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: Coach/Fitness
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.
Hannah Holladay: Coach
Hannah played for the ranked Division 1 UCI Anteaters, graduating in 2012. She was an All-Big West Conference player and NCAA Tournament participant. She has won 3 gold balls for USTA National Championships with her father, John Holladay. Hannah loves coaching, especially the mental aspects of competitive play as well as the physical fitness.
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.
Mike Aleniknov: Coach
Mike is a Long Beach native and lifelong tennis competitor. Mike played for LBCC before attending Cal State LA on a tennis scholarship. Mike brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to the work-outs as well as a wealth of tennis experience.
Mark Chavez: Coach
Veteran coach Mark Chavez runs a fun and physical Developmental 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 Developmental 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 Developmental/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.
Victor Silva: Coach
Victor Silva is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and was a top Brazilian tennis player. He was ranked number 1 in Sao Paulo at 16 years old. He has won 5 CBT, 27 FPT and 1 COSAT ITF tournaments. He earned his first ATP point also at the age of 16. He worked closely with his father, who is the head pro at the Hebraica Club in Sao Paulo, gaining developmental teaching experience. He has been working with our Developmental program teaching kids the proper fundamentals of tennis and sharing his contagious passion for the sport.
Brittnie Furuvald: Office Manager
Brittnie Furuvald was a ranked junior player in Southern California. She went on to play for Vanguard University before graduating in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in public relations and marketing. In her senior season as captain she earned M.V.P and received the NAIA Champion of Character award. In 2014 she graduated with her M.A. in sports management.