December 23, 2021–3:22 p.m.
Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, an expansive tennis facility that opened in 2016 and features 57-courts on a 30-acre site, has named Colt Gaston as the facility’s new General Manager. Gaston will also oversee operations at the Downtown Racquet Center.
Gaston, a Rome, Georgia native, has extensive tennis playing, coaching, and management experience. Gaston’s junior tennis career led him to become a scholarship collegiate player at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was an All-American and part of the #3 ranked doubles team in the nation. After a stint on the professional doubles tour, Gaston transitioned to coaching, where he held leadership roles at the Weil Tennis Academy (Ojai, CA) and ATI Tennis Academy (Atlanta, GA). In 2016, Gaston was named Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis team at the University of Missouri, where he led the charge for four seasons in the strong SEC conference. Gaston also oversaw the Mizzou Tennis Complex, a 10 court facility with an active program and busy tournament schedule. During his time in Columbia, Gaston managed a large staff, led his team to success, and helped grow membership at the facility to over 400 individuals.”
“We are very excited to bring Colt on board here at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College,” said Scott McCulloch, Vice President of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “He has a rich tennis background and truly understands this market. There is huge potential here in Rome, and Colt will be a key leader in the continued success of the facility.”
“This is an incredible opportunity and I’m thrilled to join the team here at Rome Tennis Center,” said Gaston. “Our facilities are some of the best in the world; growing up in Rome, I never would have dreamed there would be a facility like this in my hometown. I look forward to connecting with the amazing community in Rome and seeing everyone out at our tennis and pickleball courts in the new year.”
Cliff Drysdale Tennis begins management of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and Downtown Racquet Center effective January 1.
For more information about Rome Tennis Center at Berry College: www.rometenniscenter.com
For more information about Cliff Drysdale Tennis: www.cliffdrydsale.com
About Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is an award-winning center that hosts local, national, and international tournaments and is the largest contiguous hard-court facility in the country. The 57-court facility is comprised of USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts and includes six NCAA regulation courts, six indoor courts, and three center courts for tournament and collegiate play. All courts have lighting and access to shade structures. The terraced design provides ADA accessibility to all courts. The facility hosts daily programming to support and build tennis play locally. Local programs and lessons are offered for all ages and abilities from leisure play to competitive league play.
About Cliff Drysdale Tennis
Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels, and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning, and leisure operations. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 33 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Management. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling at locations around the world for more than two decades. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com