Jarrett Chirico, Director of Tennis
Jarrett joins us from Germantown Cricket Club, where he has been the Head of High Performance Juniors as well as a USTA National Tournament Director for the past few years. With him, Jarrett brings a vision to Green Valley of what a leading tennis program should be like and the necessary steps to become one. It is a vision that we share and are excited to develop with his leadership.
Jarrett's precocious gift and passion for tennis became apparent at the young age of 3, when his Mother, a collegiate tennis player, introduced him to the game. By the time Jarrett was 11 years old he was on the fast track, training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy on full scholarship. During this time he reached a #1 ranking in the United States (USTA) in boy’s 14’s, 16’s and 18’s singles and doubles, capturing six Super National titles en route. Together, with his brother Christopher, they became the #1 ranked team in the United States in boys 18’s with back-to-back International wins at the Grass Court and Hard Court Championships.
Internationally, Jarrett reached a career high ranking of #15 in the world (ITF) singles, making him the top ranked American junior at the time, as well as ranking top 20 ITF in doubles with his brother. Jarrett competed in all four Grand Slams (US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open) and all the other top tier tournaments worldwide. In 2002, he was voted USTA's most promising junior - a title awarded formerly to the likes of Andre Agassi and Marty Fish.
Recognized for his junior tennis achievements and technical merit, Jarrett was featured in numerous Bollettieri developmental videos and novels ("Practice With Purpose", "The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Handbook") and was sponsored by and promoted in many Prince Sports campaigns throughout his career. In his years of competing and training, Jarrett played with some of the best tennis players in the world, namely: Pete Sampras (his idol), Andre Agassi, Yuri Novak, Xavier Malise, Martin Dam, Michael Suk, Max Mirnyi, Marcos Baghdatis, Gael Monfils, Novak Djokovic, John Isner, James Black, Petr Korda, Marcelo Rios, Bob/Mike Bryan, Daniel Nestor, Monica Seles, Mary Peirce, Serena/Venus William, Maria Sharapova, Tatiana Golovin & Jelena Jankovic. Jarrett was also the official hitting partner for former world #2 Tommy Haas, as well as former #1 Vera Zvonareva.
In 2004, after much debate between education and continuing his professional career, Jarrett and his team made a decision to take a coveted tennis scholarship at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he helped the team reach a #1 NCAA ranking and conquer multiple ACC Conference Championships. Short of graduating from UVA, he transferred to Saint Joseph’s University due to obligations pertaining to playing World Team Tennis for the Philadelphia Freedoms (coached by Billie Jean King), an amazing opportunity difficult to pass up. Jarrett graduated from St. Joseph's having led the team to their highest ranking in school history as Captain and #1 singles and doubles player.
Today, Jarrett Chirico is recreating the Bollettieri Tennis Academy experience in the Northeast and proving that players can be turned into champions with the right opportunities, qualified coaching and smart preparation. Jarrett focuses on understanding a player's goals no matter their background, age or demographic and gives them the tools to achieve their dreams. With a breadth of experience in his tennis arsenal, on top of a keen understanding of the game and the junior tennis mind, Jarrett is investing his passion for tennis in the new generation of USTA's most promising junior and recreational players.
Learn more about our Juniors Program at www.chiricocohen.com or by visiting the GVCC Tennis Page
Josh Cohen, Head Tennis Professional
Josh is a Pennsylvania native and one of the best players to emerge from the Middle States area in recent years. Following in his parent's competitive tennis footsteps, Josh picked up tennis at four and never looked back. His father, Richard, played on the University of Pennsylvania Men's Tennis Team and to this day hold a top men's ranking in Middle States (Josh and Richard have won the National Father and Son Tennis Championships together recently).
It was only a few short years ago that Josh was being spotlighted by Sports Illustrated as an up-and-coming star. He was ranked top 10 in the world in the juniors and #1 nationally in every USTA age group 12's - 18's. He reached the finals of Kalamazoo (Boys 18's Super National Championship) and has won the International Grass Court Championship. Covering every major continent, Josh competed in all four Grand Slams (US Open, Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open). He went on to reach the Quarter Finals of the French Open Junior Championships and the Round of 16 of the US Open. You can catch Josh's younger sister, Julia, during the upcoming coverage of the US Open, as she is currently touring as a professional WTA player. In their joint careers, the Cohen's dominated USTA tennis for years, collectively amassing over 40 national championships in singles and doubles.
Josh also has a lot of team tennis experience. He attended Episcopal Academy growing up and, at 13, was the youngest player in school history to play #1 Singles on the Varsity Tennis Team. He went undefeated throughout high school and became the top player in Inter-Academic League play. Josh later went on to compete on full scholarship at the tennis power house - University of Miami, where he achieved All-ACC, All-Big East and All-American honors. By the end of his collegiate tennis career he had made Dean's List and held the best winning percentage in the program's history with 170 career wins.
After his illustrious career at University of Miami, Josh went on to compete professionally, playing for two World Team Tennis teams - Delaware Smash and the Philadelphia Freedoms. There, he had a chance to team up with some of the games' greatest: Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi. After 2 years of playing on tour, Josh decided to try his hand at coaching and accepted an assistant coaching position scouting for, motivating and coaching professional players on the Philadelphia Freedoms Team. For the past four years, Josh has been the Assistant Coach of the University of Pennsylvania Men's Tennis Team. During his time there the team earned a national ranking and numerous players went on to achieve All-Ivy honors.
Josh brings to Green Valley Country Club, a world of tennis expertise, years of coaching under his belt and numerous valuable relationships with college coaches all around the country that surely benefit today's juniors. Presently, Josh is the Head Coach for Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis, Philadelphia Freedoms! Josh has worked with all levels of players, from beginners to touring pro's and looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm and knowledge to Green Valley Country Club.