Meet Shellaberger's 2014 Tennis Center Staff
Rosemarie Shellaberger Tennis Center
Eric Rose, Co-Owner
Eric grew up in the Northern Virginia and fell in love with tennis at about the age of 12. From that age through high school he could most often be found at the neighborhood swim and tennis club. The miles on the court paid off as he went on to play four years of varsity tennis in High School and played for George Mason University in college. Upon graduating with an economics degree and a passion for tennis Eric had a big decision to make, he chose to follow his passion. Eric’s first full-time job in tennis was with Club Med. After enduring a year on three beautiful islands, Eric decided it was time to return to the mainland and go skiing, so he moved to Colorado. While in Colorado, Eric worked at a variety of clubs and held various positions including tennis pro, head tennis pro, tennis director, co-owner of a tennis management company, and most recently in New Mexico as the co-owner of the fabulous Shellaberger Tennis Center. The other co-owner in both situations is his good friend Sam Hitman. On a personal note, Eric is married to a beautiful Cherokee woman named Wahlesah and has an adorable child named Macy, both of whom are tennis players and will often be found on court at Shellaberger with Eric. Who knows, one day they may find the time to do some serious damage in a family division tournament, if Macy can carry the load.
Sam Hitman, Co-Owner
Sam is originally from south Jersey, where he developed his tennis game on his family's tennis court as a kid. After a very successful high school career, he went on to play tennis and basketball at Rutgers University. After graduating, he grabbed his bike, and, like Forrest Gump, put together a group to ride across the country. One of the states he crossed that caught his eye was Colorado, so he decided to move to Denver. Once there, he quickly became the co-head tennis professional at Gates Tennis Center and soon thereafter took a position as the tennis director at the JCC Tennis Center. Sam orchestrated an amazing turnaround of the JCC Tennis Center. When he took the position, it was scheduled to be knocked down in place of a museum; now, after surviving the storm, it is one of the top tennis facilities in Denver, with a sold-out membership. In May 2006, Sam and Eric Rose formed Colorado Tennis Management (CTM) and were chosen as the management team of the at Gates Tennis Center. A year later, CTM signed a contract to run the JCC Tennis Center as well. At home, Sam is a dedicated step-father to two wonderful boys, Sonny and Jackson, father to a beautiful daughter, Louise, and husband to his better half, Sara. They enjoy riding bikes and watching the Phillies win world championships.
Corey Matney, General Manager
Corey spent all of his career, 18 years, in tennis club management, teaching and coaching. Prior to his current position, he served as Business Manager of the Shellaberger Tennis Center, beginning in 2005. He also provided private and group lessons to junior and adult players. In 2009, the USTA Southwest Section honored him with one of its highest awards for distinguished service in advancing the sport of tennis. In 2008, he was recognized for his contributions to the sport by the United States Professional Tennis Association and named USPTA New Mexico District Pro of the Quarter. Corey began his career at the Riverside Tennis Center, in Wichita, Kansas, where he served as assistant manager and as a teaching pro. While there, from 2002 to 2004, he was also the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at Wichita State University. He helped to guide the Shockers to back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Championships and NCAA Division I tournament appearances. He was elected President of the Northern New Mexico District of the USTA Southwest Section in January 2011. He is a certified USPTA teaching professional. E-mail Corey
Warren Fulgenzi, Tennis Pro
Warren brings to Shellaberger Tennis Center the credentials of New Mexico’s foremost tennis instructor. He is also recognized as perhaps the greatest player to emerge in the professional ranks from New Mexico. He is an outstanding motivator, teacher, strategist and coach, known for individualizing his approach to every level of player. On the world pro tour, in the early ‘90s, he won enough points to place among the top 600 in singles and the top 800 in doubles. At the collegiate level, he was the first player in University of New Mexico history to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships in singles, doubles and with the team in the same year. He founded the Fulgenzi Tennis Academy in 2007. Prior to that, he spent 10 years running the tennis program at El Gancho Fitness, Swim and Racquet Club. He was earlier on the tennis staff of the Lobo Tennis Club at the University of New Mexico. He graduated from UNM with a BA degree in 1992. E-mail Warren
Rosemarie Shellaberger Tennis Center