Meet the Coaches
Our highly ranked tennis coaches dedicate their time and talent each summer to help every Barth Tennis Academy student excel on the courts, in tournament play at the high school level…and beyond.
Hailing from Charleston, Jonathan was a top-ranked junior player in South Carolina and played college tennis at the College of Charleston. Jonathan and his wife, Meredith, have won two USTA National Husband/Wife Indoor titles in 2005 and 2006, during which they were ranked #1 and #2 nationally. Jonathan and his father, Roy, were ranked #5 in the United States in the Father/Son division in 2002 and reached the semis of the USTA National Father/Son Clay Court Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006. Jonathan is a member of the Wilson and K-Swiss advisory staffs and is a certified teaching professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He has been with Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1993. Jonathan was also honored with the 2016 USTA-SC Pro of the Year and the 2016 USTA-Southern Pro of the Year awards.
Roy Barth became the resort’s first Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort when he came off the ATP tour in May 1976. Growing up in San Diego, he won numerous national junior titles under the coaching of Wimbledon Champions’ Les Stoefen and Maureen Connelly (Little Mo). He was a two-time All-American at UCLA during which he reached the semi and finals of the NCAA doubles championship and the team was ranked 2nd in the nation for three years. Roy was also ranked in the U.S. as high as 8th in men’s singles and 2nd in men’s doubles. While on the international pro tour he was ranked in the top fifty in the world when he competed in all the Grand Slams. Roy’s extensive coaching background includes his role as the assistant Varsity Men’s Coach at UCLA, the Coach of the US Wightman Cup team, which included Chris Evert, and the coach of the Boy’s 18 Southern Intersectional team that won the national championship.
Raised in Charleston, Langdon became one of the top juniors in South Carolina. He was ranked as high as 5th in the Boy’s 18s singles and 1st in the 21 and under singles in South Carolina. He won the City of Charleston Men’s Singles Open title twice and competed in his collegiate career at Furman University where he played #3 singles and #2 doubles. Furman won the Southern Conference team title twice during Langdon’s collegiate career. He was a three-time all-Southern Conference player at Furman. Also, Langdon teamed with Roy Barth to win the 50s doubles title at the 2009 Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship. Langdon has been a teaching pro at Kiawah since 2011.
Santiago was born in South America, where he became the national Colombian Junior Champion in 1998 and 1999. In 2000, he started his college career at Charleston Southern University. While playing at CSU, Santiago was ranked 18th in the South, and his team won the Big South Conference title in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He taught at Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Florida and Seabrook Island Club before coming to Kiawah in 2014. He has also worked with Colombian ATP and WTA touring professionals during the Grand Slam tournaments such as the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He has been a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 2006.
Ryan is from Casey, Illinois. In high school tennis, his team reached the state finals for three years. He also played collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University for three years. Ryan achieved a top 10 national ranking while competing in the USTA National Father/Son Championship. He has been working at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2007.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Jackson joined the Roy Barth Tennis Center in the spring of 2018. He grew up playing USTA tournaments and attained top-five state and top-50 South rankings in Juniors. As a high school senior in 2011, he won a state championship with Dorman High School. He played Division I college tennis at Wofford College, where he primarily played number-three singles and number-two doubles. Jackson served as an assistant tennis pro for two summers at DeBordieu Tennis Club in Georgetown, South Carolina and, while still at Wofford, also taught tennis camps with Rod Ray.