Village Glen Director of Tennis
Dear Village Glen Members,
My name is Robert Gregoire. I am very excited to be named your new Director of Tennis at the the Village Glen Tennis Club. After spending 17 wonderful years in Pittsburgh, I am now returning to my home town that I love. I want to thank Jack Ruh and Mike Manzella for this amazing opportunity. After 27 years in the tennis industry as a High Performance Junior Coach, Director of Tennis, Division 1 Collegiate Coach, and Tennis Club Owner, I enthusiastically return to the club that gave me my start.
I started my career back in 1989 at the Village Glen Tennis Club as an assistant professional learning every facet of the tennis business over seven years. Tom Lapenna mentored me as a high performance junior coach and I enjoyed teaching every age and level of player during my tenure at the club. I then spent three great years at South Towns Tennis Center as Co-Director of Tennis Operations with David Todoroff. We built a thriving Junior Program and were known for our massive adult clinics. In 1999, Terry Pegula and Frank Baritot offered me an opportunity to come down to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and launch The Pennsylvania Tennis Academy. In my five years with the Academy, we built the largest and most successful junior and adult programs in Western Pa. Over the course of a decade, I was very fortunate to grow my career and tennis acumen in Pittsburgh. In 2010, I became part owner and Director of Tennis at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh. In 2011, I was named USTA Pro of the year and Alpha was named Club of the year by the Allegheny Mountain District. In 2012, in addition to my club duties, I became the Head Coach of Duquesne University Men's Tennis Team. We went 16-6 and completed the most successful season in school history. A year later, I took over both the Men's and Women's program. The women improved their win total by 6 matches and are now serious contenders in the A10 conference. Things have now come full circle. With my daughter heading off to college, my future wife residing in Tonawanda, and most of my family here in Buffalo, the timing could not be better to have this amazing opportunity at the Village Glen. I am so excited to join this great team.
As your new Director of Tennis, I promise a meticulous and well run facility. It will be our goal as a team to make your tennis experience second to none.
Village Glen Director of Tournaments & adult development
PTR Certified Professional, USTA Certified Professional 1
Russ Tringali is the Tournament & Adult Development Director at Village Glen. Russ is the Adult Beginner/Advanced Beginner GURU at VG taking players from beginner to player in a flash in our Rally Tennis Group Lesson Program.
Additionally, he runs both USTA sanctioned and non-USTA junior tournaments and competitions each year. Russ has been playing tennis for over 35 years earning the titles of NYS SUNY Champion in 1981, NYS Doubles Champion in 1982 and 1983, and ranked #1 singles player at UB from 1981-1984. Russ has been a teaching pro for over 30 years, coaching some of the most successful juniors earning national and sectional rankings. He gained recognition and experience as the Assistant Tennis Coach for the University at Buffalo Men’s Tennis program from 1987-1988 while the Assistant Pro at Amherst Hills Tennis Club from 1981-1990. Russ accepted the Head Pro position at Village Glen where he gained his managerial experience from 1990-2000.
When Russ is not working or playing tennis, he enjoys spending time with his son, Nate.
Village Glen Director of Player Development
Jason Joseph - PTR, USPTA, USTA and Tennis Canada Certified
Jason is a performance-based development coach with nearly 20 years of experience coaching and managing performance tennis programming. He also has over 10 years experience managing structured 10 and Under tennis programs, working closely with national coaches in Canada for program development and delivery at Niagara Academy, a Tennis Canada recognized Tennis Development Centre. During his 20 years of coaching, Jason has worked with national and international caliber high performance players ranging from over 25 countries and spanning 5 continents, coaching players on the courts of both the USTA National Tennis Center (NTC), in New York as well as the Canadian NTC in Toronto. During his tenure at Niagara Academy, he was the manager of Physical-Technical Player Development helping over 100 high performance tennis players reach athletic scholoarships at top universities and colleges throughout the continental U.S. His coaching methodology closely reflects current, evidence-based sport-science training in tennis and is committed to advanced educational endeavors in the field of performance coaching throughout North America and Europe.
Jason enjoys playing from time to time as seen as by playing contributions to Buffalo’s Marsh Cup team since 2003 as well as being a Buffalo MUNY champion. In his spare time he enjoys long distance running, which showed in his top 10, age-based finish in the 2008 International Marathon.
For more biographical information on Jason or for updated information on player development and coach education, please visit the website: actionapproach.com.