Friday, November 7
It seems to be time for yet
another update on the ICTA/Scott Paschal saga. This will have to be a long
one to provide even a limited account of what has occured since the last
update. But, I cannot escape the conclusion that it needs to be published.
Scott has been hired by the Palm
Coast Tennis Club. According to Scott, he was hired as General Manager with
responsibility for the whole range of the club's operations - including the
tennis facilities. He says that he resigned at the end of August as a result
of his distaste for the owner's business ethics.
The club has a different
They say that he was hired to
attract new members and help with things like cleaning up the pool area and
seeing that the site was cleaned and the grass mowed. He was paid $8.50 an
hour which, they say, clearly indicates the level of his position. It was
also intended that he should help to develop the restaurant but his lack of
ability resulted in this being removed from his area of responsibility. He
was not in charge of of the tennis facilities except to keep the courts
clean. The Club did, in fact, have a contract with Peter Burwash
International to run the tennis operations and its Director of Tennis was
(and remains) Dave Neuhart. Scott described himself as an experienced tennis
coach who could bring new programs, ideas and members to the club. He
claimed to have been the Director of a Professional-level Tennis Academy
since 1999 and to have been closely involved with the governing bodies of
professional tennis. He claimed that he was in a position to use his
influence to bring Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches to Palm Coast. He was hired
to carry out the above tasks and to have an opportunity of demonstrating his
ability to run the tennis facility. (It is not clear why the Club believed
that such an apparently highly qualified person should want to take an $8.50
position, but what is known is that the Club is very much regretting
not checking his background). In any case, the Club was prepared to consider
him for a position of Director of Tennis when the PBI contract expired on
September 1 if he was able to demonstrate his ability. According to the
Club, he managed to bring in only one new member and succeeded in destroying
relationships with most of the existing members who he antagonized and
intimidated. The Club dismissed him before the end of his 90-day evaluation
period. They did not receive any resignation from him and say that, in fact,
Scott asked the owner of the Club to reconsider his dismissal. He refused.
While at the Club, Scott asked if
he could start a tennis school. He was given permission - on the assumption
that this would attract new membrs - but only if it had no religious
connotations (by this time, the Club was aware of his ongoing connection
with the ICTA). He - or rather Rachel and Melody (who had been hired to run
the front desk at the Club) - subsequently started teaching at public courts
nearby but used the Club facilities to recruit students and taught while
being paid by the Club. This led to Rachel and Melody's departure along with
The Club was also concerned at a
growing number of dicrepancies in statements made by Scott. For example, he
told one person that his grandfather had died when he was 17 - another that
his father had died when he was 17 - and another that he had grown up
without a father.
There were also a number of
messages posted in this site's message board from Club members disturbed by
Scott Paschal's attitiude and activities and reporting that he was
alienating a large number of the Club's members.
More disturbingly, on being
dismissed, a number of incidents at the Club led to the Police becoming
involved and issuing 'non-trespass' orders against Scott. These have been
described as restraining orders. They appear not to be - but for all
practical purposes, amount to the same thing. If Scott comes onto the Club's
property, he will be arrested.
While at Palm Coast, Scott
continued to promote his "academy" and claimed to train 24 ATP/WTA players
and "dozens of world-class juniors". No-one at Palm Coast saw any of these
professional or junior players. Scott has since made statements that make
this this claim obviously false.
It was also while Scott was at
Palm Coast that I finally met with Joy Snelen - the Mother of Rachel and
Melody. We had been corresponding for several months and she had described
in graphic detail what she considered to be the "brain-washing", abduction
and sexual exploitation of her teenage daughters by Mr Paschal. She
desperately wanted to see him 'exposed' and 'punished'. As they were now
over the age of consent and appeared to be in a willing partnership with
Scott, I advised her that there was little that she could do. She had
extremely upset at a public statement by Scott that she was or had been an
abusive mother. She asked if she could visit me and present her story along
with a lot of accumulated evidence that would support her innocence of such
accusations and prove that it was Scott who was, in fact, the abuser. She
wanted my assistance to take legal action against Scott.
When we met, Ms Snelen spent
several hours detailing the history of Scott's association with her
daughters. Basically, she claimed that he had become infatuated with them
when they were 15-years old and he was working as a part-time coach at a Texas County club where they
took lessons. He was, at that time, in his early 30's. She said that he was fired from his job and and then coached
her daughters at public courts. She claimed that he 'poisoned their minds'
against their parents and convinced them that their parents were trying to
ruin their chances of a professional career and that they would only succeed
in their career if they listened to him and not their parents. About a year
later, he persuaded them to
leave home and move into his apartment. She stated that they were bright, intelligent girls who excelled at
tennis - being highly ranked junior players. After moving in with Scott,
they became abusive and unpleasant and their tennis ability steadily
deteriorated. She showed me court documents that showed that she had sued
Scott and his former employer for damages as a result of his relationship
with her daughters. The case had been dismissed when she failed to respond
to a request for evidence by the Club and failed to serve the summons on
Scott (as he had left the area with her daughters).
