Meet the Cunningham Tennis Staff
Director of Tennis
Bill is at the core of all programming at Cunningham Tennis. His vast knowledge and continued thirst for new teaching methodology has quickly made him the top teaching professional in the region. Bill has turned the CT 10 & Under program into the largest and most productive program in the metro area.
Steve has dedicated the last three decades to advancing tennis in the Queens area. As our former Head Pro and Director of Junior Tennis, Steve has a wealth of knowledge about the tennis industry.
Risa brings her vast business experience to Cunningham Tennis as the manager of our club. Along with her strong business sense, Risa possesses expertise in designing programming for special needs children.
Marketing Director & Senior Teaching Professional
Brian started playing tennis at the age of 10. He played his high school tennis for Brooklyn Technical HS and was a USTA Eastern section & nationally ranked junior player. After graduating from DePaul University, his passion for tennis led him to coaching. Brian has over 10 years coaching experience with both juniors and adults. He brings excellent communication skills, patience, and extensive technical knowledge to the court.
Red Ball Manager, Teaching Professional
Vernon is driven to give each player the opportunity to become the best player possible. He is extremely dedicated to reinforcing proper techniques to all of his students.
Orange Ball Manager, Teaching Professional
As a player, Ryan was named the College Male Rookie Athlete in 2007. He was named to the NEAC Conference first team. Ryan has served as the head tennis professional for Nike Tennis Camps, Lacoste Tennis Program, and the City Parks Foundation. Ryan is a natural teacher and conveys proper technique to players with an incredibly accommodating style.
Mental Skills Coach
Mark Lerman is MTI Certified Mental Skills Coach, NCBH Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified, USTA Sport Science Certified Coach. His experience as a mental skills coach, strength and conditioning specialist, tennis performance specialist, USTA sport science coach, tennis professional and as a NYS health and physical education teacher. Mark has helped numerous athletes in sports ranging from figure skating, soccer, basketball, golf and of course his true passion, tennis. Recreational, high performance and elite professional athletes alike have and continue to improve their performances by working with him. An unfortunate but preventable back injury was the catalyst that guided Mark in the direction that ultimately became his life's work.
Senior Teaching Professional
Jon has taught tennis for four decades in the Metro Area. For 15 years he served as the Director of the High Performance Program at the NTC. Jon has coached at the Sectional, National and International level. He is certified with the PTR, USPTA and USTA. Many of Jon's students have attained college scholarships and some have gone on to compete professionally. Jon brings his wealth of knowledge to our Cunningham Tennis team.
Pablo Blasco started his teaching career at Arena Academy in Spain at the age of 18. Pablo was one of the top ranked players in Spain and played professionally before coming to the United States. He received a full scholarship to St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Pablo has flourished teaching all levels of players and is always eager to share his knowledge with his students.
Daniel was a Division I player at St. Francis College. He started playing tennis at the age of four in Spain. When he turned 16, Daniel started playing international tournaments and attained an ITF ranking. Daniel has tremendous patience with our youngest players but is also involved with our High Performance and Adult Programs.
Victor experienced considerable success coaching at both the high school and college level. For over 20 years, he coached juniors of all levels in the NYJTL programs. Victor brings an enormous level of energy to his lessons and our club in general. He exhibits and transfers a confidence to all of his students that they can achieve their goals in tennis.
Hediye is dedicated to exhibiting high-quality, fun, and energetic lessons on the court. She is passionate about working with our youngest players and helping them build a strong foundation in tennis and life.
Arturo (Papo) Rodriguez
Arturo, affectionately known as Papo, is Cunningham Tennis' all-around guy. Along with keeping the Cunningham facility running smoothly, Papo coaches in a mainstay in our Red ball & adult programs.
Red Ball Instructor
Red Ball Instructor