of M on a vocal music scholarship. Austin now serves as both a tennis professional and assistant coach for SGIS middle school tennis team. Austin has been involved with several iterations of programs for underprivileged youth with the National Junior Tennis and Learning program (NJTL), as well as assisting in Junior Development at numerous locations here in Memphis. Today, he has successfully brought his entire family into the game and the SG community, and even if he’s not on the court, odds are someone related to him will be. When not teaching (or playing matches himself), Austin is very passionate about singing, foster both cats and dogs, and cares for his ever-growing collection of animals.
Tennis Professional: MC Blaizel, USPTR
Cell number: (901) 491-7238
MC Blaizel has been a USPTR Teaching Professional since January 2015. She is originally from Montreal, Canada and speaks French fluently. She and her husband Jean-François (JF!) have moved to Memphis in 2007 and now live in Cordova. MC has been a school teacher (Elementary and Early Childhood) since she graduated in PE from the University of Montreal in 1995. She has been playing tennis since she was about 8 years old and loves that sport that brings so many lifelong benefits! She participated and won a few club tournaments as a teenager and she played in a competitive Interclub league in Montreal for 6 years. She helped coaching the St Agnes Academy High School Tennis team for 3 seasons. She loves to share her passion of the sport with kids (and adults) and teach them how to love tennis too!! She is delighted to now join the St George's family and work with a great team of tennis pros!
Tennis Professional: Stefan Woog, USPTA
Cell number: (901) 490-4361
Stefan Woog is staff member that joined us in August of 2018. He comes from a tennis family with 2 siblings that play competitively and his father who is also a tennis professional. Stefan was a very accomplished junior player achieving a #1 ranking in the state of Tennessee, a top 15 ranking in the southern section and twice qualifying for the National Hard Courts in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to giving private lessons and clinics, Stefan will be instrumental in our junior program and will serve as assistant coach for the boys varsity team. Stefan lives in Cordova with his wife, Miranda, and their 3 dogs.