After listening to her story,
reviewing the numerous documents she brought with her and asking a lot of
questions, I advised her that her best course of action was to put all
thoughts of 'vengeance' and legal action out of her mind and recognize that
all the evidence was that her daughters were doing exactly as they chose and
were not being held against their will or being made to do anything other
than what they freely chose to do. She did not much like my advice and
initiated another discussion from which some very disturbing history
emerged. I will not go into the details but did come to the conclusion that
her daughters had, indeed, been subjected to abuse in their upbringing. I strongly advised her
to seek a meeting with her daughters and let them know that she wanted to
seek their understanding of the past and work towards a reconciliation. I
told her that her public condemnation and pursuit of vengeance against Scott
would only make it more difficult for her to persuade her daughters that she
was concerned for their welfare. We later parted on amicable terms and she
left with me further documents for me to review in the 'hope' that it would
persuade me of Scott's "evilness" and the need for action to be taken
against him. She claimed that he had taken many thousands of dollars from
people claiming that it was for religious causes but, in fact, paid his
personal bills. She had no documentary evidence but said she could obtain it. I
advised her that it might be more advisable for her to 'use' her
knowledge to persuade Scott to 'mend his ways' and act responsibly in the
future. Failing to use the information could also help to persuade her
daughters that she was not seeking to harm someone that they apparently saw
as a friend and mentor and that this could assist in effecting a
I was later advised by a friend
of hers who had accompanied her when she visited me that, instead of
returning home, they had gone to Palm Coast the following day and Ms Snelen
had met one of her daughters. The meeting had resulted in a loud argument
and they had to be separated by Ms. Snelen's friend. Ms Snelen later told me that she thought
that some progress had been made in persuading her daughter that she was
more of a friend than Scott... I heard from others that Ms Snelen had
appeared to be "very disturbed" and had, at one point, fallen into a
fountain at the club.
However, it seems as though
further attempts at a reconciliation were more successful. A few weeks later,
Ms Snelen posted a message on this site's message board - containing
substantial errors of fact - but suggesting that she had been used as a
reluctant pawn in MY pursuit of Scott Paschal and, in fact, was his
I have considered removing
all of the correspondence from the message board on this site relating to Scott Paschal and the ICTA as it is
used by a variety of freaks to direct abuse at Scott Paschal. As much as I
believe he deserves objective criticism, no-one deserves childish abuse and
ridicule which only undermines serious evaluation of the facts of this
In case I do so, and in fairness to Ms Snelen, I will include the full text of her message
has been discussed on this message board in regard to what's
fictional or fact with issues related to the agenda and validity
of the ICTA.
Perhaps we need to evaluate or analyze what's factual or fiction
in regard to the intentions of Jeff Davies in having provided his
message board as a forum for criticism of Scott Paschal and the
Is Jeff Davies truly an objective outsider only interested in the
welfare of those in the tennis community---or the purely selfless
concern of the safety of young people under the tutelage of a
tennis organization with "Christian" in it's name?
Maybe it's time for us to be more objective ourselves when we
consider Jeff Davies.
Last year when I first discovered one of Jeff Davies' websites, I
read a posting in which he berated the need for or purpose of a
tennis organization that was a fellowship of athletes who not only
loved tennis, but shared a common faith in Christ which motivated
them to strive towards athletic excellence. I responded to his
analysis by voicing understanding and support of such an
organization. The founder of the ICTA, Scott Paschal, and I had
many differences of perspective and opinion---much of this due to
my being a Mother, older than Scott- whose tennis knowledge,
devotion and convictions sometimes conflicted with my own.
However, I knew enough about the focus of such an endeavor, to
understand the positive benefits that a faith based organization
could achieve. The ICTA basically served to encourage discipline,
devotion, and had a worthy purpose for young people who delighted
in the incomparable enjoyment of tennis.
My interest in the ICTA was profoundly personal and while my
convictions were of a nature that I could not approve of many of
Scott Paschal's decisions, much of his pursuits were beneficial
--and therefore, I saw no reason or value to continue any covert
attempts to pursue actions that would diminish the validity or
effectiveness of the ICTA.
However, while indicating support of the ICTA in my postings to
tennis message boards, I also introduced questions and
considerations from the perspective of a concerned parent that I
sincerely at the time believed deserved attention.
Although my concerns were not adequately addressed, I was secure
in the knowledge that the intention of the ICTA was to become a
positive influence in the tennis community and had a sincere and
My initial questions and concerns resurfaced in April of this year
when I was introduced to an article posted on the tennis.info
website which questioned the validity of the ICTA as being fact or
fiction. The arguments were convincing and disturbing enough for
me to have a renewed interest which motivated me to want to
respond. Although my personal connections with the ICTA had never
severed, my differences in opinion with Scott Paschal did not
warrant any regular communication or involvement with his
activities other than checking updates on the ICTA website.
However, ignorance is not always "bliss"--as the saying goes. What
we don't know CAN hurt us. The "Fact or Fiction" article and
additional banter between those debating the ICTA concept and
Scott's integrity, convincingly portrayed to me a potentially
harmful organization with a modus operandum inconsistent with
Christian principles. In response, I wrote passionate compositions
to post on this website encouraging awareness and pursuit of
holding Scott Paschal and the ICTA accountable. REGRETTABLY, I
accepted all as "fact" what Jeff Davies had presented in the ICTA
article---when I should have at least considered the POSSIBILITY
that interwoven between the words was perhaps a fictional element
My motivation for what I deemed "justice" was fueled by what
possibly could be considered exaggerated and unsubstantiated
claims on the ICTA website. But, even Jeff Davies mentioned that
all of us are guilty at times of magnifying our accomplishments or
embellishing actualities to elevate our esteem amongst peers.
