Our Team

 

Directors:          Sandon Stolle          David Hodge

Agents:    Patrick O'Kane       Damien Ward           Beck Meares

                 Justin Brown         Bojana Bobusic         Sam Carmichael

               Kaden Hensel          Strahinja Bobusic      Dora Kotsiou         Tess Gerrand        

               Alex Sheil                Fiona Connell           Michael Look          Shane Harris-Tunks      Jeremy Davie     

                  Michael Vine            Brooke Ary            Rhys Aldenhoven      Freddie Lewis          Tom George

                  Brett Hunter           Jayden Russ          Sunny Hodge          Kathryn Mellon                       

Advisors:   Dustin Slypen       Lachlan Renshaw       George Lazarou       Larry McIntosh       Ryan Moar    

                   Grant  Stephensen      Glenn Ottaway 

Support:         Breanna Gonzales          Bryen McNally           Grant Jenkins    


 Directors


 

 Sandon Stolle

Sandon Stolle AAASandon Stolle pioneered the US College pathway for Australian athletes. His post college career sporting achievements speak for themselves: Australian Davis Cup Champion, Grand Slam Champion, 4-time Grand Slam Finalist, #2 world doubles ranking, #50 world singles ranking and 22 professional titles. What few know is that leading up to all those accomplishments, Sandon developed his game and matured as a person as an athlete at Texas Christian University (TCU) in the US College sporting system. He credits his sporting and professional success to his experiences during those years.

 Sandon has internationally recognised qualifications as an elite level coach and holds a high performance coaching certificate from Tennis Australia. In the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, Sandon coached the national Chinese Womens Team. From this position he was recruited back into Australian Tennis where he worked at the Australian Institute of Sport both with junior and professional athletes. He then headed up the National Academy Junior Program in NSW, managing a number of athletes and coaches within his team.

He has been involved with the media, working for Fox Sports as a tennis analyst, co hosted Channel 7's the Sandon Davis CupRoad to the Australian Open and worked for SBS weekly sports progam. Sandon has been fortunate to work with many corperations and charity organisations through the sport of tennis, and is constantley sharing his experiences and stories of being a professional athlete. He is strongly committed to keeping kids in sport and in school, while educating them of the committment and dedication it takes to achieve their goals.

 

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 David Hodge

David Hodge has over eighteen years experience in US college sports including five years coaching at Stanford University and the University of Colorado, being an All-American and attaining a BSE at Baylor University, and assisting individuals through the process to become student-athletes at prestigious institutions. After living in the US for almost 11 years, David accepted the position as the Head National Tennis Coach bringing him back to Queensland, overseeing player development and the National Academy in the state from 2007 to 2012. In that time the program produced 42 National Champions, 38 Australian representatives, and 11 Australian Institute of Sport players including more than 50% of the AIS full scholarship holders at the time.

He has coached 19 players inside the top 1000 ATP/WTA rankings, 18 players inside the top 100 in Australia, and 7 players inside the top 100 ITF rankings, including a world number 1, Wimbledon junior finalist and champion.

David has served as Australia's World University Games Coach, and has presented and coached internationally from Asia to Europe. He has Club Professional and High Performance coaching certifications with Tennis Australia and the United States David Hodge BaylorProfessional Tennis Association. He also carries a level 2 strength and conditioning qualification through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and his olympic lifting qualifications with the Australian Weightlifting Federation. Through his coaching, his players have excelled at junior level all the way through to the professional stage and he has contributed to multiple tennis publications worldwide. David competed in the Australian Open and won numerous doubles titles, but as a person he is best known for his enthusiasm, creating opportunities, having strong principles and work ethic. With a strong passion for philanthropy, David has been heavily involved in numerous charitable projects. He is also the Founder and current Director of Return Serve, which is a not for profit, volunteer based, organisation committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged and special needs groups.

