Since her graduation from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Pat Steets has been successfully and happily engaged in the sports and fitness industry for over 40 years. Over 30 of those wonderful years have been spent managing The New Rochelle Racquet Club. Pat has been an irreplaceable part of the changes, additions and transitions that NRRC has experienced over the years, including the addition of the Racquetball Courts in the late 70’s, and The Rock Club in 2006.
Through her hard work and dedication to the company, she was awarded with the opportunity to become Partner, which was the highlight of her career. As a partner of The New Rochelle Racquet Club, and now Pine Brook Fitness, Pat looks forward every day to ensuring that our members continue to have the very best experience possible. In her spare time, Pat regularly opens up her home to family and friends for entertaining, especially in the summer months, when her pool is a hot spot for the whole neighborhood! She enjoys spending time with family most of all, especially her little nephews, who luckily live close by.
Valerie has been the Chief Operating Officer of Pine Brook Fitness (The New Rochelle Racquet Club, The Rock Club and The Studios) since early 2014. She joined the team from Philadelphia, PA, where she managed a prestigious health club with over 4,000 members. She holds a Bachelors in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland. She has experience as a Personal Trainer, a Senior Group Exercise Instructor for the Silver Sneakers Program, and has taught Aquatics classes and swim lessons to people from ages 6 months to 90 years old. Valerie’s love for fitness and human movement is what brought her into this career 15 years ago, and she is excited about everything that the New Rochelle Racquet Club at Pine Brook Fitness has to offer in this dynamic field.
Charlie has been involved with tennis since she was around 10 years old, playing in the street in front of her house and finding any available place possible to play with her sisters. As a summer job, she helped the top Pro in Hawaii, teach all ages the love of her sport. An Apparel Designer by trade, she has worked in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and NYC designing swimwear, children’s wear and bridal gowns. Her hiatus from tennis lasted quite a while, but her love for the sport brought her back after starting a family.
Charlie soon began running Men’s and Women’s Playing Leagues at her neighborhood club. This soon turned into a full-time job. At Rye Racquet Club, she became the Office Manager for 5 years. All the while getting back her game, she managed to make it all the way to Nationals. Coming to NRRC in 2009 as Office Manager, Charlie has worked in all parts of the Club including teaching Summer Camp. All the while, spreading her passion for the sport and working on her game, in 2014 she took over as General Manager of NRRC.
Dean started playing tennis at the age of 9. At that point, he dedicated himself to practicing as much as he can, even using a wall as a partner. All his efforts lead Dean playing and captaining his team at North Rockland High School. He followed that with Division I tennis at Manhattan College, captaining his senior year, where he majored in Chemical Engineering. While working for the Department of Environmental Protection after college, Dean missed tennis. He returned to his beloved sport spending his summers as head pro at the Larchmont Yacht Club for 9 years. He is now a full-time NRRC coach where he has been teaching since 2006. He is committed to making the tennis programs at NRRC the best in Westchester!
Adam was born and raised in the Great White North of Canada where, at the age of 7 years old, he decided to pick up a tennis racquet instead of a hockey stick and has not put it down since. After being successful on the Canadian tennis junior tour, Adam expanded his tournament play to the United States. When reaching a top 50 ranking in the 18 and under, he earned a scholarship to Ferris State University where he studied under the Tennis Management Program, knowing coaching was in his future. From there, Adam has been coaching in Michigan, Chicago, New York and Connecticut.
Sept 1996 Named Head Pro at Van der Meer Lake of the Ozark, located at Four Seasons Resort, Lake of the Ozark Missouri.
1997-1998 Junior Program Director at Copperfield Racquet and Health Club in Houston, Texas. 1998-1999 Coached alongside legendary coaches John Lucas and John Wilkerson at Westside Tennis Club, Houston, Texas.
1999-2017 - Pro Tour Coaching Career. Coached Liezel Huber #1 in the world for 199 weeks. Coached numerous professional players in 17+ years on WTA Tour. Players include: Maggie Maleeva (top 10), Nadia Petrova (top 10), Cara Black (co #1 in the world with Liezel), Martina Navratilova (former #1), Ai Sugiyama (#1 doubles), Sania Mirza (#1 doubles), Chani Scheepers (French Open singles Quarterfinalist) and Abigail Spears (top 75 singles/10 doubles).
Coached in 2 Olympic Games, 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2012 London Games.
Coached many top juniors from Texas and abroad resulting in full tennis scholarships to Baylor, Texas Tech, Southern Methodist, UC Berkley, Fresno State, Louisville, St. Louis University, Syracuse and George Mason.
