Aly Samabaly, Maksim Yorsh and Mason Bultje join ICT staff 

Fall is just around the corner and with it come some exciting additions to ICT's youth tennis programs. We are thrilled to introduce three new professionals: Aly Samabaly, Maksim Yorsh and Mason Bultje. They bring a wealth of tennis and fitness training expertise to our organization.

Our new Performance Program Manager and Head Pro Trainer, Aly Samabaly, holds National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and American Muscle and Fitness Personal Training (AMFT) certifications. He has been deeply involved with sports since growing up in Mali.

Upon his arrival in America, he attended St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, where he and teammate LeBron James took their team to Ohio State High School Basketball Championship titles in 2000 & 2001. He went on to become a D1 basketball standout in the Atlantic Conference.

Aly has combined his competitive experience with his in-depth fitness knowledge to create a coaching program that provides athletes with a solid foundation of strength, flexibility and conditioning. Cities Academy players will benefit from his passion and intuitive ability to adapt training to individual needs.

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New Performance coach, Maksim Yorsh, is certified with the USPTA, and he received his BS in Business Administration from Reinhardt University, where he competed on the men's tennis team in the NAIA. Maks formerly played NCAA D1 tennis at Kennesaw State University, and between both schools, he received several awards, including All-American, All-Conference, Dean’s List, President’s list, All-Academic Team, and Top Male Athlete of the Year for all athletes at the University.

Maks formerly coached for the Kemp Performance Tennis Academy in Atlanta where he participated in full-cycle development of junior players competing at the national and international levels. He also coached a highly successful 10U Red Ball program. Following his work in Georgia, Maks was recruited to develop and coach over 70 junior players as Head Tennis Pro at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas.

His 18+ years of playing and coaching will be an invaluable addition to our nationally recognized Cities Academy programs.

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New Junior Development coach, Mason Bultje, grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, where he played high school tennis, reaching the quarterfinals of the Minnesota State Boys' Singles Championships his senior year. He played college tennis at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he earned a degree in Exercise Physiology and All-Conference honors in singles and doubles his senior year. Mason has taught tennis for many years, four of them during the summer at the Tennis and Life Camps in St. Peter, where he developed a passion for working with underprivileged youth and players of all abilities.

Mason will be working in both our Cities Academy and Outreach programs. 

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For more information on our Cities Academy youth tennis programs, click here