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

Kyle Devlin   Director of Junior Development    MEET KYLE

Kyle Devlin
Director of Junior Development

MEET KYLE

Scott Hay   Tennis Professional    MEET SCOTT

Scott Hay
Tennis Professional

MEET SCOTT

Colin Lea   Tennis Professional    MEET COLIN

Colin Lea
Tennis Professional

MEET COLIN

William Teplen   Tennis Professional    MEET WILLIAM

William Teplen
Tennis Professional

MEET WILLIAM

Gabriel Paulk   Tennis Professional    MEET GABRIEL

Gabriel Paulk
Tennis Professional

MEET GABRIEL

Mirka Rivas   Tennis Professional    MEET MIRKA

Mirka Rivas
Tennis Professional

MEET MIRKA


Ginny Dragone   Manager    EMAIL GINNY

Ginny Dragone
Manager

EMAIL GINNY

Kerstin Lebel   Junior Coordinator    EMAIL KERSTIN

Kerstin Lebel
Junior Coordinator

EMAIL KERSTIN

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. 

Kyle Devlin
Director of Junior Development

Kyle comes to Trumbull Racquet Club with over 30 years experience in the tennis industry. Over his years in the industry he has played, coached, and motivated thousands of individuals in all aspects of the sport. He has developed tennis programs within non-profit foundations, public facilities, as well as some of the most prestigious clubs in the country. Kyle has worked along side some of the most influential people such as USTA Presidents, ITF President, USPTA Presidents, and several club owners to help build the quality of tennis programs in the country.

In the spring and summer months Kyle works at Brooklawn Country Club based in Fairfield as one of the Tennis Professionals. Prior to joining TRC, Kyle was the Director of Tennis at Fairfield Tennis, where he was responsible for organizing, marketing, and growing tennis programs for all ages and abilities. Kyle helped multiple USTA teams to finish first place in their respected divisions by unifying the teams through practices, parties, and finding the right pros to help lead their groups. He also added new events such as Point Play Tournaments for adults and Junior Parties and in-house tournaments. Kyle has always tried to find ways to make the experience better. While doing this his goal is to bring together a community of tennis players that can have fun all while learning to be the best they desire to be in the sport of a lifetime.

Prior to working at Fairfield Tennis he traveled worldwide with a player who competed in ITF Tournaments, worked at Intensity in Norwalk and was the 10 and Under Program Manager at Bucks County Racquet Club. Kyle attributes his results to teaching with his 3 pillars of success: 1. Fun, 2. Retention, 3. Play-based training

In his spare time Kyle loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and 3 children and volunteer with his church!"

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.

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.

Gabriel Paulk
Tennis Professional

Gabriel, born and raised in Norwalk, CT has coached tennis for 10 years throughout Fairfield & Westchester County. He started with Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, a non-profit program for children ages 5-18yrs who can not afford the luxury of tennis and support in their academics. He prides himself as being a mentor first and tennis coach second for the children. Gabriel has helped coach the NGTE program along with his old high school coach Brien Mcmahon. He also has a very deep background in leading various tennis startup/summer programs in Norwalk, Stamford and other parts of the Fairfield & Westchester county.

He has taught at Weston Racquet club, as well as most recently one of John McEnroe's Sportime tennis clubs. Gabriel tries to be a student of the game and is always thirsting for more knowledge to learn and creative ways to pass it on. He strives to develop his craft and passion for teaching children and adults; attending various workshops and clinics, such as learning from Mike Barrell and his evolve9 program. He is USPTA Professional certified, PTR 10 & under as well as PTR adult certified.

Aiding NGTE still remains a priority, as well as completing his physical therapy B.A. degree. Additionally, Gabriel has his eyes set on pursuing a degree in professional tennis management. In his free time he enjoys to perform at poetry slams, box as well as compete in track meets.

Mirka Rivas
Tennis Professional

Born and raised in Gaudalajara, Mexico. Mirka Rivas played at a Division II college for four years and was as an assistant coach for two years for the women’s and men’s team at Northwest Missouri State University. During her college years, she played as #1 in singles and doubles, she was also named 2019 ITA's Central Region's Assistant Coach of the Year and helped the women’s team reach the quarterfinals at the NCAA national tournament. Mirka has a BA Degree in Food and Nutrition: Dietetic and a M.S. in Applied Health and Sports Science. In her spare time, she likes to workout, run and cook.