The heartbeat of The Bridges tennis programs lies in our tennis staff. Each pro brings his or her own teaching technique, experiences, talents & energy to the ‘teaching game.’ And as with any endeavor, it is one thing to do something well, and another to have the insight and skills to know how to teach it with clarity, fun and the ability to bring the best out in the student. Our pros have proven, again and again, their commitment to the art of instructing the art of tennis.
A graduate of University of Vermont, Josh was #1 in singles for three years and American East All Conference for 2 years. He started working at The Bridges in the summer of 2000 and served as Assistant Coach at UVM in 2001 & 2002. Josh is an avid snowboarder and loves music. When not on the tennis courts, he can be found riding Sugarbush in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
Seth is a native of Vermont, having grown up ski-racing and avidly playing soccer and tennis throughout his formative years here in the Mad River Valley. After graduating from Lyndon State College with a B.S. in Sports Management, Seth traveled for All American Sports, an organization providing adult & junior tennis camps throughout New England. His experiences led him to Florida’s Saddlebrook Resort tennis program, and back up north to Top Notch in Stowe. After a decade out west in California, Seth returned to Vermont tennis, and has been teaching year-round at The Bridges since 2011.
Clara started playing tennis at age 5 in her home city of Madrid, Spain. At 15, she attended Juan Carlos Ferrero’s Academy in Alicante, Spain. Ranked 39th in Spain, Clara choose to attend Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Georgia, where she has been named Most Valuable Player twice by the athletic department. Clara is a two times Conference Champion (2012 & 2013) and a two times National Champion (2012 & 2013). This is Clara’s second summer at The Bridges.
Charlie hails from Greenwich, Connecticut and has been teaching tennis for 25 years. He began his collegiate career at Ohio University, but traded racquets for skis and moved to the Rockies before returning to Ohio U to complete his degree. Charlie is a USPTA certified pro and has taught throughout the country. He still plays competitively and finished 2012 ranked #26 in the 40+ division. Charlie lives in Warren with a non-compliant corgi named Daisy.
From Brazil, Giulia is currently attending East Tennessee State University when not in Vermont in the summertime. She started playing tennis at eleven, and discovered a taste for competing at fourteen. After playing National and International tournaments throughout South America, Giulia came to the states at seventeen to play while working toward her undergraduate degree in business management. This is Giulia’s second summer here at The Bridges.
Sofia Espana Perez
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Sofia came the United States in 2010. After competing at Ohio Dominican University for two years, she transferred to East Tennessee State University, graduating in May 2014 with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Sofia looks forward to working towards her master in sports psychology.