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Tennis Pro Staff 2013

 Jakob Klaeson - Tennis Pro Sakonnet Tennis Club

 We are pleased to introduce you to our new Head Tennis Professional, Jakob Klaeson. He has extensive experience with both junior and adult programs.  He has been working for several high profile tennis and country clubs here in New England since graduating college.  To say Jakob is an accomplished player is an understatement.  He has an impressive junior career.  He became Sweden’s Singles and Doubles Champion and a member of the Swedish Junior National Team and achieved a ranking of # 2 in his country.  While there, he was vigorously recruited by schools in Europe and North America looking to bolster their own team rosters with world class talent.  He chose to come to the States and play his collegiate tennis for the Division 1 Rebels at the University of Mississippi.  During his college career Jakob achieved an NCAA national ranking of #10 in doubles.  He was also key in helping his team capture an SEC title, an SEC Tournament title, participated in the NCAA Final Four, and was the cornerstone player of the team that was ranked #2 in the NCAA for that season.  During this past summer, he was a Teaching Pro at Sakonnet Golf & Tennis Club in Little Compton, RI.  Prior to Sakonnet, Jakob was the Director of Junior Development at Kingsbury Club in Medfield, MA.  He has worked at Dedham Country and Polo Club and was the Head Professional at Manchester Bath and Tennis in Manchester, MA.  One of Jakob’s strongest attributes is he can teach from a beginner to a professional player and help them to improve any and every aspect of their game. 


 Don York - Head Tennis Pro Acoaxet Club

   Don has been the Head Pro at Acoaxet for the last 11 years.  He has created a strong following and expanded the Adult & Junior's programs.  He has been playing tennis since he could walk.  He played #1 in High School in Texas and continued as #1 at college.  He moved to Florida with his parents and continued playing.  He earned his teaching degree and is presently the AP Math teacher at Dartmouth High School.  He teaches tennis here at DIT during the winter and organizes group lessons for all levels of play.





Jeff Otterbeine - Asst Tennis Pro Acoaxet Club

Asst Coach Roger Williams Men's Tennis Team

Jeff moved here from Long Island, NY 10 years ago.  An avid player from there he quickly fit into the local tennis scene playing at various clubs in the area from Providence to the Cape and up into Boston.  He became the Asst. Men's Coach at Roger William's College 2 years ago and joined Don at Acoaxet this past summer (2013).  He was instrumental in helping Don put together The Matts Wilander  "WOW" (Wilander On Wheels) Tour held at Acoaxet.  Matts has asked him to be the New England Booking Agent for his tour.  








Lonnie Sharrock

 This is the highest tested rating possible and is achieved by scoring in the 90th percentile on the USPTA Cetification Exam.  Tennis professionals must have a minimum of three years' teaching experience and be 22 years old.  Professional 1 members are commonly considered for director of tennis or head tennis professional job opportunities.  They should be able too develp lesson programs, direct activites, manage pro shop operations and oversee a tennis facility.  A Professional 1 also should be able to handle employee relations tasks, such as hiring, developing bugets, directing comunications and serving as an integral part of the facility management team.


  Tim Murphy   

Tim continues to be one of the top Juniors coaches in the South Coast area.  He was the Assistant Womens Coach at Brown University and has taught at many of the top tennis clubs in the area including Center Court and Ledgemont CC.  Tim has been a part of the Pro Staff Team here at DIT for the past 5 years and has been instrumental in continuing to develop a strong Juniors High School program.


Tina Schroeder

Tina is USPTA certified and has been a girls team tennis coach in and around Newport for most of her life.  She coached the Portsmouth and Middletown teams to state sectionals several times. Tina also taught lessons at the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame for 10 years. She continues to teach tennis here at DIT for the 10th season.  This past summer (2013) she received PTR Certification specializing in youth programs and instruction. Shr runs a successful Jr tennis program in Portsmouth during the summer.

Private Lesson Rates: 

  • 1 Hour Private - $70.00 (for 2) 3 or more add $10 Per Person 
  • 1/2 Hour Private - $40.00