Frankly, I must admit that it could be a valid argument that the
ICTA was misleading when listing membership accountability---but,
as athletes---not writers--they willingly admit to being
inadequate when trying to express through the written word
objectives and purposes with clarity and complete understanding.
However, to their credit, they were certainly responsive in
recognizing the need to remove any misleading or questionable or
braggadocious revelations from their website. They have
demonstrated how they are more than willing to grow and learn from
their errors in judgment.
Because of my sincere desire to help anyone seemingly "misled" by
the ICTA, I not only created several postings to the message
board, but I also began correspondence with Jeff Davies because I
truly believed he was being objective in his analysis of the
situation, understanding of my personal interest and desired a
positive resolution. TRAGICALLY, I never questioned whether his
motives and "concern" were indeed, "fact" or "fiction." I was
emotionally involved because of my personal association with the
ICTA----and unfortunately, emotional turmoil often clouds our
vision----so much so that we don't see clearly things as they
really are to the extent that we are able to accurately determine
what is "fact" --and what is basically "fiction."
I assumed Jeff Davies had become my "friend"---interested in
"justice." ---genuinely concerned with the welfare of those at the
Players Club and those involved with the ICTA. He cultivated my
trust so much that I willingly provided him with confidential
information that would aid in his "worthy" cause...........
However, recently I met with Jeff Davies who had initiated such an
encounter because he wanted to "help" me. It had been implicated
that I was a "child abuser" and Jeff Davies convinced me that I
could put a stop to these false allegations with HIS
help----accusations that he indicated to me had been instigated by
In the course of the conversation at our meeting, the question was
asked of him as to what he would do if he stood before God. His
reply was that he "would slap HIM in the face." Now the existence
of God is not just a vital truth in the Christian community, but
His reality is acknowledged with nearly all people of faith. How
can someone with such a low and disrespectful attitude towards the
One who encompasses the whole of creation and foundation of
purposeful life---be TRUSTED to be objective to determine what
could be fact or fiction with ANY controversial issue. This
revelation resulted in my beginning to question Jeff Davies'
agenda in pursuing Scott Paschal and the International Christian
Tennis Association----as well as his TRUE motivation in
cultivating my trust so much that I shared personal letters and
items to" help" in his pursuit of "justice."
Because those with deep convictions---especially one's who
identify themselves as Christians,---are so anxious for others to
enjoy this wonderful hope of our faith, we are known to
enthusiastically trust and believe in others---and--often do so at
the expense of NOT being as discerning of character as we should
be. When the TRUE character of Jeff Davies eventually became
evident, I began to analyze more critically just what about him
was "Fact" and what was "Fiction."
Subsequently, I decided NOT to be a part of his "case" against
Scott Paschal and the ICTA. I seriously questioned his true
motives and saw no positive benefit of his questionable pursuit of
I made it clear that I wanted NO part of what he suggested I do.
Jeff Davies angrily reacted and when I asked that my personal
items be returned, he has refused to do so. Personally, I now feel
threatened by him as he seems to want me to somehow "pay" for
disagreeing with him.
Understandably, I now urge everyone to seriously reconsider the
nature of Jeff's revelations of Scott Paschal and the ICTA-----as
INDEED being far more FICTIONAL than fact.
As previously mentioned, I am personally and emotionally involved
with the ICTA. My name is Mrs. Joy Snelen, I am the Mother of
Rachel Snelen and Melody Snelen. What I CAN verify as absolute
fact is that Melody and Rachel are enthusiastic associates of
Scott Paschal in the ICTA and are pursuing worthy goals they
established years ago----to be the best they can be in tennis
careers as a testimony of God's greatness, light and love. Scott
Paschal is their mentor and friend and that is the extent of their
relationship. As their Mother, I can also state absolutely as fact
that I am extremely happy for them and admire them as they
sacrificially strive towards building an enriching and rewarding
life of service to others--and, I am very proud of their notable
achievements and competitive and determined spirit in the midst of
seemingly insurmountable difficulties.
Now, it is also a fact that Christians are not perfect---just
forgiven---which of course includes myself, my daughters, Scott
Paschal and others involved with the ICTA. We are all growing in
wisdom each day---we have each made mistakes, erred in judgment,
and fallen short in the proper reaction to conflict.
But every challenging experience is moving all of us---and the
ICTA in a positive direction that truly can result in a remarkable
difference amongst those with whom we share our lives---as we
fulfill our personal goals and serve in the tennis community.
FACT OR FICTION---YOU DECIDE!
Finally, my days of contributing to message boards have ended.
If you want to contact me in response to this message,my phone
number is 817-478-3333. However, keep in mind that all calls will
be recorded---as I've learned the hard way that in trusting in the
untrustworthy, I could jeopardize the well being of those I care
about the most and must do all to guard against these threats.
It's tragic that now I must work to protect myself from Jeff
Davies. However, in spite of this, I truly wish him the best in
all of his endeavors----for Christians--and all those who love
God---really DO love our enemies --(while at the same time doing
all we can to prevent their attempts to do us harm).
To put this into perspective, I
||I suppose that I have to respond to
I am very reluctant to do so. Why? A proper response would have to
involve people who I am still not sure should be subjected to the
public disclosure of personal information.
