Facility News




  • Tennis Center Supervisor- Eric Dove
  • Head Tennis Professional- Bill Potoczny
  • Assistant Tennis Professional - Jeff Nuhfer
  • Assistant Tennis Professional- Joel Johnson ( In Rememberance )
  • Administrative Assistant- Mark Thompson
  • Instructor- Lauren Edelschein-Doctor
  • Instructor / Pro Shop Attendant-Lauren Valdivia
  • Instructor / Pro Shop Attendant - Nicole Benincasa
  • Pro Shop Attendant- Tom Dunham
  • Pro Shop Attendant- David Long
  • Pro Shop Attendant-Travis Myler
  • Pro Shop Attendant - Ann Kelmenson

Eric Dove  

Eric comes to Penn State from Central Florida where he was Director of Tennis and Recreation at the nationally recognized Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort for four years. Eric directed several international tournaments including the Easter Bowl. In addition, he ran yearly challenger tournaments with many world ranked players competing for prize money.

Prior to his time at Grenelefe, Eric was Director of Tennis and Golf Operations Superintendant for the City of Winter Haven. During Eric's ten year tenure he directed the tennis programs to their most successful years in the city's history. In addition, Eric helped develop the College Spring Break Tennis Festival which now hosts hundreds of college tennis teams each year.

Eric played his college tennis at Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, FL where he was a four year starter in singles and doubles. While at Florida Southern, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration.

As a junior player Eric competed against some of the best players in Florida and was ranked near the top in the state.

Eric's responsibilities as the Director of the Penn State Tennis Center include: oveseeing the daily operation of the Tennis Center, programming and special events. During Eric's nine years as supervisor, the Tennis Center has created multiple progams while servicing an unprecedented number of players.

Eric has instructed players of all levels including Division I athletes during his 30 years as a tennis instructor. He holds a USPTA professional rating and is available for private lessons as well as clinics.

For more information please call Eric at (814) 865-1351 or email him at edd6@psu.edu.

Bill Potoczny    

Before becoming the Head Tennis Professional at the Penn State Tennis Center, Bill lead the Penn State's men's tennis team, as an interim coach, to a 3rd place finish in the Big Ten Tournament and number 1 Northeast regional ranking, along with a season high national ranking of 38. During his four year tenure as an assistant coach, he helped the team become a nationally ranked program.

Previous to his time at Penn State, Bill spent five years as the Director of Tennis at the Cape Coral Racket Club in Cape Coral, FL.

Bill played his collegiate tennis at the University of West Florida and was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame in 2002. He received both his Masters and Bachelor degree in Psychology.

As a junior player, Bill competed nationally in the USTA and won the American Tennis Association national singles championship. He was ranked number 1 in the Middle States section and was honored with the Arthur Ashe player of the year award in 1988.

Bill has taught players of all levels including All Big Ten athletes and world ranked juniors. He has coached the Middle States national team for boys and girls in Shreveport, LA.

Bill is in his third year as the Head Professional at Penn State; he is a certified USPTR tennis professional and brings years of experience to the Tennis Center.

For lesson or clinic information please call (814) 865-1381 or email wmp10@psu.edu.


Jeff Nuhfer 

Bio coming soon!


Joel Johnson ( In Rememberance 1959-2010 )

Joel has been working as the Assistant Tennis Professional since 2002. Joel is a key member of the staff and has been instrumental in the junior development and elite / tournament training progams. These progams service hundreds of tennis players of all levels in the community. His knowledge of tennis is far beyond stroke production and includes equipment and racquet repair. Joel has worked with a wide range of levels from beginner to collegiate players. He was the assistant women's coach at Lockhaven University before coming to Penn State. Joel brings 20 years of tennis teaching expertise to the Penn State Tennis Center. He has been a lifelong resident of Beech Creek, PA.


Mark Thompson

Mark joined the Penn State Tennis Center staff in 1994 after working seven years at the Penn State Golf Shop, which he began after graduating from the State College Area School Distict. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in athletic sevices to Penn State, as he has additional years of experience working in the bowling industry. Mark's wide range of expertise in athletic services is an invaluble part of the Penn State Tennis Center which includes administrative assistance, customer service, court maintenance, racquet repairs, and processing memberships. Mark is a lifelong resident of State College, PA.