Staff

Our carefully selected and highly qualified staff is compromised of former campers, college students, teachers, and professionals, who are trained to be outstanding role models.

  • Over 90% of staff returns yearly for all programs.
  • Our average staff age is 25
  • 80% of our staff have teaching degrees certified K through 12 in different areas of expertise
  • BTA has over 90% of our staff returning from previous years
  • We do it all at BTA!

Shelly Mars, Director

Shelly has been involved in organizing and running adult and junior tennis programs since 1990. As director of the Brookline Tennis Academies, Shelly oversees a day camp for children ages 3-16 years of age, weekend camps for adults, private and semi-private lessons, and group lessons for both adults and juniors during the spring, summer and fall months. Prior to the Brookline Tennis Academy, Shelly was the director of the Brookline Recreation Tennis Program, a program she created, developed and operated from the summer of 1984 through the spring of 2006.

Shelly’s coaching experience also includes two years of NCAA Varsity Men’s and Women’s tennis teams for Newbury College.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and Adaptive Physical Education

New York Teacher Certification, K-12

United States Professional Tennis Association Certified, Elite Pro

USTA Member since 2006

Professional Ski Instructors Association Alpine Certified, Level 1

Played top-level Division III Collegiate Varsity Tennis

Rodrigo Mendez, Head Pro, USPTR Level 1

Rodrigo Mendez is one of the most dedicated, responsible and motivated teaching professionals in the New England area. He brings twenty years of experience instructing players of all ages and different abilities. He is able to conduct private and group lessons for all abilities to both children and adults. Coaching experience also includes two years of NCAA Varsity Men’s and Women’s tennis teams for Suffolk University. Rodrigo has also been the Sports Director for the Ward After-School program since 1994.

Timothy Songer USPTR/USPTA certified

Timothy comes to Brookline Tennis Academy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He was a Head Pro at Easton Tennis Club, a Head Pro at Weston Tennis Club and worked as a tennis teaching pro at Boston Sports Club (BSC) Newton, Waltham Athletic Club (WAC). Most recently, Tim worked as Head Pro for City of Newton over 18 years. Tim’s style of coaching blends technique/stroke based drills balanced with game based drills to make a well rounded tennis player all the while motivating the student to become the best version of themselves whether it be kids or adults.

Yvonne Murphy

Yvonne is an extremely dedicated tennis instructor bringing over 15 years of coaching experience to the Brookline Tennis Academy. Her passionate and analytical approach to coaching with an emphasis on fundamentals allows for novice and advanced players alike to move at their own pace and improve their level of play. Whether molding children or motivating adults Yvonne’s ultimate goal is the same: instill a love for the game of tennis, discover the joys of community and inspire her students’ desire to reach new heights on the court, and beyond.

Matthias C. Muendel

Matthias Muendel has been involved with the Brookline Tennis Academy since he was six years old, starting as a camper then taking lessons throughout high school. He began teaching tennis over four years ago and infuses his lessons and camp sessions with passion and plenty of teaching experience. Matthias continues to improve his game and enjoy his love of tennis by playing in tournaments and taking lessons.

Junior Academy Counselors
The Junior Academy staff is a talented group of Counselors that have grown up being a camper with the Brookline Tennis Academy. These Counselors understand our approach to teaching, understand the daily schedule and truly loved their experience with us and want to share this unique experience with our campers.