So my response will be somewhat restricted.
The substance of her complaint seems to be that I am not a
Christian. I am not. She knew this before she asked to visit me to
help her in her 'pursuit' of Scott Paschal. We had a long
discussion about my faith - or lack of it - when she visited me. I
thought I had made it clear that I firmly believe that faith in
God is of considerate benefit to a considerable number of people
and that I am NOT anti-religion or anti-faith in a personal God.
But I am NOT willing to say that Christianity is the ONLY way to
discover a faith in a God. Unlike Ms. Snelen, I believe that
Buddhists and Muslims are equally entitled to the pursuit of their
faith. She believes that they are 'blind' and 'stupid' and headed
straight for an eternity in hell. I disagree.
When I was initially contacted by the ICTA to promote them, I
objected to their stated objectives of using tennis to convert to
Christianity every young person they could come into contact with.
My views on this subject have been clearly stated on this site at
http://www.tennis.info/icta.asp. Ms. Snelen knew them before
visiting me. I remain convinced that tennis should be free of ALL
consideration of a person's color, race or religion.
But, what I particularly despise is the use of religion or faith
(of ANY kind) for the pursuit of a personal agenda. Ms. Snelen has
stated numerous times in correspondence that Scott Paschal is an
abuser of children and has no faith in any God. She has called him
Satan (and many other derogatory terms) in numerous messages both
to me and to him. Her stated objective in visiting me was to gain
my assistance in "destroying him" and building a legal case
against him that would put him in jail. She felt that, once her
daughters were released from his influence, they would see that
their allegations of abuse against their mother were merely the
result of brainwashing by Scott Paschal.
We spent several hours reviewing the history of this very sad
situation. At its conclusion, I advised her against pursuing any
case - legal or otherwise - against Scott Paschal. A previous
legal complaint against him brought by Ms. Snelen had been
dismissed becuase of her failure to serve the respondents or
respond to notices.
I advised her to consider very carefully whether pursuing action
against him was in the interests of her children. I suggested that
all of the evidence was that they were doing exactly what they
wanted to do and had made a very concious decision to join with
Scott Paschal and remain with him. I asked her to consider whether
her children would thank her for putting Scott in jail. She was
VERY insistent that they were brainwashed, that they did not know
what they were doing and that Scott had convinced them to believe
lies about her so he could convince them to go to live with him
for his own purposes. I told her that, even from the evidence she
had provided, their complaints began before they came into contact
with Scott and that he might have capitalized on them but it did
not seem as though he had created them. But my advice was
predominantly based on my belief that she would only damage the
possibility of a reconciliation with her daughters if they blamed
her for his downfall. I also told her that she should consider
that they were so closely allied with Scott that his downfall
would also be their downfall. She said she was convinced that they
would be better off away from his evil influence no matter what
I felt - and feel - that her daughters need to make their own
decisions about their own future.
Ms. Snelen said she was disappointed and wanted me to reconsider.
She gave me a lot of material and asked me to review it and felt
that I would come to a different conclusion after I had done so.
So far, my opinion has been strengthened by what I have reviewed.
She told me to use it as I felt fit. I intend to.
Ms. Snelen now states that her discussions with me made her decide
that she did not want to be part of "my" case against Scott
Paschal and that she feels "threatened" by me. That is hard to
reconcile with her providing me with so much material to review as
she left. It is also hard to reconcile with her message 2 days
later that included:
"I just finished recording scott's and Rachel's messages. scott
says that he has three other tennis centers and major offers..."
Later she wrote in separate message:
"Before going any further, I wanted to thank you again for giving
so much of your time, insight, expertise, and talents to talk so
long and wade through the issues leading up to this travesty.
Linda related to me what you had talked about and I realize that I
can't do anything more..."
So, I am extremely happy that Ms. Snelen seems to have taken my
advice and to support her daughters - and even her 'Satan' himself
if that helps to convince her daughters that she truly loves them.
Perhaps she even does....
And me? I have no interest in destroying anyone's lives. I have no
interest in destroying Scott Paschal. If he develops a bona fide
academy and stops the lies and false claims, then I will cease to
take any interest in him and devote my time to more productive
demands on my time.
However, I will NOT ignore the potential dangers to others of a
person who has been proven to have lied about practically every
aspect of his involvement with tennis controlling. That this
person has demonstrated a proponsity to control the lives of
innocent youngsters; insist that they live with him and leave
their school and be 'schooled' by him causes me to be concerned. I
will make no apologies for pursuing this concern and not taking
the easy way out by closing my eyes and "passing by on the other
side" as the good, religious folks of the parable of the good
Samaritan did. I would much prefer to be likened with the
religious outcast - the Samaritan - than ignore the potential
plight of innocent children.
If I did not know more of this story, I might feel sorry for Ms.
Snelen's confusion about how to deal with her current difficult
The offer of a one-on-one public debate on this site remains open
and I look forward to this issue being resolved either by Scott
Paschal's participation and providing evidence of his claims - or
simply becoming a responsible and trustworthy person. I'll be
satisfied either way....
Not surprisingly, Scott Paschall
used Ms Snelen's 'conversion' as evidence of his credibility and of my
Ms Snelen's messages was repeatedly posted - with some variations - and I
||Ms Snelen seems confused - very
I'm not sure why she should want to continue to post these
rambling and disturbing messages. If she has truly been born again
as a Scott Paschal supporter, I would have thought that she would
have recognized that everyone else had no further interest in him
as a subject and had moved on to more interesting topics.
