Tennis & Golf Executive Recruiting
Our executive search and leadership consulting firm works with racquet clubs, golf courses and resorts. We find qualified professionals, general managers and operations directors. We also help collegiate programs find best-fit coaches. Who better to fill these sports jobs than professionals who have notable first-hand experience?
The tennis and golf practice is directed by Tom Gullikson. He is a former professional and U.S. Davis Cup captain who led Player Development’s Team USA – Pro Men’s division at the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Founder Steve Snodgrass played and coached Division I tennis. He also owned and operated a successful racquet club before starting his recruiting career.
Gully, Steve and Sports Division co-founder Tom Jacobs, a former Managing Director of Player Development for the USTA, have an unprecedented network. We have a deep bench with relevant sports industry experience coupled with decades of retained executive search and leadership assessment consulting successes.
Our Allied Partners represent top industry leaders who can provide leadership assessment and consulting. Among these thought leaders are Dr. Mark Kovacs, of the Kovacs Institute for elite individuals looking to optimize performance in sport, business and life.
Also on our team is former University of Texas head women’s tennis coach, Jeff Moore of Moore Leadership. Jeff helps leaders in both college sports and the corporate world build championship teams.
We also offer knowledgeable consulting on topics such as facility upgrades, raising capital, youth/adult programs that drive membership, player recruitment and more. If it relates to the business of tennis, Snodgrass Partners can help.
Have a position to fill?
If you’re an owner-operator or general manager at a club or resort, call us at 1.800.207.1958 and tell us what type of position you are looking to fill.
Todd Martin, former World #4 and CEO of the ITHF, and Steve Snodgrass.
Our first sports client was the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The idea to create a tennis division was born in 2014 when Steve Snodgrass was retained by the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) His task was to identify and vet a Chief Operating Officer to complement the skills of CEO Todd Martin. As a former pro, Martin climbed as high as number four in the world while on the ATP Tour.
Martin was particularly impressed by this very unique skillset – an in-depth understanding of tennis coupled with 30+ years of C-suite talent recruiting.
Steve Snodgrass was the right person for this job. I needed someone who could understand our organization’s needs, the dynamics within our industry, and assess what skills our COO would need to complement me to the fullest.”
After 90 days, Steve qualified over 15 strong candidates via his pool of 100+ networking outlets. The former CEO of the Professional Bowling Association rose to the top and Stu Upson was named the COO of the ITHF.
If you’re a coach, teaching professional or director of tennis or golf, send us a confidential email. Tell us what you are looking for and include your resume as a PDF or Word document.
Our recruiters understand the business of tennis.
We have strong connections throughout the tennis community and a rare combination of tennis experience and talent recruiting success for clients. Our team of tennis recruiters include:
- Tom Gullikson, 40+ year veteran as both an ATP tour professional player and coach
- Steve Snodgrass, former Division I tennis player, Division I head tennis coach, club owner and General Manager, an former USPTA teaching professional.
- Tom Jacobs, former USTA Managing Director, Player Development
- Matt Westfall, former DI tennis player
- Jolynn Johnson Smith, granddaughter of Dr. Robert Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson, early mentor and trainer for Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.
- Christia Townsend, former DI player, DI women’s tennis coach and certified USPTR professional.
Our services are designed to help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses. These include the important areas of staffing, recruitment, management and leadership. Searches are completed quickly, with discretion and are backed by a guarantee. Snodgrass Partners offers clients the expanded consulting services of our Allied Partners . These partners also help to extend our networking reach to help us find the ideal match for sports jobs.
Snodgrass Partners is a Corporate Partner with the TIA, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis.