In addition to his role as a Course Facilitator for the OTA, Arthur is a Certified Club Pro 2 and Club Pro 3 Candidate with Tennis Canada. He is also a Wheelchair Tennis Certified Coach and a Certified Cardio Tennis Instructor. He is a member of the Tennis Professionals Association and is also a PTR certified professional (since 1999). He has been a Tennis Professional at the Ottawa Athletic Club, a Tennis Development Centre (TDC) since 1999, and has coached national level players. He is also the official Physiotherapist and a coach for the Noble Tennis School.
In addition, he is a clinical manager and owns two locations with Professional Physiotherapy Centres in Ottawa and is a Certified Active Release Technique (ART) Provider and a member of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada since 2000.
Arthur is heavily involved in the grass roots program for Junior Development. He founded the Professional Tennis Institute (PTI) in 1992, is the Head Pro of four community clubs in the Ottawa area since 1994 and runs a successful summer camp at Mt Ste Marie (since 2004). Arthur also received prestigious recognition from Stanford's Who's Who, an organization that empowers executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs around the world whose mission is to recognize successful individuals in multiple industries.
Scott is a fully certified Coach 2 and Club Pro 3 as well as being a member of both the Tennis Professionals Association and the Professional Registry. He is also a Master Racquet Technician (U.S.R.S.A.). He has been involved with the certification system since 2004.
Scott's tennis career started with a part-time position in a summer camp and has taken him from community tennis clubs to season clubs to private clubs. He now holds the position of Racquets Director at the Fitness Institute in Willowdale.
Scott has managed to make a career out of his pastime. He has been featured in the Toronto Star and Toronto Life Magazine once deemed his programs "Best in the City". His love for tennis and teaching can be seen every time he steps on court.
Jean is a fully certified Level 3 Coach and a current member of the Coaching Association of Ontario as well as the newly established Tennis Professionals Association. She has been a Course Facilitator for the past 10 years and is involved in both the development and implementation of the coaching certification program at the Instructor Level. Jean's love for tennis can be seen in her enthusiasm and dedication to coaching development and grassroots initiatives at the local and provincial level; certification courses are just one way that she gives back to the sport that has provided her with much success and enjoyment (in fact, Jean met her husband on the tennis courts).
Jean's career in tennis began in Scarborough at Heron Park Tennis Club, where, as a junior competitor, she was ranked provincially and nationally. She still enjoys competitive play, and participates in daytime and evening inter-club leagues as well as O35 Senior provincial tournaments. Her professional career in tennis spans some 25 years; he breadth of involvement has helped many aspiring juniors attain university scholarships while at the same time encouraging newcomers to the sport to develop their skills and to integrate successfully into their club environments.
Jean also has a strong sense of community involvement and, among many positions, has volunteered on the executive of her local community summer club; in addition, she has assisted in hosting numerous provincial and national events, including several U14 Junior Nationals events and at the Ontario Summer Games ('94). A Head Tennis Professional many times over throughout the province, Jean is now a full-time mother. She, and her husband Rob, now have two wonderful girls (who share their parents' love of sport and the outdoors, if not yet for tennis).
N.B. Jean was recognized in February 2011 by Tennis Canada with a special Course Facilitator Award for her consistent demonstration of excellence in the area of facilitating certification courses in Canada.
Brian is a fully certified Club Pro 2/Coach 1. He is a member of the Coaching Association of Canada as well as the Tennis Professional Association. He has been involved in the certification program since 2003 and has been a Course Facilitator for the past 4 years. Brian grew up playing and teaching at the family orientated Southampton Tennis Club, one of North America's largest not for profit clubs.
He played junior tennis both in Ontario and the U.S. achieving Top 20 provincial and state rankings. Brian has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and coaching all levels of players, in 4 different countries, at a variety of private, commercial and community clubs and resorts.
Brian was the Head Professional at the Southampton Tennis Club for 6 years and the Assistant Director of Tennis at Timberlane Athletic Club for 7 years. Combining travel and tennis has kept Brian's love of tennis alive, and being involved in the certification program allows him to give back something to sport that has given him so much.
A certified Level 3 and Club Pro 2 Coach, David is a CAC Master Learning Facilitator and Club Pro 1. For the past 5 years, he has been involved in both the development and implementation of the coaching certification program. He also serves as a curriculum consultant to Tennis Canada in coaching development and is a member of the Tennis Professional Association. David is also a charter member of the Coaches of Canada Society (ChPC).
At the 2006 TPA National Coaches Conference, David was awarded the inaugural TPA Course Facilitator of the Year for his hard work and dedication in the delivery of certification courses and the training of course facilitators across Canada. In addition, at the 2007 Coaches Association of Ontario, he was awarded of High Performance Coaching Excellence Award for dedication and excellence in his coaching career.
David's career in tennis and squash spans some 25 years, having held a variety of Tennis Professional positions in the GTA. David has twice been the OTA Provincial Coach for the Ontario Summer Games ('92, '94), he was the Ontario and Canada Winter Games Coach for Squash Ontario ('93-'95) and most recently was the Canada Games Coach for the Northwest Territories (2005).
