ABOUT OUR TEAM
At the USTA National Campus, our team of dedicated coaches believes that what we do is more than just a game. Our goal is for every participant that walks through our doors to feel like they are embarking on an incredible journey with unlimited possibilities both on and off the court.
Our role as coaches is to guide you through the practice and play options that we offer and ensure you are getting the best experience possible.With our three focus areas in tennis, pickleball and padel, there is something for every age and skill level. Whether you are looking for exercise, meeting new friends, improving your skills or just having fun; this is the place to be.
All members of our coaching staff are Safeplay approved and background checked. They receive ongoing continuing education training as well as regular staff training and development opportunities. We believe that our coaches are some of the best USPTA/PTR certified professionals in the country. Our coaches come from all parts of the world and bring a diversity of experience and wealth of knowledge to the court. We hope to see you soon and can’t wait for you to start your journey with us.
Simon Gale - Director of Racquet Sports
Certifications: USPTA Elite, PTR, USTA High Performance, Tennis Coaches Association Australia (Level 2), IPTPA (Pickleball), USPTA Padel
-Been a DOT, GM and Owner during the last 30 years.
-Managing partner Taconic Sport and Racquet, Hopewell Junction, NY
-General Manager & Director of Tennis, Yonkers Tennis Center, Yonkers, NY
-Founded SGTENNIS Consulting, worked with clubs and facilities to grow their programming revenue
-Director of Tennis, Redding Country Club, Redding, CT
-USPTA Addvantage Magazine
-USTA Informercial - The Business of 10&U
-Tennis Industry Magazine
-Tennis Industry "National Youth Provider Of The Year"
-USPTA Eastern "Facility Manager Of The Year"
-Former Net Generation Ambassador and National Workshop Trainer
-USTA 10&U National Trainer
-USTA Tennis and Club Consultant
-USTA Eastern 10&U Task Force and Competition Committee
-USTA Tennis Market Initiative Provider
Steven Host - Head of Racquet Sports
Certifications: USPTA, USPTR, GPTCA Level 2, South Africa Tennis Association,-National Instructor.. ITPA Tennis Trainer. Also, USTA High Performance certified coach.
- 20 years experience of Player Development.
- Director of Academy programs at facilities in the USA, Europe and China.
- Former coach of current ATP #60 Emil Ruusuvuori and world number 1 doubles player Henri Kontinen.
- Former National coach and educator for the Finnish Tennis Association.
- Coached 10 players to top 50 in ITF Juniors.
- Coached over 50 players that have received US college scholarships.
Ben Zaiser - Head Professional, Adult Tennis Progams
Certifications: USPTA Elite Professional, PTR
Leads all areas of adult play and programming at the USTA National Campus. A graduate of the University of Maine Farmington, Ben previously spent 10 years at the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in Richmond, VA where he was the head tennis professional.
Tina Lee - Head Professional, High Performance Academy
Certifications: USPTA Elite
About Coach Tina Lee:
After finishing career as a pro player and obtaining a Bachelor's degree as a college player, I started as a college coach for my University while obtaining a Master's degree. Later I started being mentored by my former coach Matej Liptak who is the Fed Cup captain for Slovakia and was coaching a WTA Top 4 Dominika Cibulkova at the time. I took the opportunity to travel with their team while also learning from another mentor Marian Vajda. Before joining the USTA National Campus, I worked with junior players in the Orlando area and also led the Geneva high school tennis teams.
Tim Pleasant - Head Professional, Youth Development
Certifications: USPTA Elite Professional
- Head Tennis Professional for Youth Development and Performance at the USTA National Campus since opening day in 2017.
- Head Tennis Coach for Division 1 Men's & Women's tennis at Bethune-Cookman University from 2011 - 2016. Won the MEAC Conference title two years in a row. MEAC Coach of the Year 3 times. Played against University of Florida in NCAA National Tournament.
- Owner & Director of MyTennisRocks, LLC in Charlotte, NC & Rock Tennis Academy in Rock Hill, SC from 2004 - 2011. Managed (22) facilities in NC & SC & hosted over (16) USTA Junior & Adult tournaments & (3) USTA Pro Circuit tournaments per year.
- Head Tennis Coach for Division II Men's & Women's tennis at Coker College from 2009 - 2011. Won SAC Conference regular season title in 2nd year. Coach of the Year in SAC conference. Earned first NCAA Division II National Ranking for Coker.
