Showcase Staff

Important message from our Founder/CEO - Tarek Merchant

"Many junior tennis players have the dream of playing college tennis. Finding a school that fits academically and athletically is a challenge. Further, getting the necessary exposure to get recruited by college coaches; regardless of your ranking, accomplishments and academic standing can be even tougher. ImRecruitable showcases allow players and parents to learn about the process. College coaches want to evaluate players in competitive match situations and interact with them on a personal level. Coaches will take every opportunity to come see players, and they do! Therefore, ImRecruitable organizes college showcases to help facilitate the recruiting opportunity for players and college coaches."

- Tarek Merchant

Tarek Merchant

Founder, CEO

Jacksonville University

Western New Mexico University

 

Is the Founder/CEO of IMRecruitable. Tarek is a former college tennis player from Canada. He brings a great deal of experience both on and off the sports fields as a former multi-sport athlete. He competed in many sports including ice hockey, soccer, tennis and baseball. Tarek decided to pursue a career in tennis and played tennis for Jacksonville University and Western New Mexico University. He has also worked with professional sports organizations such as the Orlando Magic Basketball team (NBA) and Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Tarek has successfully assisted thousands of athletes in finding the best scholarship opportunities. 

Brett Ross

Showcase Director

Wake Forest University

Brett Ross is an experienced former College Coach and Tennis Player. He knows the ins and outs of college recruiting having attended our events as a college coach. His relationships with coaches and players allow him to make the IMR Showcase a successful event for everyone involved. 

Coaching Career:

Assistant Men's Coach - Wake Forest University

Head Men's Coach - Georgia State University 

During the 2017 season, Ross led the Georgia State Panthers' to program-high No. 30 ITA ranking. The team opened up the season with a 4-2 victory over then-No. 27 Florida State, the second-biggest victory in program history. 

Playing History: 

Brett was a standout player at Wake Forest, where he lettered from 2003-06 and ranked among the school's top 10 in singles and doubles victories for both a season and career.

After graduation, he played on the ITF Pro Circuit. He qualified for several Challenger events and cracked the top 500 in the doubles rankings and top 600 in singles.

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Michael Kypriss

Showcase Co-Director

University of Kentucky

Coach Kypriss brings 35 years of coaching experience to the ImRecruitable team. He leads our college showcases with his energy, passion and experience. Through out his career, he has been known as one of the best high performance junior tennis coaches and motivational speakers in the country. His players and personal success speaks for itself. 

 

Education: 

Bachelors of Science, Political Science

Florida International University 1981

 

University of Kentucky 1972-1974- Football Quarterback

 

Coaching Accomplishments:


Tennis Coach at Miami Killian and Dr. Krop
Career Record- 1245 Wins 43 Losses
Won-17 State Championship
14-State Runner Ups
NHSACA National HS Tennis Coach of the Year - 2015

USTA Florida Junior Coach of the Year-1996
Florida Dairy Farmers Tennis Coach of the Year -6 times
NHFS United States Girls Coach of the Year-2006
NHFS-USA Coach of the Year Finalist-1997,2007
USPTR-United States High School Coach of the Year-2009
Miami Herald Coach of the Year-2007
Miami Herald Tennis Coach of the Year-4 Times

FHSAA Tennis Advisory Committee-Chairman 8 Times
FHSTCA-Board of Directors, Coaching on and off court presentations
USTA-Certified High Performance Coach
USPTR-Certified Pro 1 Member

He has over 100 students that have gone on to play at the Collegiate and Pro levels.
 

Former Players currently/previously on the Pro Tour include:
Jean Julian Rojer-(Former #1 in the World Rankings in Doubles)-Attended UCLA
Jack Brasington- Attended University of Texas

Trina Spear - Attended Tufts University

Paige Yaroshuk-Tews- Attended UCLA. Current Head Women's Coach University of Miami

Elizabeth Levinson -Attended Miami

Ryan Kim - Attended Princeton

Brittany Dubins - Attended Miami

Billy Federhofer - Attended University of Florida

Tanja Vucetic - Attended Brown Univeristy

Alex Knight - Attending Michigan University

Sonia Latecheva - Attending University of Pennsylvania (UPENN)

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