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Tennis Instructors

Abby

Tennis Playing Experience:
Abby started playing tennis at the age of three on the courts of Lewiston, Maine. Taking lessons through the Lewiston Recreation Department, Abby was inspired by Lewiston High School tennis team instructors who taught her the basic skills and to love the game.   By the age of 12, Abby was in involved with Junior Team Tennis through the United States Tennis Association, playing for The Smashers. The Smashers went on to win the Northeast Championships in 2005. Abby earned a starting spot as the sole freshman on the Lewiston High School Tennis team. 

By the time she graduated high school she had helped her team win four Class A State Championships and served as captain her senior year. At the end of her high school career, Abby’s record was 60-2, she was Class A First Team All-Conference for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference in 2008-11, Sun Journal All-Region Team 2010-11 and named to the KVAC All Academic team in 2011. In March 2012, Abby was awarded the Chamber President’s Award, in recognition of high school athletic success by the Lewiston/Auburn Sports Hall of Fame. Abby went on to play college tennis at Assumption College in 2011-12, where she was a starter for 3rd singles and 2nd doubles. Abby wants to continue her love of the game at Boston College by teaching it to others. 

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Abby Blaisdell began teaching tennis through the Lewiston Recreation Department, on the same courts where she learned. She was a youth tennis instructor during the summers from 2008 -11 where she taught Tiny Tots through high school age kids. In October 2010 Abby organized a Special Olympics tennis Skills and Drills Day for youth and adults within the Androscoggin Area held at Bates College. Over 90 athletes from nine teams attended the event.

In February 2012, during her time on the Assumption College Women’s Tennis Team, Abby volunteered at Fed Cup Kid’s Day, where she volunteered with her teammates helping Worcester area children with tennis skills and drills. In June 2012, Abby trekked to Annapolis, Maryland, where she taught at the United States Naval Academy for two weeks, teaching youth of all ages. Abby has been a tennis instructor at Boston College since the Fall of 2012..

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Abby Blaisdell enjoys teaching players of all ages. She has had experience with all skill levels.

 

Brandon

Tennis Playing Experience: Brandon has been playing tennis competitively for the last seven years. He played singles and doubles at BC High, while also entering various USTA tournaments.

Tennis Instructing Experience: In addition to competing on 4.0 men's teams at the Weymouth Club, he taught there over the course of two summers in high school.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Although he provided instruction for kids at WC's Tennis Academy, he is comfortable teaching players of all ages and abilities!

 

Carly

Tennis Playing Experience:
Carly started playing tennis when she was four at Yorba Linda Country Club, located in southern California. Carly played at a competitive level during her entire youth in both sectional and national tournaments. She was a four-year varsity player at Esperanza High School. Currently, Carly is a member of the Boston College club tennis team.

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Carly has been a youth tennis instructor at the Yorba Linda Country Club for the past four summers during the youth tennis camp. She also volunteers at her high schools annual summer tennis camp and teach incoming freshman.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
She is experienced teaching beginners of all ages, and enjoy teaching infants, youth and adults.

 

Dave

Playing Experience:
Dave started playing tennis at the age of 5 on the two clay courts at the end of his road in Princeton, MA. Growing up on those courts, Dave started to compete in USTA tournaments at the age of 15, reaching as high as 40 in New England by age 17. He went on to claim the position of 1st singles on his varsity team his sophomore year, becoming captain by his junior year.  Dave continued to play club tennis at Boston College.
 
Instructing Experience:
Dave started teaching tennis his junior year summer, gaining publicity throughout his town.  He's continued to give private lessons each summer as well as a 2 week tennis camp at the Pine Hill Club for children which he ran this previous summer.
 
Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Dave has experience working with and enjoys teaching players of all ages.

 

Gabby

Languages: Gabby is fluent in English and Russian.

Tennis Playing Experience: 

Gabby started playing tennis at the age of 4 in Mendham, New Jersey. She began to play competitively at the age of 11 and continued to play USTA Tournaments throughout high school. Gabby played four years on the varsity team in high school, representing the team in the 1st singles spot her junior and senior year. Even though she does not play competitively in college, Gabby enjoys playing recreationally throughout the year.

Tennis Instructing Experience: 


5 years ago, Gabby began teaching tennis lessons and assisting with tennis clinics. Since then, she has compiled the tennis curriculum and assisted in running the tennis program at a summer day camp for the past 4 summers. Currently she teaches adult and youth lessons and continues to run clinics at Boston College and in New Jersey during breaks. Gabby has experience in teaching and refining skills from beginning players to those of more advanced levels.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):


Gabby has experience and enjoys working with players of all ages and skill levels.

 

Katelin             

Tennis Playing Experience:
Katie started taking tennis lessons at her neighborhood swim and tennis club in Denver, Colorado when she was 6 years old. She continued to take lessons and competed on her regional Junior Tennis team throughout high school. Katie played on her high school varsity tennis team and was a co-captain her senior year. She continues to play for fun whenever she can with her friends and family.
 
