Please allow me to introduce myself, or more precisely, re-introduce myself as I was your tennis pro in 2002 - 2004. My name is Steve Yankello. I am originally from Ohio. I played at the collegiate level at the College of Wooster. I have been a member of the USPTA for 30 plus years as an Elite Level Pro. I have credentials as a Master Racket Technician, and I also was a Ranking Rater for USTA league players.
Currently, one of my favorite things in tennis is to look around the internet to find new techniques to help students improve their skills. I know I have big shoes to fill, as Howard did a wonderful job at C.V. My goal is to create a smooth transition and inject my teaching knowledge and help make everyone a better, smarter player. I look forward to meeting you all in a few short weeks.
See you on the courts,
A Note From Howard Chodak
Dear Tennis Friends,
It is with some sadness that I have decided to retire from teaching tennis. My wife, Lisa, has retired as well after 28 years as a kindergarten teacher and we are transitioning to the next phase of our lives. Hopefully this will involve travel and possibly a move closer to the beach. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Century Village, and it was a pleasure getting to know so many of you while helping you on your tennis journeys. I have been a tennis professional for over 40 years and had many different jobs, but this was definitely one of the best experiences of my career. Thank you for your support and for making me feel so welcome. Please know that I will miss you and I wish you all the best both on and off the court.