Director of Tennis


Mike Manzella - USPTR certified

Mike Manzella has been a professional tennis instructor for 12 years, certified through the USPTR.  Recently Mike represented South Towns Tennis Club with the completion of a year long 10 & Under consultation through USTA Eastern. The consultation specialized in 10 & Under training and programming. With this, South Towns Tennis Club will be only one of 6 clubs in the entire Eastern Section to have gone through and completed this course, making our club a premiere 10 & Under tennis facility.

Prior to coming back to South Towns Tennis Club, he worked with Peter Burwash International (PBI), the world’s premier tennis management company. Mike’s training and experience includes tennis instruction for all abilities: novice, intermediate and advanced levels of play, as well as running social programs, clinics, and tennis charities. Through PBI, he has completed 450 hours of training on tennis instruction, court maintenance, service, and club/resort tennis management. During this time, Mike has also spent many hours studying teaching concepts and instruction with Peter Burwash, a USPTA Master Professional, retired touring pro, and former coach of Greg Rusedski, Serena and Venus Williams. 

Mike’s last position with PBI was the Director of Tennis at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, FL, one of the nation’s top ten tennis resort as voted by Tennis Magazine. His other experiences include teaching at the Windstar Club in Naples Bay and The Lake George Club in Lake George, NY, as well as instructing at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, the Stanglwirt Hotel in Austria, and the Little Dix Bay Resort in the Virgin Islands. At these locations, Mike coached both juniors and adult league teams, and was responsible for scheduling, promoting, and running a wide variety of programs, which included lessons, clinics, cardio tennis, interclub match play, and social events. 

Mike completed his bachelor’s degree in Communications at the State University at Buffalo. He is looking forward to another exciting season at South Towns Tennis Club!