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Abby

Email: blaisdab@bc.edu

Hours of Availability:

Monday: 7 - 11 am

Tuesday: Noon - 3 pm

Wednesday Noon - 3 pm

Thursday: Noon - 3 pm

Friday: Noon - 3 pm

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 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:

Abby Blaisdell enjoys teaching players of all ages. She has had experience with all skill levels.

 

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Brandon

Email: curtinbb@bc.edu

Hours of Availability:

Monday: 10 - 11 am

Wednesday: Noon - 1 pm

Friday: Noon - 1 pm

Saturday: 9:30 - 11 am

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:

Although he provided instruction for kids at WC's Tennis Academy, he is comfortable teaching players of all ages and abilities! 

 

 

BC Rec Tennis Instructor Dave

Dave

Email: lowenthd@bc.edu

Hours of Availability:

Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm

Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm

Tennis 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.

Tennis 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:

Dave has experience working with and enjoys teaching players of all ages.

 

 

BC Rec Tennis Instructor Evelyn

Evelyn

Email: garritev@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Wednesday & Friday: 1 - 3 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 7:00 pm

 

Tennis Playing Experience:

Evelyn learned the basics of tennis from her summer camp counselors at the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley, MA and the Natick Racquet Club in Natick, MA around age eight. She later joined the Wellesley Middle School tennis team and enjoyed playing mixed doubles in 7th and 8th grade before moving on to the Wellesley High School girl’s varsity team.

She participated in group and private lessons several times a week throughout high school and held starting varsity positions first as a doubles player, then as a singles player. During her time on the team, the Wellesley Raiders pulled off an undefeated season and advanced to the final round of the state championship tournament. For Evelyn, being on the girls tennis team was one of the best parts of high school, and she was thrilled when she was elected team captain her senior year.

Tennis Instructing Experience:

Following her senior year of high school, Evelyn was hired as a tennis camp instructor at the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley where she had been a student herself for over seven years. She learned coaching techniques by shadowing the full-time tennis pros who oversaw the camp and began co-teaching with more experienced instructors before working as a solo counselor.

During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Evelyn was a senior instructor for the Wellesley Town Recreation Department and led individual and group lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. She loves playing fun games and drills with her students to develop all aspects of their tennis game, including footwork, technical/hitting skills, and strategy.

Age Preference:

Evelyn typically works with players ages 5-16 and is happy to teach students of all levels from beginners through high school junior varsity.

 

Jonathan

Email: shaffejo@bc.edu

Hours of Availability:

Monday: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday: 1 - 3 pm

Thursday: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday: 1 - 3 pm, 5 - 8 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 am - 7 pm

Tennis Playing Experience

Jonathan started playing tennis when he was six years old with his dad in Reading, Massachusetts. He started taking lessons at age 8 through the Reading Recreation Summer Tennis Camp. When he turned twelve he started training at Northeast Tennis Center where he joined the junior team. By the age of 14 he was already playing in the 18s and starting at singles for the club in the Northshore League. During the summer he played for the club's summer USTA team, which made one appearance at regionals.

Jonathan went to St. John’s Prep where he played doubles all four years. By his senior year he was a captain after having started the previous year and becoming a reliable contributor on the team as it went to the D1 State Semi-Finals both of those years. He earned recognition for his hard work and success in the Salem Times newspaper. Jonathan wishes to continue his passion for the game by instructing and inspiring players at Boston College.

Tennis Instructing Experience

Jonathan began teaching when he was 14 at Northeast Tennis Center as his summer job. There, he instructed kids from the ages 4 all the way through 12. As he grew older he gained more responsibility and got a role instructing the high school juniors as well. He taught summers there from 2009-2014.

During his senior year at St. John’s, he helped out by teaching clinics throughout the winter and early spring before his season. The kids he worked with ranged from ages 5-13. This past summer he worked at the Belmont Hill Club. He was the Assistant Head Pro and taught kids from 5-14. This will be the first fall that Jonathan has taught at Boston College.

