Tennis Staff

Gretchen Schantz
Gary Engelbrecht
Sam Ciulla
Brian Ramirez
Nelson Payne
Gregg Baker
Alan Barrios 
Tad Berkowitz
Scott Mantelman
Rita Bermudez

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 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 / 2015-17 Tour de Tucson
  • Enjoys extreme skiing @ Taos Ski Valley, the best skiing on earth!

Gary Engelbrecht

Co Camp Director
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Education: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Family includes wife Lacy, children Joe and Kate, and Gunner the Doberman.

  • 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 (39 years)

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”

Brian Ramirez

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

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.

  • 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

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!

Alan Barrios 

Tennis Pro
At TRC since 2014
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: Northern Arizona University

alanbarrios@live.com

  • 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.
  • Other than playing tennis, he enjoys listening to music and reading.

Tad Berkowitz

Tennis Instructor
At TRC since 2017
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Education: University of Kentucky & University of New Mexico

As a player, his achievements include being ranked 6th in the nation in the Boy's 18's, USTA National Amateur Champion, played for the University of Kentucky and University of New Mexico where he was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.  Berkowitz also spent time playing on the ATP Tour. 

  • From Tampa, FL Tad has spent the past 15 years living in Tucson with is wife and family
  • Head Men's Tennis Coach at The University of Arizona from 2005-2016.
  • PAC 10 Coach of the Year, ITA West Region Coach of the Year, and led the Wildcats to their highest ranking of 17 in the nation.
  • Assistant coach at University of Alabama, Texas A&M University, and University of Arizona
  • Served as Chairman of the Division 1 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships
  • Coach for the USTA Collegiate Summer National Team
  • Head Coach at St. Stephen's Tennis Academy in Austin, TX
  • Player Development Coach at Palmer Academy in Tampa, FL.

Scott Mantelman

USPTA Certified
At TRC since 2015
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Education: Pima Community College
  • Instructor - Rod Schroeder National Tennis Camp/Nike Tennis Camp
  • Instructor - Tucson Community Tennis Program
  • Instructor - Wheelchair Tennis Players
  • Helps Coordinate and Manage Tennis Tournaments
  • Other than playing tennis, I enjoy traveling and seeing the world. My favorite trip was a Safari to South Africa in 2016!

Rita Bermudez

USPTA Certified
At TRC since 2018
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: University of Idaho

rita@tucsonracquetclub.com

  • University of Idaho tennis, doubles and singles all 4 years.
  • 3 Division 1 Conference Titles.
  • 3 NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Tennis Pro at Reffkin Tennis Center, Malibu Tennis Center, La Mariposa Sports Club, and Nike Tennis Camps for 5 years coaching all ages before moving to TRC.
  • Coaches Tanque Verde High School boy’s tennis team
  • Loves to cycle and hike in free time.
  • Most Famous Lesson: Lindsay Davenport’s son, Jagger Leach

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Included on our 20 acres by the river are:

  • 30 lighted tennis courts
  • 12 lighted pickleball courts
  • 11 indoor racquetball/handball courts
  • Aerobics/yoga
  • Exercise classes throughout the day
  • Two 75′ junior Olympic heated pools
  • Basketball Courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Fully equipped weight room
  • Cardiovascular machines
  • 2 Jacuzzis
  • Sauna

Excellent childcare is available to members and their guests

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