Eric Schmidhauser, Founding Partner
Eric Schmidhauser has played a key role in developing two elite junior tennis academies in Texas. In 1993, Eric founded the St. Stephen’s Tennis Academy and raised the funds to build the 12-court tennis facility. As the leadership team grew to include Coach Jack Newman and Coach Doug Davis, the St. Stephen’s Tennis Academy developed a national reputation for excellence, with many of its players receiving tennis scholarships to top, Division I universities. In 2002, Eric helped found the Austin Tennis Academy and he played an instrumental role in getting ATA’s facility built over two phases of development.
In 2007, after 5 years of helping ATA grow its reputation for excellence in junior tennis development, Eric accepted a position as Development Director at A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. Eric found his work over the next five years at Glimmer tremendously fulfilling as it involved raising funds to provide the rural poor of Ethiopia with clean water, schools and health clinics. In his role with Glimmer, Eric also had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia 19 times to personally witness the profound impact of Glimmer’s work in the field.
After a brief time working in Los Angeles for the Giving Department of TOMS Shoes, Eric and his family returned to Austin. Eric is delighted to return to the Austin Tennis Academy in his management role, assisting Coach Newman with recruiting, customer relations and administering the Austin Athletic Scholarship Foundation. Eric also enjoys helping coach ATA students at tournaments, drawing on his 15 plus years of coaching experience.