Iosua Malaki

Director of Junior Development & Operations

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Iosua has loved the opportunity to grow with RippnerTennis as the Director of Junior Development & Operations. He brings to the table a diverse background in tennis instruction and corporate management. He spent a year, at the age of just 18, as General Manager of a retail supplement chain and took the store from 356 in the nation to number 2 in the nation, in under six months. When he left his position as General Manager the store was number 1 in the nation. Since then, he has explored his obsession with fashion, starting his own “What NOT to wear” blog that ignited is obsession into a passion. After some refining of his skills he became one of the top performing Personal Stylist at Nordstrom in the nation through his connection and authenticity with his clients.

After taking a hiatus from tennis, Iosua is back with a renewed love and passion for the sport. As a junior he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to train with Scott Adams, former coach for WTA superstar Bethanie Mattek-Sands. It was with Scott that Iosua discovered his love for the sport. During his time as a junior he was the assistant junior coach at the Bentwater Country Club in Montgomery, Texas where he cultivated critical thinking and positive outlooks in the junior students. While being the assistant coach he trained state and nationally ranked juniors privately. His competitive spirit and work ethic landed him playing high level Division III tennis for both Southwestern University and later Concordia University.

Iosua has a hunger for knowledge and learning everything there is about the game of Tennis. He has spent the past year under the tutelage of Steve Cobb, Director of High-Performance and coach of Grand Slam Champions, honing is coaching skills and knowledge. Iosua’s tennis experience, ability to connect and his open mind has made him in high demand for private and group lessons. He is currently the Director of Junior Development, creating an environment for students to excel and find their love for tennis. He looks to bring this community closer together through our love for tennis.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt