Barth Tennis Academy
Meet The Coaches
Director of Tennis
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.
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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.
Brandon is from Casey, Illinois where he was a top junior performer playing #1 doubles and singles for his high school team, and received High School All-American Honors in 1998. Brandon played collegiate tennis at Eastern Illinois University for four years where he received All-Conference honors both his junior and senior year at #1 doubles and #2 singles. He has been nationally ranked as high as six with his father Bill Blankenbaker in Father/Son National Tournaments. He played #1 doubles on the USTA Men’s 5.5 National Championship Team in 2007. In 2012, Brandon won the USTA Men’s 30 Doubles Grass Court National Tennis Championship. Brandon has been working Kiawah Island Golf Resort since 2006 and is a certified PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) 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.
George is from Aiken, SC. He was ranked in the top ten among South Carolina Junior players from 2008-2011 and in top 60 in the South. George was named to the All-State and Region high school teams while playing for Aiken Prep. He competed at Wofford College in 2011 and Coker College in 2012. This is George’s third year teaching at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.