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Patrick O'Kane

OKane Headshot resized 2Pat O'Kane attended Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts for 4 years. As a member of the Assumption Greyhounds, competing in NCAA Division II Ice Hockey, Pat captained the team to a NorthEast-10 Conference Championship game in 2010. Also in 2010, Pat was name NorthEast-10 Conference Player of the Year while leading the Greyhounds in scoring, and setting several school records. Pat was named to the All-Conference team twice during his four years and several Player of the Week awards. That same year, he was awarded Male Athlete of the Year for Assumption Athletics. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, while posting 7 straight semesters on Academic Honour Role.patOKANE-ihoc-1-600

Throughout his collegiate years, Pat played Ice Hockey on Team USA Selects in several European countries. After graduation, he pursued a professional Ice Hockey career in Sweden's Division 2 Ice Hockey League. In 2013, Pat came to the Australian Ice Hockey League as an Import for the Melbourne Mustangs, where he has led the team in scoring for 3 consecutive years, and voted MVP of both the Mustangs and the All-Star Game in 2015. As a captain, he helped lead the Mustangs to the 2014 Goodall Cup and the AIHL championship.

Pat has completed his Masters in International Business, studying and graduating from Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria. He has a passion for both academics and athletics, as he as been a part of both for almost 20 years. He believes strongly that his collegiate decision, commitment to sport and self-motivation has led him to where he is now, and is passionate about creating those same opportunities for Australian Student-Athletes.

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Damien Ward

Damien Ward adds considerable US college experience to the AAA team. As a former #1 singles and doubes player for Brigham Young University (BYU), Damien anchored the Cougars squad from 1996 to 2000 and was twice named an All-Conference player. After his college career he played on the professional circuit for 4 years enjoying success in both singles and doubles.

Well known tennis player and personality, Cliff Drysdale, recruited Damien not long after to direct his tennis academy in Weston, Florida. During his 3 years there, he coached various junior players including the #2 ranked junior player in the world, Brendan Evans. He then became the Director of Patrick McEnroe Tennis at the Grove Isle Hotel and Spa in Miami where he ran all programs at the 12 court facility. Damien coached numerous highly ranked tennis players there including the #1 junior in the USA. He has helped numerous student-athletes obtain opportunities within the American collegiate system and is excited to share his knowledge in the future. 

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 Beck Meares

IMG 5066 copyBeck Meares brings 9 years of US College Coaching experience and 4 years as a student-athlete into her role with Aussie Athletes Agency. She was the Head Coach for the Men's and Women's NCAA Division II tennis teams at Metro State University in Denver and starred on their team as a student-athlete prior to her appointment. Beck amassed 119 wins as a Head Coach and led her teams to 3 NCAA tournament appearances. She was also named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Coach of the Year in 2009 (Men) and 2013 (Women). In 2009, the Men's team won the RMAC tournament and regular season conference championships. Her teams were known to be as strong in the classroom as they were on court, regularly garnering All-Conference honours and placements on the Athletic Directors Honour Rolls.

As a student-athlete, Meares is the most decorated player in MSU Denver women's tennis history. A 2011 Metro State Hall of Fame inductee, she led the Roadrunners to RMAC championships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. She was the 2004 RMAC player of the year and was ranked in the top 30 nationally in singles as a senior and No. 12 in doubles with her sister Jessica Meares. In addition to the national rankings, Meares was named all-RMAC in singles and doubles all four years of her playing career. She led the 2003 team to the Elite Eight, the deepest postseason run an MSU Denver tennis team in history. She still holds the total career singles wins record at Metro State and earned a degree in Exercise Science in 2005.

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Justin Brown

Justin brings extensive experience to AAA as an alumni of the iconic University of Connecticut men's basketball team. He was a part of the team that won the 1999 Division 1 NCAA National Championship against Duke University. Under legendary coach Jim Calhoun, Justin gained a valuable insight into the highest level of college basketball in the USA. His teammates included current NBA stars Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler, Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor. They won the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden 3 times and his team reached the NCAA tournament every year, advancing to the Championship Game, Final Four, Elite Eight, and Sweet Sixteen. During his 4 years at UCONN he played Centre using his 7'0" frame to dominate opposing teams. He studied a double degree in Communication Sciences and Sociology, minoring in Business and making the Athletic Directors Honour Roll on three occasions. Justin also won the teams Strength and Conditioning Award in his Junior and Senior years.