However, for reasons best known to herself, Ms Snelen seems intent
on keeping this truly bizarre topic alive and to make further
I now feel that I need to respond.
Ms Snelen wrote very extensively to me over a lengthy period of
time and begged for my assistance in "rescuing" her daughters from
Mr Paschal. She forwarded a large amount of messages between
herself and Mr Paschal to support her allegations. She appeared
very distraught - and became particularly so when she was accused
by Mr Paschal of being an abusive mother. She told me she had sued
him unsuccessfully and asked for my help in taking further action.
I finally agreed to meet her. She then gave me more information.
I am reluctant to do so but now believe it is necessary to remind
Ms Snelen how she expressed her feelings about Mr Paschal - prior
to her being 'corrupted' by my agenda.
In just one (of many) message she used the following expressions
to refer to Mr Paschal:
"Proven, pathological. psychotic liar. You steal. You lie. You are
abusing, perverted and self-gratifying. Your SICK obsession. Your
twisted psychology and false claims - like a CULT leader. YOU
steal cars - all the time. You have no credentials, no training,
no tennis players. You LIE constantly. You have a lifestyle of
lying.. You are very, very, very, very STUPID and PSYCHOTIC. You
are stupid but sure good at fooling people for a while - of
deceiving - of claiming to be a Christian to get what you want.
You lying coward. ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD BELIEVE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY
- YOU ARE A LOSER, AN INDISPUTABLE LIAR, A THIEF, EVIL
PERSONIFIED! When I was watching terrorists, I saw the very same
look in their eyes that YOU have in yours - the same twisted
thinking. A psychotic, demon-filled pervert. Characteristics of
cult leaders, terrorists, perverts - the shoe sure fits YOU. I
have made many people aware of your threats so if something
happens to us, you will be the first suspect. If it takes your
hiring hit men to take care of us ... then I would GLADLY die."
The letter ends, "Think about it creep, pervert, liar, pedophile,
abuser, theif [sic]."
I may have been suspicious of Mr Paschal and questioned some of
his claims and actions - but what I read and heard when visited by
Ms Snelen and her friend convinced me that I did not want to be
associated with her objectives. I told her to consider very
carefully what was in her best interests and those of her
My decision has clearly not pleased Ms Snelen - who now seems to
want to somehow attribute her previous ill-feelings about Mr
Paschal to my influence and my agenda. The fact is that I refused
to assist her in action against Mr Paschal. The message from which
I have quoted was written long before Ms Snelen first contacted me
and asked for my help and should put that accusation into a proper
In fairness to Mr Paschal, I should mention that I have also seen
a 'sample' of messages from him to Ms Snelen. She has clearly been
selective in what she has provided. He has, at times, had some
equally damning things to say about Ms Snelen. For example, he
described the Snelen home as "disgusting pornographic, drug
infested, theft ridden, ... abusive environment" Also in fairness,
he also appears to have made efforts to effect a reconciliation
between Ms Snelen and her daughters...
There are wide differences in their allegations and I have no idea
what is true and what is not. I have repeated some of Ms Snelen's
allegations only to counter her allegations against me. I will
gladly make no further comment.
The fact is that Rachel and Melody have demonstrated a preference
to be with Mr Paschal - as coach, friend or whatever. Ms Snelen
alleges taht they are being held against their will and have been
"brain-washed" by a cult leader. As far as I can tell, their being
with Mr Paschal is entirely the result of a voluntary decision. Ms
Snelen has been particularly upset with this assessment. However,
they are adults and morally and legally entitled to make their own
decisions about their lives. I truly hope that Ms Snelen is able
to recognize that reality and that her current attitude may evolve
into an ability to forgive whoever she believes may have offended
her - and move on.
I made the statement when Scott Paschal and 'the girls' obtained
employment at Palm Coast that I hoped it would prove to be an
opportunity for a new start. That has not materialized and fresh
controversy has surrounded both their tenure and their departure.
I sincerely hope that there will be a new opportunity which will
provide some stability and responsibility for them.
A lot of people have provided information about the 'past lives'
of the various people in this story. I would prefer to let them
gather dust than see a reason to resurrect them. This reluctant
response therefore ends my involvement with this discussion. I
hope it also ends everyone else's desire for it to continue. There
is surely enough material already. And there are certainly more
By a remarkable co-incidence,
while Ms Snelen was at my home, I received a call from Caroline Nakata, the
head of the Chang Family Foundation. I had had some correspondence with them
as a result of a specific claim by Scott that he and Michael and Carl Chang
were developing a joint project for a Christian tennis academy and ministry.
I felt that this claim was so specific that it gave an opportunity for Scott's credibility to be
determined. I had previously been advised by the Foundation that none of the
Chang family were
involved with Scott Paschal or the ICTA. Scott claimed that they were simply
being protective of the family business and that they were hardly going to
reveal such confidential details to an 'outsider'. He gave details of a
'meeting' between himself and the Changs at a Texas college which, he said,
had led to the development of the project. I relayed this further
information to the Chang family. Carl Chang remembered being approached at a
college tennis event in circumstances similar to those described by Scott
and remembered someone who could have been Scott talking about his plans for
a tennis ministry. However, that is where their stories diverge. Scott
claims that there had been an agreement to develop a joint venture and had
been extensive continuing discussions in preparation for a joint
announcement and launch "in late 2003 at the time of Michael's retirement".
