Frequently asked questions
District of Columbia & Virginia
PETER TOWNES, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
“At 14 years old, I decided to play tennis. Like much of my young life, if I put my mind to a thing, I accomplished it. It wasn’t from my mother’s investment, or my father’s encouragement that I was driven to the courts of D.C. It was because my father left behind a racket, some tennis balls, and the will of an athlete. Arthur Ashe inspired me from the television when he defeated Jimmy Connors in Wimbledon. I looked at him and realized that he was doing something that I could do, so I did it!”
Four years later he attended South Carolina State University on a full tennis scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Art in English with a minor in Journalism. He then went on to coach student-athletes who became productive citizens: doctors, lawyers, teachers, and businessmen/women. To his credit, two of the Founder’s adult children obtained Division 1 tennis scholarships, and one earned the National Merit Award, then walked on to her Division 1 Tennis team and became team captain for three years. His eldest son maintains the title of Head Mens & Womens Tennis Coach at a Division 1 university.
Arjun was a D1 student athlete member of the Morgan State University men’s tennis team in Baltimore, MD. He played number 1 in both singles and doubles and was the captain of the team for two years, leading the team to earn their first ever MEAC championship in 2019. Arjun earned All-conference team multiple times along with All-American Scholar awards. Before arriving from India, he was previously ranked top 20 in the nation and top 300 in the world junior rankings. Arjun enjoys working with all age groups and skills levels, and is keen to help players compete in tournaments through his past experience. Earning the NCAA postgraduate grant, Arjun is currently pursuing his masters in Sport Management at the George Washington University.
Director of Junior Development, Atlanta
GABRIEL TOWNES, DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT
Youngest son of NLTE’s founder, Peter. Gabriel earned a full scholarship to Ga State University and Bradley University’s. Before his collegiate experiences, he was a 3 time National Champion and a 4 time National Champion runner up. He grew up on the courts where he won over 50 sectional and regional championships. At 16 years of age he wrote, published and negotiated his own book deal about a fictional super hero. At 17 years he completed on the Futures Circuit for 2 months with a 9-9 record. He wasn’t able to land a professional contract and attended college for 2 years. He’s not competing anymore but still has a love for the game and shares it with our students in Atlanta part time, when he’s not making music. He’s a hip hop artist and goes by, EL’
Director of Junior Development, Baltimore
MATTHEW TOWNES, DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT
Matthew has extensive junior playing experience in both the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Sections of the USTA. Earning a scholarship to play Division 1 tennis at Morgan State, Matthew went on to become captain of the Men’s team from his Sophomore year until the time of his matriculation in 2008. After college, Matthew played a few Men’s tournaments, but focused primarily on junior coaching/development. Between 2008 and 2014, Matthew developed 8 National Champions, and a total of 17 players receiving Division 1 Collegiate scholarships; including Notre Dame, Duke, and Stanford. During this same time, Matthew developed and executed successful junior tennis programs at 2 tennis clubs in Maryland.
The collegiate realm of tennis has stayed a part of Matthew’s life. Immediately following collegiate tennis, he became the Assistant Men’s Coach of his Alma Mater, 09-11. Following his time at Morgan, Matthew moved on to a different opportunity, and became the Assistant Men’s Coach at Johns Hopkins University. During his year with the Blue Jay’s, he was able to help the team reach the 2012 Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. After his time with Hopkins, Matthew focused more time on junior tennis, until the right opportunity to be a head coach presented itself. In December 2014, that opportunity came, and Matthew became the Head Coach at Morgan State. In less than 4 years time, Matthew has won a MEAC Championship and Coach of the Year honors. His teams have finished in the top 3 of the MEAC Conference each of the last 3 years, and are only getting stronger.
BRIAN COXTON, PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Brian Coxton was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. where he met Peter Townes, who coached him for a year before he earned a full scholarship to Winston Salem State University. He played number 1 all four years, and made All-conference. After graduating he became WSSU Men and Women Tennis Head Coach 2012-2014 (Men conference champion 2013). Morgan State women assistant coach (Women conference champion 2018). Brian has ten plus years of coaching experience teaching the game of the tennis to students from juniors to adults. He brings great energy and joy to every lesson given.