Ron Nano has been appointed general manager of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, NYJTL’s new $26.5 million flagship tennis and community center in Crotona Park, scheduled to open in early 2015. As NYJTL’s senior director of operations for the past five years, Nano was responsible for tennis programming at more than 50 community and school sites throughout New York City’s five boroughs, serving 75,000 area kids ages six through 18.
Nano joined NYJTL in 2007 as director of advanced training. Prior to joining NYJTL, Nano served as director of premier programs at Bethpage Park Tennis Center for six years.
“Under Ron’s leadership overseeing NYJTL programs and operations, NYJTL has grown dramatically both in participation and in program quality,” said NYJTL President and CEO Dr. Deborah Antoine. “He is extremely well-respected within the tennis community and well-qualified to assume this important role with our flagship home.”
Nano has been involved in tennis since competing as a junior in USTA Eastern, National and ITF Tournaments, as well as playing tennis for his middle school and high school teams. He earned the number one ranking in the USTA Eastern Section in each junior age group and played for the University of Michigan. Nano continues to compete in USTA Leagues.
Nano has dedicated his career to developing and delivering tennis programs. He is USPTA- and PTR-certified and is a graduate of the USTA’s High Performance Coaching Program. In 2012, Nano was appointed to the USTA National Schools Committee, responsible for developing strategy, content and best practices for middle school/high school tennis.
Nano will oversee the completion of the $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center with 22 tennis courts, including 10 covered courts for year-round play, and a community center with classrooms. Ron will also be responsible for operations when the Center opens in early 2015. In addition, Nano will continue to supervise NYJTL’s citywide tennis programs.
"The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning will offer more than 6,000 hours of tennis and numerous educational programs at no charge to the families in the community,” said Nano. “I am honored and excited to serve in this new role.”