Staff Profiles


Teaching Professionals

Tennis Staff

Tiago Ferreira Durant, Oklahoma Asst. Tennis Director
Collegiate tennis player at Southeastern Oklahoma State University; was ranked #25 in the nation for all NCAA DII players. Former #1 ranked player in Portugal at the age of 16. Has experience teaching lessons and clinics to children of various ages and abilities. Tiago is the man; a star instructor at camp and a top tennis teaching pro.

Zack Sude Santa Barbara, CA Asst. Tennis Director
Returning for his 14th Laurel summer and seventh on tennis staff. All-state tennis player in high school. Currently teaching private tennis lessons through local after school program in Santa Barbara. Zack has become a mainstay at Laurel tennis and is a true camp personality. His on-court tennis lessons are second to none.

Bella Bonadonna Ames, IA Tennis Teaching Pro
Represents the Big 12 conference playing collegiately for the Iowa State Cyclones. Accounting major with aspirations to return for a Master’s. More than 15 years of tennis experience. Welcome to 04355, Bella!

Patrick Cameron Cambridge, New Zealand Tennis Teaching Pro
Current #1 singles and #1 doubles player for the Emporia State University Hornets. Has been playing tennis since he was seven. Coach at local junior tennis club and Grass Hopper tennis. Also enjoys rugby and basketball. Excited to return for summer #2. Great tennis instructor!!


Tennis Staff

Sam Axel New York, NY
Sophomore and collegiate club tennis player at Lehigh University. Grew up in the upper east side of Manhattan; captained his varsity high school team at the Bronx High School of Science. Experienced tennis instructor, taught private lessons in his community. Also coaches youth flag football teams in the city. Spent eight summers as a camper in Pennsylvania; thinks there’s is no more valuable experience. We agree. Welcome, Sam.

Trey Barker St. Louis, MO
Four year varsity tennis player in high school; starts for Maryville University DII team. More than 10 years playing experience and five years coaching. Very involved with his local youth group teaching tennis lessons and being a general counselor. Also a classically trained pianist, Trey does it all!

Jesse Brace Storm Lake, IA
All-state singles and doubles player in high school before sustaining an injury. Came back stronger to play #2 singles and #1 doubles for Buena Vista University. Volunteer with his local community education department and coach for community youth tennis. Says one of his biggest passions is working with kids. We can’t wait to see you in Maine, Jesse.

Dylan Jones Piedmont, AL
A true student of the game; has taken classes on the strategies and intricacies of tennis at Jacksonville State University. Experienced player, played competitively through high school. Previous camp counselor for five summers and local tutor. Frequent volunteer at the Boys and Girls club.

Tyler Kilambi Fayetteville, AR
Vice president of the club tennis team at University of Arkansas. Senior mechanical engineering major, will be going to grad school in the fall. Captain and #1 singles player for three years in high school. More than 10 years of competitive playing experience. Welcome to the Laurel family, Tyler!

Curtis Martin Longview, TX
Senior captain of the collegiate tennis team at LeTourneau University in Texas; also a starter on their competitive men’s volleyball team. Experienced instructor, has taught tennis lessons at LeTourneau tennis camp the past three summers. Previous physical educator for local high school through his Kinesiology major.

Steven Masciale Bay Shore, NY
Three-time qualifier of the USTA Collegiate Nationals with a top 10 finish. USTA star since the age of 10. Two-time all county singles player in high school. Eighteen years of tennis experience. Also a talented instructor, taught lessons to kids ages three to 13. A great addition to Laurel tennis.

Tennis Staff

Katie Mishanec Commerce Township, MI
Collegiate club tennis player at Michigan State University. Former instructor at the Sportsclub of West Bloomfield. Captain of her varsity tennis team all four years of high school. Loves helping kids gain a passion for the game. Welcome, Katie!

Vitor Oliveira Lubbock, TX
Former collegiate player and teammate of star instructor Tiago Ferreira at Ouachita Baptisa. Also played professionally. Current Master’s student at Texas Tech University. Five years of teaching experience with kids of all ages. Looking forward to sharing his energy and enthusiasm with Laurel campers.

Amanda Pra Sisto Pompton Lakes, NJ
Captain of the collegiate club team at Siena University; plays #1 singles and doubles. Four year varsity tennis player in high school, was ranked #3 in the county as a senior. Spent three years teaching tennis clinics through the town of Pompton Lakes. We’re thrilled to have Amanda with us this summer!

Steph Prats Odessa, TX
Number one ranked tennis player in Mexico City. Plays collegiately for DII University of Texas, Permian Basin. Many years of experience teaching tennis and coaching with the ATDF. Also a veteran babysitter for numerous local families in Odessa. Known for her sweet and bubbly personality.

Nuno Rocha Lorman, MS
Another Tiago Ferreira affiliate, grew up training together in Portugal. Current #5 singles and #2 doubles player for the DI Alcorn State Braves. Volunteer tennis coach and instructor at Vicksburg high school in Missouri. Can’t wait to help the kids improve their skills both on and off the court.

Eugenia Sanchez Odessa, TX
Teammate of Steph Prats’ at University of Texas, Permian Basin. Plays #2 singles and #1 doubles. Previously a member of the Cameron University women’s team where she won a conference championship, regional championship and regular season title. Has years of tennis teaching experience and has worked as a counselor at a day camp in Venezuela. Welcome to the team, Eugenia!

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