Meet the Pros


Brit Coleman Director of Junior Tennis
Brit has been developing junior tennis programs with community service in mind and community involvement as a primary goal. Known as “Mr. Sunshine” to his junior players, Brit looks forward to building a strong family-oriented tennis program at WRTF.
Kenna Kilgo Assistant Director of Junior Tennis
Kenna Kilgo served five seasons as the Associate Head Coach for the Iowa State Tennis Team and was instrumental in the most successful era in the history of the program. She is a three-time ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year and a ITA National Assistant coach of the year finalist. In her final season with the Cyclones in 2022-2023, ISU had its most impressive season. The Cyclones finished 21-6 overall and reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championships.
Blake Starkey Director of Adult Tennis
Blake grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and in Palestine, Texas. He was a regular on the Texas junior circuit and played for Eastern Kentucky University on a full scholarship. Over his career, he has helped develop numerous players who went on to play collegiately, and/or professionally. In his coaching career, Blake served as the Head Tennis Coach for the University of Missouri Tigers. Prior to Mizzou, Blake coached the Maryland Terrapins in the Big 10 for five seasons. He guided both Maryland and Mizzou to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearances, and still holds the record for most team wins for any tennis coach in Mizzou program history. When not on court, Blake enjoys spending time with family, travel, chess, biking, cooking and occasionally watching Netflix. Blake’s wife, Julie, is the Dean of Student Development at Central Texas College. Blake and Julie have two grown children, Emily and Samuel.
Jodi Thurman Head Pro of Pickleball
Jodi has a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and an A.A.S in Computer Networking and Systems Administration from Texas State Technical College. She has lived in the Central Texas area since 1987 and retired from McLennan County’s Information Technology department. Jodi has a background in competitive racquetball but found pickleball in 2018. She is an avid player and competes in tournaments throughout the country. She has participated in other sports as well including long distance cycling, running (from 5 Ks to full marathons), triathlons, golf, and softball. Jodi is the USA Pickleball Ambassador for the Waco area. She has a passion for teaching new players as well as coaching others to advance and refine their skills as players. She holds a Level 1 Certification from the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA).

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900 W. Lake Shore Dr.
Waco, TX 76708
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