- Assistant Director at New Albany Country Club, in Columbus, OH from 2000 - 2004. Managed (28) USTA Adult Teams & (14) junior teams, while servicing 3400 active members.
- Head Tennis Coach for Division 1 Men's & Women's tennis at Austin Peay State University from 1998 - 2000. Youngest Division 1 Head Coach in any sport at that time.
- Played Division I College tennis at Eastern Kentucky University from 1992 - 1996. Hold conference & school records for most doubles wins and most wins in a season at (30).
Rita Gladstone - Head Professional, Nemours Family Zone
Certifications: USPTA, PTR
-Junior Program Director at the City of Port Orange Airport Park; facility one of first in Florida to have permanent 36' courts 16 years
-Director, Nike Tennis Camp at Rollins College
-13 years as Junior Team Tennis League Coordinator with over 5,000 players participating across all age divisions
-USTA National Trainer Faculty since 2009
-USTA Early Development Camp Lead Faculty Coach
-PTR Junior Development Workshop Clinician
-USTA Florida Schools Clinician
USPTA World Conference, USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, PTR International Tennis Symposium, Evolution International Coach Summit
-USPTA Star Award, 2021 Tennis Industry Junior Tennis Champion of the Year
-2017 USTA On Court Trainer of the Year, 2011 PTR Community Service Award
-2011 United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year
-2008 Record for career singles wins, University of South Carolina women's tennis
Certifications: UPTA Professional 1, PPR Pickleball
ABOUT DAVE COLBY:
I spent the last 20 years at New England's Premier Tennis destination, the Manchester Athletic Club (MAC), Manchester by the Sea Massachusetts. I was the Director of Tennis overseeing a staff of 13 pros, with a 12 Tennis court- facility, Pickleball and Platform Tennis. I spent the last 20 years at New England's Premier Tennis destination, the Manchester Athletic Club (MAC), Manchester by the Sea Massachusetts. I was the Director of Tennis overseeing a staff of 13 pros, with a 12 Tennis court- facility, Pickleball and Platform Tennis.
I started my career as the Director of Junior Development and Summer Camps at Manchester Athletic Club (MAC) and in these roles I was able to design and develop new and exciting programs from the ground up.
2004 Original Team Member of USTA National Coaches Training Team that rolled out R-O-G Pathway across the country through coaches workshops.
2015-2019 Head Coach that facilitated USTA Early Development Camps around New England working in a training environment with many coaches , providing parent presentations on development and managing the evaluation process for all players.
USTA: National Trainer for coaches. Have traveled extensively throughout New England and many parts of the country to run 4- and 6-hour workshops for coaches.
2009 USPTA “Don Bonfigli Memorial Award” given for Outstanding Contribution to Junior Development and Community Involvement. This award is given to individuals that exude positive leadership.
2011 USTA “William Freedman Award” for Outstanding Contribution to Junior Development in New England.
2015 Named by International Tennis Industry Magazine’s “Champions of Tennis” edition was awarded “Tennis Provider of the Year”.
2017 National Net Generation Ambassador
Two Time USTA Tennis Weekend New England Featured Presenter as Net Generation Ambassador
USPTA New England Conference presenter
USTA National Conference Featured Speaker Tennis Teachers Conference NYC
ABOUT SEAN BLEAU:
I have taught throughout the New England area in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, spending the most time in Massachusetts in various clubs, most notably as a Teaching Professional at the Kingsbury Club & Spa and Assistant Director at the Duxbury Yacht Club.
Certifications: USPTA, PTR, USRSA
1987 I was ranked top 50 in the 18s in Florida.
1988 I was ranked number 8 in Puerto Rico in the 18s.
1989 and 1990 I was ranked number 1 in New England in division three colleges. And was mascaq Champion for singles.
The landings country club Fort Myers Florida three years assistant Pro Sanibel harbor resort and spa Fort Myers Florida five years associate Pro
Fiddlesticks country club Fort Myers Florida seven years. Head pro Lake Mary tennis center Lake Mary Florida seven years Director of tennis
Palm Coast tennis Center Palm Coast Florida two years Director of tennis Winter Park Racquet club four years Winter Park Florida associate pro.
USTA National Campus four year and counting (Senior pro)