Atkins Tennis Center /
Atkins Tennis Center Staff
Jim Tressler - Director
Since his graduation from the University of Cincinnati, Jim has experienced many facets of the tennis industry. After receiving his B.S. in Management and Marketing, Jim coached women’s college tennis as the Assistant Tennis Coach at Indiana and Florida and then as the Head Tennis Coach at Alabama. Next, Jim accepted a position at Nike where he worked in the Tennis Sports Marketing Department. He began working at the Atkins Tennis Center in 2000. Jim is certified by both the USPTA and PTR.
Brandon Lenfert- Head Tennis Professional
Brandon joins the Atkins Tennis Center staff with a variety of tennis coaching and teaching experiences. Brandon earned his B.S. in Physical Education and Sport Management while playing for the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Following his playing career he earned his Masters while coaching at Northern Illinois before moving on to Purdue University where he served as the assistant men’s tennis coach.
Christine Stromberg – Program Coordinator-Assistant Pro
Christine is a former member of the University of Illinois’ women’s tennis team and a graduate of Illinois’ Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Department. She joined Atkins’ staff as the Graduate Assistant in 2011 while pursuing her masters concentrating in Sport Management before being hired full time to assist with programming and event management.
Sheila Armstrong - Administrative Aide
Having joined the Atkins staff in July 2010, Sheila oversees all administrative responsibilities for the Atkins Tennis Center as well as the U of I women’s and men’s tennis teams. Sheila has worked with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) since 1999. During her time with the DIA, she worked in the Office of Development for 11 years.
Delilah Lewis - Main Desk and Pro Shop Attendant
Delilah has worked at the Atkins Tennis Center since it opened in 1991. She is an experienced tennis racquet stringer and is also able to string squash and racquetball racquets. In addition, Delilah is knowledgeable in all areas of tennis equipment and accessories and is more than willing to help you choose products that will improve your play.