Directors

Director of Tennis

Director of Tennis

Caroline Canton

PTR Certified
E:
 carolinejbristol@gmail.com
716-697-0815

Caroline brings 10 years of top coaching and teaching experience from championship club teams, smart cardio tennis clinics, and private lessons. Teaching all ages and skill levels at Hickory Hill Swim and Tennis Club, Orchard Park Country Club and South Towns Tennis Center, she enjoyed great success introducing tennis to young children by creating a fun, dynamic atmosphere designed to develop a sense of camaraderie and good sportsmanship.

A former Division II tennis player at Mercyhurst University where she led the team four years at number one singles and number one doubles, Caroline understands how to compete, earning All-PSAC First Team honors at singles and doubles, for three years.  She graduated in 2014 with a BA degree in Sports Business.

Her successful college career followed remarkable high school success playing varsity tennis for six years at Orchard Park High School and as #1 singles for four of those years.  Honors included winning multiple Division and Sectional titles and qualifying for the state championships for five consecutive years.

ROGace Director

ROGace Director

Wojtek Starakiewicz

PTR Certified
E:
wojtek@rogace.com
716-301-9223

Born in Poland, Wojtek has been playing tennis since he was 6, earning remarkable accolades playing in 15 countries and dozens of international tournaments. He won the 18u Polish Junior National Championships in singles and doubles. Wojtek also reached 426 in the ITF Juniors, 1489 in singles and 920 in doubles in ATP World rankings. 

Recruited from the pro circuit by Lee Nickel, current UB Men's Head Coach, Wojtek was a top player for the Bulls between 2009 - 2012 and the first UB player to reach 103 in the national rankings. 

After graduating, Wojtek worked in NYC as Director of 10u Tennis at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Senior Assistant Director of JMTA and Regional Director of U10 for Sportime Tennis Clubs. 

At the Academy Wojtek completed the highest PTR Certificate of Master Tennis Junior Development and coached many top Sectionally and Nationally ranked juniors. Wojtek also had the opportunity to work with industry renown specialists, Mike Barrell, Ann Pankhurst, and Lawrence Kieger, (Coach of junior Wimbledon Champion Noah Rubin).

Wojtek lives with his wife Denise in East Aurora. Both are proud UB supporters and members of the Shareholders Society.


Teaching Pros

Please welcome Erick Garcia!

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Prior to arriving at the Village Glen and South Towns Tennis Club, Erick served as a coach and Academy Director since 2001 at the Niagara Academy of Tennis (NAT) in Ontario, Canada where he had several ITF junior champions, 3 Canadian National Junior Champions and a few playing on the ITF pro circuits and the ATP Tour. He also serves as the current Head Coach of the Division I, Purple Eagles at Niagara University (Men and Women) since January 2017.

Erick's passion for tennis began at the age of 8 in Oaxaca, Mexico at the Club de Tennis Brenamiel. A few years later, at the age of 15, he earned a full scholarship to the Centro Tenístico Guido Lorandi, an elite boarding tennis academy in Puebla, Mexico. He played juniors at the National Level earning a ranking of as high as 8th in the nation in the boys U18 (1999). Erick also competed in the professional tennis league in Mexico (AMTP) and several Futures Qualifiers in Mexico, Canada and the US.

Additionally, Erick was also a team member for the Purple Eagles (Niagara University) from 2001-2008. During his time there he reached Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference finals twice.

Erick's love for tennis and his passion for helping people reach their goals is what keeps him excited to be on the court.

Pro Garcia holds a Masters Degree in international Marketing. He currently resides in Wheatfield, NY with his Wife Kendra, and two children, Beau and daughter Sonora. He can't wait to start this new journey in the Buffalo area.


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Rich anderson

PTR Certified
E:
rganderson1@verizon.net
716. 867.6584


A former Team Captain for the Canisius College Men’s Tennis Team where he played first singles and first doubles coached by Terry McMahon, today Rich Anderson is a PTR Certified 10 and Under Professional and a rare Adult Independent Teaching Instructor.  

