A Certified English Teacher and College Scholar-athlete who sported a 27-6 singles record at the #1 position for Mt. St. Mary College men’s tennis team, Matt is a master at balancing work and school, with competitive sports. Matt believes that service to others is his walk of choice. Enthusiasm, knowledge and mentoring with energy is my passion. He is most proud of his college players; who excel in the classroom and on the court. In his spare time, Matt is an avid reader and writer as well as a big New York Knicks fan. Expect to sweat and work hard, but also critically think when you come take a lesson!
Kristina started playing tennis at the age of 6 in her hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria. She won many national titles in different age groups. Kristina played number one position for UNLV singles and doubles, and in 2010 was named UNLV Sportswoman of the year. Kristina has various experiences and loves helping players at all levels. She is quite detailed in her work and strives to push players to reach their best. In her spare time she likes to bake, watch HGTV and design the house of her dreams…. in her dreams
Jacqueline M. Laird
Jacqui was an all-around athlete in high school and played varsity basketball at Tufts University. She fell in love with tennis as a young lieutenant in the Army in Texas. Jacqui has always had a passion for living a healthy lifestyle, and teaching tennis lets her share her love of tennis and health. She is proud of her 10 years of active duty in the Army, especially her final assignment on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jacqui’s lessons embrace the correct movement, proper skills, positive reinforcement, and a love of the game.
USPTA Elite Professional
Andreas was introduced to tennis at the age of 8 by his parents. He also played soccer, but it was soon eclipsed by his love for tennis. His most proud accomplishment is raising his two children. They’ve taught him to run towards what you fear and to focus only on what you can control. In his spare time, Andreas likes to watch Professional Wrestling and movies… he’s a fountain of useless movie quotes and trivia. Andreas enjoys breaking down and teaching the fundamentals of stroke production. Having over 18 years of tennis teaching experience, he can spot and fix weaknesses in your game quickly and easily.
Tennis Staff Professional
Fitness and Wellness Director
Jane got hooked on tennis one day in middle school gym class. Leading her to play DI college tennis at the University of Delaware. She is very proud to be a part of the all-time longest team winning streak as a Blue Hen (44 wins in a row) and she still holds the 8th spot with the most doubles wins in the school’s history. She brings her high energy to the court and makes everyone “smile and breath”. In her spare time, she loves to cook healthy foods for her family at home despite their cries. Jane is also our Health and Fitness Director here at Sportsplex.
USPTA Master Professional
0-20 his freshman year in college followed by a 21-1 record his sophomore year and named all-region player. Mark clearly knows what it takes to lose and win. That alone sets him apart from most coaches. His ability to relate to a person’s own sports mortality gives him an edge that helps every student improve quickly and efficiently. Mark helps players understand that one should play smart, dig deep, and do things fundamentally correct. Mark is as funny as he is serious making for a unique blend of teaching.
USPTA Elite Professional
He grabbed the racket at age of 21. The game became a career. Played college tennis all four years! Like his students, he learned quickly and so do his students. Loves empowering and seeing growth. Two things you get from every lesson – fast improvement and faster humorous quips that are truly quotable.
Nick has been teaching tennis for 10 years. He is proud to be in his 10th season at Sportsplex. A student of the game by nature and by hard work, no one focuses like Nick. He has an uncanny ability to see and get to every ball makes him the envy of every club player. “I get to play a sport that I love and I get to help others enjoy the same passion. Nick loves to compete in everything we call tennis, from local events and socials to USTA teams and USTA Tournaments. In 2017, Nick attained the 5.0 NTRP rating