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Tennis Staff

Gretchen Schantz
Sam Ciulla
Nelson Payne
Alan Barrios
Gregg Baker
Brian Ramirez
Ravi Bhat
Gary Scholl
Patricia Rodriguez

Gretchen Schantz

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

gschantz@tucsonracquetclub.com

  • 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

npayne1962@gmail.com

  • 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

Alan Barrios

Jr Excellence Program Director
At TRC since 2014
Hometown: Tucson
Education: NAU (2014) Inseec Ecole de Commerce (2019)

alan@tucsonracquetclub.com

Alan is one of many TRC junior players to graduate from the Jr. Excellence Program and continue to play collegiate tennis. He played 4 years collegiate tennis at Pima College and then played for N.A.U. He graduated N.A.U. with a B.S. in Economics. He then attended INSEEC Ecole de Commerce in Paris, France and earned his MBA in Finance.

Alan has coached many juniors and adults of all levels here at TRC, California, and Mexico. Other than playing tennis, Alan enjoys music and reading. He is always in need of vitamin "Sea". He has traveled many parts of the world and is always ready to go on an adventure.

  • Northern Arizona University (NCAA Division 1) 2 year letter winner, team captain
  • Pima Community College (NJCAA Division 1) 2 year letter winner, nationally ranked
  • Tennis Coach Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley CA (2013)
  • Tennis Coach Iberostar Hotel & Resort, Cozumel Mexico
  • USTA Safe Play Certified
  • Jr Excellence Program Alumni
  • Speaks Spanish, English and French

Gregg Baker

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

gregg.baker2@gmail.com

  • 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

brianr@tucsonracquetclub.com

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

Ravi Bhat

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

ravi-bhat@outlook.com

  • 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

scholl.gary@yahoo.com
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

Patricia Rodriguez

Tennis Coach
At TRC since 2022
Hometown: Brasilia, Brasil
Education: University of Richmond, VA

prodriguez6819@gmail.com
Former Tennis Pro @ San Francisco Tennis Club, Balboa Park Tennis Club/San Diego, and more. Played collegiate tennis for University of Richmond, VA, and professional tour in South America. Patricia is coming back to coaching (part-time) after pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science, and teaching in college.

Fun Fact: Patricia played doubles with our very own Coach Gregg Baker's sister, Stephanie at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.

  • San Francisco Tennis Club 1993-1995
  • Rancho Colorado Tennis Club, Lafayette, CA 1995-1999
  • Balboa Tennis Club, San Diego 2000-2001
  • Santa Barbara City Courts 2002-2006
  • Ellis Hollow Community Center, Ithaca NY 2007-2009

Adult Tennis Clinic COVID-19 POLICIES

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
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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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