Received the Professional Tennis Registry Touring Coach of the Year on the ATP and WTA Tour in 2005. Awarded PTR Humanitarian of the year in 2006.
Certified with highest rating of Professional, under the Professional Tennis Registry since 1993. PTR National Tester since 1995. Professional Tennis Coach on the WTA Tour for more than 15 years, Represented Coaches on the WTA Tour as President from 2008 until 2012.
Master Professional rating with the Professional Tennis Coaches Association, awarded to a 12 coaches worldwide.
Andre Sinclair has been a professional Tennis Coach since 1997. A native of Jamaica, he first fell in love with tennis when he was 16 years old and later pursued a career as a coach. Sinclair enjoys working with youth as they develop a love for and expertise at tennis.
“It gives me a chance to teach them something new or even about themselves, and at the same time I learn from them,” he says,”because every child is different. I love working with kids and with the hope of them getting into college and even going professional.”
He is a Role Model, Group Leader and Activity Specialist at the Co-op City Tennis Club, where he previously served as the Acting Site Director and Tennis Coach. Sinclair also serves at the coach of The Ursuline School Varsity Tennis Team, which won the NY State Public High School Athletic Association State Championship in 2013.
He has won – twice – as Coach of the Year by the Westchester Journal News in 2013 and 2013.
In his current role, he taught Christian Waldron, who recently won the Mayor’s Cup, and Brandon Torres, the recent winner of NYJTL’s Arthur Ashe Essay Contest and who is no ranked No.1 in the Eastern 12 and Under category.
He says tennis is more that about perfecting skill on the court.
“It teaches children and youth how to develop good sportsmanship skills, how to listen and follow rules, and at the same time how to be creative both on the court and in their lives,” he says. Accordingly, he regularly imparts life lessons.
“Regardless of whether they want to pursue tennis or something else in life, they must remember that it’s not about practice making perfect,” he says. “It’s perfect practice makes perfect, and if they are on the tennis court, they should play but also play smart.”
Brian Bradley is a native of New Rochelle. In 2014, he received a B.A. in Drama at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In his senior year, Brian was Varsity team captain and helped lead Catholic University Men’s tennis to its very first conference title. This title also ended his head coach’s 52-year wait for a spot in the NCAA tournament draw. Brian has trained at various places throughout New York, including the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. He has also been a staff pro at Bronxville Field Club and Century Country Club. Alongside his passion for tennis, Brian is also a professional screen and stage actor. He has appeared on off-Broadway, Saturday Night Live, and a handful of National television commercials. Brian loves to use his theatrical background on the tennis court by creating a fun, positive, and focused environment for all ages.
Harold was born on December 21, 1970 and raised in Petion-Ville, Haiti where attended the elementary school of Willy Goldman and high school at the College Classique of Haiti. He experienced the best times this great island had to offer in terms of its culture, the lifestyle and other characteristics of a tropical land. He grew up in a neighborhood where sports activities were very popular, across from his house was a catholic school where he played several sports activities such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball. “I was fortunate to play many sports on the same day and in one place,” he says.
His brother Yves Champagne introduced him to Tennis when he was 12 years old, since then he gave up other sports to become a full time tennis player, also the country had an idol Ronald Agenor who was among the top 20 player in the world. He discovered the most enjoyable moments of his life through this wonderful sport at a point he reached a National Ranking No 4 in the country.
After completing his first and second Degree in Humanitarian Studies, he decided to follow a professional career without major success by playing various Satellites in the Caribbean and the USA. He became a traveling coach in 1997 for the Haitian junior tennis team competing in the NTT games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (World Junior Tennis Competition). He decided to move to the US later in the same year and become a member of the United States Tennis Association (USPTA) up this date. “I lived in Miami, Florida for 5 years while competing in various local events and was ranked number 8 in the 25’s,” he says.
Harold has been living in the Westchester area, New York since 2003 where he worked in the tennis industry. Wanting to further his education, he recently obtained an Associate degree in Sports Management from the University of Phoenix.
Coaching Curriculum * Coach at the Orange Bowl 2014 – 2016 * Touring Pro Circuit of Nimes, France Summer 2015 * Haitian’s Assistant Davis Cup Captain 2009 * Coached Sean Wei 2009 – 2012 ( Ranked # 1 in the B14’s Eastern) * Coached Kelsey Laurente 2000 – 2005 ( 2009 Finalist Orange Bowl Girls 16’s) * Roberto Livi 2000 – 2005 (2007 Quater Finalist Eddie Herr)
William has over 25 years of quality teaching experience on the tennis court. He has completed the course at Dennis Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and USTA’s level 1 Sport Science course. Prior to coming to the New Rochelle Racquet Club in 2000, William has worked with nationally ranked juniors in his native country of Antigua. He was also the Tennis Director of two of the local exclusive resorts on the island; William has also taught at the Bronxville Field Club for 7 years. His love of teaching the fundamentals of tennis is what he enjoys the most.