Before UCONN, Justin grew up in Perth, Western Australia and was awarded an AIS scholarship in grades 11 and 12. He represented Australia at the World Junior U/20 and U/23 championships, and was a Boomers shadow squad member for the 2004 Olympics. After UCONN, he commenced a professional basketball career playing in Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, England, Australia (Perth Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets) and China. He was a member of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Summer League team in 2004 that played against the Chinese National team featuring Yao Ming. Justin scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the 7'5" Chinese NBA superstar. He is extremely passionate about helping the next generation of aspiring student-athletes achieve their goals in US Colleges.

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Bojana Bobusic

Bojana Bobusic was an All-American and 4 year stand out for the University of California, Berkeley from 2005 to 2009. She had a career high NCAA college singles ranking of #15 and led her Cal team to the NCAA Championship teams finals in both 2008 and 2009. In her senior year she received PAC-10 Conference honors and was an active member on the student-advisory committee. Bojana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Sociology.

As a junior, Bojana won two International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles and competed at the Junior Australian Open and Junior Wimbledon. She achieved a junior world ranking of #70. After graduating from college she competed on the WTA professional tour for 4 years. Bojana represented Australia at the World University Games in 2009, and have played at the Brisbane International, Hobart International, and Australian Open both in 2012 and 2013. She has won 1 WTA singles title, 2 WTA doubles titles, and won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff in 2012. Her career high singles world ranking is #222 and doubles ranking #187.

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 Kaden Hensel

Kaden Hensel brings a wide range of US college playing and coaching experience to AAA.  He was a 4 year starter at the University of Tennessee where he became a two-time All American and was ranked inside the top 20 nationally for both singles and doubles.  He was the #1 player in the lineup (singles and doubles) for more than half of his college career.  In 2007, he was selected to represent Australia in the World University Games.  Academically, Kaden achieved Honour Roll status 3 years in a row and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geology.  

Kaden played professionally on the ATP and ITF circuits after college, where he won 12 titles and was a finalist in 9 other events. In 2010 he achieved a lifelong dream of competing in the Australian Open.  Before competing in the US, Kaden was the Queensland Schoolboys champion and was selected in the Honorary Australian Schoolboys Team. He also won 71 junior tournaments across Australia before the age of 18.

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Strahinja Bobusic

Strahinja Bobusic brings valuable US college playing experience to AAA. He was a 4 year starter at the University of Georgia where he was UGA action shot 1ranked inside the top 20 nationally for both singles and doubles. During his time at UGA, he was a part of the 2006 National Indoor, 2006 SEC Tournament and 2006 Regular Season Championship teams. He was also selected for the 2006 All SEC First Team. In 2007, he was selected to represent Australia in the World University Games. Strahinja graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Risk Management and Real Estate.

After college, Strahinja played professionally on the ATP and ITF circuits for 2 years. Before competing in the US, he travelled on the ITF Junior Circuit and was ranked inside the top 100 internationally. Strahinja's vibrant passion for college sport was clearly evident when he competed and he looks forward to sharing that enthusiasn with Australia's next group of student-athletes.

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 Dora Kotsiou


Theadora (Dora) Kotsiou graduated with a Bachelor of Sport Science majoring in Sports Management on a 4-year full scholarship at the University of Evansville in Indiana. U of E is a small Liberal Arts School, which competes in the Missouri Valley Conference. Dora was named in the MVC All Conference Team in 2012 during her senior year, which ended her 4-year college career on a high. She finished her career with 80 doubles victories, tied for second all-time, 70 singles wins, sixth overall and 150 total victories, a total that puts her in fifth place in the UE record books.

She took part in internships with Burns Entertainment and Sports Marketing in Chicago, The Evansville Iceman professional ice hockey team and the University of Evansville Sports Department. This allowed Dora to gain valuable sports management experience and get a feel for what it would be like working in the sports business world. She is passionate about the opportunities collegiate sports can provide and looks forward to helping other aspiring athletes achieve their goals.

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 Tess Gerrand

Tess Gerrand brings a total of 10 years experience in elite international and US college rowing to our team. She is a London 2012 Olympian in the Australian Women's Eight and graduated from Yale University in 2010. During her time at Yale, Tess was a four time NCAA All-American athlete and won 3 out of 4 NCAA National Championships as part of the Varsity Eight and 3 Ivy League Championships. She was heavily involved in the international community's orientation program for new students and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics.

