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Tennis Staff

Paulo Cressio Sao Paulo, Brazil Tennis Teaching Pro
Paulo returns for summer #3 and we’re thrilled! Coached by Tennis Director Gus in his younger years, Paulo instructed with Gus in Brazil as well. His energy, enthusiasm and love for tennis is unrivaled. We’re so lucky to have him with us and to welcome back Paulo in 2019.

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Rachel Ahlmeyer Morris Plains, NJ
Rachel captained Springfield College’s varsity tennis team and majors in movement and sports. A seasoned youth tennis coach, she’s also instructed swimming and worked as a day camp counselor. Welcome to the Laurel courts, Rachel!

Erik Antonacci Bolton Valley, VT
A Colby Sawyer junior and varsity tennis team member, Erik has instructed youth and adult tennis at fitness centers, sports camps and yacht clubs. Lettered in tennis, basketball and soccer in high school. Excited to see Erik’s tennis experience this summer.

Devon Bourget Eau Claire, WI
Devon plays tennis for Luther College and earned all-conference doubles her freshman year. Named conference player of the week as a sophomore. National honor society member. Devon is the perfect fit for Laurel tennis.

Logan Cayton Emporia, KS
Logan returns to the Laurel courts for summer #2. His father is the head coach of a college program, and Logan is an experienced coach in his own right at the high school level. Welcome back, Logan. He’s a winner on and off the courts.

Shelby Cook Cedar Rapids, IA
Shelby plays tennis and is an education major at Luther College. That’s our kind of combo! She’s a STEM mentor, community tennis coach and helped run a sports camp last summer. We know you’re going to love your first Maine summer, Shelby!

Mason Durbin Louisville, KY
An Eastern Kentucky University junior, Mason played two varsity seasons for EKU’s tennis team. A passionate youth coach, Mason has three years’ experience at Louisville Tennis Club. Thrilled to have Mason on our team and on the hardcourts.

Jonah Jurick New York City, NY
A camper for seven summers and member of the UPENN tennis team, Jonah returns to his summer home. Captained The Bronx High School of Science varsity tennis team and earned an MVP award. Jonah grew up honing his skills on the Laurel hardcourts and can’t wait to give back. He has a great love for tennis and all-things-Laurel. His sister, Eden, grew up through the Laurel ranks and returns as a counselor in 2019.

Luiz Maia Recife, Brazil
Emporia State freshman Luiz heard the Laurel buzz from teammate Logan Cayton and couldn’t resist the opportunity. A seasoned youth coach, Luiz played tennis around the world in his youth. He follows in the footsteps of our longstanding Brazilian tennis greats.

Ryan Ortega Winona, MN
Ryan competes on Luther’s tennis team and was a three-time sectional champion in Minnesota. Coached both recreational tennis and private lessons. A youth mentor off the court and national honor society member, Ryan is sure-fire winner in Laurel tennis.

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Rachel Penner Albuquerque, NM
An Oklahoma University freshman, Rachel captained her high school tennis team and lettered all four years. She’s coached children from elementary through high school and served as assistant coach for a middle school team. Thrilled to have Rachel’s positivity, warmth and tennis know-how.

Peyton Smith Azle, TX
Peyton is a USPTA certified pro and previously played Division II tennis. He’s coached at two country clubs and loves instructing youth tennis. Stephen F. Austin University senior studying kinesiology. We’re excited to welcome Peyton!

Julia Yamate Geminiano de Alemida Sao Paulo, Brazil
A member of William Jewell’s tennis team, Julia found Laurel through Tennis Director Gus and Tennis Pro Paulo. Earned academic all-conference freshman year. Experienced babysitter and tennis coach, we can’t wait for Julia to experience Laurel for herself!

Adam Guo Redmond, WA
Adam plays tennis at Middlebury College and was part of the national championship team in 2018. An accomplished coach, he’s been teaching private lessons and competitive group clinics for three years. Excited to see what Adam’s serving up this summer at Laurel.

Ray Strunk Wichita, KS
How about this? A senior at Wichita State, Ray is the state of Kanas’ youngest high school head tennis coach. He competed in the 2017 NJCAA national tournament and was a tennis pro for a local club. Pumped to have Ray on the Laurel courts this summer.

Bryce Livingston Columbia, MS
Bryce competed in the NJCAA national tournament this year and is transferring to play and study nursing at Belhaven University. He’s coached group and private lessons for five years. Bryce worked at a Nike tennis camp for four summers before joining Laurel in 2019.

Justin Samples Atlanta, GA
Justin graduated Morehouse College where he captained the tennis team and played #1 singles and doubles. Coached with a prestigious tennis academy in Georgia. Justin’s worked and volunteered as a student leader and mentor for middle schoolers. Welcome, Justin.

Aaron Burdine Texarkana, AR
Aaron’s a Texas A&M senior on their varsity tennis team. He’s instructed tennis of all levels through country clubs, A&M’s summer clinics, private lessons and day camps. Can’t wait to see what Aaron’s serving up on the Laurel courts this summer!

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