Phil Williamson (a Mount Vernon, NY native) has been a veteran tennis pro for the past 25 years. After a stellar junior record in the USTA Eastern Section and the National American Tennis Association (ATA) level, he moved onto a historical record at Columbia University (capturing their first IVY title in 12 yrs. then again before graduating in 1987).
After several years on the ATP Tour, Grand Slams and Davis Cup play, Phil has used these experiences coupled with an USPTA Elite Pro and USTA High Performance Certification training to offer the best tennis information and education to anyone interested in reaching their full capacity. With former Directorships at Westchester and NYC clubs (Hastings on the Hudson, Harlem Jr. Tennis Program and Tennis Club of Riverdale, respectively), Phil has taught over 8 years at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Bedford, NY (an Ivan Lendl facility) and another 4 years as the Head Coach of the Ross School Tennis Academy in East Hampton, NY.
Steven excels in coaching USTA Teams And Juniors of all ages and levels. He directed one of the most successful advanced training for juniors, both nationally and professionally. Steve was the practice partner and traveled with Former #1 in the world Mats Wilander. In addition to his many credentials, Steve has coached over 20 juniors, who have been Top 10 in the Eastern Section, and Nationally and Professionally ranked. Along with coaching at NRRC, he is the Head pro at Maplewood Swim and Tennis. In his spare time, he loves to hang out with his Parrot, Hooch.
Kachinga Sinkala was born and raised in Mufulira, Zambia where he started playing tennis at the age of 9. As a junior tennis player in Zambia, Kachinga competed on the National and ITF Junior Circuit and obtained a ranking as high as number one in the country. After graduating from the junior rankings, Kachinga joined the Zambia Davis Cup. He also went on to compete ITF men's satellite and ATP tournaments and consequently gained enough points to be ranked in the world.
Kachinga moved to United States and was immediately awarded a tennis scholarship at Huntington University where he played #1 singles and doubles. In his first year Huntington University, Kachinga was ranked number 18 in the conference.
Since moving to the United States in 2002, Kachinga has taught at many different tennis clubs and facilities. He has taught at Joel Ross tennis camp in Kent, CT for two summers. He also coached at Tennis Rhode Island for several years. Most recently, he taught at the Kela Simunyola Tennis Academy in NY where he was an instrumental part of building a top level junior program.
Kachinga hold a ITF level 2 coaching certificate as well as a Olympic attendance coaching workshop certificate.
Michael has been playing tennis since the age of 5. He played his first three years of high school tennis at Arlington High School before finishing his senior year a semester early. After moving down to NYC, he worked several summers with CityParks Foundation giving free tennis lessons to children and serving as a Site Director for several parks in the Bronx.
Michael is a student of Lehman College where he is double majoring in journalism & philosophy. He has played #1 singles for the men’s tennis team his entire college career, where he earned MVP awards, was chosen for CUNYAC All-Star Teams, and is a representative for the Student Athletic Advisement Committee.
Michael worked at the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens for two years. He also has worked three US Open tournaments as a ballperson on court with the best players in the world.
Michael has earned USPTA Professional and PTR 10 And Under certifications for teaching the sport he loves. Michael’s goal as a coach is to foster that same love for the sport in all his students, no matter the age.
Nick Lee, a native of Mamaroneck, began playing tennis at the age of 6. As an 11-year-old, while being coached by New Rochelle Racquet Club’s (NRRC) Director of Tennis Josh Bill, he started competing in junior tournaments in the New York tri-state area.
Throughout middle school and high school, Nick continued to train and compete in junior tournaments. His training included NRRC’s tournament training program–ran by NRRC’s Director of Tennis Josh Bill and Director of Tennis Operations Dean Won–where he was a scholarship player. He was also a member of the men’s varsity tennis team at Mamaroneck High School his sophomore-senior year of high school and was a co-captain of the team his junior and senior year.
During his junior-year season, he placed third in the NYSPHSAA Tennis Championships doubles tournament. At Vassar College (Class of 2019), he majored in Psychology and Hispanic Studies and was a four-year member of the Vassar men’s tennis team.
When home from college each summer, he continued to share his love for tennis as a coach for NRRC’s summer camp. In August of 2020, he transitioned to a full-time teaching position at NRRC as a staff pro. He continues to play tennis competitively through adult leagues and tournaments.