Mitch Bridge: Founder/Director
Mitch competed at No. 2 ranked Long Beach State before graduating in 1987. Mitch held an ATP ranking from 1989-1994 and won over 100 Men’s Open titles in his playing career. Mitch has trained more than 30 curent D1 players from Tennessee, Texas, Pepperdine, UCLA, San Diego State, Cal Poly, Princeton, BYU, UCI, Harvard, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Mitch has also worked with many ATP and WTA-ranked pros and is looking forward to creating some future professionals at the Academy.
Peter Smith: Director
Peter was a top collegiate player at Long Beach State, before playing on the ATP tour. At 23 Peter became the Head Coach at Long Beach State before making the quarterfinals of the NCAA’s at Fresno State, Pepperdine and USC- the first NCAA tennis coach to pull off that feat. USC is 5-time Division I Team Champions and Peter is looking to re-gain that title this year. He has received honors such as 2-time ITA National Coach of the Year and 5-Time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Peter has coached the following ATP players: current # 28 Steve Johnson, current doubles #33 Robert Lundstedt, current doubles #34 Robert Farah, former #90 ATP Glenn Weiner, former #80 Robert Kendrick, former #90 Fredrik Bergh.
Jordan Bridge: Head Coach
Jordan Bridge was a top ranked U.S. junior player with two bronze balls from National Championships. He is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate with four years playing “All Big West” singles and doubles. As a freshman Jordan was named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year. He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 2013.
Cooper Bridge: Coach/Fitness
Son of Mitch Bridge and brother of Jordan Bridge, Cooper has played competitively for 15 years. After being ranked top 20 in SoCal and top 100 in the nation, he went to play D1 at UC Riverside. Cooper played #1 singles and #1 doubles and was captain of the Men’s Tennis team 3 of his 4 years. Cooper earned 2 Big West Conference Athlete of the Week awards and made Second Team All-Conference for singles and doubles, as well as All-Conference Honorable Mention for singles and doubles. If you’d like to schedule a lesson click here
Ayca Gumuscu: Coach
Ayca Gumuscu is native of Izmir, Turkey, earned a full scholarship to play at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a four-time 1st Team All-Horizon Conference selection. A four-time conference champion, Gumuscu received the conference’s Player of the Week honors several times and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Marketing and Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. She is USPTA Certified and has been now teaching tennis for over 10 years. If you’d like to schedule a lesson click here
Mark Chavez: Coach
Veteran coach Mark Chavez runs a fun and physical FUNdamental/All Star program with a main focus on overall stroke development and introduction to competitive play. Mark matches the physical energy of the younger players and specializes in stroke production with these players. In order to graduate from Fundamentals/All Stars to High Performance kids need to be able to play competitive sets.
Taylor Apostol: Coach
Taylor Apostol is a full-time academy coach working with both the High Performance and FUNdamental/All Stars. He has been coaching at El Dorado Park Tennis Center for 10 years. He trained at the West Coast Tennis Academy in high school, and played the USTA Jr. SoCal tournament circuit before competing for Division 2 Concordia University, Irvine. He is a high energy coach that will push all players to work their hardest.
Leland Dexter: Coach
Leland Dexter is a 2016 graduate from Hastings College where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. Leland was also a 3-time conference champion and 3-time All-Conference singles and doubles champion. His goal as a coach is to work with young players on developing proper technique and show them how much fun the game of tennis is. If you’d like to schedule a lesson click here
Renzo Maggi: Coach
Renzo Maggi was a competitive junior ranked as high as #2 in the B12s and top 10 in the B14s in Florida. Moving back to Long Beach, and playing tennis and basketball at LAHS, he ultimately chose tennis and played D1 at Loyola Marymount University from 2006-2010, while there he received All-West Coast Conference third team honors. After graduation Renzo began coaching with Peter Smith and Mitch Bridge from 2008-2012, and was the Head Coach of Women’s Tennis at Long Beach City College from 2014-2017. He’s currently completing his Masters degree at CSULB in Sports Management. If you’d like to schedule a lesson click here
Cooper Bridge: Office Manager
Cooper Bridge graduated from UC Riverside in 2017 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in general management.