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Director of Interclub and Pro Staff
Born in Chicago, Ill and raised in Cincinnati, Chris played 4 yrs of varsity
tennis at Sycamore High School and was ranked in the Top 30 in the Midwest.
He played for the University of Cincinnati for 1 year and 3 years at the
University of Illinois where he also received his Business Administration
Degree. Chris has taught tennis for 11 years and has worked with several
nationally-ranked Juniors and Division 1 College players.
Director of Mens Activities
Tony has been a tennis professional since 1980 and is PTR certified. He attended Briarcliff College in Sioux City, Iowa and Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois on a tennis scholarship. While at Sangamon State he ranked as high as #1 in doubles in the NAIA. He has been affiliated with Camargo Racquet Club since 1996 and is the Director of Tennis for the City of Blue Ash Recreation Center since 1997. He has 5 children and lives in Kenwood with his wife Jill.
Chris hails from Lima, Peru. During the year before coming here to attend NKU, Chris was ranked #1 in the country for 18’s and won 12 singles and 10 doubles national titles. While playing tennis on scholarship at NKU, he won tournaments in both singles and doubles. As a top 16 ranked player in the nation, Chris played a key role in helping the Norse reach the NCAA Division ll Nationals. He played mainly between number 1-4 Singles and 1-3 Doubles throughout his career. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Business Administration. Chris has three years’ experience coaching junior and adult players in both Peru and the United States (including Andre Ku, a ranked ATP player). Chris is passionate about the sport and enjoys passing on all of his knowledge to those who are interested in learning and further developing their game.
Marmee went to The Ohio State University where she held the #1 playing position from 1966-1969. She has been the State of Ohio Intercollegiate Champion, and a Semi-finalist in NCAA Doubles Championship. Marmee has worked at a variety of Tennis Clubs and Country Clubs from California to Columbus. Marmee has 48 years of teaching experience.
Tom Kolenich is a USPTA certified Teaching Professional with over 10 years Professional Teaching and coaching experience.
Tom played his collegiate tennis at John Carroll University & Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Tom directs the Future Champs Summer Camp here at Camargo Racquet Club and is a new addition to our weekday staff in 2015.
Joe has coached both Men’s and Women’s entries at the Ohio State High School Tournament. He has coached at the H.S. level at Kings and Madiera, and at Wilmington College.
Joe is a certified USPTA professional with 12 years experience. In the summer, he is a pro at Cincinnati Sports Club. Every other weekend Joe teaches The Buddy Up tennis program for children with Down syndrome.
Marie was born in Wilmington, Ohio where she played four years of high school tennis on the Boy’s Tennis Team. She earned degrees in Biology and Chemistry and played Division I Tennis all four years at Coastal Carolina University. While at Coastal, she received several academic and athletic awards including Coastal Carolina’s Most Distinguished Student Athlete, two time Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at Coastal Carolina and for the Big South Conference, Player of the Year for the Big South Conference, and named to the First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America for Division I Women’s Tennis. She is also a 3 time Cincinnati MET Champion.
Ryan has been a tennis pro for the last 7 years and involved in the game from playing juniors on up for the last 20 years. This is Ryan’s first year at Camargo Racquet Club and is USPTA certified as well as an authorized provider of Cardio Tennis. Originally from Texas, he spent 3 of his years as a pro as the coach of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio helping to lead the school to their first national ranking in school history. Having coached in college as well as at the club level, he is well-versed in coaching tactics and fundamentals for all levels and ages of players. As a player, Ryan has won numerous tournaments at both the junior and adult levels in singles and doubles.
Kate Rippe comes to Camargo after being at Eastern Hills Indoor for 5 years. She has also been the Assistant Pro at the Hyde Park Country Club for the past 3 summers. Kate was a top level Junior player in the state of Texas while in high school. She decided to attend Xavier University where she broke the All-Time Singles Wins record. After graduating Xavier, she has continued her commitment to the University as assistant/volunteer assistant with the Xavier University tennis team.
Gary was formerly ranked in the Top 15 for US Singles players and he is currently ranked #28 nationally and #2 in the Midwest in the USTA 45+ Singles. He’s the winner of the 2003 National Singles Championship and is on the advisory staff for K-Swiss shoes and Volkl racquets. Gary has been at Camargo Racquet Club for 5 years and is the current boys Varsity Tennis Coach for Cincinnati Country Day.
Jim has been a USPTA P1 Teaching Professional for 17 years. He created the Blue Ash Rec. Center Tennis Program and was the Director for 12 yrs until he moved to Head Tennis Professional at Five Seasons Country Club for 5 yrs. Jim is also known for his expertise behind the grill and stepped out of tennis briefly to become managing partner of Paxton’s Grill in Loveland.
Brian was born and raised in Cincinnati and played tennis at Elder High School in 1997. He attended Walsh University on scholarship and was a 3-time NAIA national qualifier and named 1st team All-American of the Mid-Ohio Conference. Brian graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. He has taught tennis for 11 years, is certified through the USPTR and is currently the Tennis Director at Madeira Swim Club.
Wade Ward is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History. Wade has always been active in sports and fitness. In high school he was captain of his varsity tennis team and was named an Ohio All-American, first team all-Ohio, and first team all-Cincinnati.
He played NCAA Division I tennis while at Toledo, and was the captain of the Rockets tennis team his junior and senior seasons. Since college, Wade has held many tennis teaching professional positions, most notably with Stone Creek Club & Spa in Covington, Louisiana and the Country Club of Mobile. Wade was a deputy sheriff with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.
Loveland High School (Tigers):
– #1 singles 4 years in a row
– FAVC singles champion and conference “player of the year” 4 years in a row
– 1st ever sectional, district, and state qualifier coming out of Loveland
Xavier University (Musketeers):
– Starter 4 years in a row
– 3rd in all time singles wins in XU history
Other related teaching experience:
– USPTA / PTR certified
– Teaching pro/ EJTT (Elite Junior Tournament Trainer) at Sportime in NYC