Age Preference

Jonathan Shaffer thoroughly enjoys teaching players of all ages and skills. Further, he was a lot of experiences with many sorts of kids playing at a variety of levels.

 

BC Rec Tennis Instructor Evelyn

Julia

Email: melvinju@bc.edu

Hours of Availability:

Monday: 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Wednesday: 2 - 3 pm, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Friday: 2 - 4 pm

Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

Tennis Playing Experience:

Julia started playing tennis at the age of 8 in Columbus, Ohio where she grew up. Both of her brothers played tennis as well so she quickly came to love it.  She continued on to play tennis throughout her childhood, playing competitively in USTA tournaments. At Upper Arlington High School, she was a four-year varsity player, winning the Ohio State Title her sophomore and senior year.

She continued her tennis career in college, playing for the BC Club Tennis Team. In addition to practices twice a week, she travels to different tournaments all over the country, competing against other club tennis teams. This past year, the team was ranked second in all of New England and qualified for the national tournament in the spring.

Tennis Instructing Experience:

Julia has instructed tennis for the past three summers in her hometown, working at a local park teaching children lessons and then working for the Swim and Racquet Club of Columbus for the past two years. There she was the assistant pro teaching both children and adult clinics, along with frequent private lessons. She has also been a BC Rec tennis instructor the past two years.

Age Preference:

Julia has experience with and enjoys teaching players of all ages and levels.

 

Kelly

Email  slaterkc@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Monday: 9 am - 11 m

Tuesday: Noon - 1 pm

Thursday: Noon - 1 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm

Playing Experience:
Kelly started playing tennis at the age of 6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended various rigorous tennis camps until 7th grade, when she began playing competitively. Kelly played on her high school's junior varsity team from 8th-10th grade and on varsity from 11th-12th grade, earning the Coach's Award in her senior year. 

Coaching Experience:

Kelly has been coaching tennis at Camp Dudley at Kiniya in Colchester, Vermont for the past two summers. She worked with an experienced coach each summer to plan and teach lessons to girls ages 7-15 in groups of 6-18, with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

She instructed girls individually during free choice time. Kelly also volunteered for a year with Tenacity, Inc., a nonprofit tennis and literacy afterschool program in Boston public middle schools. She loved teaching girls at camp and kids at Tenacity and is very excited to instruct at Boston College.

Age Preference:

Kelly is comfortable with youth but is excited to work with all age groups.

Other Qualifications:

Kelly has also been working as an archery instructor and lifeguard at Camp Kiniya, in addition to teaching tennis. She loves being in a sports environment and is a co-director of Eagle Ops, a student sports marketing group on campus which aids the External Operations department in game-day operations and promotions. Kelly also works at the Plex Control Desk and as a monitor at the Newton Quonset Hut.

 

Matt

Email  gochan@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Monday: 10 - 11 am

Tuesday - Thursday: Noon - 3 pm

Friday: Noon - 3 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 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). 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.

Coaching 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:

Matt is comfortable teaching and coaching players of all levels and ages.

Other 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. 

 

 

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Richard

Email  balagtas@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Tuesday: Noon - 3 pm

Thursday & Friday: Noon - 3 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Playing Experience:

Richard started playing tennis at the age of 11 in New York City, NY. He has had several private coaches in his tennis career ranging from a former Davis Cup player for the Philippines to NCAA coaches. Richard has also participated in a series of tournaments including the New York Borough’s Penn Tournament to the College of Staten Island’s winter tournament. Richard has had experience playing on clay courts in addition to hard courts. Today, Richard plays tennis recreationally, taking time to play with friends and family as much as he can.

Coaching 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. Richard has coached at Silver Lake Park as well as Walker Park in Staten Island. 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 30-50s.

In 2012, at the end of his high school senior year, Richard worked with a physical therapy dept. in New York City for 7 months. Over the course of that time, he has developed and has had experience with drills and training alterations specific to adults who may find certain techniques difficult in tennis due to health related complications. He has taken this practice and applied it to his instructional style. Richard will often alter how a stroke or technique is normally taught depending on the individual client’s profile, background, etc.

