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Vice President of Operations, HCK Recreation
Gordon was the General Manager of Roosevelt Island Racquet Club for the past 8 years 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Adult Programs
With 15+ years of coaching & club management experience, Mark joins us after a 10 year career at Yonkers Tennis Center where he was Director of Tennis and Operations, Director of Junior Tennis as well as Director of Adult Programs. Growing up in Rhode Island, he consistently held a top 10 New England ranking. From there Mark went on to graduate from Marist College with his degree in International Business, while captaining his tennis team to several conference finals, one championship and an NCAA birth.
Mark not only brings a wealth of tennis training knowledge, high energy drills and world class customer service but most of all a passion, enthusiasm and love for the game. Mark is very competitive and strongly believes staying in top shape is a way of life. He has an eye for player matching, training program development and finding out every individual tennis players WHY.
Favorite tennis classes to run include drill & play, live ball, USTA player clinics and team practices. Mark has developed an innovative and successful Quickstart beginner adult tennis program, established and organized a 23 team competitive USTA program, is 10/under Net Generation Junior Tennis Certified and is an IHRSA Institute Sports Management program graduate.
Mark is very passionate about the sport of tennis and the health and wellness benefits that can be achieved through the game. If you have not hit with Mark yet, please email him at email@example.com to set up a private lesson or build your own group class. He looks forward to seeing you on the courts!
Quickstart Coordinator/ADC Roosevelt Island Day Camp 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Tom has over 30 years of experience in the tennis industry as a club operator as well as with the court construction and maintenance side of the business. Tom’s experience as an owner of air structures is extremely valuable to RIRC. Tom has been with us since 2004. He resides in Bergen County, NJ with his wife and children. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.