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Scott Spearman

Director of Tennis

(949) 786-3000

sms@spearmanclubs.com

 

Scott is a certified USPTA Tennis Professional and took lessons from legendary coach Robert Lansdorp. He played junior tournaments, held SCTA junior rankings and played junior team tennis.  He went to Palos Verdes High School and was Captain of his tennis team. Scott played for Div II Chapman University, and his team was NCAA finalist in 1986. Scott graduated from USC in 1990, and has been working 21 years full time in the club business. His wife Suzanne is an avid player, and his children and step children are also tennis players and involved in RCI’s Junior Program. Please contact Scott for lesson and clinic information, Jr. Programs, JTT, summer camps, tournaments, activities, USTA adult leagues, and all leagues offered at RCI.

 

Mike Thoeresz

Assistant Director of Tennis

(503) 310-9602 (cell)

mike@spearmanclubs.com

 

Mike Thoeresz was a top nationally ranked junior. He went on to receive an Athletic Scholarship to Portland State University before transferring to the University of Redlands where he was a Three time All-American. After graduating Mike spent three years coaching at the college level before he began running the junior tennis program/academy at the Palisades Tennis Center (PTC). At PTC Mike worked with beginners though top nationally ranked juniors including Blue Chip recruits: Robbie Bellamy (USC), TJ Pura (Duke), Garrett Auproux (SLO), and Michael Genender (still in juniors). Mike also loves working with beginner and intermediate players and developing them into champions. His tennis teaching philosophy is high energy with a focus on the fundamentals: stroke production, footwork, balance, developing mental toughness and creating a fun and positive atmosphere!!

 

Jason Strother
Head Tennis Professional
(949) 861-0889 (cell)
jsbeanpole@msn.com

 

Jason has been at the Racquet Club of Irvine for the past 25 years and has been the Head of Tennis Professional for 23 years.  He is also a USPTA certified professional and a member of the Head Advisory staff.  Prior to coming to the Racquet Club of Irvine he played for UC Riverside where he was nationally ranked in singles and doubles for 3 years.  Jason has worked with some of the top internationally ranked wheelchair tennis players.  Over the years, he has also worked with new players of all ages, 3 ˝ to 85, on basic stroke and footwork fundamentals.  He keeps his lessons fun, informative, and teaches the concept of “keep it simple”.  Jason sees that many players make the game much more complex and harder than it needs to be.  With more competitive players, he excels in doubles strategy; as well as advanced footwork and stroke technique.  Jason teaches a classic stroke with the goal of longevity in the sport for years to come without exuberance and enthusiasm both on and off the court.  Jason teaches privates, semi-privates, and group lessons.  His students find their clinics very productive because Jason keeps his clinics at a 4 to 1 student/ration.  Jason is married to RCI personal trainer Nicola Strother, who is also a Pat Etcheberry Certified speed, quickness, and agility coach.

Allan Iverson

(949) 466-4954 (cell)

 

I love tennis.  Starting from the first time striking a tennis ball until now, it feels great to hit the tennis ball.  This lead to a passion for all things tennis, from teaching to tennis equipment, I enjoy it all.  I played number one at my high school and all 4 years at Christ College of Irvine.  For the past 25 years I have taught tennis.  I have had a USPTA P-1 for over 20 years, named “pro of my region” in 2011.  I am have had a keen interest in tennis equipment and have been involved in running tennis pro shops for over 20 years.  This experience helped me to attain a job with Babolat as a territory rep in Southern California. My availability is Friday nights and weekends and I am interested in someone who wants to improve and have a greater enjoyment of tennis.

Donna Ewing
(949) 285-4357

 

Donna Ewing has been a teaching professional at the Racquet Club of Irvine since 1999.  She played tennis for Cal Poly Pomona during the 1990 and 1991 tennis season. Donna is a two-time All American, and she held a #1 national ranking in doubles for both years.  In 1990, she was a doubles semi-finalist in the NCAA Division 2 National Championships, and a finalist in the 1991 National Championships.  Donna believes that tennis is a great sport for everyone, and she strives to make the learning process fun. She teaches the Great Start Tennis Program at RCI: a 4-week free lesson series for beginning tennis players.

 

She also teaches group classes, private and semi-private lessons for both adults and children.

Kevin Jackson
(949) 378-2071 (cell)

 

Coach Kevin Jackson first came to the Racquet Club of Irvine 13 years ago when he was hired as a night manager. It wasn’t long until Coach Kevin became a permanent fixture as a teaching pro at RCI. After making a name for himself as a collegiate doubles champion and now coach, Coach Kevin has sharpened the skills of hundreds of players from CIF champions to ATP and WTA hopefuls.  USPTA Certified, Coach Kevin has an innovative, attention to details approach to the game. A firm believer in discipline, Coach Kevin’s personal philosophy is a belief in a commitment to perfection.  By believing in and committing to his training system, players have improved by leaps and bounds going from first round flukes to final round finishers.  Players in the Kaveon Tennis Program come ready to work hard the entire time they are on the court with Coach Kevin and his staff.  Based on the value system of believe, commit and perfect, Coach Kevin founded Kaveon Tennis in 2009. The coaching experience you receive from Coach Kevin will challenge your physical fitness, technical skills and your mental toughness.  If you are looking for a total tennis specialist Coach Kevin Jackson is able and willing to help take your game to a new level.

Bernie Mitton
(714) 612-1516

Bernie is RCI's on-site tennis legend, with wins over Borg, Ashe, Connors, Nastase, McEnroe and others.  Bernie won two singles and numerous doubles titles.  He represented South Africa in the Orange Bowl in 1971-1972.  His successes includes winning the South Africa Junior title, South Africa Closed title and the Davis Cup.  Bernie was previously the Director of Tennis at Rancho San Clemente Tennis & Fitness Club, as well as the Head Tennis Professional at Newport Beach Tennis Club. 

Sean Abdollahi

(213) 909-6211

seanabdo@gmail.com

 

Sean Abdali has been serving the Spearman Clubs as a teaching pro for 2 years. Sean was on the WTA tour for many years before getting married to his wife and decided to settle down in her home town area of Orange County. He is fresh off the tour, worked with some of the finest players. He is looking forward to exposing players to the latest methods of modern coaching, specializing in footwork. He has helped develop dozens of champions ranging in age and level. He has transformed countless number of players today making marks in professional and college tennis. Sean is eager to show juniors and adults how to move better on a tennis court, my introducing a tennis specific footwork training group workout, SMART MOVE SYSTEM (SMS). Further. Sean has introduced a one of kind little kids program, Grand Slam Institute with partnership with the Le Petite Tennis of France and methodology of Spartak School of tennis in Moscow, Russia. The program has earned high marks and has become the most desired program to participate in for young kids.

 

Nick Bollettieir (Tennis Legend) on Sean:   “His passion and dedication to work with and to develop young athletes to professionals is like none other. He has a magnificent knowledge of the sport of Tennis and a track record to back it up."  You can contact Sean Abdali at (949) 415-8366  seanabdali@gmail.com

 

Jamie D'Agostini

(203) 253-6739

Jrdags@yahoo.com

Born and raised in Connecticut, Jamie has recently relocated to Southern California.   Two times CT State Doubles champion, Jamie was a top 10 ranked Jr. in USTA/New England, and played Division 1 college tennis at University of Hartford.   He has been a teaching pro for the last 12 yrs., working extensively with USTA and Club Ladies’ teams as well as ranked juniors.   Jamie's teaching style is "high energy"and he's passionate about growing the game for every level of Adult and Junior players.  

 

 

 

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