Tennis Pro Staff 2016-2017

Tim Murphy - Wilson Pro Staff Member

Tim was appointed the Head Women's Coach at URI starting their 2015 season. He left in 2018 after bulding up & recruiting some of the top national players. He 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 South Coast area. He was the Head Pro at the Ledgemont CC for the last 10 years until he was asked to be the new Director of Tennis at the prestigious Warwick CC during the outdoor summer season. Tim has been a part of the Pro Staff Team here at DIT for the past 18 years and has been instrumental in continuing to develop a strong Juniors High School program. 

Kevin Erikson - Club Tennis Director

Kevin has been playing tennis since he was 7 years old. He is a USPTA Certified Pro &  joins us from TRI East where he helped develop a very strong Juniors program. He played collegiate tennis at Roger Williams College in Bristol, RI. from 2008 - 2012 where he made the Dean's List every year. He played tennis all 4 years and Captained the tennis team for 3 years. He was # 1 singles for 3 years and an all TCCC Singles & Doubles ranked player from 2010-2013. During the summer Kevin is the Head Pro Tennis Instructor at the Touisset Point Community Club in Warren, RI. Kevin also continues to be a regular practice partner for contestants in the Newport Hall of Fame Tournament each summer. He continues his strong ability to develop players of all levels in joining the team here at DIT.  Kevin has been part of our Professional Staff for the past 2 seasons.

Don York - Head Tennis Pro, Acoaxet Club & DHS Boys Coach

Don has been the Head Pro at Acoaxet for the last 13 years.  He has created a strong following and expanded their Adult & Junior's programs.  Don 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.  Don was asked to be the DHS Boy's Coach in 2016 which he gladly accepted. Don teaches tennis here at DIT during the winter and organizes group lessons for all levels of play. Don has been part of our Professional Staff for the past 12 seasons.

Jesse Gotlib - Tennis Pro

Jesse was a 4-year member of the Bridgewater State University Men’s Tennis Team. He became the team Captain his junior & senior years. He attained his number one ranking thru determination, drive, and hard work. During the summers he worked at The Weston Racquet Club in Waltham, MA as a hitting partner and teacher. He is also a graduate of our DIT Jr.’s Sunday Program and we are glad to welcome him back. Jesse is now the Special Education Math Specialist at the Lawrence School in Falmouth, MA.  He is also the Jr. Tennis Director during the summers at the Sippican Tennis Club in Marion, MA, whose 14U Team made it all the way to the 2017 USTA Jr. Team Nationals. Jesse has been part of our Professional Staff for the past 5 seasons.

Ray Lawton - Tennis & Pickleball Pro

Ray attended U Mass Dartmouth where he played for the UMD Men’s Tennis Team all 4 years. He became team captain his senior year. Ray was named The Standard Times Player of the Year while attending Fairhaven High School. He as also been named to the NCAA Second Team All Stars honor during his senior year. Ray has been a teacher at several summer clubs (Round Hill, Fairhaven Tennis Assoc. etc) in the area where he has established a solid following and reputation for instructing juniors & adults. He has also picked up & trained in the new sport of Pickleball. He is playing in the "A" & Open Division sections. Ray graduated UMD with a BS in Engineering. He currently works at Johnson & Johnson in their Engineering and Design sector.  Ray has been part of our Professional Staff for the past 5 seasons.

Private Lesson Rates: 

  • 1 Hour Private - $75.00 (for 2) 3 or more add $10 Per Person 
  • 1/2 Hour Private - $45.00