RIRC Management

Working to exceed our members’ expectations

Gordon Kent

General Manager
Gordon is the General Manager of Roosevelt Island Racquet Club and was the Tennis Director of Stadium Tennis Center from 1979-97. He was also the owner and director of the New England Tennis Camp from 1991-2010. Gordon brings over 25 years of teaching experience with every level of junior – from beginner through tournament competitor. One of the finest coaches in the East, his programs each year attract hundreds of juniors. Gordon was named “Pro of the Year”, for the USPTR, Eastern Division (1989). In 1992 he received the same award from the USPTA, Eastern Division. In 1986 he received the USTA/USPTR “Public Service Award” for outstanding contributions to tennis development. He is a past chairman of the Junior Competition Committee for the Eastern Tennis Association. You can email him at gkent@advantagetennisclubs.com.

Xavier Luna

Director of Junior Tennis for the Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Programs
Xavier Luna is the Director of Junior Tennis for the Advantage All-City Junior Tennis Programs. Xavier has over 30 years experience in tennis, commencing as a ranked junior. He was the Director of Junior Programs at Stadium Racquet Club, the owner and founder of Metro Tennis Academy, and has held many other positions in the tennis industry. Xavier inspires players with his love of tennis and possesses the professional skills to keep campers returning year after year to the All-City Junior Tennis Programs. You can email him at xluna@advantagetennisclubs.com.

Steve O’Keefe

Assistant General Manager
Steve comes to RIRC with over 20 years of experience in the tennis industry as a teaching professional, Director of Tennis, Camp Director, and Manager. Steve played collegiately at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury Connecticut where he won numerous conference and team awards. After teaching at numerous clubs throughout the US he transitioned into the management side of the business and was the Director of Tennis from 2001-2008 for Town Sports International which owns and operates clubs throughout the Northeast. From 2008-2011, Steve managed Tennis Central, a 5-court facility in Woodbridge, CT where he oversaw the day-to-day operations. From 2014-2016 Steve was the Tennis and Camp Manager at TCR in Riverdale where he oversaw the junior program as well as their holiday and summer camp programs. He has also been involved in the racquet manufacturing side of the industry while working as a Regional Manager with Tecnifibre. Steve is a certified member of the USPTA, an organization that he has served in multiple capacities throughout the past 15 years. You can email Steve at sokeefe@advantagetennisclubs.com.

Mike Williams

Tennis Director
Michael started playing tennis at 5 years old and never looked back. He was as a nationally ranked junior player until he attended Clemson University where he proudly captained the tennis team. After his college career he played on the satellite tour in which he earned a singles ranking of 1081 in the world and a top 1000 doubles ranking. Michael became a USTA “Gold Ball” recipient in 2013 when he won the Men’s “Open” Doubles Championship at the National Tennis Center.

After stepping away from professional tennis he turned his focus to teaching others the game he loves. From touring professionals, to aspiring amateurs, to beginners, Michael has twenty years of teaching experience in the New York City area and abroad. He has been a sparring partner for such greats as John and Patrick McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier. His coaching influences include Bob Ingersole, Chuck Kriese, and Nick Bollettieri. Michael is dedicated to helping players of all levels by focusing on the fundamentals of the game and designing programs that will help each individual reach their highest level. Mike can be reached at mwilliams@advantagetennisclubs.com.

Chuck Russell

Adult Program Director
Chuck Russell comes to Roosevelt Island Racquet Club with over 40 years experience in the tennis industry. Chuck has been a full time teaching pro for 40+ years, has both USPTA and PTR certifications, is a USTA National Workshop Faculty member and Clinician, a past President of the USTA/ Eastern Section/Long Island Region, and is a USTA Schools Clinician. Chuck is the former owner and manager of Woodbury Racquet and Fitness Club, where he was Head Pro and Camp Director. He serves as the Exec. Director of The Long Island Foundation for Tennis and Learning, Ltd (LIFTALL, a 501c3); an On-Court Leader for Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and was the SUNY Farmingdale Men’s Tennis Coach (7 yrs.). He has a passion for staying current with teaching techniques and programming. Chuck can be reached at: crussell@advantagetennisclubs.com

Carole Wright

Assistant Director of the All-City Junior Tennis Program
Co-director of the All City Junior Tennis and Sports Camp at Roosevelt Island and the Assistant Director of the All-City Junior Tennis Program, Carole has been running junior tennis programs for children for over 25 years. She is one of the best women tennis players to come from New York. She was twice the National Indoor Women’s Champion, the Mixed Doubles Indoor Champion and the Canadian Women’s Singles Indoor Champion. She has been at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club since 1992. Prior to moving to RIRC, Carole ran programs at Crosstown Tennis. In her spare time, Carole creates handcrafted tennis ornaments. You can visit her web site at www.cwstainedglass.com.

David Gilbert

Junior Program Administrator & Tennis Professional
David has worked at RIRC since 2008. He is a native New Yorker and attended Bronx Science before moving on to Tulane University and Bloomsburg University. He grew up playing with Gordon Kent in the Junior Program at Stadium Tennis Center and was a ranked junior player. David has worked at Stadium Tennis Center, Stadium Racquet Club, and was the Assistant Director of the New England Tennis Camp for three years. You can reach him at dgilbert@advantagetennisclubs.com.