DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
USPTA CERTIFIED (since 2003); PTR CERTIFIED (since 2013)
Mike’s goal is to deliver an amazing lesson every time he steps on the court.
He has been a part of the New Jersey tennis community for most of his life. After playing Division I tennis at Seton Hall University, Mike launched his professional teaching career at West Orange Tennis Club in NJ (1992 - 2008). He later became the Head Tennis Professional at the Tennis Center of the Black Hills in Rapid City, SD. Upon returning to his NJ roots, Mike assumed the title of Assistant Racquets Professional at The Short Hills Club. More recently, he was Senior Tennis Professional at The Strand Tennis Center in Chatham, NJ for a number of years.
At Murray Hill, his passion for teaching is as strong as ever. He works hard at honing his craft, and keeping his teaching fresh. Mike is also an avid racquet technician with over 25 years of experience stringing and repairing tennis racquets.
Mike lives with his wife and two adorable daughters in Lake Hiawatha, NJ.
It takes Chris Young twenty minutes on average to string a racquet – a whole ten minutes slower than regulation U.S. Open stringers. Young’s talent on-court, however, makes up for his lack off-court.
Tennis has been a part of Chris Young’s life for 20+ years.
After claiming the 2001 NJ High School team State championship, Young went on to play NCAA Division I singles & doubles at Monmouth University.
Young decided to turn his passion into a career seven years ago. He worked closely with Michael Romeo for the four years leading up to Mike’s move to Murray Hill to become Director of Tennis.
His infectious energy, exponential patience, and ability to translate technical aspects of the game to his students make him an awesome choice for teaching juniors & adults alike.
Chris hails from Lake Hiathawa, NJ, and his stringing skills are actually pretty amazing.
James Enzler may have the diet of a picky first-grader, but his teaching skills get an A+. In between chicken nugget binge-sessions, you can find James following his on-court passion at Murray Hill.
While pursuing his bachelors in Elementary Education from Midland University in Nebraska, James discovered the thrill of being on a college tennis team. His experiences playing at Midland inspired his dream to coach a Division I tennis team. In 2017 he took another step towards his goal by becoming the Seton Hall assistant coach.
His background in education makes him a downright natural for working with our junior players, but his playful personality is also a great fit for every adult who’s a child at heart.
James Enzler attributes living in NJ to making a wrong turn on the parkway – but we suspect the high volume of diners per square mile is what is really what keeps him around. We’re onto you James.
Brett Michel has been a certified USPTR professional since 1991. His teaching career began as a Staff Pro and Assistant Manager at the Twin Oaks Tennis Center in Morristown, NJ in 1991. In 1999, he was promoted to Director of Tennis and General Manager of the club, and served in that capacity until 2010.
Upon leaving Twin Oaks, Brett began teaching at Columbia Racquet Club in Florham Park, NJ during the indoor season, and remained at the club until last year. During the outdoor season, he is a pro at the Noe Pond Club and is their Junior Team Tennis Coordinator.
In addition to his professional teaching, Brett is the Head Varsity Tennis Coach for the Morristown Beard boys and girls tennis teams. He played high school tennis at Morristown Beard and collegiate tennis at Drew University. Brett achieved USTA rankings in the Men’s Open Singles (#32 in 2000), and Men’s 25’s (#2 in 2000). Brett lives in Chatham, NJ with his wife and two kids.
Being the eldest daughter of a two-time National Singles Champion and former Davis Cup player of Thailand, one can confidently say tennis naturally runs in her blood. Genevieve Gramatica has been a certified USPTA professional since 2007. Her coaching career began as a staff pro at West Orange Tennis Club, along side her father/coach/mentor.
A girls' varsity starter since freshman year, Genevieve helped lead Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ) to Essex County and New Jersey State T of C titles four consecutive years (1996-1999). In 1999, she and her 1st doubles partner, advanced to the semifinals of the Individual State Doubles Tournament for its premier year! Genevieve was sectionally ranked in the top 40 of the USTA Eastern Junior Division. She continued to play competitively in college for three years with the Penn State club team.
After college, Genevieve honed her coaching experience as an Assistant Coach for the women’s tennis program at Johns Hopkins University and served as a USTA Adult League Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Section. During her coaching career at Johns Hopkins (2008-2012), Genevieve helped guide the Blue Jays to one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2012. During that time, JHU claimed its sixth straight Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time ever. The Blue Jays finished the season ranked 11th in the nation for DIII women’s tennis.
