Rod Heckelman Director of Tennis
Rod’s career started in 1966 when he began his five-year role as a teacher at John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch in Carmel Valley, Calif. Later he opened as the resident pro for Gardiner's Tennis Ranch on Camelback in Scottsdale, Ariz.
In 1976 he made his way back to his home state of California, where he took over as General Manager/Tennis Director at the Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur. He produced both the “Facility Manager’s Manual” and the “Business Handbook for Tennis Pros,” that is published with the T.I.A. In 2010 he was awarded “Manager of the Year” for the USPTA NorCal division and later announced by the USPTA as the “Manager of the Year” at the World Conference. He has been selected as an advisor for both Babolat and Tennis Legacy. He recently came out with two more instructional books, a book for senior players called, “Playing Into the Sunset,” and a great new book for practicing called, “250 Ways to Play Tennis.”
In David Sylesh is a well rounded tennish instructor. He developed excellent coaching skills for singles and doubles. David has also created cardio tennish workouts for all levels. He works with adults and kids of all levels and specializes in teaching new players.
David also works with adults and kids during matches; warming them up, takes kids to their matches, giving feedback, and providing enouragement. He is available during the week or weekends, and works with your schedule.
Russell Byrne is the newest member of the team. His athletic accomplishments vary from basketball to baseball, but his lifetime passion has been tennis. For the last few years he has been coaching the Mt. Tam High School tennis team, and has brought his insight to our Club and will be enhancing our junior program for high school players.
Lisa Meakin’s background is swimming and dance. She has been teaching swim lessons and life guarding for over 20 years. Along with guarding and lessons at various community pools, she has been a rotational swim coach for a city team, worked in learn to swim programs for special populations, taught life guarding and started a junior lifeguard program. She acquired her AEA
certification in water exercise for both shallow and deep water in 2004. Since then she has added course work to her certification to obtain specialties in prenatal exercise, multiple sclerosis, nutrition and pilates. She is also a Red Cross certified instructor in both learn to swim (WSI) and lifeguarding along with being a lifeguard instructor. She teaches on Tuesday and Thursday
Olympian, Masters Swim Coach
Coach Steve Clark is a two time Olympian medalist, a collegiate national champion and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He swam all through college and beyond. He is currently the assistant coach at Redwood High. He will be coaching masters year round in our indoor pool. Come check out a work out at 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and meet Coach Steve. Masters is free for members.
Fitness Director.- I was a semi-professional athlete for over 20 years, performing at soloist level and studying with local and regional ballet schools including Marin Ballet. Dealing with sports-related injuries and arthritis as an adult influenced my training style, and I specialize in work-arounds and therapeutic/modified weight lifting; I also specialize in aesthetic bodybuilding for men and women, and post-natal training for women.
As a certified Red Cross lifeguard and Water Aerobics instructor, I offer water training which is specifically designed for post-rehab athletes and adults with joint injuries and pain.
-Master Personal Trainer (NASM)
-NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist
-Red Cross Certified Lifeguard
-Stott Pilates/Barre Instruction
-Water Aerobics Instruction