Allison Engel Named New Director of Tennis & Racquet Sports

Sue Bartlett to remain as Head Varsity Tennis Coach & Tennis Professional
GPS is excited to announce that Allison Engel has been named our new Director of Tennis & Racquets Sports after a national search led by McMahon Careers and The Finney Group. A graduate of James Madison University, Allison currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, most recently organizing and teaching tennis and pickleball at Westwood Club, a prestigious, member-owned private racquet club.

Prior to Westwood, she was the Director of Tennis at Lakeside Park Club, where she tripled member participation in three years and enjoyed creating memorable member events. A graduate of the CRSE program (Certified Racquet Sports Executive), she also holds certifications through USPTA (Tennis and Platform), PPR (Pickleball), PCR (Padel), and ITPA (Fitness).

Before fully committing herself to a career in the tennis industry, Allison spent 10 years as a middle school Spanish teacher in Virginia. She is excited for her past career as an educator to merge with her more recent experiences as a tennis professional while filling this unique role at GPS.

We are so fortunate that Sue Bartlett will remain a part of the tennis program she built and grew as she will stay on as the Head Varsity Tennis Coach & Tennis Professional. Allison is also thrilled to work alongside coaches Sarah Evans Pagnani ’10 and Chad Winters, as they endeavor to provide the optimal racquet experience in a constantly evolving industry here in Chattanooga. 

Allison is ready for the move from one river city to the next. She and her family are eager to meet the GPS community and plan to bring along their paddle boards and camping and hiking gear. We hope you will join us in making her feel welcome.