Racquet Club Tennis Pros

Mike Perrotta Specialties: Junior Tournament Training and Coaching, High Level Ladies Team Doubles.Perrotta has been with the Racquet Club as both a teaching professional and as our club manager for over 10 years. Mike previously worked at The Willows in North Andover and before that was a staple at Gold’s Gym (Previously known as Racquetime) in Danvers, MA. Mike graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, RI and attended Rhode Island College, in Providence, RI playing the number 1 singles position while there. Mike’s coaching experience is extensive having coached high school tennis at his Alma Mata and college tennis at Johnson & Wales University in Providence before coming to the North Shore and taking the position of Director of Tennis at Gold’s Gym in 1997. Mike is still active as a player occasionally participating in amateur events in his home state and charity events in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Professionally Mike teaches both Juniors and Adults and he is in charge of the T.T.A. Program (Tournament Training Academy) working closely with John Tracy forming one of the best one-two coaching punches in the North Shore Junior League and in New England today. Mike is also known for his great work with Ladies North Shore League doubles teams having been the Head Coach of many playoff and League Championship teams.

John Tracy Specialties: High Level and Ranked Junior Players, All Levels of Ladies Team Tennis Doubles PlayJohn Tracy is entering his 14th season here at the Racquet Club. John is a graduate of Triton Regional High School and attended Division 1 Northeastern University where he excelled as the school’s number 1 singles player. Before coaching at Racquet Club, John was a highly sought out teaching professional who taught at North Meadow and Indian Ridge. John has remained very active as a player and has continued his high level and successful playing career-winning tournaments such as the ABC Tournament, Loon Mountain, Haverhill Open, Yankee Homecoming, and our own Lago Bowl many times over the past years. Professionally John teaches both Juniors and Adults and is thought of as one of the best- if not the best instructors- throughout all of New England! John is an outstanding all around teacher of both singles and doubles strategy and technique and all of us here at the Racquet Club that know of John’s talent feel very fortunate to have him as our lead pro here at our club!

Kelly Ouellet Specialties: All Levels of Singles Hitting Lessons, Private and Semi Private Lessons with All LevelsKelly is entering her 29th year of service here at the Racquet Club. Kelly is a wonderful teaching professional who also tirelessly helps with the placement of current members to the correct level of teams, round robins, singles leagues and contract times and evaluates our new members so they can start their tennis experience with us at the Racquet Club in the right program at the correct level for them. Kelly is a graduate of Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Kelly was highly ranked both as a Junior and in the Women’s Open Division throughout New England. Kelly has won many events including the Yankee Homecoming, Abenaqui Country Club Tournament and was a past champion of our very own Lago Bowl. Kelly has also taught at Ipswich Country Club and at the Governor’s Academy (formerly known as Governor Dummer’s Academy) where she was known for her thorough technical private lessons and strategic doubles clinics for players of all levels and ages. Kelly is an irreplaceable staple here at the Racquet Club and there is no way to express how invaluable she is with her endless on the court and off the court efforts to keep the all of our programs running smoothly!

Sue Page Specialties: All Levels Ladies Team Tennis CoachingSue has been the heart and soul of our Ladies Teams’ here at the Racquet Club for over 25 years now. Sue joined the Racquet Club in 1974 when it first opened and really caught the tennis bug. She played for Newburyport in the Dorothy Bruno Hill league’s top division and competed for 28 years. Sue played in the USTA National Championships 3 times and also played at the US Open in the Husband & Wife Division representing New England in the Equitable Life National Tournament. In 1978 Sue was encouraged to become a tennis instructor and did so by starting the Racquet Club’s first Junior Team while also coaching at Endicott College and coaching the Amesbury High School Boys team for a total of twenty years. Sue has been the one constant since the Racquet Club opened on January 1st, 1974. She has been our lead coach for the Ladies teams and all of us here would be lost without her!

Courtney Gilman Specialties: All Levels Ladies Doubles Team Play and Private and Semi Private Lessons with All LevelsCourtney Gilman joined our staff here at the Racquet Club in 2013 as our Head Pro. He is a USPTA certified professional and also on the USTA ratings appeal board. Courtney played his college tennis as the number 1 singles player at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and at Salem State University in Salem Massachusetts. He has been a terrific addition to our staff and has added a great deal of excitement to all of our programs but especially to the Ladies teams. His enthusiasm and passion for the game is contagious. Courtney has been teaching tennis since 1987 starting at the Waltham Athletic Club. He coached juniors of all ages as well as some USTA teams, too. He was an instructor there until 2004 when he was promoted to the position of tennis director where he continued to coach while supervising staff and implementing new programs until 2007. In 2007 Courtney moved on to Cedardale Health & Fitness where he went back to full time coaching with a strong focus on Ladies teams again. Courtney also is the Tennis Director at the Salem Country Club in Salem, MA where he brings his infectious brand of teaching tennis during the summers’ to all ages and levels of play.

barry Barry Caron Specialties:Beginner Juniors LessonsBarry Caron has a long history of coaching success during his 35+ years of coaching. Barry has been playing tennis most of his life and attended the University of Virginia on a tennis scholarship. Barry’s focus is mostly on young kids just learning the game as well as Juniors and many clinics. Barry focuses on keeping people moving and stroke techniques. During his coaching career, Barry was named New England Junior Coach of the Year in 2012, coached Exeter High School to their only State Championship in their history with an undefeated season including a 33 game winning streak, coached 2 NCA All Americans, coached 20+ New England Ranked Juniors and has taken 5 teams to Nationals. In addition to coaching, Barry continues to compete and has been to Nationals as a player 4 times (so far!).

Alex hat Alex Howard Specialties: All Levels Ladies Doubles Team Play and Private and Semi Private Lessons with All Levels

margaret-welch Margaret Welch Specialties: Juniors Programs. Playing and Coaching

Tennis has been a passion of Margaret’s since she was young when her dad, Robert, taught her how to play. Her dad also led her into coaching when she started helping him teach tennis in her early teens. Margaret continued coaching through college and after.  She coached the high school tennis in Newburyport and is now the assistant coach for the Amesbury high school team. Born and raised in Newburyport, Margaret played tennis for the Newburyport High School team and played on the Springfield College team. She is now the physical education teacher in Amesbury.