Nice to meet you. We are a hybrid gym and tennis club conveniently located in Chester County.

Penn Oaks is more than a gym, more than a tennis club:
we're an active community. We believe that the best gym and fitness facility is the one that feels like home.


Owner & Tennis Pro

Jamie has taught tennis for 23 years and played No. 1 singles and doubles tennis for West Chester University. In addition to owning Penn Oaks, Jamie also owns multiple health and racquet clubs in the greater Philadelphia area.

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General Manager

Jan has been managing Penn Oaks for 4+ years.  She is an avid tennis player and has played 15+ years in USTA  leagues. Currently, Jan continues to play in the indoor Deltri tennis league while serving as league Chairperson. Jan also loves to work out in the gym and attends group fitness classes at Penn Oaks on a regular basis.

Joel Irwin

USPTA Elite Certified Coach

Joel Irwin has been “working” on the court since he was 15 yrs old. Joel has worked with some of the top junior players in the area, helping them achieve college scholarships. He played #1 for Bishop Shanahan all four years of high school and reached the finals in the PA doubles state championship tournament. Joel finished his junior career ranked #15 in Middle states. After his high school career, he took his tennis to Kutztown University. Where he competed at the highest level of division 2 tennis. Joel helped Kutztown University win 2 PSAC championship titles and reach the rd of 16 in the national tournament. Joel is a student of the game and has a true passion for teaching.

Penn Oaks Director of Player Development

Mobile: 484-888-3042

Jonathan Hodess

Tennis Instructor

Jonathan is a certified USTA tennis instructor. Jonathan brings a great deal of passion and enthusiasm to the court.   Along with giving private lessons, Jonathan runs adult practices and is one of the primary instructors for our junior clinics and summer camp programs.  He also coordinates the USTA JTT teams out of Penn Oaks.  

Mobile: 610-506-1710

Chaz Irwin

Tennis Instructor

Chaz Irwin is a certified USTA instructor.  Chaz starting tennis at the age of 8 and developed a USTA ranking in the middle states.  From there he played number one singles at Bishop Shanahan high school.   He was captain of the team and won the MVP award his junior and senior year.  Chaz went on to play #1 singles at West Chester University.   Chaz teaches all levels and ages.  He is one of primary instructors for the junior clinics and summer camp.   He runs several several adult clinics. 

Mobile: 561-810-7200

Chris Louis

Tennis Instructor

Chris is a USPTA certified instructor who has been working on the court since the age of 16.  He is local to the community and is known for working on his game at Penn Oaks where he reached #2 ranking in Middle States and was in the top 60 nationally.   He was the only student to claim Chestmont singles title during his four years at Henderson High School.  Chris went on to play tennis at Boston College and the University of Richmond, capturing a conference title and "player of the year" honors.  Chris gives private lessons, runs adult team practices and 

assists with junior programming.


Mobile: 610-246-0749

Cookie Marinella

Tennis Instructor

Cookie has been teaching tennis for 25 years.  She is USPTA and USPTR certified and has coached 10 and under USTA teams.   Cookie gives private lessons and is one of primary instructors for our 10 and under junior clinics. 

Mobile: 484-431-0809

Kyle Hawthorne

Tennis Instructor

Kyle has been USPTA certified since 1992.  He has been teaching tennis in the West Chester area for over 20 years.   He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Economics.  He played varsity single and doubles while at Temple and was ranked as high as #3 in MSTA and in the top 100 USTA as a junior.   He won the district doubles title and finished 3rd in the state for doubles as a junior.    Kyle had his professional training at Bolletieri Tennis Academy with Agassi, Courier and Wheaton.

Kyle is one of our primary instructors for our adult clinics including point play and beginner/intermediate.   He also gives private lessons.    

Mobile: 484-645-2590



56 Penn Oaks Drive

West Chester, PA 19382




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