Tess' rowing career started in country New South Wales before finishing her schooling at Pymble Ladies College in Sydney where her squad won two Head of the River and National Championship titles. Individually, at that time, she was the National U19 sculling champion. After returning from the US, Tess continued to train with the Sydney Rowing Club and the New South Wales Institute of Sport. She then gained selection in the women's eight for the London Olympic Games in 2012, where the crew placed 6th in the final. Currently Tess is training with the Australian Institute of Sport and competing for the Australian Rowing Team in the Women's Pair and Eight.

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 Alex Sheil

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Alex brings a wealth of knowledge with his collegiate swimming experience, along with his Australian junior swimming career. He was an All American in 16 events at NCAA Div II, Ashland University in Ohio. Through his collegiate swimming career, he heldIMG 1795-M the team captaincy for three years, was the GLIAC Conference champion in the 500 freestyle (2011,2014) and held 4 individual and 3 relay school records. Some of his other in the pool accolades included a 6th in the 4X200 Free Relay (2011) and a 9th in the 200 Freestyle(2014). Out of the pool he was equally decorated. Alex finished with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a minor in business administration degrees. At Ashland, he was an Academic All American (2012-14) and was Student Athlete of the year (2014).

In his junior swimming career, Alex took home 5 Australian Age Medals, 3 Gold Pacific School Games, and 1 Australian Open Gold. He has gained so much experience from his time abroad and at home, and looks to pass on this knowledge to the next group of talented athletes looking to continue their swimming careers in the collegiate system. 


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 Fiona Connell

ImageFiona expands AAA's knowledge base considerably. She was a four time Collegeswimming.com Mid-Major All-American while swimming at Northern Arizona University. Throughout her Fiona Backstroke1collegiate career she totalled six WAC championship wins, five silver medals, and four bronze medals with 11 All-WAC First Team honours. Academically, she was a Golden-Eagle Athlete-Scholar and Athletic Director Honour Roll participant all four years of college. Additionally, she was named NAU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013 when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology while minoring in Health Education.
 
While competing in Australia, Fiona was a finalist at the Australian Open Swimming Championships in 2008 and 2011 while placing in the top 14 every year since the age of 16 until her retirement. She won 5 medals during her age-group career at the Australia Age Swimming Championships. Her time and experience within the US College System provided her with extensive amounts of knowledge to help student-athletes reach their goals of competing in college sport.

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 Michael Look

Michael Look brings extensive US college experience to AAA. He was a 4 year starter for the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) from 2005 to 2009 and was selected on the NCAA Tennis Championship All-tournament team. Michael truly embodied the student-athlete while playing college sport. Academically, he received conference honours and was chosen as the UCLA Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Scholar Athlete of the Year for the Pac-10 Conference. As a Bruin, he was the Tennis Team Captain, student-athlete council representative and graduated with highest honours in his Bachelor of Business-Economics with an Accounting Minor.

Before competing in the US, Michael was the #1 ranked junior in Australia and won multiple ITF and national championships on all surfaces. Since graduating he enjoyed considerable success on the professional tour, halving his ranking each of the first 2 years on the tour, with 2 singles and 3 doubles titles. Michael has experienced the journey from Australian junior, to the US College system, and then on to the professional tour competing around the world.

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 Shane Harris-Tunks

Shane brings valuable US college and elite Australian junior experience to AAA. During his 4 years at the University of Colorado, Shane played in both the Big 12 and the PAC 12 basketball conferences and was a member of the PAC 12 Championship winning team in 2012. He attended March Madness twice in his 4 year career, competing at the top levels of college basketball. At 6'11", Shane played Centre for the Buffaloes who made back to back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 50 years.

As a junior, Shane was a member of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Basketball program for 3 years and has represented Australia at many different levels.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Journalism, majoring in Advertising with a minor in Technology, Arts and Media. He received many scholastic and team awards while in Boulder and was highly valued in the classroom and on the court. His first hand knowledge of the US college system will be invaluable to future Aussie athletes.

