Staff Bios

Senior Staff

 


coacheddieEddie Gilmore – Senior Coach – DE & PA
Born and raised in Greensboro North Carolina, Eddie played just about every sport as a child with one notable exception – tennis. To make up for “lost time,” as a young adult, Eddie began his tennis odyssey as both a player and coach lasting now for over thirty years. His realization was simple – give kids a passion for the game early in their lives and it will last forever! His enthusiasm and love for this sport is obvious and draws much admiration by those in his presence.

As an accomplished coach, Eddie is a long standing Professional Instructor (PTR certified) and Recreational Coach (USTA certified). His skills are especially grounded in developmental tennis programs for youth, including, his experiences as Director of Youth Summer Tennis Camps, Ambassador, Carnival, and several after school programs. Recently received Coach of the Year  Delaware & USTA Middle States.  His development approach in the fundamentals of the game, along with his vast experience and infectious personality, makes it easy for children to learn and love the sport of tennis.


Coach-BobBob Bratcher – Senior Coach

If there are kids playing tennis you’re likely to find Coach Bob. His love of the game began from teaching his granddaughter and continued ever since with Day Camps for the Wilmington Tennis Foundation, USTA after school programs, Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association, Wilmington Parks & Recreation, and serving as Director of the Berks Regional Tennis Association.

Coach Bob is a Certified PTR instructor, USPTA Developmental Coach, and perpetual student of the game having attended many USTA, USPTA and PTR clinics, seminars and coaching workshops.

Coach Bob reminds all of us that this game is truly a lifetime sport having recently become a National Champion by winning the Mens National 75 yr olds singles title and a finalist in the 70s doubles at the American Tennis Association National Championships held in Miami, Florida this past summer.


Jared Klose – Senior Coach

Jared Klose earned his USPTA certification at just 23 years of age, but his love for tennis started much earlier.  Introduced to the game by his father when he was six-years-old, Jared’s passion for tennis has grown ever since.  He now derives great pleasure not only from playing the game, but from teaching it to others.  Jared has worked with pure beginners, intermediates and advanced players of all ages, ranging all the way up to top-ranked juniors and high-caliber high school players.  As a multi-sport scholar who excelled at soccer as a boy and ran track at Wake Forest University, Jared’s coaching style instills principles that carry well beyond the tennis court.

Jared has received high praise for his work as a racquets professional at prestigious clubs in Northern Virginia and Delaware including McLean Racquet & Health Club, Westwood Country Club and Greenville Country Club.  He twice led players to the Regional Tournament while coaching at his Virginia high school alma mater, Langley High School.  A Delaware resident since 2006, Jared has sculpted some of the region’s top tennis players through the USTA-sanctioned Competition Training Center (CTC) program at Brandywine Racquet Club.  Finally, Jared was honored as Coach of Year for Delaware in 2014


Nicole.website bio Nicole Welding – Senior Coach
Raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nicole began playing tennis at the age of 5, and began playing competitive USTA junior tournaments in the state at age 9. Her love for the game grew and she was offered a scholarship to play Division I tennis at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Nicole played on the team all 4 years and holds the university’s record for wins at the #5 position from her freshman year. She then went on to play #1 for the team both her junior and senior year.

However, Nicole says, “I enjoy tennis the most when I am able to instill a love for the sport in others, especially children.” Nicole began teaching tennis about 15 years ago in Florida where she taught children, juniors, and adults. After college, she attended various USTA workshops and played on USTA teams. Once she moved to Wilmington a few years ago, she began teaching children and adults for the USTA and now MyServe. She finds MyServe to be an excellent program that she wishes they had when she was teaching in Florida. Currently, Nicole is a teacher in the Brandywine School District where she hopes to keep improving her teaching skills off the court as well.


Liz Hetzer Bio PhotoLiz Hetzer- Senior Coach – New Jersey
Born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, Liz was introduced to tennis at the age of 5 by her parents who were active players during the mid seventies. Taking to the sport immediately, Liz began competing in both interclub and sanctioned USTA tournaments, achieving state and sectional rankings. In high school, Liz competed at #1 singles and became a four-year standout in singles and doubles for the University of New Hampshire. In her senior year, she was elected Captain and earned all New England conference honors.

Liz began her teaching career as an Assistant Instructor for the Oakland Hill Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI. During her summers, while still in college, Liz furthered her coaching skills as a Tennis Instructor/camp counselor for Windridge Tennis Camp in Jeffersonville VT. The summer going into her senior year, Liz took her teaching skills to Nantucket Island leading the programs at the Jetties Beach tennis courts. Following college, Liz was able to combine her love of tennis with her natural sales skills working as a sales rep. for Nike Inc.

Today Liz continues to stay active in the sport by competing on USTA Leagues, attending coaching workshops, and running a highly successful after school program in Gloucester County NJ. Liz is a resident of Wenonah, NJ, and mother of two young children, ages 5 and 7. MyServe was the perfect fit to bring her passion and love of sport to others – especially young children!

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