At Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center, we have an exceptional tennis program led by our Director of Tennis Jennifer Shorr & Head Pro Erik Jacobsen. Jennifer & Erik are experienced professionals and have amazing plans to grow and develop the adult and junior programs we offer here at KTAC. Over 30 juniors have started in the club junior program and gone on to play college tennis.
With a full range of teams, classes, and camps, there’s always something going on for adults and juniors of all ability levels.
Meet our Tennis Staff
Jennifer Anne Shorr
Tennis Professional Jennifer Anne Shorr brings a wealth of experience to her role with the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center. She is certified as an elite tennis coach by the United States Professional Tennis Association and is also the Varsity Tennis Coach at Bainbridge High School. Jennifer loves teaching both private lessons and group clinics for all levels and age groups. A special focus is on player development; technically, physically and mentally. Teaching proper positioning and strategy in doubles is also a favorite focus area. Jennifer holds more than 60 professional and national titles and once held the record for the women’s fastest serve. Her resume includes competing on the women’s pro-tour and attaining sectional, national and world ranking. Her goal is to bring coaching excellence and share her insights with our community.
William Herbert began his teaching career in one of our Centers very own tennis Summer Camps more than 10 years ago. He has also taught at Matrix Tennis Academy and Paseo Racquet Center in Arizona. With an extensive background in teaching all levels and ages, he has a specific passion to develop junior tennis players by training them to be champions on and off the court, and to instruct adult players on improving their game and develop strong doubles strategies.
William grew up playing tennis at KTAC under the tutelage of Erik Jacobsen starting at age 12 up until early adulthood. After graduating high school, William played college tennis for 1 year at Green River Community College then was recruited to play at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ where he helped his team achieve a high ranking of 8th in the nation for Division 2. He continued to play Future and Open tournaments around the United States and Pacific Northwest. William continues to play for USTA teams out of the Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Center.
Erik has been the Head Tennis Professional at the club for 17 years. Prior to coming to KTAC, Erik taught at the Bally’s in Puyallup and Sprinker Tennis Center. Erik played on the Cal State Hayward tennis team for 4 years, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. He also played on the PNW Open Circuit for 8 years.
“The kids respond to Erik,” says one staff member. “It’s his engaging personality — a very easy demeanor, very approachable and knowledgeable. Erik is a very likable guy who knows when to push the kids a little bit. But he’s not one of those coaches who is overbearing, intimidating, and yells. Erik is great at fostering a competitive, but safe and fun environment for the kids. “He finds the point of impact for each individual. He doesn’t just coach one way. Every person is different and responses differently, and he finds that point and uses that to get the most out of them.”
As part of the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center, Erik has coached National qualifying USTA Adult and Junior teams, multiple nationally ranked juniors, and over 40 junior players who have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Jacobsen went to high school at Evergreen in Seattle where he earned a tennis scholarship, playing two years at West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif., 50 miles south of San Francisco) and then accepting a scholarship to Cal-State Hayward where he played No. 2 singles at the NCAA Division II school.
Assistant Tennis Professional
Ben started tennis at a young age and went on to become a top USTA sectional tournament player. At Bainbridge High School he qualified for the State Championship each of his four years. He attended Western where he was the top player on his college club team. Ben loves Working with players of all ages and abilities and is also open to sparing sessions.
Assistant Tennis Professional
Prab is an Assistant Tennis Professional here at KTAC. He enjoys helping kids grow in the game and loves sparing sessions with both Adults and Junior players. Prab was a late bloomer in tennis and only got seriously into the sport in High School. He went to the State Championships here in Washington and is now one of the top five open players in the PNW!
The Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center has a large community of volunteers that contribute their time and expertise to the tennis programs and events, making KTAC home to one of the best junior and adult tennis programs in the Pacific Northwest. Their dedication and commitment to the sport is unparalleled, and for that, we thank you!