Teaching Pro Staff

The best tennis pros in Chicago!

Manny Velasco | Head Pro

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  • All-State Illinois high school player all four years
  • Varsity player at the University of Illinois (Team Captain in Senior year)
  • Assistant coach at University of Illinois (1 year)
  • Started teaching tennis with his father at 11 years old
  • Director of Springfield Summer Camp at 16 years old
  • Senior Pro at Edens Tennis Club for 12 years
  • Worked at Five Seasons for 14 years (Head Pro for 6 years)
  • 45 years of teaching experience

Jeremy Tranter | Director of Junior Programs

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  • Director of Junior Programs at River Trails, one of the top junior development programs in the Chicagoland area, with 400% growth in junior engagement since founding
  • Founded the River Trails Junior Tennis Academy in 2014
  • 1992-96: Top-5 junior in CDTA 16s & 18s
  • 1994-96: Trained at Rick Macci Tennis Academy
  • Began full-time coaching career in 2000, with primary focus on junior development programs
  • 2010-14: Director of Adult Tennis and Junior Development at the Lincolnshire Club (Lincolnshire, IL)

Megan Nguyen | Teaching Pro

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  • Four-year varsity athlete and state qualifier at Metamora High School.
  • Former D2 collegiate player at Lewis University
  • Has been teaching tennis professionally in the Chicago area for more than 7 years
  • Safe Play certified
  • Coordinates Junior Team Tennis/Junior match play.
  • Has experience coaching experience with players at all levels.
  • Member of 4.5 women’s 18+ USTA national championship team

Ken Sitar | Teaching Pro

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  • Grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and began his tennis career at the age of 5 as a student of River Trails Tennis Center.
  • River Trails coaches inspired his passion for the game.
  • Came back to coaching tennis in 2016 after a career change.
  • Constantly seeking about and learning about new teaching methods and the game itself.
  • Grateful to be surrounded by an amazing staff, driven students, and supportive parents.

David Lee | Teaching Pro

  • Teaching pro at River Trails since 2005
  • Teaches students of all agers and skill levels, emphasizing key fundamentals
  • Gives students the freedom to “fill in the blanks” while they discover their tennis game
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