Barth Tennis Academy

Meet The Coaches

Johnathan Barth

Jonathan Barth

Director of Tennis

Jonathan is from Charleston, South Carolina. He 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 Advisory Staff and the K-Swiss Advisory Staff and is a certified teaching professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Jonathan has been with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 1993. Jonathan received the 2016 USTA-SC Pro of the Year and the 2016 USTA-Southern Pro of the Year awards at each respective annual meeting.

Roy Barth

Roy Barth

Director Emeritus

Roy Barth has been the Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 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 two in the nation for three years. Roy was also ranked in the United States as high as eighth in men’s singles and two in men’s doubles. While on the international pro tour he was ranked in the top fifty in the world which he competed in all the Grand Slams.

His best results were reaching the round of sixteen in the US Open and the finals of the United States Men’s Hard Court Championship. Roy’s extensive coaching background includes being 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. He has a wealth of tennis knowledge to pass on to the academy participants. It includes technique analysis, preparation for competition, shot selection under pressure, mental toughness, and how to maximize your strengths.

Langdon Brockinton

Langdon Brockinton

Teaching Professional

Langdon is from Charleston, S.C., where he became one of the top juniors in Charleston and South Carolina. He was ranked as high as 5th in the Boy’s 18’s singles and No. 1 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 50’s doubles title at the 2009 Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship. Langdon has been a teaching pro at Kiawah for seven years.

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Santiago Falla

Teaching Professional

Santiago was born in Colombia, South America. He was 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, Wimbledon, and the US Open. He has been a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) since 2006.

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Trevor Gotkowski

Teaching Professional

Trevor is from Cartersville, Georgia. As a junior player he was ranked as high as five in Georgia and twenty-five in the South. He excelled in doubles as a junior by winning the Southern 18 & under Doubles Championship in 2012. Trevor played four years of collegiate tennis at Wofford College in South Carolina. His senior year he played number three singles and number one doubles. During his summers in college he taught top level juniors at the Rod Ray/Wofford Junior Tennis Camp and the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy in Atlanta.

Ryan Blankenbaker

Ryan Blankenbaker

Teaching Professional

Ryan is from Casey, Illinois. In high school tennis his team reached the state finals for three years. He played his collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University for three years. He achieved a top 10 national ranking while competing in the USTA National Father/son Championship. Ryan has been working at Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2007.

Jackson Keith

Jackson Keith

Teaching Professional

Jackson Keith, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, 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 DeBourdieu Tennis Club in Georgetown, South Carolina and, while still at Wofford, also taught tennis camps with Rod Ray.