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Abby

Email: blaisdab@bc.edu

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Hours of Availability:

Monday: 10 am - 6 pm

Tuesday: 10 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 5:30 pm

Friday: 10 am - 12 pm

No Weekend Availability

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 SmashersThe 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 foryouth 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.

 

 

Alex

Email  alexj4564@gmail.com

Hours of Availability

Monday - Friday: 10:30 am - 8:45 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:45 pm

Playing Experience: 
Alex started playing tennis when he was seven years old through the Brookline Recreation Department. He began playing competitively and in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments at the age of 12. He went through training for five years under Coach David Brown, at the Brown Billone Club, and also at the Manchester Athletic Club during summers. His highest rank was 17 in New England for boys aged 16 and under.

In addition to USTA, Alex also competed for the Brookline High School varsity team for four years, where he played the 1 Singles position and was a Bay State Conference 1st Team All Star each year. A captain his junior and senior year, he was named a Boston Globe Spring All-Scholastic his sophomore year, team MVP his sophomore through senior years, and Bay State Conference MVP his senior year. At the conclusion of his high school career, Alex had win percentage of over 85%.

Next fall, Alex will be attending the University of Chicago, where he hopes to participate in Division III tennis. He loves to share his passion for the sport with others through both playing and teaching, always striving to use his knowledge of the game to improve their own.

 

Tennis Instructing Experience: 
For a number of years, Alex volunteered at a summer tennis camp in Burlington, Massachusetts where he was an instructor for young beginner and intermediate players, organizing fun and instructive drills and games. While participating in tennis academies at the Brown Billone Club, he also played an informal mentor role to the younger members, demonstrating basic skills and fundamentals.

Furthermore, as captain of his high school tennis team he often played a coach-like role, serving as a mentor to his teammates, organizing/running practices, determining line-ups, and advising teammates in skills and game strategy. Alex, therefore, has experience working with players of a wide range of ages and skill levels. 

 

Daniel

Email  danniss10@gmail.com

Hours of Availability

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm

Playing Experience:
Dan has been playing tennis since he was aged 4. He has spent most of his summers, since then, playing at various tennis camps. During the school year, Dan plays tennis 3 to 5 times a week at the New England Academy of Tennis in Natick, including a weekly private lesson. Throughout the year, Dan also competes in USTA tournaments.

For his high school tennis team at Newton South, he has played Varsity since his freshman year. He has also been captain of the team since his junior year, which will continue into his senior year. Additionally, Dan was a Dual County League All Star doubles play during the 2013 season.

 

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Dan has been involved in coaching tennis at his camp over the last few years, and has also spent time coaching his younger cousins and siblings. He has also run several captains practices for his high school team during the offseason.

 

Hours of Availability

Monday - Friday: 6 am - 8:45 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 5:45 pm

Playing Experience:
Ethan started playing tennis when he was five years old. He has been playing tennis every year since then at various tennis clubs, camps, and academies. During the school year, Ethan trains at the tennis academy in Easton, Massachusetts and the Tournament Training Program in Wayland, Massachusetts. Additionally, he has played at the Nike Tennis Camp in Amherst, Massachusetts and the Evert Tennis Academy in Florida.

Ethan has trained privately with several prominent coaches who have taught the top juniors in the world and coached college tennis teams. Ethan has also played tournaments through the USTA for many years. At the age of 12, Ethan played USTA sponsored matches for Dedham’s 18 & Under club team at the #1 Singles spot and won almost all of his matches.

Ethan also competes on the Newton South tennis team. He has played varsity since his freshman year and was awarded the Team Player Award his sophomore year. He was selected as a captain for both his junior and senior years.

 

Tennis Instructing Experience:
Ethan has instructed tennis at various tennis camps over the past couple summers. In addition, he has coached younger kids at the beginner to intermediate level within Newton, Mass., his hometown. Ethan has experience coaching five-year old players who have never hit a tennis ball in their life to high school students who are vying to make their high school tennis team.

In addition, Ethan has led many captains’ practices for his tennis team during its offseason. As a captain, Ethan has also assisted in organizing and running practices and mentoring his teammates with his invaluable expertise.

Ethan takes what he learns from his top-level coaches and is able to deliver it to his players irrespective of their level or capacity. His patience, experience, and overall understanding of the game together provide for a strong coaching experience among players of a variety of levels across all ages.

Matt

Email  gochan@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm

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).

In addition to 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.