Beverly Coleman


Beverly began playing tennis at age 10. She became a student of the renowned coach, Bob Harmon, at age 12 and was put in charge of teaching her high school's tennis classes at age 14.  She also credits the following former national champions for their contributions to her success as a tennis player: Eleese Thornton, Earthna Jacquet, Oscar Johnson, Don Bly and Ronita Elder.

She went on tour as a junior at age 15, achieving junior national runner up title, traveled and played along the east coast and throughout the south on an ATA championship team.  At age 16, was recruited by the famous Dr. Whirlwind Johnson in Lynchburg, VA along with Arthur Ashe.  Beverly trained and lived at Dr. Johnson's camp with Arthur Ashe, who was 12 years old at the time. They became lifelong friends.  She also received a full athletic scholarship to Tennessee A & I University, famous for its athletic excellence, and toured all southern black Colleges with its #1 black collegiate team.

At age 28, Beverly enlisted in the Peace Corps and played tournament tennis in East Africa. At the invitation of the Tanzania Ministry of Community Development  she developed a national girls' physical fitness/training program, built a track-and-field program and a basketball league for girls.

Beverly completed a Masters in Public Health, became a Cal State L.A. professor and worked with college students to build an independent, community based school to meet the special needs of inner-city children.

In her 40’s and 50’s Beverly resumed playing serious tournament tennis and organized league tennis in her area, Beverly was often a hitting partner for tournament-playing juniors, including Venus and Serena Williams.

After several injuries, Beverly could no longer sustain successful competition and moved to Sedona where she helped develop youth tennis and became a USPTA certified coach.   In 2003 she established The Beverly Coleman Tennis Academy.


Beverly is now retired from tennis coaching.

Beverly Coleman

MTM Tennis Professional