Carl said he listened politely and likened it to one of hundreds of such
discussions he has with numerous people at tournaments who see some benefit
to some kind of association with the Changs. He denied that there
was any discussion about a joint venture; any interest in a joint venture or
any further contact between him and Scott. Scott's version was described as
So what has happened since
Scott's departure from the Palm Coast Club?
There have been some interesting
revelations and even some frank admissions:
Scott has described the owner of
the Club as a liar and "bullshit artist" (but an "inseparable" friend..!).
He has also described how similar they are - as they both shared a common
problem: "differentiating between knowing how to lead people with visions
and ideas versus bullshit and exaggerated garbage". He says that meeting the
Club owner made him realize that he was "as bad as him" and that is what
prompted him to resign - and evaluate himself as a person.
He describes how shocked and hurt
the Club owner was at his resignation as he had considered his functioning
as GM of the Club to have been "way beyond his expectations...". The Club
insists the owner ordered his dismissal for incompetence.
Of particular interest is the
fact that Scott has finally admitted that his website and claims of
academies and achievements were exaggerations. He explains that it was to
protect Rachel and Melody from a mother who was a liar and "out to destroy
her kids" and destroy Scott because he had taken them in to "his academy"
and given them protection.
He is a little vague about how inventing tennis academies and extreme
achievements on a public web site was a defense against Ms Snelen who
appears to have made little public comment, but it appears that his
rationale is that he could counter her accusations of abuse and
self-interest by inventing an imaginary successful environment in which they
were involved and helped develop. The claims seemed to have become somewhat
extreme for such a limited purpose -350,000+ members; academies wordwide; 25
top ATP/WTA players coached; ownerships of several sports ministries, a new
car dealership, a sporting goods business and a 30 court facility in
Florida' etc. etc (see
http://www.tennis.info/ICTA.asp). His claim to be an ordained minister
also remains unverified.
So where is Scott now?
Apparently, he frequents some
public courts in Palm Coast with the twins and a "couple of local kids".
This is apparently where he was when he applied for the job at Palm Coast.
He says that Ms Snelen is "undergoing counseling and is finally admitting to
a life of lies and that a relationship is developing between her and her
daughters". There are rumors that they are now all living together.
Even though the reason for the
exaggerated claims now seems to no longer exist, he continues to make them
on behalf of the twins - and recently wrote about them "traveling worldwide
playing in pro events". I can not find any pro tournament that lists
either of them as competitors. It is unclear whether such claims are
designed to enhance their status or his. Either way, the fact that they are
verifiably false destroys the credibility of all of them.
And Scott's "academy"?
Scott has stated that he is
"researching acreage to buy to build an academy".
He has said that he had been
recruited by another facility before leaving the Club.
He has claimed that he has taken
over the rights to use a new facility to operate as an independent business
for 5 years at which time he will have the opportunity to purchase it.
He also claims:
still in town for the most part. I really love Palm Coast. We will
build a tennis academy here. It will be a tennis academy first and
then a tennis facility for membership when courts are available.
The academy students will workout between 10am and noon, then
again from 3pm till 5pm M-F. We will have 6 hardcourts, 4
claycourts, a pro shop, pool, and fitness center.
I'll build my house on property and will add rooms for students as
needed. We will be able to build this tennis academy debt free.
Membership $ will pay for student scholarships.
He has also admitted that he only
has access to some public courts in Palm Coast...
In fact, I think it will be
useful to relate the full content of these messages that were posted on the
First, a request from me for some evidence of honesty:
||Well. I for one would like a little
basic honesty and see some evidence that can establish the truth
of this whole situation...
Were there agreements between Scott and the Club? Was he the
general manager or was he hired to sell memberships? Did Scott
resign or was he fired? Is there a restraining order or a
no-trespass warning? Does he have an academy as described on the
October 3 update to the ICTA website?
The Palm Coast club provided Scott with whatever credibility he
possesses by hiring him. Scott says he was the general manager.
The club says he was not. I think that they should now set the
record straight and clarify exactly what happened so that we can
all learn the truth instead of enduring all this gossip and
stupidity about puppets and other nonsense.
Lets have the facts on both sides out in the open for everyone to
see and then we can make a sensible evaluation and move on the
other topics. Scott has accused Linda of lying and has invited her
to supply information to clarify the truth. Linda is, therefore,
clearly not bound by any restrictions of confidentiiality and
This nonsense only remains an issue because no-one knows the truth
and can speculate indefinitely. So, Scott, Linda, Peter, Dave,
etc. lets hear the truth and end this nonsense...
A response from Scott
for evidence for Jeff.
The evidence is the twins are healthy, happy, and have began
developing a relationship with their mother. The mother is
appologising for years of lies and they are beginning to build a
trust. Three years ago the twins moved into my academy fulltime
and were able to escape a horrible homelife. Now they are healthy
and happy and travel all over the world playing pro tennis
qualifiers, coaching junior players, and being Christian tennis
I have appologised to Phil because I felt he deserved it. I was
only waiting for the twin's mother to do the right thing. Once she
did, I let Phil know I did use my website and emails to protect
the twins by making ICTA seem bigger than it was. It was the right
thing to do, but it was wrong.
