Meet the Badon Tennis Academy Coaches

We’ve been teaching kids and adults for over 17 years. Are you ready to get started? Let us know! 

Whether you’re a beginner, an experienced player, or an expert looking to master a skill, we’d like to help you achieve your goals. Try one of our group classes or one-on-one private lessons. We look forward to seeing you on the courts soon!

Veronica Badon

Founder and Head Coach

Veronica is a certified tennis instructor with the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (U.S.P.T.A.) and has taught professionally for over 25 years.

Badon was #1 in the U.S.T.A. women’s Open Division in Southern California. As a collegiate athlete she achieved #1 ranking in the Western region, #7 National Ranking. This two-time All-American Champion was acknowledged by the Los Angeles City Council for her Excellence in Tennis.

Veronica is also officially SafeSport trained by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. 

Gerald Sawyer

Associate Coach

Gerald has been playing tennis for over 12 years and is a certified United States Professional Tennis association. He has been certified for five years. His love of tennis stems from the competitive aspects, health benefits and relationship building with other tennis players and students he teaches. 

As an instructor with Badon Tennis Academy, he wants to inspire his students to love competing and to love the game of tennis. His work ethic has been built by increased patience with his students and being fulfilled by helping to grow future tennis generations. 

Tennis Coach Weston Hudson

Weston Hudson

Associate Coach

Weston is one of BTA’s newer coaches. More on Weston coming soon! He teaches all levels and is also available for hitting sessions. Go to our Classes page to book a lesson or session with him. 

Tennis Coach Mike Gaylor

Mike Gealer

Associate Coach

Mike teaches a positive progression of skills and strategies in a fun game setting suitable for all ages and levels. He has an experienced eye to tailor a player’s individual development.

Mike remembers what is like to be a beginner and how to develop into a Class A tournament, High School, and College tennis player. While in college he began teaching tennis in Michigan in recreation and club classes in Detroit and Ann Arbor. He has been teaching So California for over 25 years.

As a certified USPTA, USTA, SCTA Team Tennis (intermediate, advanced) and Competitive Training Center (CTC)High performance coach for 14 years, many of his teams have won SoCal titles. Many of his student players have been top ranked #1- #100 in SoCal and Top 10 Nationally and went on to get College Tennis Scholarships (UCLA, USC, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Maryland, Hawaii, Brown…more) and Pro.

Mike’s children Sarah and Daniel Gealer began playing tennis at age 3. In addition to being ranked in singles top #1-8 locally (So Cal) and Top #7 –50 nationally, #2 nationally in doubles, they helped take their teams at San Marino HS at #1 to League and CIF championships They were 5* college tennis scholarships Sarah (Maryland , Hawaii) Daniel (UCLA,UC Irvine).

Mike also worked with J.B. Badon for about 4-5 years ages 10 – 14 privately. In 2019, J.B. reached #1 in SoCal Boys 18 and under.

My daughter started taking lessons with Veronica and Gerald when she was almost five years old in the Mighty Munchkins class on Saturday mornings, and now she takes classes two to three times a week, and is always eager to go. She has a very solid foundation, she’s confident when she competes and wants to get even better. Most of all, she’s having so much fun. I think what the Badon Tennis Academy coaches are going for kids and adults is just amazing. 

Mari A.

Mother of BTA student

Start your tennis adventure today!

Tennis is the perfect sport for families and individuals.
It’s a great way to get fit, to connect with others and most of all, to have fun for a lifetime!
Join us today. We’d love to help you learn a few new techniques and skills.