Each of Richard’s lessons begin with a similar warm-up depending on age and health restrictions and then diverge differently based on what the client wishes to work and focus on: technique, spin, or prediction.

His favorite shot to teach is the one-handed backhand. He can also teach students how to   transition from the two-handed to one-handed backhand.

Age preference:

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 also more than comfortable teaching newcomers to the sport ranging all age groups.

 

Samantha

Email:  creamesb@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Tuesday: 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: Noon - 3 pm

Friday: 2 - 3 pm, 5 - 6 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 am - 5 pm

Tennis Playing Experience:

Samantha began playing tennis during middle school in Sutton, Massachusetts. Through diligent practicing and taking advantage of every opportunity to play she learned to love both the physical and mental aspects of the game. After just two years on the tennis team Samantha rose to the first singles position, as well as the one of the team’s co-captains for the four high school seasons.

In her final season she helped her team win its first district championship. At the conclusion of her high school career Samantha had earned awards including four-time conference all star, two-time conference player of the year, MVP, and Super-Team All-Star in 2012. Samantha wants to her passion for tennis.

Tennis Instructing Experience:

Samantha has been teaching tennis since the summer of 2010. She has worked privately and through the Sutton summer camp programs.

Age Preference:

Samantha enjoys working with those of all ages. She has the most experience with ages 5-12.

BC Rec Tennis Instructor Sidesh

Sidesh

Email: sachitha@bc.edu

Hours of Availability

Monday: 7 - 11 am

Tuesday: 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Thursday: 6:30 pm - 9 pm

Tennis Playing Experience

Sidesh (Sid) started playing tennis when he was 6 years old. By the time he was 10 years old, he had begun playing in USTA L1 and L2 Eastern Division tournaments.  At 12 years old, he commenced training in NY Sportime’s Elite Tournament Training group, a program that John McEnroe oversees (John McEnroe Tennis Academy). During this time, Sidesh continued to compete in Eastern Division tournaments and East Coast National qualifiers. This experience of playing against and training with some of the top competition in the East Coast was invaluable. 

In his junior year of high school, Sidesh realized he could not continue both his tennis and track & field careers. He made the decision to solely pursue track & field, which resulted in him competing for Boston College’s Division I Men’s Track & Field Team for several seasons. During this time, he continued to play tennis frequently and provide instruction over the summer and winter breaks back home in New York.  Sidesh would like to share his love for the game and fitness through tennis instruction at Boston College.

Tennis Instructing Experience:

Sidesh began his tennis instructing experience when he was 13 years old. He began working as a hitting instructor for adult clients (USTA ratings as high as 5.0) at NY Sportime. When he was 14, he began working as a tennis instructor at Sportime’s summer camp, running group sessions for young children. 

For the past few summers, he has also given private instruction at Sportime Roslyn, NY and Glen Head Racquet Club, NY.  Sidesh is adept at creating a fun environment for young kids to learn the basic techniques of the game while also being able to provide more focused instruction to older children and adults. 

Age Preference:

Sidesh enjoys working with players of all ages and has experience teaching both private and group lessons.

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Emily

Email: luem@bc.edu

Hours of availability:

Tennis Playing Experience:

Emily has been playing tennis since she was in 4th grade.  She took private and group lessons at the YMCA and the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia. In middle school and high school, she competed in the USTA where she reached a sectional ranking high of 3 and qualified for several national tournaments. She played as a singles Varsity player throughout her four years in high school, where her team took fourth place in the state championships.

Tennis Teaching Experience:

Emily has coached tennis at a local tennis center in Philadelphia called the Delaware Valley Tennis Academy, where she dealt with children in the age group of 10-16. She has also spent two of her summers coaching children at the Tennis Farm, where the age range was from 4-16. She was hired as a hitting partner for several older children as well. She knows how to play tennis games with younger children as well as instill an early love of the sport, and loves to help older players reach their goals and unlock their potential.

Age Preference:

Emily is most comfortable with students from middle school up to high school varsity players.