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  Jeremy Davie

jeremy head shot Jeremy Davie brings his wealth of experience and his 4 NCAA National Water Polo Championships at the University of Southern California (USC) to the team at AAA. Jeremy is an enthusiastic and motivated exercise and sports professional with a passion for sports, fitness and healthy lifestyle. He has been an elite athlete for 10 years, representing and captaining Australia in water polo as well as 4 years at College (University of Southern California, USC) in the USA, winning 4 national Championships (NCAA) as part of a 6 year winning streak (the biggest in College water polo history) and captaining the team in his senior year.

Along with his USC collegiate career, Jeremy was NSW Institute of sport scholarship holder, Australian junior player of the year,captain and MVP of Australian u-20s, and a Sydney University Elite Athlete Scholarship participant. He completed a year and half of an exercise science degree from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts Major Human Performance from USC. Jeremy is keen to continue to develop his skill sets in the areas pertaining to coaching teams, individuals, personal training, customer service and commercial practices. He currently is passing on his knowledge in mentor and coaching roles at various high schools and colleges in Sydney, NSW.

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Michael Vine

Michael Vine actionMichael brings to AAA a passion for sport and extensive U.S. collegiate baseball experience. He studied Biomedical Science at the University of Technology Sydney for a year prior to accepting a scholarship to Iowa Lakes College to play baseball where he was named a captain as a Sophomore and graduated with an Associates Degree in Science. Michael was then recruited to the University of Sioux Falls, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Biology. He excelled in academics and athletics, making the Dean's List at both Universities and filling many different roles and positions on and off the field for his baseball teams.

Before going to the U.S., Michael had an impressive junior baseball career. He won a high school state title and three junior state championships, receiving Gold Glove awards for outstanding defense. Representing New South Wales, he competed in five national tournaments winning two national titles. He also played in the winning Australian team at the 2007 Oceania Baseball Championships, achieving the highest batting average and tying for the highest fielding percentage. Throughout this period, Michael was a scholarship holder with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS)and the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP). Michael looks forward to sharing his knowledge and assisting young Australian athletes fulfil their college aspirations.

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Brooke Ary

Brooke Ary (nee McCormack) started her college career at Grayson County College in Sherman, TX. After graduating with an Associates Degree in General Studies, the 6'2" post player was recruited by several NCAA Division 1 Universities, including Texas A&M, Portland State and Creighton University. She accepted a full scholarship offer from Baylor University in 1999. Brooke played at Baylor from 1999-2001 and was a member of the first Lady Bears team to make it to the NCAA National Tournament. While at Baylor, Brooke studied Fine Arts. She received several awards, including twice being selected as Academic All Big XII and an award for leadership her senior year.

Brooke graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts with Teacher Certification in 2002. She returned to Australia after being offered a job as an Art Teacher at St James College in the South East of Melbourne. She has spent the last 10 years coaching at the McKinnon Basketball Association in the Big V and the Victorian Junior Basketball League. Brooke's enthusiasm and dedication to basketball and her studies maximised her opportunities in the US and she's looking forward to guiding Australian student-athletes to do the same.

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Rhys Aldenhoven

A native of Victoria, Rhys Aldenhoven began his US college career at Hill College in Texas in the NJCAA in 2010. He helped the Rebels dominate the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference over 2 years. After completing his Associate Degree of Arts, Rhys was recruited to play for the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. The 6'2" right hander spent 2 years as a regular in the Panthers rotation and picked up a 2nd Team All-Big East selection in 2013. He finished the year with an 8-1 record and 2.76 ERA in 88.0 innings of work, including picking up wins against Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, Wichita State, Toledo, St Johns and Towson. He completed his Bachelor of Sociology in 2014.

Rhys was a standout under 16 and under 18 pitcher for the Victoria Baseball Team and was a scholarship holder at the Victoria Institute of Sport (VIS) from 2008 to 2009. He was also selected in the Major League Baseball Australian Academy (MLBAAP) in 2009. Rhys certainly understands how to break into one of the toughest college sports in the US.

