Meet Team Witsken Pros & Staff
Rick Witsken - Tennis Professional
Rick is the proud founder and owner of Team Witsken, which has run tennis programming indoors at The Retreat and summer programs in Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Mount Vernon, Westfield and other surrounding Indianapolis-area communities for the past 16 years. In addition to his work with Team Witsken, which also offers pickleball programs for all ages and levels, Rick is the head coach of the Zionsville girls and Carmel boys and girls middle school teams.
Rick, the seventh of eight children of Bud and Marilyn Witsken, was a two-time Indiana state champion in singles and was one of four siblings to earn full tennis scholarships to a Division I school. At the University of Alabama, Rick was a two-time All-American, reaching the No. 1 doubles ranking in the country.
Rick was world-ranked on the ATP Tour in both singles and doubles. He began his post-playing career working with his brother, Todd Witsken, at the Indianapolis Tennis Center, serving as tennis director and coach of the IUPUI men’s tennis team. He also was director of tennis at Woodstock Country Club for seven years.
Rick still loves to compete – he’s ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 40-and-over singles and doubles and has competed multiple times for Team USA. He’s also a Top 10 player in the U.S. in pickleball singles and doubles. Rick is the proud father of his multi-talented 12-year-old daughter, Brittany.
Rick’s Private Lesson Fee is $90.00/Hour
PA Nilhagen - Tennis Professional
PA Nilhagen is well known in international and national tennis circles as a master technician, motivator, and a man of personal integrity. In more than 40 years of teaching, he has developed a system (www.thepasystem.com) of training the whole player based on accountability, responsibility and independence.
He has developed more Indiana high school state champions than any other coach, and is perhaps most proud of the fact that more than 500 of his students have gone on to play college tennis.
A number of his players have also moved into the professional playing ranks, including Todd Witsken, Ginny Purdy and Stephanie Reece Hunn. PA has been recognized as the Midwest Coach of the Year, won the CITA Stan Malless Award, served on the USTA National Coaches Commission and has traveled to all the grand slams as a coach. He is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association.
PA’s Private Lesson Fee is $90.00/Hour
Jeff Johnston - Tennis Professional
Jeff is originally from Canton, Ohio, where he played football and tennis at Walsh University. Before arriving in Indianapolis, he taught on Hilton Head Island, S.C., at the Sea Pines and Port Royal Racquet Clubs.
Jeff’s accolades include working with former world No. 1 Stan Smith and the legendary coach Dennis Van Der Meer.
Jeff is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
Jeff and his wife, Lani, have a young son, Jack, whom they look forward to seeing out on the tennis court in the near future.
Jeff’s Private Lesson Fee is $80.00/Hour
Tyler Witsken - Tennis Professional
Tyler, the oldest of five kids and the son of former ATP pro Todd Witsken, played four years on the No. 1-ranked Carmel High tennis team. He’s the head coach of the girls team and an assistant with the boys team at Zionsville West Middle School. Tyler played tennis under PA Nilhagen and Rick Witsken.
Tyler’s Private Lesson Fee is $60.00/Hour
Henry Armstrong - Tennis Professional
Henry grew up in Westfield and first picked up a racquet at age 3. Since then he has been a passionate tennis player and competed at No. 1 singles all four years at Westfield High School. In 2014 he earned a B.A. from IUPUI, where he studied sociology and psychology. Henry joined Team Witsken in 2015, and in 2016 he became boys and girls tennis coach at Lebanon High School. In addition to tennis, Henry loves playing and teaching pickleball at Team Witsken.
Henry’s Private Lesson Fee is $60.00/Hour