He understands what it takes to compete and win, having participated in numerous area tennis tournaments over the last 30 years.  Most recently, in 2014  he played in the USTA 55+ 8.0 League National Championships held in Surprise, Arizona.

For the past few years, Rich has been one of Village Glen’s High Performance and Junior Program Coaches. He is a dedicated instructor of adult and junior players of all levels including an advanced-level adult drill clinic, intermediate-level junior classes as well as private lessons.  

Rich’s passion for coaching and teaching goes beyond tennis, having coached youth soccer, basketball and hockey teams for several years.

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Jason Joseph

PTR, USPTA, USTA, Tennis Canada Certified
E: 
jdjoseph1@yahoo.com

A performance-based development coach with nearly 20 years of experience, Jason knows what it takes to succeed and guides his students to achieve their unique goals. Managing performance tennis programming, Jason also has over 10 years of experience directing structured 10 and Under tennis programs and worked closely with national coaches in Canada at Niagara Academy, a Tennis Canada recognized Tennis Development Centre. 

Jason has worked with national and international caliber high performance players from over 25 countries 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. At Niagara Academy, he managed Physical-Technical Player Development and helped over 100 high performance tennis players reach their goal of an athletic scholarship. His coaching methodology features evidence-based sport-science training. 

Jason has never lost his love of competing, contributing to the Buffalo’s Marsh Cup team since 2003 as well as being a Buffalo MUNY champion. He enjoys long distance running, fiercely proud of his age based Top Ten finish in the 2008 International Marathon.

To learn more about Jason Joseph, a rare competitor and teacher with a burning passion for optimizing player development and coaching education, visit: actionapproach.com.

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Amy L. Borden

USPTR Certified
E:
TennisAmyB@aol.com
716.510.8112


Amy is a former Division I #1 singles and doubles player for the University at Buffalo, and has been teaching tennis in the Buffalo area for over 15 years. She coaches at all levels and ages, including Varsity, JV and modified boys and girl’s tennis teams.

As an Independent Instructor at South Towns Tennis Club since 1998, she brings a rare combination of professional insight from time as Head Tennis Pro at Brierwood Country Club and Assistant Tennis Pro at Eagle Ridge Club, demonstrating her true dedication to teaching at all levels.

A passion for teaching also explained by her master’s Degree in Education. With NYS Certification in Social Studies, she has been a secondary education teacher for 8 years. She brings boundless enthusiasm that shows in her enjoyment working with all ages and skill levels on the tennis court.

Tom Harty

We’re excited for you to meet Tom Harty, a newer addition to our staff at both Village Glen and South Towns Tennis Clubs. Tom comes to us with many years of experience coaching and playing the game at the collegiate Division 1 level.

As a high school player, in his senior year at Amherst High School, Tom won the High School Section VI singles championship. He followed this by going on to play 5th singles/3rd doubles for four years at Boston College and during his senior year was named team captain.  During his summers at Boston College, Tom directed the tennis program at the exclusive Cherry Hill Club.

Upon graduating from Boston College, Tom directed the program at Park Club and had the opportunity to coach in the Middle East for 7 months.  Additionally, Tom also coached the men's varsity tennis team at Bentley College in Boston before moving on to Dartmouth College in Hanover NH where he ran the community tennis program for 4 summers. 

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Wayne Martin

USPTR and USPTA Certified
E: 
waynelouismartin@gmail.com
716.994.7401

Wayne Martin has been a teaching professional in the Buffalo area since 2003. Certified at the highest professional level by the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) and 10U Tennis Certification, Wayne also holds an Elite Professional Certification rating by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). 

Benefiting from thousands of hours of 10 and under, junior, adult, cardio tennis and high- performance coaching experience, Wayne is currently the Junior Competition Coordinator and Assistant Pro at South Towns Tennis Club. 