Now back to her Jersey roots, Genevieve is Newark Academy's Head Varsity Coach for the girls tennis team and Assistant Varsity/JV Coach for the boys tennis team. In addition to the spring outdoor season, she is also Kushner Academy's Head Varsity Coach for the girls and boys tennis program.
Genevieve lives in Roseland, NJ with her husband and two sons.
Beatrix has had a successful and varied career in tennis. A leader in the international tennis community, she was the #1 ranked player in Hungary in 1976. In the European Championships, she finished as a semi-finalist in both the womens and mixed doubles categories. She played in the Fed Cup for Hungary, on the grass at Wimbledon, the red clay in the French Open and the hard courts of the US Open! Her highest WTA ranking was 106. She played against Martina Navratilova (she won one of the two meetings!), Virginia Wade, Mary Carillo and others.
Beatrix has been a certified USPTA tennis professional for 18 years, and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She was the Director of Tennis at Columbia Racquet Club from 2007-14. Beatrix lives in Chatham, NJ.
Maria began her tennis career at age eight. After playing number one singles for four years in high school, she earned a scholarship, and played four years of Division I tennis at Seton Hall University. She is PTR certified for 10 & Under. She has worked as head tennis instructor for Berkeley Heights Recreation for the past seven years, teaching both adults and children. She has been a teaching pro for Murray Hill for three years, specializing in the 10 & Under age group. She is a USTA member and loves playing on teams in the spring and winter.
Barbra Kogan is a USPTA and PTR-certified tennis professional, and has taught tennis at Murray Hill for over eight years. She played both high school varsity tennis, and Division I tennis at Bucknell University.
In recent years, she has worked with with the Summit Tennis Association, The Strand Tennis Center, and with the Pro Smart Tennis Academy.
At Murray Hill, Barbra enjoys working with children and adults, and also runs tennis parties for the club. Barbra lives in New Providence with her husband and two teenage sons.
Adam started playing tennis at the age of seven and had a successful career. After winning a New Jersey state championship in 1990, Adam went on to the University of Michigan where he played varsity tennis from 1992 to 1995. In his 16 years of coaching, Adam has worked with and helped develop over 200 USTA nationally ranked players and five New Jersey state singles champions.
David Drucker is currently a PTR professional level certified coach at the 10 & Under and Adult Development level. With a BSBA in Sport Management and an MBA in Marketing from Nichols College, in Dudley, MA, David's tennis career highlights include breaking the all-time Singles & Doubles wins record in 2013, 1st Team Conference honors in singles & doubles, and captaining the team to back to back Conference championships in 2012 & 2013. At the High School level, David achieved All-County & All-State honors in 2007, representing Nassau County on Long Island, NY at the State High School Championship. As a junior USTA player, David achieved the goal of #1 ranking in Long Island. David brings over 10+ years experience as a tennis coach and enjoys working with all different levels of players from beginner to advanced, and juniors to adults.
Outside of tennis, David also enjoys following soccer (Come on West Ham!), baseball (Lets Go Mets!) and football (Lets Go Giants), while also enjoying boating and spending time with his wife Kerri, his family & friends.
Anastasia “Nas” Polyakova had no idea what “dingles” was. “We never played tennis games growing up” she said in a way that made the temperature on the courts drop by a few degrees. From training at age 6 in St. Petersburg to playing #1 singles and doubles for St. Johns University, to dominating the dingles scene at Murray Hill, Anastasia has come a long way from the strict confines of the Russian tennis training program.
Nas currently resides in Union with her husband, two MH mascots, Antonio (3) and Milania (8 months), and her German Shepard, Mishka.
She finds not pumping her own gas to be very strange. Misses good caviar. Loves investigative crime scene television shows. Hates country music. And likes to make lasagna for her family.
We did some image-word associations to get a sense of how she has assimilated to Jersey life.
Garden State. The road, parkway.
Bruce Springsteen. Huh?
Wawa. Ah like 7-11.
EZ Pass - Too expensive.
We couldn’t be more pleased to have Anastasia at Murray Hill. But someone get this girl a copy of “Born to Run”...stat.