Jim is a long-standing resident of Upper Arlington. He hails from Fremont, OH, but left to play tennis for the Buckeyes where he was captain and All-Big Ten in the late 70's. He has been playing adult tournaments and leagues ever since his days at OSU. He also helped coach the UA Varsity A Boys team for six years, which included 2 state team titles and 2 state doubles titles. Recently, Jim has been playing the U.S. National Father - Daughter Championships with two of his adult daughters. Jim was the Ohio High School State Singles Champion for Fremont Ross High School and has won 13 U.S. National Doubles Championships. Two of his daughters were state singles champions and All-Americans at UAHS.
"I am so blessed to have been able to play tennis all my life. I want to help more people experience the joy of this fantastic sport. I want to give back."
Born and raised in Columbus, Shaun was first introduced to tennis as a kid by playing alongside his parents at local parks. He went on to play at Mifflin High School and Ohio Dominican University where he earned ALL-AMC South Div. Team honors.
Shaun has taught tennis professionally for more than 20 years in the Central Ohio area, working with students of varying ages and abilities. He is a certified PTR and USPTA Elite Professional. He was previously the Director of Tennis at Tartan Fields and now the Director of Racquet Sports at Jefferson C.C.
Not only has Shaun taught tennis over the years, but has also coached throughout Central Ohio. From middle school to college, (including eight years at Capital University) he has brought individual players together to achieve team success. Since 2004 he has been the head girl’s coach for Upper Arlington High School where he has led them to 4 individual state championships and 5 team state championships.
Will Thieman has been part of UA tennis for practically his whole life. He graduated from Upper Arlington in 2009, and from Ohio Wesleyan in 2013. During his playing career with both squads, he was named a captain. After college, Will became a coach, and began coaching the Upper Arlington Boys Tennis Team in 2017. He is eager to be part of the UATF, and hopes Upper Arlington can once again become the greatest tennis community in the Midwest.