Tennis Instructing Experience:
For the past three summers Katie has taught tennis lessons as an assistant pro for the Rocky Mountain Tennis Academy in Denver. She worked with groups of kids aged 5 to 14 at various skill levels and helped coach several Junior Tennis teams, organizing and facilitating match play.
 
Age Preference:
Youth, Infant, Adult
 
Other Experience/Qualifications:
Katie has a lot of experience working with kids: volunteering in pre-school classrooms, supervising an afterschool program at a shelter in Roxbury, and teaching summer camps at the Franklin Zoo this summer. She has loved tennis since she started playing and values the chance to share the sport with anyone who wants to learn!

 

Kristen             

Tennis Playing Experience:
Kristen began playing tennis at the age of ten, and has absolutely loved the sport ever since! She played singles and doubles competitively through both school and USTA tournaments, but enjoys playing recreationally just as much. In high school, Kristen played four years of varsity tennis and captained the team her junior and senior year. She plays year-round, and has dedicated many summers to both playing and teaching tennis.

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Kristen spent the summers of 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 working as a tennis instructor at Cross Court Tennis Club in Wappingers Falls, New York, teaching both children and adults. She also spent the past four summers as a tennis instructor, for both group and private lessons, for a town program run in Fishkill, New York, teaching children under the age of 16. Kristen believes it is important to have fun while specializing each lesson to a student’s individual needs and wishes. During the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012 she directed the tennis program for the town of Fishkill, New York. Helping to make this program grow and seeing the positive impact that tennis can have on a person’s life has greatly increased her love and respect for the game, as well as encouraged her to continue teaching and helping others learn the game. Kristen enjoys helping people improve their skills and develop a love and passion for the game!   

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Kristen has worked primarily with children at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels, but does have experience teaching adults at the novice and intermediate levels. However, if you are enthusiastic and ready to learn the game, she is ready and excited to teach people of all ages!

 

Matt             

Tennis Playing Experience:
Matt started playing tennis at the age of 13 and got really involved with tennis when he was in high school. He's taking professional tennis lessons for a few years as well as played all throughout high school (4 years on varsity and captain of the team for his junior and senior year). Aside from playing for his high school, Matt was part of an outside league where he played matches during the week against the best players from all over Long Island. Matt continues playing tennis by playing on club teams as well as other outside leagues.

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Since he was 16, Matt has been an instructor for advanced/intermediate players at a summer camp. Aside from coaching, he has also organized league and tournament play. Also, Matt has conducted private lessons for a variety of players ranging from beginners to college players.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Matt is comfortable teaching and coaching players of all levels and ages.

Other Experience/Qualifications:
Aside from teaching tennis, Matt is also a certified tutor for mathematics and physics (students as young as elementary school and as old as college) as well as a graduate student who teaches introductory physics classes so he's used to teaching in a professional and courteous manner.

 

Miguel     

Tennis Playing Experience:
Miguel started playing tennis at the age of 10 on the public courts of his high school after watching Roger Federer win the 2003 Wimbledon. He instantly fell in love with the sport and played four years on the varsity high school team. He played both doubles and singles. Him and his team won the conference championship finals and Miguel continues to play throughout college.

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Miguel worked as tennis specialist at a summer camp called North Shore Day Camp in Long Island, NY and he is returning for his second year as a tennis instructor here at BC Rec. In both locations, Miguel has taught kids of different ages (5 – 15 yrs) and has experience teaching both group and single private lessons. 

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Miguel enjoys playing tennis with players of all ages.

 

Reed          

Tennis Playing Experience:
Reed is a Boston College student in the class of 2015 in the Carroll School of Management majoring in Finance.  Reed has been coaching tennis for the past 4 years in a variety of environments.  He has coached at the Willows Racquet & Fitness Centre in North Andover, MA, the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, MA, the Special Olympics, and an adult clinic at Harvard University.  Reed ran his own program at the Black Swan Country Club coaching mostly younger players ages 6-12 but has also provided lessons to players 14+ looking to make their high school teams.  Reed has experience coaching everything from the basics of tennis to advanced techniques for upper level match play. Reed was the captain of his high school varsity team at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA and has now played multiple seasons for 3.5 and 4.0 level Men's USTA teams.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
Reed enjoys teaching people of all ages! 

 

Richard            

Tennis Playing Experience:
Richard started playing tennis at the age of 11 in New York City, NY. He has had several coaches in his tennis career and has participated in a series of tournaments from the New York Borough’s Penn Tournament to the College of Staten Island’s winter tournament. One of his coaches was a former Davis Cup player who represented the Philippines. Richard has had experience playing on most types of courts ranging from grass to clay.

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Richard has been coaching since he was in high school working alongside some of his previous coaches to prepare new students in upcoming tryouts, tournaments, and competitions. He has had experience playing and working with newcomers to the sport as well as returning players. Richard has worked with ages as young as 10-12 as well as high school and college age students. He has also worked with adults ranging from the ages of 30-40s. His favorite shot to teach is the one-handed backhand and slice techniques.

Age Preference (Adult, Youth, Infant):
He prefers to teach students who have previous experience with the sport and are trying to fine-tune their game and play style or are trying to return to the sport. He is also confortable in teaching newcomers to the sport ranging all age groups.