YMCA enhances tennis program

The Greater Marco Family YMCA has enhanced to its full-service tennis department.

Cindy Love, YMCA chief executive officer, said the Y has contracted with Roddy Cantey, owner of ProAm Tennis of Naples, for a multitude of services.

“His company has shown to be a success with the Naples YMCA and seems to be a good fit here,” Love said.

A graduate of Penn State University in Parks and Recreation Management, Cantey was team captain, serving as the number one singles player and on the number one doubles team. He was head pro at Vanderbilt Country Club and director of tennis instruction at the YMCA of the Palms. He was head coach of the boys varsity tennis program at the Community School of Naples. He firmly believes in developing a high standard of morals and values through the game of tennis, Love said.

The head tennis professional is Paul Barrus, who provided a free tennis clinic as a way of introduction on Thursday.

Barrus has more than 20 years experience in teaching tennis, working with adults and juniors. A graduate of Villanova University, Barrus has a solid background of running tournaments, round robins, social tennis events and numerous exhibitions, Love said. Barrus will oversee the various tennis programs. He will operate clinics, teach private and semi-private lessons and coach YMCA teams.

Bud Cox will head the junior tennis program. He has 22 years of experience in teaching and coaching tennis. He has an American Council on Exercise personal certification for fitness trainers and is United States Professional Tennis Association certified. He has competed in all four grand slam events and will lend his expertise to the Junior Tennis program, which includes QuickStart for Children ages 4 to 8 years, Junior development for ages 8 to 17 and Junior Academy for tournament and high school players.

Tennis pro Mindy Rashbaum will provide evening clinics. She has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Education from State University of New York at Cortland. She is a Professional Tennis Registry certified tennis instructor, specializing in the game of doubles. She has experience as a USTA team coach of adult 3.0 women. Rashbaum specializes in Crunchtime Tennis, with games played at a cardio-intensive pace with music.

Tricia DiPalo, who is head of operations and programming of the Naples Community Tennis Center at the YMCA of the Palms in Naples, will lend her expertise.

Remaining with the YMCA is tennis professional Bill Marshall who has lived on Marco Island for over 20 years and has extensive competitive playing, teaching and coaching experience. He will continue to teach tennis for adults and children.

His competitive history includes: 2007 50’s National Singles Champion, Florida State Singles champion; two-time 35’s Florida State Singles finalist and state champion in singles and doubles; and three-time Silver medalist USTA Sectional National Team Championship, representing the Florida Tennis Association. He served as head professional at various clubs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and has trained various All-American players and Junior National Champions.

Stephanie Percel will continue her duties of organizing and scheduling all of the various tennis programs, round robins, tournaments and all of the league play. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Business Management in 2008, she has been working at the YMCA in the Tennis Department since January. Percel also coaches and coordinates the youth sports programs and assists as a coach in girls volleyball and basketball at the Marco Island Charter Middle School.

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