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 High Performance Tennis
Tom’s tireless activity and involvement over the years has greatly enriched Buffalo area tennis. His commitment to excellence will continue to benefit students, players and fans of the sport for years to come. Tom’s wife, son and daughter are all still actively playing tennis and are involved in the USTA, as well.
Tom LaPenna has been involved in tennis for over thirty years. He has promoted the sport locally by directing the Buffalo MUNY City Championships, Western New York Summer Challenge Tournament Series and formerly the Super Sixteen Men’s Round Robin events. Tom has hosted exhibitions by professional players including Roscoe Tanner, Wojak Fibak, Pat Cash, Illie Nastase and Jimmy Arias. Tom brought professional tennis to Western New York through the USTA Professional Circuit’s Futures tournament – a world class top-ranked professional tennis competition. He was voted in as an inaugural inductee into the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, alongside such greats as Jimmy Arias and Bobby Banck.
LaPenna has been a premier advisory staff member for Wilson since 1982. As a Player, Tom was a three-time winner of the Western New York Open Doubles and Mixed Doubles tournaments. Other titles include thirty-five and forty-five and over singles and doubles City Championships as well as men’s doubles victories in the City Clay Courts and New York State Championships.
Tom LaPenna is a USPTA certified Professional and graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program. He has been a winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the USTA Eastern section. He has been Eastern’s Representative/Coach for their Junior Travel teams and was a board member of the Eastern’s Jr. Competition Committee.
LaPenna’s coaching career includes seven years as Head Coach of the University of Buffalo’s Men’s Tennis Team, Head Pro at Sportsplex where he co-developed a unique High Performance Tennis Program that emphasizes mental toughness in addition to physical prowess, owner of Village Glen Tennis & Fitness Club for 25 years, Assistant Coach of Niagara University Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams and currently the Director of High Performance at Village Glen Tennis Club.
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.
Village Glen Director of 10 & Under Program
Kenny Chou joins the Village Glen from Midtown Athletic Club in Rochester NY, a club that has been recognized by the USTA as "a pioneer and industry leader in adapting to the needs of young players to help them develop their playing skills." Kenny has built his coaching background with a strong focus on younger athletes and program development, all while under the mentorship of world renowned coaches in the 10 and under age group.
Kenny also has experience coaching and competing at the collegiate level. He acted as the Assistant Coach to the Div III SUNY Geneseo Women's Tennis Team for the 2017-2018 season. There he helped the team to a SUNYAC title and a berth into the NCAA Div III Tournament. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a BS in Nutrition Management. While at RIT he competed 4 years as a student athlete for the men's tennis team, earning All Academic Team honors each year.
Now, Kenny looks to utilize his expertise and experiences to further the Village Glen as a premier tennis facility in Western New York.