Coach and Volunteer Program Director
Dave is a tennis professional with more than 21 years of coaching experience and has achieved Tennis Canada and United States Professional Tennis Registry certifications. Dave has worked with nationally ranked tennis athletes, International Tennis Federation (ITF) athletes, and collaborated with ITF coaches in Australia as he was pursuing his tennis coaching career.
While living in Toronto, Dave coached at various top tennis clubs, such as the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (where he worked with Milos Raonic as a junior player) and the world-renowned Emerald Star–rated Granite Club. Dave was selected as a hitting partner for top professionals of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), including Justine Henin, a former WTA number-1 tennis player. Dave was a regular competitor in the Rogers Cup On-Court Fastest Serve Competition, winning the title for three consecutive years.
What was to be a temporary relocation to PEI to coach a future ITF player from Toronto as a getaway from the big city in the summer of 2010 became a permanent relocation when Dave fell in love with the beauty of the Island and its way of life.
Known for his ability to coach and motivate players in both individual and group environments, Dave harnesses his coaching skills from his career in professional, amateur, recreational, and beginner tennis. With an interest in making tennis fun for all levels of play, Dave’s passion for tennis is ever-present. Dave continues to seek opportunities that will add value to his clients’ tennis experience, including a recent opportunity to coach with Max “The Beast” Mirnyi, a former number-1 doubles player and former number-18 singles player, who is currently coaching Kei Nishikori.
Valuing teamwork, integrity, and fun at the courts, Dave is excited to be working in a community environment that supports access to tennis for everyone, and he strives to bring tennis excellence to the members of CTC, a community not-for-profit organization.
Mark is a Tennis Canada–certified instructor with five years of coaching experience, teaching all levels from children to adult. He has been playing tennis for the past fifteen years, at both the national and university level. Named Tennis PEI’s Coach of the Year for 2019, Mark is the former assistant coach for the UPEI Tennis team and has spent the last five years coaching for the Charlottetown Tennis Club. Mark’s coaching philosophy exemplifies a team-oriented approach, and he works side by side with both parents and players to ensure a fun and focused environment.
Alex joins the CTC team after years of involvement in tennis, and he now channels his passion for the game as an instructor for our summer camps at Victoria Park. Alex coaches all ages and levels of play, from newcomers to advanced.
Alex also coaches the UPEI men’s soccer team, specializing as a keeper coach. He has a broad range of knowledge and expertise in coaching fundamentals, game technique, and sport mechanics. Alex facilitates a high-energy learning environment and is known as a consummate team player and coach, both on and off the court.
Jeff is a Tennis Canada–certified Professional Coach with six years’ experience here on Prince Edward Island, and a member in good standing of the Tennis Professionals Association of Canada. He is the current Junior Open Development Instructor for the Charlottetown Tennis Club, and the former head tennis instructor for the Town of Cornwall. Jeff is a certified Respect Group “Respect in Sport” activity leader, working to build a healthy, safe, and holistic culture within the youth sport community. In 2017, he was named the Tennis PEI Coach of the Year.
In addition to his tennis mentorship and organizational efforts, Jeff is a working musician and guitar/bass instructor, with twenty years’ teaching experience for all ages and skill levels across Canada.
Originally from India, Nairuti has been playing tennis professionally for the last fifteen years at the national, international, and university levels. She has two years of coaching experience with all levels, from children to adults. Nairuti was one of the youngest players to achieve #400 in ITF short-term, and was in the top 10 under 16/18 in India (AITA). Nairuti has trained at top tennis academies such as Smith Stearns and Van Der Meer in South Carolina, and Saddlebrook in Florida. Nairuti’s way of coaching exemplifies a goal-oriented approach, and she works to break down the fundamentals of the game to ensure a fun and focused experience.