Coaching Staff


HEAD COACH: RYAN KNARR 

Coach Ryan Knarr is the Director of the CWTA Summer Tennis Program in addition to his responsibilities as President of the CWTA, CW Open Hits for Hope Tournament Director, Head coach Conrad Weiser Tennis Teams and Assistant Tennis Coach at Albright College. Additionally, Knarr is the President of the Berks County Tennis Association and also serves on the Middle States Board of Directors and as a co-chair on the USTA Middlestates Adult Competition Committee starting in 2013. Knarr is a United States Professionally Certified Tennis Professional and is a very accomplished tennis player and instructor.  In 2011 he was named USTA-EPD Tournament Director of the Year as Director of the CW Open Hits for Hope Tournament. 

Knarr, a very accomplished High School and College Athlete was a 2006 graduate of Conrad Weiser High School where he was a 2-time Berks County HS Doubles Champion, 1st Team All Berks Selection and Academic All-American finishing his high school career with a 52-14 overall record including an undefeated 33-0 regular season in singles and #1 doubles as a senior. Knarr was featured in the August 2006 edition of Sports Illustrated 'Faces in the Crowd' for winning a record 5 medals at the 2006 USTA Keystone State Games. He also qualified to play with professionals Anna Kournakova, Andres Gomez, and Tim Mayotte at the 2006 American Red Cross Legends of Tennis event at Alvernia University. Following his graduation from high school, Knarr trained at the world-renowned Bollettiari Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida in the summer of 2006.Knarr currently holds 31 USTA sanctioned titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In 2011, Knarr finished the year ranked #1 in the Middlestates USTA Mixed Open Doubles rankings with partner Victoria Foanio. In 2012- he finished the year ranked #1 in the Middlestates USTA Men's Open Doubles rankings with partner Preetham Moras. He has competed at the sectional, regional and national level and currently holds the record for most medals ever won at the USTA Keystone State Games winning a total of 15 gold, silver and bronze medals in 8 years of competition. As a college athlete, Knarr is a member of an elite group of players that have competed at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels. In 2007, Knarr earned All-Conference Honors as a freshmen at division III Elizabethtown College. After one year, Knarr took his game to the next level playing at Division I La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa. After transferring and graduating from Bloomsburg University, Knarr finished his collegiate tennis career at Millersville University as a graduate student, leading the Marauders to a Division II NCAA National Tournament appearance in 2011. Knarr has taught as a  professional tennis instructor at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center in Philadelphia, Pa in 2008 as a junior clinic instructor and has taught private and group lessons as a USPTA certified tennis professional throughout the area.Outside of the tennis courts, Knarr also is an assistant coach with the Conrad Weiser High School Football program as a special teams coach. He is the host of BCTV's Just Say Sports weekly sports talk show. Knarr resides in his hometown of Robesonia, Pa. 


CRAIG WHITELEY  


Craig Whiteley is in his first season as assistant coach after retiring in the spring of 2014 after 10 years as Head Coach at the helm of the CW Girls tennis program and after 7th years as Head coach of the Scouts boys program. In 2011 he was named Berks County High School Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Scouts to a record setting 14-0 regular season and a 15-2 overall record.Coach Whiteley is a graduate of Reading High School and East Stroudsburg State College earning a degree in health and physical education. He was a four year player for the East Stroudsburg Warriors tennis team, and was a PSAC semi-finalist at flight 4 singles as a sophomore. As a senior, Whiteley won the PSAC Flight 6 Singles Championship. Coach Whiteley taught physical education in Reading School District for 31 years. He has competed in numerous USTA Tennis Tournaments as a junior and as an adult. 

Coach Whiteley has a vast background in tennis instruction, teaching the game on Reading playgrounds, in the United States Navy, and at the Green Valley Country Club in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. He was an assistant to the Conrad Weiser boys tennis program for 6 years and with the Conrad Weiser girls program for 1 year before being named Head Coach of the girls program in 2005 and also taking over as head coach for the boys team in 2007.  Coach Whiteley has coached Scouts boys tennis team to two division titles and the girls team to their first division title since 1965. 
Coach Whiteley resides in Wernersville, Pa. 


DR. KEITH RODGERS 
A lifelong teaching professional of the game of tennis, Dr. Rodgers is the Director of Player Develop for the entire CWTA. He is committed to improving tennis players of all ages and ability levels in all facets of the game. Coach Rodgers focuses on players technical/mechanical and psychological development within the game, providing a foundation for the players to learn, grow and develop into skilled player and champions on the tennis court. 

Coach Rodgers who, recently retired from Wernersville State Hospital, has spend most of his life in the field of education, starting in the late 1960s, and has been a student/teacher of the game of tennis for over 40 years. He emphasizes the teaching of the fundamentals of the game, having taught and coaches tennis at all levels throughout the world. 

Coach Rodgers has professional experience as a player on the pro tour in Europe in the 1970s and later as a tennis official for various tour events in Europe. He gained his professional tennis certification from the German Hessen Tennis Federation in Germany. Coach Rodgers also has experience as college head coach, guiding Cheyney State University in the 1970s and later Albright College from 2008-2012. While at Albright, he coaches the record setting Victoria Foanio to a sweep of the 2011 MAAC Conference Singles and Doubles Championships. She was also named a First-Team All-Conference selection and became the first player in the history of the program to be named conference player of the year. 

Coach Rodgers also served as Head Coach for the Conrad Weiser Scouts High School Tennis program for two seasons in 2005 and 2006. During his tenure as head coach, he guided players to a plethora of awards including 3 County Champions (Singles and Doubles), a District 3-AA Doubles Championship and  PIAA-AA-State Doubles Finalists in 2005, as well as 3 All-Berks players (Tommy Meyer, Dusty Speicher, Ryan Knarr. For his efforts, he was named Berks County Coach of the Year in 2005. 

He began his educational journey in 1968 as a student at the University of Maryland. After just one year at Maryland, he then transferred to Cheyney State University until 1975. In 1976, Rodgers moved across the Atlantic to attend school at the University of Frankfurt Medical School in Frankfurt, West Germany. From 1984-1989, he lived in Romania where he studied at the University of Bucharest Dental School, earning his Dental Degree in 1989. He then returned to the US to begin his career at Wernersville State Hospital in 1993. He rekindled his pursuit of education in 2000, attending the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis for four years as a senior candidate. 

Coach Rodgers resides in Shillington, Pennsylvania. 



DR. ALEX BALACI - Boys Tennis Assistant Coach 

NOLAN PERUGINI- Girls Tennis Assistant Coach