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Jason Golden, USPTA/TIA Cardio Tennis Trainer /USPTR Affiliate Member

Director of Wellness and Sports Courts
Esplanade Golf and Country Club

Jason is currently the Director of Wellness and Sports Courts at The Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch as well as the Regional Director for Coaches of Excellence. Jason has also been the Tennis Director at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa in Guam and Mission Valley Country Club in Venice; Head Tennis Professional at Maui Prince Hotel in Hawaii, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota; Tennis Professional at the Sports Core in Kohler, Wisconsin, and Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Jason has also coached the girl's tennis teams at Lakewood Ranch High School and Venice High School.

Jason graduated from Lakeland College in Wisconsin in 1996 with a degree in Coaching/Sports Management. There he played #1 singles and #1 doubles for three years and was named team captain in 1993 and 1994 and was all-conference in singles in 1994.

Jason lives in Lakewood Ranch with his wife Wendi, and two daughters Jordan and Taylor. Jason's hobbies include reading, coaching coaches, running marathons, and spending time with family.


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Paul Varner, USPTA
Head Tennis Professional
Esplanade Golf and Country Club

Paul is currently the Head Tennis Professional at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Paul moved to Bradenton in 1989 and trained at IMG as a player and a coach for over 10 years. After leaving the Pro Tour, Paul was the Director of Tennis at El Conquistador Racket Club, Cedars Racket Club, and the Cayman Island Tennis Center. In 2008, Paul moved to Tuscaloosa Alabama to manage North River Yacht Club. He has coached numerous men's and women's state and sectional teams ranging from 2.5-10.0 mixed doubles teams.

Paul has held top 10 rankings including national rankings in his junior career and was part of a national championship junior college team in Tifton, Georgia. After a few years on the pro tour, he was able to successfully transfer his knowledge of tennis into managing tennis facilities and coaching. Paul has over 25 years of experience in every aspect of the game.

Paul now lives in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida. He has two boys, Cade and Gage. His hobbies include fishing, working out, coaching all junior sports, and loves family time.