Roscoe "Rocky" Warner, Program Director
Although he was born in Georgia, Coach Rocky grew up as young boy in Oakland California. After 6th grade, his family returned to Atlanta, where he grew up playing junior tennis. Rocky acquired a state and southern ranking as a junior player and went on to play tennis at Morehouse College. After three years, Rocky’s passion for art and graphics lead him to study at the American Inter-Continental University’s New York and Atlanta Campus. He earned numerous honors, for his athletics and academics while in high school and college. During his college commencement, he was named most outstanding graphic designer and graduated Magna cum laude with a degree in Visual Communications.
Through opportunities provided to him by Sharon Lester, Bryan Shelton, William Fulton and Scott Hutchinson, Coach Rocky continued teaching tennis part-time while working in corporate, as a graphic designer for companies like the Creative Loafing, COX and AutoTrader.com. Rocky designed for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s advertising and marketing department from 2007-2016 and his efforts helped usher in the award winning digital platform millions enjoy today. Rocky also earned his Master’s of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University located in Orlando, Florida. He has also been certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) for over 15 years.
In 2016, Coach Rocky began to brainstorm ideas to merge graphic design and fitness
to build an after-school program. It wasn't soon after he volunteered as the assistant to the head tennis coach at Morehouse College, that Coach Rocky started writing the curriculum for STEM Tennis. Coach Rocky directed his first ATA-UTR event at Sugar Creek Tennis Center and this opportunity provided him an opportunity to develop a working relationship with the historic facility. Coach Rocky also teaches tennis at Greater Atlanta Christian Academy With his many influences, Rocky manages several adult and junior players weekly.
In 2019, Rocky completed the design and published the official website for the American Tennis Association (yourata.org), the oldest African American Tennis Organization in the country, founded in 1916. He currently, sits on the board and has been appointed to lead the southern section of the ATA into a new era focusing on junior development. By using his past experiences and passion for the sport of tennis, Coach Rocky has birthed STEM Tennis and he is excited to launch the program at Sugar Creek Golf & Tennis.