With extensive training with the USTA, USPTR and USPTA and from renowned coaches Mike Barrel, Brett Hobden, Karl Davies and others, Wayne is also a USTA Eastern Section Clinician, helping to educate area schools and organizations on how to incorporate tennis into their curriculum and improve their existing programs. For the past 15-plus years he has coached top area juniors, many that have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

A big supporter of the USTA Junior Team Tennis Program, Wayne has coached numerous regional and sectional championship teams and is currently the USTA JTT Coordinator for the Buffalo area.

Wayne helped lead his high school team to the Connecticut State Championship his senior season and played collegiately at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State.  This rare blend of playing, coaching, training and education experience makes Wayne one of Western New York’s most versatile and gifted tennis pros and coaches.

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James McGuire

James is a former Division I head coach, leading Men’s and Women’s programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University. There he guided the 2015 Men’s team to the Northeast Conference Championship match and coached the Conference Men’s 2015 Player of the Year.

James’ head coaching experience also includes notable success at Division III Elmira College in Elmira NY, earning the 2013 Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year for Women’s Tennis. Leading the Women’s team to the Empire 8 Conference Tournament, the Soaring Eagles Women best regular season conference record ever and, in 2013-2014, he coached the 2013-2014 Elmira College Men’s team to their most wins in at over a decade.

James is a 2011 graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois, where he was Team Captain for the 2009/2010 season, recipient of the Art Peterson Leadership Award in 2009, and attained the Fighter First award in 2008 and named to the Summit League All-Academic team in 2010. Prior to transferring to Western Illinois, James also played at the University of Rhode Island where he recorded a team-best 19-10 singles record as a freshman. He also recorded 17 wins in doubles play as a sophomore.

While James now calls Buffalo home he grew up in Pittsford, NY where he was a 2006 New York First-Team All-State selection from Pittsford Sutherland High School, and a finalist in the doubles competition at the 2006 New York State High School Tennis Tournament. 


Front Counter & Back Office Staff

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Linda Knezevic

Front Desk Supervisor
E: 
llkneze@mac.com

A South Towns Tennis Club fixture since 1992, Linda considers the Tennis Club her home away from home. As our front desk supervisor, she’s involved in practically everything, and makes it her mission to assist anyone with needs or concerns efficiently and with a ready smile.  She welcomes suggestions at South Towns and is ready to help. Away from the club, her interests include family, grandchildren, gardening, crafts & furniture refinishing.

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Les Bailey

E: lesb@roadrunner.com

A familiar face and friend, Les has been a member and has played at South Towns for years. Managing customer service departments for FedEx Trade Networks before retiring in 2011, Les joined South Towns front counter staff in 2013 and is eager to assist you with any questions, issues or comments concerning the club. In addition to tennis, Les enjoys reading, gardening, golfing, directing, performing in live theater and with his wife Carol, embarking upon their latest travel adventure.

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Cindy Holmwood

Cindy began working at STTC on a part-time basis 2014.  Today, in addition to her full-time job as a Project Manager, she’s always ready to help customers as needed!  In her spare time Cindy enjoys reading, spending time with her family and traveling.

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Elizabeth Langswager

Our Tuesday / Wednesday evenings front desk staffer, Elizabeth graduated with a  Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from SUNY Brockport in 2012. An outdoors lover, her other interests include painting, hand lettering, singing and all things science. She resides in West Seneca along with her husband, two young daughters, and the family’s two dogs. 

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Brandi Magney 

Brandi joined the South Towns Tennis Club team in November 2015. She also works full-time as an Executive Assistant at a downtown mental health clinic. Always happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, Brandi is an avid reader, enjoys baking and spending time with her family, friends and her two cats. 


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Andrea Toczek

E: amtenis@gmail.com

A member at South Towns Club since 2005, customers love her fun-loving personality that brings a smile to everyone she meets. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College and a master’s in science education from the University at Buffalo. She is currently working part time in the back office and at the front counter and is ready to help with anything from Reserved Courts to tennis racquet and equipment questions, to offering assistance to navigate our Club Automation software.

She and her husband enjoy camping and the outdoors with their three young children.