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Freddie Lewis

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Freddie Lewis, a native of Los Angeles, California, received his Bachelors Degree in Business (Marketing) and Psychology from the University of Southern California where he not only was a double major but also played on the legendary football and baseball teams. Prior to attending the USC, Freddie spent one year at the small prestigious Menlo College Business School the sister school to Stanford University. Whilst attending Menlo College Freddie was awarded the African-American Businessmen's Scholar-Athlete Award for his exceptional performances in the classroom, as a youth mentor, and on the playing fields. A MBA Degree is next on his list of academic achievements along with spending a term at both Oxford or Cambridge University in the UK. In professional sport, Freddie went on to have a stint in Baseball with the minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the El Paso Diablos.

Freddie continues to be passionate sportsman, with his new found love of Rugby League and Rugby, having played at both a high level in Australia with Randwick Rugby and Cherrybrook-Pennant Hills RL (A-Grade) sides. He is fortunate to have god-given ability, which along with a tremendous work ethic has meant success both on and off the playing fields.
He would not have achieved any of this if it were not for the becoming an excellent student-athlete himself. He has a very unique background and skill-set that will be beneficial to Aussie Athletes Agency and the his student/athletes. This crossing-over in a variety of sports from American Football/Baseball/Basketball/Soccer/Athletics and roots to Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Rugby and Cricket carries respect.
Playing and coaching sports at both a college and professional level has enabled Freddie to assist young athletes in making their scholastic and sporting dreams come true.  He looks forward to helping more Australian athletes pursue their dreams.

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Tom George

Tom George followed an exceptional junior tennis career as a 4-time National Champion, number 1 ranked junior in Australia and A.I.S Scholarship holder by gaining a professional world ranking in doubles in 2002 & 2003. He joined the Auburn University Men's tennis team in 2003 and during his college career led the Tigers to be a top 10 NCAA ranked program. Tom also played number 1 for Australia in the World University Games in  He graduated with a BSBA in Economics in 2006 and went on to be admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court as a lawyer after completing his Juris Doctorate at Bond University.

Tom then worked in a law firm in Brisbane then followed his passion back to to tennis where he now runs his own coaching business TG Tennis on the Gold Coast. He is passionate about the US college pathway and looking forward to using his experience to help Australia student-athletes have the same opportunities.

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Sam Carmichael

Sam Carmichael DirectorSam Carmichael had a unique University experience attending and playing at 3 Universities across his 4 and half year in the United States. Originally attending the University of New Mexico in NCAA Division 1 before transferring to Hawaii Pacific University in NCAA Division 2 where he was a starter in their 2011 PACwest conference championship. He then transferred again due to a degree change and moved to Concordia University, Portland Oregon in the NAIA where he went on to lead a very successful program to the national tournament and two conference titles. Whilst at Concordia he also received conference honours earning honourable mentions in his first two seasons before receiving a 1st-team all-conference in his senior season along with the MVP team award. The team captain was also part of the school Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and coached at the local club North East United PDX.

After University, Sam was scouted to play in Sweden and later had a brief stint in Scotland before returning to Australia in early 2016 to play with National Premier League club, South Adelaide Panthers FC. The Exercise Sports Science graduate has a passion for all things sport as he coaches junior teams and is excited to pass on his knowledge of the world game and the American pathway.

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 Sunny Hodge

Sunny Hodge (nee Nicholas) brings a life of US College experience to Aussie Athletes Agency. Born and raised in California, Sunny grew up with the history and tradition of the US college system at every turn. She was recruited by over 75 Universities out of high school for 2 sports, volleyball and track & field. After going through a lengthy recruitment process as is customary in the US, Sunny visited the University of Indiana and Baylor University, eventually choosing to take a scholarship position with the Baylor Bears volleyball program.

While at Baylor, Sunny completed an impressive 4 year career as an All Big XII Conference selection athletically and academically. She graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing as the Valedictorian (Dux) Magna Cum Laude from the Baylor Nursing School in Dallas. She then went on to work for the University of Colorado and Stanford University hospital systems in high risk labour and delivery. Sunny is excited to share her experiences and knowledge with the next crop of Australians progressing their sporting and academic careers in the US.