David also strongly believes in the necessity for professionals to volunteer in sport. He was the OTA's Vice-President of Player Development from '94-'96 as well as the Instruction Editor in the inaugural year of Ontario Tennis Magazine in 1997.
David's love for teaching has extended into coaching education and professional development, both within sport and in the broader sense of pre-service teacher education. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education at OISE/UofT, with interests in curriculum, teaching, and political sociology.
David can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com
Assistant Course Facilitator Bios
Patti is a fully certified Level 3 Coach and USTA (United States Tennis Association) High Performance Coach. Patti is also a member of the Tennis Professionals Association. Patti's tennis career began in the United States where she became the Women's Tennis Coach at her Alma Mater, Florida State University. While in the United States, she served as a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Board of Directors. She has been named Metro Conference Coach of the Year, Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, Midwest Regional Coach of the Year as well as a member of the Florida State University Hall of Fame.
Many decades later, she returned home to her roots in Toronto. Presently, Patti is a teaching professional at the Toronto Cricket Club as well as the Tennis Director at Windermere Golf & Country Club in the summer. Patti is excited to be back involved in Canadian tennis and Course Facilitation of our country's up and coming teaching professionals.
Ravi is a Tennis Canada certified Club Pro 3 and also a PTR certified professional. He has been teaching tennis full time for more than 15 years. He currently works as a Senior Tennis Professional at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.
Before joining the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, six years ago, he was Director of Tennis at the tennis resort "The Inn at Manitou". He is also experienced in training high performance players during his coaching in one of India's top training academies. Ravi has recently started to work for the OTA on the course facilitation side and is an Assistant Course Facilitator.
Apprentice Course Facilitator Bios
Andrew is a certified Club Pro 1 and a member of the Tennis Professionals Association. Andrew found his passion for playing and coaching tennis through spending many summers at one of the largest seasonal not-for-profit clubs in Ontario, the Southampton Tennis Club.
Andrew played on the Brock University varsity tennis team for 4 years, earning OUA all-star recognition for 2 of them. Andrew has taught at multiple clubs in Ontario and now resides in Guelph, working in his third year as the Recreation Manager and Senior Tennis Professional at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort.
Andrew's goal while working as a coach and now as an apprentice course facilitator with the OTA, is to discover ways to make the largest impact possible with each player and coach he interacts with.
Suzie Italiano Robbins
Suzie is a certified Coach 2, Club Pro 2, a member of the TPA and is currently pursuing her Club Pro 3 certification. She has been teaching for over 12 years and is currently the Head Tennis Professional at the prestigious Mississauga Golf and Country Club. She also enjoys being involved in community tennis at Mimico Tennis Club where she runs a grass roots junior program over the summer months.
Suzie was first introduced to tennis at the age of 4 and throughout her junior career won 15 Canadian National titles. After competing on an international junior level, she went on to play professionally reaching the top 250 in the world. She graduated from the University of Southern California and is a two time All American.
Suzie recently joined the OTA as an Apprentice Course Facilitator. She is excited to be part of a great teaching team and share her enthusiasm for the sport of tennis. Off court, Suzie feels her greatest accomplishment is her family. She also shares her passion for tennis, sport, and life with her husband and 3 children.
Alek is a certified Club Pro 1. He has over 20 years playing experience and over 10 years experience as a coach. As a kid, he spent many weekends away from home competing in provincial and national tournaments. Alek has been a member of Team Ontario. He has been ranked in the top 10 in Ontario as a junior and as an adult.
He first experienced the game of tennis on the clay courts of the Cambridge Tennis Club with first coach Joey Scrivano (Head Coach of the Baylor University women's tennis team). Joey showed Alek the fun and excitment that tennis had to offer. He also learned the importance of technique, structure, and the tennis mindset from coach Harry Greenan (2002 Canadian Coach of the Year).
Alek spent 5 years as the Head Coach & Club Director at the Hespeler Tennis Club where he went full circle in the game of tennis from being a summer camp participant to running his own summer program for kids (as well as many other programs).
He currently coaches kids and adults of all ages and levels at the Ariss Tennis Center. He is excited to pass down knowledge to future coaches in Ontario.
John started playing tennis recreationally at the age of 5. He began teaching when he was 16 years of age at the St. James Community Tennis Club in Ottawa where he has been teaching for 10 years and has been playing at for more than 20 years. Since he started working there, the membership has doubled and the number of children taking lessons has almost tripled, in large part under his direction. Between December 2010 and February 2011, he completed his Club Pro 1. In 2008, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree from McGill University, where he competed on the varsity tennis team for four years.
He is recognized as one of the top players in the Ottawa region and he competes regularly in Open category tournaments. On court, he is known for his patient and analytical approach in developing players of all ages and abilities. He has a passion for teaching and playing. John's favourite tennis player is Roger Federer.