Name: Courtney Kathryn Elizabeth Cohan
AKA : CoCo
How long have you worked at CCRC? Since the summer after 8th grade soooo 9 years :)
Favorite Thing to Eat at CCRC: T-RAVS. Truly Mr. Dan has PERFECTED this! Perfect breading, perfect sauce. Truly a staple of my childhood. Runners up include: Grilled Cheese but that’s about all that Arky Leonard eats so I figured he can explain the beautiful buttered bread and exquisite cheese to bread ratio CCRC has. And the second runner up is the Quesadilla but that’s too basic everyone knows that’s the best item.
Best Part of Working at CCRC: Truly the outfits and tennis skirts I have accumulated. Just kidding. The staff are wonderful but I have never had a family of bosses that 1. Always know what’s up 2. Always can fix my mistakes and 3. Always make time for their members and staff. Even if they are running to stop near catastrophe if a member comes up and wants to tell them about their kid or their latest meal the Apted’s listen and give value to everyone’s experience which is something I never want to take for granted.
Worst Part of Working at CCRC:
I could never lie and tell my mom I had to work at some crazy time because she calls and knows exactly when I work and where. Also, I have to—get to—- see my mother sooo often.
Do you play tennis?
I played for about two months. Never went into Melissa’s line for drills because I was too scared. Put a sad face dampener on my racket and that was my way of protesting tennis camp to my mom.
Do you or did you play any other sports?
I played a lot of mind games with my boyfriends. I also played select volleyball team C “the fun team” and soccer for CYC until college. If you did not know parish teams exist in high school they are about as washed up as it gets but I still could brag I played something.
I also play a fun game with my bank account each month and see how many sales it can withstand. Very risky, good for the heart rate.
Are you still in school? What are you studying?
I just graduated!!
I went to Mizzou and survived with only a slightly better bartending knowledge.
I studied Special Education (which I found my passion for at CCRC, working the kids camp I realized your children were all too well behaved I needed a challenge). I will start working in Overland Park KS in August so any tips or school supplies are welcome!! Also, you can have your kids call me Miss Coco because I will probably be much more patient if they do.
Most amount of racquets you've strung in a day?
Umm, none I look at them quite often and imagine I can weave such a tight web like the greats. But alas. I am only here for the tennis skirts.
If you ask my recommendation in racquets. Color matters. So the one that matches your tone and your outfit will be what I provide.
Most amount of tickets you've entered after a shift:
Ohhh over 600 total I would say the people who say “ohhh I am only gonna have one margarita close me out” and then realize the mistake they made and order 7 more. That’s where it gets ya. And gives us quite a few tickets. Not a bad thing tho keep living your life, just a common rookie mistake- the party never stops at CCRC.
What is it like to work for a family business?
Really so personal. Like Dani was in my parents’ wedding. I got in Dani’s wedding before the “10 is too old for a flower girl” rule went in.
I could truly tell them that I charged $2000 to someone account and they would laugh it off and let me know I was okay. Stupid but okay. Before then proceeding to fix the problem tenfold.
I appreciate them letting me return year after year and letting me grown into my own here is really where the difference lies.
Weirdest thing that has ever happened to you working here (or been asked to you on the phone):
About once a week someone calls and asks if we gave badminton or racquetball facilities or gear here. And I always used those words interchangeably. But APPARENTLY in that community, you cannot. The person on the phone just really didn’t understand that “I know I said racquetball and it’s badminton but we still do not carry either thing!” We have enough going on with paddle, pickle, tennis, and a swimming pool we do not need your negative badminton energy here.
Favorite Member to see walk thru the doors:
The Huff family. Holy cannoli Maggie can drive now and it like brings me to tears to watch. I was only their babysitter but like she’s a real adult now. And Evie and James like have their own lives and are still the coolest cutest sweetest kids ever. I would do anything for that family.
Kids grow up so fast don’t they?
Ellie, Dale, and I just don’t know what we will do when they head to college.
Tennis Pro or employee you most admire:
BESIDES MY AMAZING, DEDICATED BEAUTIFUL MOTHER CINDY COHAN? (Kyle will totally say her because his nose is as brown as the lobby walls)
I really admire Conner Stevenson because he started at the bottom teaching kids camp with me and now he’s an adult with a wife and kid on the way. He is still just as patient and hardworking as the camp counselor days. And he never gets angry or raises his voice. He’s gonna be big guys I feel it. His family band will too.
What is something that you want members to know about you that they don't?
I really do love y’all. I probably act like I forget your names because I don’t want to look clingy. But I appreciate each one of you for seeing me every summer and not telling me I got fat the past school year. And I adore each one of your kids seriously if I could hang out with the kids of CCRC all day I would. You all are amazing and doing the best.
You guys help me practice my teacher voice quite often and I really appreciate all your big exploration questions during the pandemic because I never have the answers.
Which would you rather win: Stanley Cup, World Series, World Cup, Rider Cup, Superbowl, NBA Championship,PGA Tour event, etc, Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open.
Stanley Cup. It’s the most challenging trophy in sports. You have to run on ice with blades stuck to your feet and hit a hard disc into a small goal with a stick. Who came up with that? Insanity. Also, you get your name on the trophy FOREVER. The trophy is a beer stein. Not some dinner plate like the tennis players get.
What song would you want played when you walk out onto the court or field?
Absolutely “Yeah” by Usher. Because at my 8th birthday party (a tennis lesson with Cindy Cohan (yeah my friends were super impressed)). Dani played this for me on a speaker overlooking the courts and until I was 21, I thought that was as good at clubbing got.
What racquet do you play with?
Ping pong . The last racquet I owned was a Serena Williams Jr. pink of course (RPM on mains Synthetic Gut on crosses)
What is your happiest memory at CCRC?
Painting that flag each year on the CCRC grass. Seriously so fun, buying spray paint because you were the newest 18yr old, blaring trap rap while you’re car lights shined on the grass, the bonding that happens when you realize out of 20 employees we cannot draw perfect lines. It’s truly magical