| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Jordie Dolberg is the new director of tennis at Sportime Massapequa. Jordie lived in Florida his entire life, attending college at The University of Florida, before recently moving to Long Island to accept his new position.

As a junior player, Dolberg was ranked in the top 10 in the nation, from the Boys 12s Division through the Boys 18s Division. He reached the finals of the USTA Boys Singles 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. and reached the finals in Kalamazoo in doubles when he was 18. As a high school student, he was named Class 1a Athlete of the Year in Florida.

“I want to bring a new method to the table and the key to that method is going to be defined by discipline,” said Dolberg on his new role with Sportime.

His collegiate career spanned from 2002-2006 at the University of Florida where he was ranked in the top five in the nation throughout. Dolberg was a two-time SEC champion and three-time SEC tournament champion, in addition to two semifinal appearances in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament.

After the University of Florida, Jordie joined the pro circuit and joined the ATP Tour, reaching a career-best 460th in the rankings before being forced to retire due to injury.

“I have a high level of playing background, and have learned and seen many things through the years both as a player and a coach that can help students,” said Jordie. “But most importantly, they have to have the discipline to reach their goals and I will strive to help them achieve that.”

His coaching career has seen him mentor and instruct some of the top American players in the nation, including Jesse Levine and Ryan Sweeting when they are in the states. Notable juniors who have played with Jordie include Brennan Boyaijian, a number one singles player for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels; Zack McCourt, a top three singles player for Princeton; Antonio Pena, a number one singles player for Hofstra; and Gustavo Gonzalez who committed to Harvard for the fall of 2012.

“I want to work with players from start to finish and watch their growth as a tennis player throughout,” said Dolberg. “That's where I get the most satisfaction as a coach.”