Our Tennis Coaches

Joao “Jay” Pinho

Tennis Professional/HP Coach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Coaching Background

- Head Professional at the USTA National Tennis Center, NY
- GPTCA: Certified Level C by the ATP World Tour (in progress)
- USTA: Certified High Performance Coach
- USPTA: ‘10 Rookie of the Year, ‘14 U30 Pro of the Year, ‘15 Pro of the Year
- USPTA: Certified Elite Professional
- USPTA: Division Vice-President & Former NJ District President
- Speaker at the following Conferences: 2015 USPTA World Conference, 2015 USPTA Middle States, 2016 USPTA Mid-Atlantic, 2016 USPTA Missouri-Valley, 2016 USPTA Eastern
- PTR: Certified Professional in Adult Development, 10 & Under, and 11-17 Years Old
- PTR: Master of Tennis in Performance (first ever to graduate from the longest coaching program in U.S.)
- International Coaches Institute & Academia Sanchez-Casal: Professional Level 2 in Spanish Training System
- Human Performance Institute: Certified Mental Toughness Specialist
- The Etcheberry Experience: Certified in Strength, Conditioning & Movement in Sports
- Four years of experience as an Assistant Coach at the NCAA Division I level (Princeton University, The University of Toledo and Utah State University) and recruited college players in eight different countries
- Teaching since 2001

Playing Background
- Competed professionally at National level and was Brazilian National Doubles Champion in U-18
- Four-year standout at Austin Peay State University and Utah State University, NCAA Division I
- Big West Conference: All-Conference Second Team – Singles & Doubles
- Western Athletic Conference: Academic All-Conference
- Utah State University: Most Valuable Player, Team Captain & Whiteside Scholar-Athlete Award
- Austin Peay State University: Most Improved Player
- Coached by former #6 in the world player and Captain of the Brazilian Davis Cup Team, Carlos Kirmayr

Academic Background
- Master of Business Administration, The University of Toledo
- Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, Utah State University
- Certificate in Sports Marketing and Management, University of California Los Angeles

Contact Information
- Office: 908-359-8730 ext. 22
- Email: college@nassautennis.net

Jeremy Eckardt

Tennis Professional/HP Coach

Brooklyn, New York

Coaching Background
- U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA): Member
Playing Background
- 1st Singles at Montgomery High School 2004-06
- 1st Singles & Doubles at The College of New Jersey
- Finished 2008-09 Season Ranked 9th in the NE Region

Academic Background
- Montgomery High School
- The College of New Jersey, Bachelor Business Management

John Taft


Tennis Professional/HP Coach

Glens Falls, New York

Coaching Background
- Centercourt Sports Academy Tennis Coach & Dartfish Video Analyst
- SUNY Cortland Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach
- PTR Professional 11-17 Certified
- Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) – Member
- Teaching since 2007

Playing Background
- Four year varsity tennis player at SUNY Oneonta: Singles & Doubles
- Trained at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Wesley Chapel and Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, NY
- NAC Men’s Tennis All-Conference First Team Singles & Doubles
- NAC Men’s Tennis Male Athlete of the Week
- SUNY Oneonta Male Athlete of the Week

Academic Background
- SUNY Oneonta 2011 – B.S. in Studio Art; Tau Sigma National Honor Society, SUNYAC All-Academic Team
- SUNY Cortland 2013 – B.S. in Physical Education; Magna Cum Laude

Gino Carosella

Director of Adult Programs/Part-Time HP Coach

Abington, Pennsylvania

Coaching Background
- Professional Tennis Registry Certified Professional for 20 years
- United States Professional Tennis Association Certified Professional I for 6 years
- Tennis Director, Cheltenham Racquet Club (1994-2008)
- Has built his teaching reputation for the last 20 years coaching successful USTA & Buxmont teams, taking them to District, Sectional, & National levels

Playing Background
- 2011 5.0 & 9.0 National Championship, Middle States Inter-districts Men’s 35 Champion
- 2009 10.0 National Championships
- 2008 4.5 & 9.0 National Championships
- 2007 #1 Ranking Philadelphia Districts Men’s 35s Singles\

Tony Pizzuli


Tennis Professional/Part-Time HP Coach

Edison, New Jersey

Coaching Background
- U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA): Certified Professional
- Developed and Directed numerous camps and programs at the Little Silver Racquet Club, Little Silver NJ and The Westfield Indoor and Outdoor Tennis Club, Westfield NJ
- Teaching since 1996

Playing Background
- St Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, NJ – All County
- Ranked ETA Junior 14′s, 16′s & 18′s
- University of Hartford – Div 1 scholarship – 4th singles & 1st doubles
- North American Conference Champion, 1996
- Australian Satellite Circuit, Fall 1997

Academic Background
- Bachelor of Arts, University Of Hartford, 1996

David Przystasz

Tennis Professional/Part-Time HP Coach

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Coaching Background
- United States Professional Tennis Association – Professional 2 Certified

Playing Background
- Played at Bridgewater Raritan High School (varsity all four years)
- Played a season for Quinnipiac University
- Nationally ranked as a junior player

Academic Background
- Bachelor in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, William Paterson University
- Masters of Education, Columbia University

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