Tennis Staff

Gary Engelbrecht
garye@tucsonracquetclub.com
Camp Director
Hometown:  Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Education:  University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Experience:

  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay – varsity tennis, captain and MVP
  • Head Coach – University of Wisconsin Green Bay
  • Instructor – Hopman/Bollitierri Tennis Camp, Amherst College, MA
  • Assistant Director – Hopman /Bollitierri Tennis Camp, Hotchkiss School, CT
  • Head Pro-Queen City Racquet Club, Cincinnati, OH (4 years)
  • University of Arizona Women’s Assistant Tennis Coach (6 years)
  • Tucson Racquet Club – Head Pro (33 years)

Other:  Family includes wife Lacy, children Joe (29) and Kate (25), Gunner the Doberman and Amy the wirehair Dachshund.

Gretchen SchantzGretchen copy
gschantz@tucsonracquetclub.com
Director of Tennis
Tennis Activities Director & Tennis Pro since 2004
Hometown: Taos, NM
Education: University of California, Davis 2003
Experience:

  • University of California, Davis: Varsity tennis, nationally ranked in doubles all 4 years
  • Assistant Pro: Natomas Racquet Club, Sacramento, CA 2003-04
  • Head Coach: Pima Community College Women’s Tennis Team since 2006 (ACCAC Coach of the Year, 2009, 2011, 2012; ITA NJCAA Coach of the Year 2013)
  • USTA SAZ Executive Board 2008-2010
  • USTA SAZ Outstanding Tournament Enrichment Award 2013
  • USTA SAZ Outstanding Facility Award 2016
  • 2005 Tucson Marathon / 2010 Ragnar Relay / 2015 Tour de Tucson
  • Enjoys extreme skiing @ Taos Ski Valley, the best skiing on earth!

Sam Ciulla
USPTA P1
Associate Head Tennis Pro for over 35 years.

  • Co-Director of the Tucson Racquet Club Summer Camp
  • Worked with Fred Stolle and Margaret Court as part of the Racquet Club Ranch.
  • Most Famous Lesson: Oscar winner Charlton Heston most famous for playing Moses in “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben Hur”.

Brian Ramirez
Director of Junior Tennis
Tennis Pro at TRC since 2009
Hometown:  Menlo Park, CA
Education:  University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1994
Experience:

Brian spent eight yeas at the collegiate level with both men and women at schools like Stanford University where he helped coach the team to the 2004 National Championship. Ramirez also coached Pima Community College for four years. During his career he has also had the pleasure of working with some of the worlds’ best junior players and pro players while at the Palmer Tennis Academy in the late 90s. Palmer Academy was known internationally as one of the worlds’ premiere academies during that time.

Over the years Ramirez has coached and mentored players that have attended schools like Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, University of Florida, University of Georgia and University of North Carolina among others and has personally coached or done extensive work with players that have achieved the following results:

  • 39 NCAA team championships (17 players)
  • 14 All Americans
  • Four NCAA doubles titles
  • Four Junior Grand Slam titles (two Jr. U.S. Open, two Junior Australian Open)
  • Two Junior Orange Bowl titles
  • Five USTA Junior National Team members
  • Players ranked as high as #63 by the ATP Tour and #14 by the WTA Tour

Nelson Payne
Instructor at TRC since 2007
Hometown:  San Angelo, TX
Experience:

  • Nelson has taught at TRC for over 6 years
  • Works with all levels of junior and adult from beginner to nationally ranked players
  • Also serves as teaching pro for the Tucson Community Tennis Program
  • Head Pro at several clubs in Texas including Head Pro at San Angelo’s Brentwood Country Club and Director of Tennis at College Hills Country Club
  • Most Famous Lesson: Hailey and Tatum Rochin …ranked number 1 in the Southwest.
  • Dances a mean 2 step to any song by Brooks & Dunn

 

Gregg Baker
USPTA Tennis Pro 1
Instructor at TRC since 2011
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Education: University of Virginia 1986
Experience:

  • USPTA certified since 1993
  • Over 20 years teaching and coaching tennis to all ages and ability levels
  • Director of Tennis at La Mariposa Fitness/Sports Club from 2000 – 2011
  • Assistant Tennis Pro at Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort from 1994 – 2000; clients
    included Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman
  • Assistant Pro at Westward Look Resort from 1993 – 2000
  • Also an avid hiker and mountain biker who will never again live on the East Coast!

Alan BarriosAlan
Instructor at TRC since 2014
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: Northern Arizona University
Experience:

  • Northern Arizona University, 2 year letter winner, team captain.
  • Pima Community College, 2 year letter winner, nationally ranked.
  • Works with all levels of juniors and adults.

2012 French Open - Day Thirteen

Sara Kaufman
Instructor at TRC since 2016
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education:  University of Miami 2004
Experience:

Sara Kaufman (Robbins) grew up playing tennis in Tucson and attending junior clinics and lessons at the Tucson Racquet Club herself. She is the only native Tucson tennis player to win a “USTA National Championship”. She later played for Miami University, one of the top NCAA teams in the country. As a junior tennis star, Sara won the Southwest Closed and was the top ranked player in the Southwest! Sara was a Arizona State High School Champion.

After college, Sara was a Tennis Pro at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club in Cape Cod, and then moved home and began teaching tennis at TRC for 1 year. She enjoyed working at Raytheon for eight years. During this time, she married and had three kids, Lacey, Chase and Charlie, and decided to stay home with her growing family. Currently, she is the USTA Southern Arizona League Coordinator, as well as back on the court playing and teaching again.

 

Chris Cooprider
Instructor at TRC since 2017
Hometown: Centennial Colorado
Education: University North Carolina Wilmington
Experience:

  • Hitting partner for Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Christina Mchale (2015-2016)
  • Teaching Pro at Colorado Athletic Club Inverness (2014-2015)
  • Volunteer Coach for UNCW Men’s Tennis Team (2013-2014)
  • Taught at Nike Tennis Camp at Bradley University, University of North Carolina Wilmington and U.S. Air Force Academy (2008-2017)
  • ATP Doubles Title with Cunha at Istanbul, Turkey (2013)
  • Ranked 964 ATP World Tour Singles & 929 ATP World Doubles (2013)
  • Two time CAA Conference Tournament MVP (2011 & 2013)