I want the members of the PTC to know I am sorry I seemed to have
left so suddenly. I made my final decision while at the US OPEN,
but had been recruited by another facility in July. I was ready to
be happy again. Making money for the PTC owners was not where I
wanted to spend my prime. I want to be with pure tennis ownership.
I want owners who live and breath this sport. Forget building a
rediculous restaurant and a realtor agency in my pro shop! Give me
new clay courts and better pros!
I am still in town for the most part. I really love Palm Coast. We
will build a tennis academy here. It will be a tennis academy
first and then a tennis facility for membership when courts are
available. The academy students will workout between 10am and
noon, then again from 3pm till 5pm M-F. We will have 6 hardcourts,
4 claycourts, a pro shop, pool, and fitness center.
I'll build my house on property and will add rooms for students as
needed. We will be able to build this tennis academy debt free.
Membership $ will pay for student scholarships.
Feel free to contact me at 817 239 3185 or email to
I want your PTC to be a success. I know how much many of you love
the club. I love that place, too. I have chosen to be quiet right
now because I do not want to do anything to endanger the welfare
of the PTC's future. I had written a 4 page letter detailing what
I disagreed with about the ownership's business ethics, treatment
of members and employees, integrity, and direction of the club. I
decided it would not help the PTC be successful if I mailed it to
each of you. I think it would make you very upset and feel even
more insecure about the ownership than you already do. And
whenever I drive by and see that unneeded van, stupid boat in the
parking lot, and nothing being done at all towards building the
new rental property...I decided it is better for me to be quiet.
You guys have had it hard enough and still are having it hard.
I hope this letter helps. It should be posted on Sunday. Contact
me if you have any questions and let me know what I can do to help
you make the PTC a successful AND happy place. I will do anything
Take care, Scotty
817 239 3185
A reply from me:
||As always, I am very confused about
'evidence' from Scott Paschal...
In the same message he says he loves Peter and thinks he is a
'great guy' but resigned because he cannot tolerate his ethics,
treatment of people and lack of integrity. Just how is an
unethical, abuser of people without integrity a great guy?
He says he was hired by another facility in July but decided to
leave hurriedly in August. He does not name the 'other facility'
but the evidence seems to be that he is still lurking in Palm
Coast at public courts. Is this the 'other facility' that hired
He apologises for leaving so suddenly. The club insists he had no
choice and was fired without notice and warned not to set foot on
the property thereafter (a warning that was backed up with legal
Scott says he has decided to be quiet and not say anything to harm
the club's future but spends the rest of this paragraph talking
about a 4 page letter that, if circulated, would convince the
membership that its owner is unethical and that the members'
investment in the club is insecure. That is being quiet..?
He apologises for lying about the ICTA being 'bigger than it was'
and says it was to protect the twins. I would like to hear how
falsely claiming to have academies worldwide, car dealerships,
sports stores and 350,000 members protected the twins from their
Now he is building an academy (and his own house) with 6
hardcourts, 4 claycourts, pool, etc. and doing so without debt. I
seem to have heard stories about academies before... I would like
the address of this new development, a copy of the deed and the
name of the architect and contractor before putting any more faith
in this story than in all of the others (and there are many
others) which are more about repossessed cars and unpaid rent than
the means to constuct a tennis facility without outside financing.
And he seems to even have difficulty with the reality of the twins
tennis careers. He states that they are 'now' traveling the world
playing tennis, etc. Let's have the details, Scott. I am happy
that they are reunited with their mother - but we didn't need the
details of the 'horrible home life' and years of lies. And, if
honesty is now going to be part of the Paschal agenda let's be
clear that they moved into your apartment rather than your
Scott, you have admitted to a pattern of lies and deception in the
past. You have the potential for doing good - and a responsibility
to the twins who rely on you to help them develop responsible and
credible careers. It's time for the lies to stop and for you to
accept that humble circumstances do not make you a failure - quite
the opposite, they can make you a role model who can be proud to
make the most of what you currently have. I grew up in a house
that cost $400 (that's total, not per month...), had no
electricity and gas lighting, a hand-cranked pump for water, a
toilet at the end of the yard and a once-a-week bath in water used
by my parents before I got a turn in a metal bathtub that hung on
an outside wall for the rest of the week. I had to leave school on
my 15th birthday and clean railroad engines to contribute to the
There is no shame in teaching kids to play tennis on public
courts. To me, success is not measured in terms of how many courts
and how many pools or fitness centers you have. Credibility comes
from integrity and you have all that you need right now to develop
Finally, from Scott
The tennis academy will be built debt free. We will raise
donations and build without borrowing a penny. The location is not
known. There is no architect at all, do deed, nothing...! Just a
dream from a dreamer who has faith. And a plan.
I was not hired by another facility in July. I was being
recruited. Yes, I am still living in Palm Coast. We hit at any
available court we can find. The parks here are very nice. My 3
fulltime students have hit at public courts with me for over 4
Was I fired or did I quit? Seems to depend on who you ask
nowadays. Desn't matter, really. You decide, Jeff.
Peter hired me and taught me many things I didn't know about
business. I appreciate that. I watched him adore his daughter. I
know how much he missed his Dad when he went back to Germany. I
was with him as he would gaze around the club courts from the
bleachers in the evening and say, "Man, this is a nice club." I
could write 4 pages of why Peter is a great guy, too.
