Tennis Staff

Gretchen Schantz
Sam Ciulla
Nelson Payne
Gregg Baker
Brian Ramirez
Ravi Bhat
Gary Scholl
Torrie Browning

Gretchen Schantz

Director of Tennis
At TRC since 2004
Hometown: Taos, NM
Education: University of California, Davis 2003

  • 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 2006-2017 (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 Safe Play Certified
  • USTA SAZ Outstanding Facility Award 2016
  • 2005 Tucson Marathon / 2010 Ragnar Relay / 2015-21 Tour de Tucson
  • Enjoys extreme skiing @ Taos Ski Valley, the best skiing on earth!

Sam Ciulla

USPTA P1 - Associate Head Tennis Pro
Hometown: Boston, MA
Education: University of Arizona

  • 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”

Nelson Payne

Tennis Coach
At TRC since 2007
Hometown: San Angelo, TX

  • 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 Certified
At TRC since 2011
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Education: University of Virginia 1986

  • 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!

Brian Ramirez

Tennis Coach
At TRC since 2009
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
Education: University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1994

Brian spent eight years 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.

  • 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

Ravi Bhat

USPTA Certified
At TRC since 2017
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: University of Arizona

  • Served as volunteer teaching pro for the Tucson Community Tennis Program (2015 - 2018)
  • USTA/ITA Certified Official
  • Hobbies when not on the tennis court include running and gardening!

Gary Scholl

USPTA Professional 1 Tennis Coach
At TRC since 2022
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Education: California State University, Hayward
Gary is an accomplished and energetic Tennis Professional with 20+ years’ experience directing successful tennis programs. Gary provides fun and energetic tennis lessons with an extreme passion for the sport of tennis!

  • USPTA Professional 1 & USTA Sports Science Certified
  • Tennis Pro/Tournament Director DES MOINES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, West Des Moines, Iowa 2020
  • Boys Tennis Coach WAUKEE HIGH SCHOOL, Waukee, Iowa - 2019
  • Tennis Pro/Tournament Director LIFETIME, Des Moines, Iowa - 2014-2020
  • Director of Tennis ASPEN ATHLETIC CLUB, Des Moines, Iowa - 2001-2014
  • Director of Tennis SEVEN FLAGS RACQUET CLUB, Des Moines, Iowa - 1996-2000
  • USPTA Iowa Pro of the Year - 2003
  • #1 Men's Open Tennis Player in Iowa - 1997
  • Division II All American Tennis Player at Cal State University Hayward - 1981
  • NCTA Wilson Pro of the Year - 1987

Torrie Browning

Tennis Coach
At TRC since 2022
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: Wichita State (BA) & George Washington University (MS)

Torrie is a former #1 player in the USTA Southwest Section and ranked in the top 100 Nationally USTA 18&under. She is also a two time 4A Arizona State High School Champion - Ironwood Ridge High School (2004 and 2005). Torrie played Division I tennis at Wichita State University from 2005-2009, where she was a 4 time Missouri Valley All Conference Selection, earned a top 20 ITA Central Region ranking, and finished her career with 100 wins.

Torrie received her Masters of Science in Sports Management from The George Washington University. Since then she has accumulated 13 years of Division 1 collegiate coaching experience.

  • Tennis Pro at Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, NY: June 2022-September 2022
  • Head Women's Tennis Coach at The George Washington University, Washington DC: July 2016-May 2022
  • Interim Head Coach of Men's and Women's Tennis at The George Washington University, Washington DC: January 2016-July 2016
  • Associate Head Coach of Men's and Women's Tennis at the George Washington University, Washington DC: July 2014-January 2016
  • Assistant Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA: September 2009-July 2014
  • USTA Safe Play Certified, Certified in Adult First Aid, CPR, AED- American Red Cross

Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club hosts a wide variety of events including tournaments and camps. We host many fundraiser tournaments as well as national events.

Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club has always had an exceptional tennis staff. All of our teaching pros are available for private and group lessons at your convenience.

  • Private Tennis Lesson $60/hr for TRC members | $70/hr for TRC non-members
  • Looking at joining the best Tennis Staff in the Southwest? Fill out our online application.

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We offer a wide variety of Adult Clinics for all levels and ages throughout the week.

  • Weekday Mornings
  • Weekday Evenings
  • Weekends

There is definitely a clinic available for you!

We offer different types of club leagues for men and women of all levels and ages. We are also the leader in USTA Teams each season in Tucson.

We have 30 tennis courts and an open reservation system. Click the link above for all information on our court etiquette and court rules.

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