OUR TEAM OF PROS IS SECOND TO NONE

Each one was chosen based on their proficiency in instruction, their level of play and their enthusiasm for the game.

Charles Akinloye Director of Tennis MEET CHARLES

Charles Akinloye
Director of Tennis

MEET CHARLES

Scott Hay Tennis Professional MEET SCOTT

Scott Hay
Tennis Professional

MEET SCOTT

Colin Lea Tennis Professional MEET COLIN

Colin Lea
Tennis Professional

MEET COLIN

JOHNNY HURDUC Tennis Professional MEET JOHNNY

JOHNNY HURDUC
Tennis Professional

MEET JOHNNY

Marcela Ivon Rodezno Tennis Professional MEET MARCELA

Marcela Ivon Rodezno
Tennis Professional

MEET MARCELA

Dave Fowler Tennis Professional MEET DAVE

Dave Fowler
Tennis Professional

MEET DAVE

William Teplen Tennis Professional MEET WILLIAM

William Teplen
Tennis Professional

MEET WILLIAM

Laura Story Junior Coordinator EMAIL LAURA

Laura Story
Junior Coordinator

EMAIL LAURA

Kerstin Lebel Front Desk EMAIL KERSTIN

Kerstin Lebel
Front Desk

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Ginny Dragone Manager EMAIL GINNY

Ginny Dragone
Manager

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Charles Akinloye
Director of Tennis

Born in Nigeria, Charles came to America from in 1985, at just 16 1/2 years old, to play in the St. Louis Junior Clay Court tournament in Missouri. In 1986, he continued on his incredible journey by becoming the youngest player selected for the Nigerian Davis Cup team at age 17 and went on to play Davis Cup in 1989 and 1990. He later played on the ATP tour in 1988 and 1889 and was ranked as high as 638 in the world. 

Always keeping in mind what his parents had taught him about the importance of education, Charles decided to shift his focus from tennis to school. In 1990, he entered Livingston College to earn a B.S. in Business and later earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport. America soon became his home. “If you work hard, it’s up to you as to what you want to achieve,” he says. For the past 20 years, Charles has been teaching tennis to members of all ages at Trumbull Racquet Club and for the past 14 years, he has been the Director of Tennis. 

Dave Fowler
Tennis Professional

This tennis pro has seen it all! A USPTA professional for over 40 years, Dave has also taught at our Kings Highway, Milford, Shippan and Trumbull indoor facilities and been head pro at nearby clubs like Shorehaven Golf Club, Shore and Country Club, Wee Burn Country Club and Brooklawn Country Club.

Students have thrived under Dave’s tutelage, with over 400 earning National and Sectional rankings, four being named collegiate All Americans, ten ranking #1 in USTA New England, two winning the National Sportsmanship Award and four playing professionally. Dave is a past recipient of the William Friedman Award for his contributions to Junior Tennis in New England.

Scott Hay
Tennis Professional

A native of Connecticut, Scott is a former Division 1 college player for the University of Rhode Island. He spent ten years as the Director of Tennis at the Weston Racquet Club and brings over twenty years of experience teaching juniors and adults at the local, district and national level.

Scott is a USPTA certified P-1 professional with experience as a junior program coordinator, USTA league coach, pro staff trainer, adult clinic coordinator and USTA tournament referee. Scott has played exhibition tennis with Ivan Lendl, Murphy Jenson, Luke Jenson and Tom Gullikson.

Colin Lea
Tennis Professional

A long-time tennis coach in the Trumbull area, Colin Lea brings 30 years of tennis teaching experience to Trumbull Racquet Club, along with some faithful students who like the way he teaches and won’t have anyone else. Colin is a member of the Professional Tennis Coaches Association for Great Britain and the USPTR.

He has traveled the world extensively, coaching and playing in much of Europe, Australia, and India, and has enjoyed outstanding success at all levels of play.

Johnny Hurdoc
Tennis Professional

Romanian born, Johnny dominated the tennis court becoming a member of the Romanian National Team and a Doubles National Champion in juniors. He represented Romania internationally in tournaments. Joining South Carolina State University he won awards like MVP, Player of the Year and two MEAC Championship Titles. In December 2012 Johnny achieved # 3 ranking in Men’s Open Singles - New England.

Becoming assistant coach for South Carolina State University, Johnny led the team to a conference title in 2008. His passion for the doubles game contributed to the knowledge he has today as a doubles specialist. At an elite level Johnny worked with Alina Jidkova (former #51 WTA). He worked as the Head Pro at Cherry Valley Club (Garden City, NY) and Weston Field Club (Weston CT). Prior to joining our team Johnny contributed to the development of top tennis players in New England at clubs like Intensity (Norwalk CT), Shippan (Stamford CT), Kings Highway (Darien CT) and Oak Hills (Norwalk CT).

Marcela Ivon Rodezno
Tennis Professional

Marcela was born in La Libertad, El Salvador. She attended college at South Carolina State University and graduated with honors with a Marketing Degree.

Marcela was a member of the Fed Cup and represented her country in Olympic cycle events like the VII Central American Games, the XIX Central American and Caribbean Games. She was ranked the #1 female player in both singles and doubles in her home country of El Salvador. She was also ranked the #1 tennis player in singles and doubles in Central America. In the world she has been ranked #98 in singles and #101 in doubles.

These experiences as a tennis player have shaped her into an excellent coach for juniors and adults of all levels. She was a tennis professional at the Weston Field Club and a developmental coach at Intensity in Norwalk.

William Teplen
Tennis Professional

Born in New York City, William moved to Fairfield when he was nine. He is currently finishing his degree in English at the University of Connecticut. William played singles on the tennis team at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield and for three of those years was the #1 singles player, captain and MVP. He has been a tennis instructor locally and assistant coach for the girls and boys tennis teams at Christian Heritage School in Trumbull.

William is passionate about tennis, which has been a lifelong love of his since age nine. Besides tennis he loves the outdoors, hiking and is active in conservation and protection of wildlife and nature. He is also active in rescuing and helping to find homes for homeless animals.