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Kathryn Mellon

Kathryn swam for California University of Pennsylvania in NCAA Division 2 for three years. She placed in the top 10 for all three of her events (1000, 1650 freestyle, 400 I.M) over the three years competing in the PSAC conference with a career high 5th place finish in the 1000 freestyle in 2012. At the beginning of the 2012 season she was made co-captain of the Vulcans and a mentor of the entering freshmen class. Academically she was a PSAC scholar athlete from 2011 – 2013 and was on the Deans Honours list every semester until graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and minoring in criminal justice.

Competing in Australia, Kathryn competed in the Australian Age pool and open water championships in 2008 and 2009 finishing 5th in the 5km open water event. Kathryn values her time and experience in the US college system as one of the best of her life and hopes to pass on her knowledge and experience to help future student athletes achieve their goals and dreams.

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  Advisors


 

Dustin Slypen

Dustin brings extensive experience in US college recruitment and coordinating elite sporting programs, academies and US college tours to the AAA team. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and spent almost a decade driving a soccer excellence program that supported the development of over 40 state representatives and 10 Australian representatives. He has played the game his entire life and has been selected as a state representative over the course of his athletic career. Dustin's experience in working with many student-athletes, particularly soccer players, from across Australia to provide opportunities in the USA across all divisions, conferences and Universities will ensure each individual arrives in an environement that will help them reach their goals.

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 Lachlan Renshaw

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Lachlan started his international career at the World Junior Championships in 2006 where he placed 9th in the 800m. LachlanLachlan Delhi represented Australia over 800m at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and was a finalist in the 800m at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. He also represented Australia in 3 World University Games, and won the 800m title in Shenzhen, China in 2011. Lachlan spent 3 seasons (2010-2012) competing for the Oregon Track Club in America and competed at the highest level all over the world.

 

 

 

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 George Lazarou 

Australian Youth Football Institute Logo 14Founding Director of AYFI (Australian Youth Football Institute). George Lazarou is one of Australia’s leading youth development coaches with a distinguished Australian National Soccer League (NSL) career in Australia. Lazarou played for Sydney Olympic in the former NSL during the early 1980s. After a successful career at the top level of Australian football, Lazarou graduated into the competitive football coaching environment. He completed a 5-year stint with NSW State League Club, Stanmore Hawks FC, coaching their youth development squads including the U18s State League squad. In 2005, he accepted the role of Director of Coaching at Belmore United FC which included overseeing Junior Development Program and Senior State League teams.

In the last decade, George Lazarou has evolved AYFI into a well recognised football learning and development centre with two major AYFI training campuses areas at Wilson Park, Newington and Sydney Olympic Park. He has an exceptional record for developing world class players suitable for national, state and international arenas. Lazarou has developed AYFI Teams that are invited to play in some of the biggest tournaments around the world, as well as against some of the best youth football development teams in the world including Australia, UK, and the USA. He currently holds a FFA "B" Advanced Accreditation


 Larry McIntosh

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Larry McIntosh has been coaching high performance hockey for 26 years across 6 Olympic cycles. His coaching experience and results speak for themselves. Larry has recently set up his own coaching consultancy, MC Hockey Skill Set, where he is Hockey Skill Set logo-01advising and coaching at different levels of the sport. He is passionate about Hockey and is eager to help athletes pursue their Hockey both nationally and overseas. He recognizes the great opportunity for female athletes interested in the US collegiate system, where girls can use hockey to gain a recognized degree from a US University.

Some of Larry's coaching achievements include: Athens Mens Olympic Gold 2004, Atlanta Mens Olympic Bronze 1996,6 Australian National Championship titles, State and National coaching roles from 1988-2011, and NSW Istitute of Sport Head coach from 1997-2013.
 
Larry looks forward to helping develop more Hockey athletes and offer any advice on the pathways available in Hockey within the US collegiate system.  

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 Ryan Moar

Ryan Moar was the Head Coach for the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Water Polo program from 2005 to 2013 and is currently the Head Coach of the Australia Junior Women's Water Polo team. He spent over 7 years as the Australian Women's Water Polo Assistant Coach which included 2 Olympic bronze medal campaigns in London and Beijing. He has coached at every level including 2 World Cups, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Scots College Water Polo program. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Administration in 1998 and holds a Bronze Medallion and Lifeguard certification from the Royal Lifesaving Society.

