MEET THE PROS

OUR PROS

The entire MRC staff has a passion for tennis and commitment to the club and community. We are committed to providing the highest level of instruction and quality programs anywhere else in the area. Our professional and friendly staff is here to provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere! 

 

Interested in lessons or clinics? Our talented staff of pro's are ready to take on anything from the true beginners to most advanced. Call or stop by the front desk to sign up and check availability.

MATT CUSACK

AMY READ

HEAD PRO

JUNIOR TENNIS COORDINATOR

Matt graduated from West Conn where he captained the soccer and tennis teams winning numerous accolades. He has been at MRC since 2008, is certified at the professional level by USPTR and has over 18 years teaching experience. Matt is also the Director of Tennis at Ridgewood country club in Danbury.

Amy has been a USTA captain for 13 years  and led MRC's 4.5 team to Nationals in 2009. She was also USTA New England Sportsmanship Award Recipient in 2011. Amy is certified by PTR  at the professional level and has 12 years of teaching experience. In her spare time, she is on the New England Senior Tennis Foundation 

Board of Directors.

MAX BERRY

RICHARD MAKEPEACE

TEACHING PRO

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Max lives in Danbury, CT and was a pro at Middlebury Racquet Club back in 2008 before transitioning into full time personal training and fitness.  Max rejoined MRC in 2021 and it is great to have him back on the team.  Max played in college (Division 3, number 1 singles & doubles) and has competed in national Men’s Open USTA tournaments after college.  Max is a certified personal trainer which allows him to bring a unique mix of tennis skills, fitness knowledge & mental toughness to his students."It’s my mission to ensure that you get your heart pumping, learn something new, and have fun each & every tennis session together. Let’s do this!"

Richard has been with MRC since 2001, and has more than 18 years of teaching experience. He is certified by USPTA  at Level 1 and by PTR at the professional level. He is an ATP Tournament Qualifier as well as a USTA National High Performance Coach. Richard is the proud father of two sons, Ryan and Eric.

KRETE RUGGIERO

KATE COVIELLO

TEACHING PRO

TEACHING PRO

Krete originally hails from Tallinn, Estonia. She was ranked the #2 junior player in Estonia and played in USTA’s League Tennis Nationals in 2011 & 2012. She is certified by PTR at the professional level and completed a PTR training for 10 & Under Tennis. She also has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Kate originally hails from Sheffield, England. She works for MRC part-time but has been a valued member for 10 years. Kate has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught pre-school for 19 years. Kate also coached middle school tennis for 3 years and completed the USTA School Tennis Program. She currently plays on four USTA teams.

STEPHANIE KENT

JOE ALVORD

TEACHING PRO

TEACHING PRO

Joe grew up in Southbury, CT and learned to play at MRC before becoming one of our Teaching Pros. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Post University where he also captains the tennis team. He is PTR certified at the professional level and has 5 years of teaching experience. In the summer he is the Assistant Pro at Ridgewood Country Club.

Stephanie joins us as a current touring player on the WTA circuit. She maintains current  international rankings of 260 in doubles and 570

in singles on the ITF World Tennis Tour. She was ranked #1 in New England before being recruited to Cornell, where she earned the MVP Award her freshman year. She then transferred to Yale and received a BS in Psychology which aids her in understanding the psyche of her players. 

JANET DOOLEY

TEACHING PRO

In her early 20’s, Janet immigrated to America from the Republic of Ireland in pursuit of following a tennis career. Since then, she has earned dozens of nationally recognized tennis champion titles. In addition to playing on apersonal level, she has always worked in various settings where she has coached upcoming players. As an American who was once an immigrant, she shares a desire to create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds.
Throughout her 20 years of tennis coaching, she has specialized in developing the playing abilities of youth girls and boys of all backgrounds. Her goal on the court has always been to create an inclusive culture that embodies respect and team building. Creating a respectful learning environment on the court is just as important as empowering young people off the court by means of encouraging positive social interactions.