The main thing that was important to me that I had a problem with
was how much of myself I saw in Peter. If I was a pure business
guy, Peter would have been a great fit for me. If I wanted a lot
of money and had no conscience, my job as GM under Peter was THE
job. He has a do anything and say anything to win mentality. He
can do the impossible. But the expense was too high for me. I
began to see where I had much the same attitude as Peter. I began
to see what I needed to change about myself. I started to not like
who I was. Looking at Peter every day made me realize I did not
want to go that way with my life and I had to begin a radical
change right then. If the ICTA was to become an integrity filled
ministry, I had a ton of work to do on SP. I visited with some
friends I trust while at the US Open. Then, came home and quit my
old life. I do not want one person to ever see me as I had come to
see myself in Peter. I was a jerk who needed a lot of work. I now
know exactly why God had me work at the PTC.
The last two months, I have been intensely working on developing
new habits and learning new things about being the person I truly
want to be. I have some friends who I've asked to mentor me and
tell me when I'm being an idiot. And I can tell you, two months of
this isn't long enough! This really takes work and I am just
starting. It can be tough to find out you are an idiot.
The 4 page letter I wrote to the members I have decided to leave
in the drawer. Mailing it would be wrong right now. I love that
club and care about the members. I worked hard to turn the club
around. I care about Dave and his family. I wrote the letter in an
angry frame of mind, when I should have written it in a thankful
way. I am glad I did not send it.
My phone number is 817 239 3185 and my email is
I want to thank you guys for being patient and understanding with
me as I work to improve myself. I've fought hard since my dad
committed suicide on my 17th birthday to learn how to become a
man. I'm still figuring life out even to this day. What I do know
is I will work as hard as I can at what I know to work on and I
will look for any and all help to see those things I haven't been
able to see.
817 239 3185
For a real indication of whether
Scott has become the person that he says he wants to become and has
committed himself to a future life of honesty and integrity, we can turn to
the ICTA website - which has been infrequently available for the past few
months while, according to Scott, it is being rebuilt by a professional
design company - and to include webcams so that the "worldwide ICTA
academies" can better communicate with each other ....)
Scott was fired (or resigned)
from Palm Coast on August 26.
Since then according to his own admission, he has been restricted to public
However, on October 3, the ICTA posted a new update on its website (http://ictatennis.ourministry.org)
ICTA World Class Tennis Academy:
The ICTA has
negotiated to bring you one of the best tennis facilities in the
world. ICTA founder, Scott Paschal, will own the management
rights to this worldclass tennis facility. Our academy students
will have 12 hard courts, 8 clay courts, and 2 grass courts to
train on! Combine this with onsite condominiums w/ kitchens, a
swimming pool, pro shop services, horseback riding, and a lake...
we have one of the best locations in the world.
Our new tennis academy is developing a website. To visit our
current webpage with basic information,
The goal of the ICTAcademy is to develop top level professional
tennis players in a Christian environment. We do this through
hard work and a long term development plan for each student
accepted into the academy.
Upcoming Tennis Academy Facilities:
1. Supervised on site condos w/ kitchens.
2. 18 hard courts
3. 6 clay courts
4. 2 grass courts
5. Pro shop services
6. Swimming pool
7. Ball machines
9. Meeting rooms
10. Lake activities
11. Horseback riding
12. Cookout grill
13. Game room
14. Ping pong
15. Fitness center
Each player accepted into the ICTAcademy will have a full
service, long term plan of tennis development which includes:
1. 15 hrs per week on court drills.
2. 5 hrs per week tennis specific fitness and strength training.
3. 10 hrs per week match play.
4. 2 hrs per week nutrition training.
5. Daily mental fitness and focus training.
6. Study of pro matches.
7. Tournament schedule which includes USTA Florida, USTA
National, USTA Supernational, ITF junior and ITF professional
men's and women's events.
8. Available private lesson for academy students.
It is important for prospective students
to understand that this tennis academy is focused on developing
professional tennis players. As a Christian tennis academy, our
coaches have a goal of developing players who can reach the top
levels of the game and be an example to others. We do not focus
on selling our product to you. We are not professional business
marketers! Nor do we babysit. We focus 100% on developing our
players' tennis skills to compete on the USTA and ITF professional
level. We do this in a Christian environment whereas a typical
world class tennis academy does not. Students are free to share
their faith in God and participate in Christian mission trips
worldwide. The ICTAcademy is a nondenominational Christian
Fees for partime training or fulltime training with room and
board rates are yet to be determined. Past rates for these
services began at $399 per week and ended at $699 per week. New
rates will be posted soon.
|Scholarships have been available for qualified students.
|Jobs will be available for selected students. |
|Homeschooling options for academy students will be posted
For more info, contact
TeamICTA@Yahoo.com. Or call 817 239 3185
I find it very difficult to
interpret this update as anything other than the deliberate promotion of
It is clearly intended to recruit kids to a non-existent academy that
falsely claims to offer facilities and programs that are pure fiction. To
charge fees of $399 - $699 per week for facilities and programs that do not
exist is fraudulent.
If this is the way in which Scott
intends to demonstrate his integrity, then he has a VERY long way to go...
[and just in case my motives for these
reports are questioned, I will remove every word just as soon as Scott
demonstrates consistent integrity and children are no longer being exposed
to false promises]