Prior to his impressive Water Polo coaching career, Ryan played professional Water Polo at Club Natation Martianez, Purto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain and was also a National Development Manager for Cycling Australia. He was an AIS scholarship holder and captained the Australian University Water Polo team, being named as their Most Valuable Player. In 2007, he won the NSWIS Sport Coach of the Year, and in 2008 he was awarded the Australian Water Polo Coach of the year.

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 Grant Stephensen

Grant Stephensen has been dedicated to preparing student-athletes for success on and off the field for more than 12 years. As the current Australian Universities Rugby League Head Coach, Grant has led the Kangaroos through 3 successful World Cup campaigns since 2009. He has also overseen 2 leading Rugby League programs at Harristown and Marsden, all while leading his staff in Health and Physical Education as the Head of Department, Year Level Coordinator and School Sports Master. As a qualified Sports Trainer, Volleyball, Touch Football, Athletics, Strength and Conditioning and Rugby League Coach at the highest level, Grant has coached for over 12 years at all levels including grassroots programs, representative sides, University teams, state and national sides.

Grant has served as an AURL selector for the Australian squad and also assisted the NRL’s Canberra Raiders development programs. An exceptional, well-rounded athlete in his own right, Grant is known for his no-nonsense approach and for building remarkable relationships with his students, athletes, colleagues and the community. He is an avid student of high performance practice and consistently produces industry-leading results.


 Glenn Ottaway

Glenn Ottaway is the current CEO of the Mackay Cutters Queensland Rugby League team. His bio is coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Breanna Gonzales - Academic Advisor

Breanna Gonzales is a former University of California Santa Barbara student where she recieved a BA in Psychology and a minor in Applied Psychology. While at Santa Barbara she worked in the Early Academic Outreach Program as an advisor. She then moved on USC where she recieved an M.Ed in School Counseling. It was in this time at USC, Breanna trained in research and development and also worked as Student Program Advisor. Some of her responsibilities in this role where advising 200 students in secondary and tertiary education, guidance counseling in career, college and personal development, transcript evaluation and remediation follow up, and was a co-founder and co-chair of the School Counselors of Tomorrow graduate school organisation.

AAA athletes and staff will all benefit from the wealth of knowledge and contacts that Breanna brings to the team. She has excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills and years of experience providing counseling to students in an educational setting. Breanna has dedication to accuracy and excellent attention to detail, and looks forward to helping student athletes navigate the pathway to University.

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 Bryen McNally - Specialist SAT Tutor

Bryen McNally is the only specialised commercial SAT tutor who has worked in Queensland and New South Wales. He has been preparing candidates for the Us College Board's SAT for the last 10 years through group workshops and individual tutoring and has an exclusive agreement with Aussie Athletes Agency. With over 40 years experience in secondary education preparing students for high school graduation he now focuses his time on providing an academic pathway for further education.

AAA athletes are in experienced hands with a professional that supervised SAT administrations from 2003 to 2011 and marked New South Wales HSC examinations for 15 years. Bryen has served in positions of middle and senior management for P-12 schools for 20 years, and taught in all-boys, all-girls, and co-educational State (23 years) and Independent (19 years) schools across a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds.

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 Grant Jenkins - Physical Performance Coach

Having trained two consecutive State Junior Sports Stars of the Year, a Wimbledon Junior Champion and a State Powerlifting Champion, Grant Jenkins has established himself as Physical Performance Coach that gets results. Grant has built an impressive resume of improving the performance of world class rugby players, surfers, swimmers and tennis players internationally. He holds a degree in Sports Science with Honours in Biokinetics, and certifications at the highest level with Australian and USA strength and conditioning, weightlifting, sports medicine, sports massage, exercise science and track & field.

Described as a passionate team player, relentless researcher and evidence-based operator by colleagues, Grant Jenkins personifies high performance. Grant provides a valuable servie to AAA student-athletes with advice and physical performance programs to make sure they are prepared for the rigours of US college sport. He is looking forward to assisting student-athletes achieve their future goals in the gym, on the field or court, and in the classroom.

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