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John DeFilippo

Director of Tennis

staff-1John is in his twelfth season as the Director of Tennis at Solaris Racquet Club. When he arrived he brought with him the Academy: a highly successful program for developing young players, which he created and has continually refined over a 20-year period. It is recognized as one of the most highly successful junior programs in the Northeast. Each year a number of Academy graduates go on to play college tennis at the highest level.

Prior to starting the “Academy” program, he studied at the renowned Tennis Technology Program in Tyler, Texas under the tutelage of Steve Smith. In 2005 he was awarded the William Freedman Award, given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of junior tennis throughout his or her career. This award, given in memory of William Freedman, was first presented in 1969.He is a USTA High Performance coach and a member of the New England Coach’s commission.
john@solarisclubs.com


Marc Lupinacci

Head Tennis Professional

staff-2Marc has been with Solaris Racquet Club since 1999. Previously, he was the Junior Clinic Coordinator for the Shippan Racquet Club in Stamford for 6 years. During the summer months he serves as Director of Tennis for the Italian Center in Stamford since 1994. In 1985 Marc attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and trained with Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and other aspiring juniors.

Marc graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1990. He was co-captain of their tennis team which had a #2 national ranking in Division II. He was a 4-time Pennsylvania State Athletic conference singles and doubles champion. Marc is a USPTA P1 Certified Tennis Professional and a member of the Wilson advisory staff.
marc@solarisclubs.com


Todd Paul

Academy Coordinator

staff-5Todd joined Solaris Racquet Club in the fall of 2010. Prior to that he was a top ranked National Junior player. Todd received a full scholarship to Wake Forest where he became the most successful player in the school’s history. He reached a #1 singles ranking and top 10 doubles ranking in the NCAA in his senior year and received numerous awards for his accomplishments. He was also the Arnold Palmer award winner during his senior year as the best male athlete in 2007. After graduation he turned Pro and held career high rankings of 480 in singles and 280 in doubles. Throughout his career is has beaten numerous current top 100 players on the ATP tour. Todd was born and raised in Stamford, CT.


Ryan Pena

Academy Coach

staff-9Ryan joined Solaris Racquet Club in 2014. Ryan graduated from Colorado State University with a Social Science degree. He became the Director of a high performance program at the Lewis Tennis School in Fort Collins, CO.   He relocated to Tampa, Florida to work at Saddlebrook International. He spent the next two years working under a number of notable tennis coaches in the industry. While there he became the manager of the female ITF team overseeing all player development. Working with top international players, he helped them attain ITF, National and WTA rankings. Many went on to top universities nationwide.

Zack Lahmar

Academy Coach

pro-zack-3 After playing 2 years of professional tennis, Zack attended the University of South Alabama, a Division 1 College, on a full tennis scholarship and was honored as team captain for two years. During his leadership the team qualified for the NCAA Championships both years and earned the ranking of number 5 in the nation.

Zack has a B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Physiology, graduating within the Honors Program as well as earned a spot as a GTA, instructing undergraduate students in various classes within the Exercise Physiology Department. During his last year, Zack became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Zack has over 18 years of tennis and fitness coaching experience; being a personal Strength and Conditioning Coach at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy and hitting partner to Mardy Fish, James Blake and Jennifer Capriati. Since 2006, Zack was Director of Sports, as well as, Developmental Tennis Coach for the top juniors in New England. In 2012 Zack became Director of Tennis within Fairfield County, Connecticut, specializing in developing exclusive elite junior tennis programs.

Zack is part of the prestigious “Team ASICS” where only 2 high performance coaches in New England is being part of.


Adrienn Hegedus

Junior Tennis Team Coordinator

staff-4Adrienn has been a world tournament player for years and has achieved a ranking of 178 in the world. She participated in Grand Slams and major world-class tournaments. She represented her native country, Hungary, in the Federation Cup. As a participant in Grand Slams and major world-class tournaments, she has developed a highly creative goal oriented professionalism and experience in coaching and motivating juniors.

During her college years Adrienn was a first team collegiate All-American in both singles and doubles for four consecutive years and was also selected as the NCAA/ITA national player of the year. Adrienn was chosen as the NCAA/ITA Senior player of the year, and nominated twice for the Honda Award which honors the Best Collegiate Women Athletes in the Nation. Sport Illustrated selected her as the “player to watch”.

She is a proud member and certified of the USPTA, the German and Hungarian Tennis Coaches Association as the Hungarian Sport Management Association.

Adrienn joined Solaris Racquet Club in 2007. Previously, she worked at a very prestige country club in Delray Beach in Florida.
Adrienn enjoys volunteer activities. She was a volunteer and assistant manager of the Budapest Sport Federation of disable athletes. While in Florida she coached wheel chair tennis and was a volunteer in the Nation biggest Wheel Chair Tennis Tournament in Boca Raton.

Tom Carey

Tennis Professional

staff-3Tom Carey will be returning for his 13th season at the Solaris Racquet Club, where he teaches private lessons, and adult clinics as well as junior players.  Although he has coached many nationally and sectionally ranked players, Tom gets a great deal of satisfaction from encouraging players of all levels of ability to reach their maximum potential.  As a player Tom achieved an ATP world ranking in both singles and doubles and was ranked #1 in the East in Men’s Open Doubles. He has been nationally ranked in men’s singles for the past fifteen years and as high as #24 in the United States. In the summer months Tom has been the Director of Tennis at the Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford for the past six years. Previous to Rockrimmon he was the Director of Tennis at Middlesex Club in Darien for over thirty years.

Tom is a graduate of Holy Cross College where he captained both the varsity tennis and ice hockey teams. He is a certified High Performance Coach, certified CT High School Coach, and a cetified Cardio Tennis Provider. Tom lives in Norwalk with his wife Angela and has three children, Katherine, Christine and Steven.


Rob Kehl

Tennis Professional

staff-6Robert D. Kehl hails from “The Friendly City” of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. In South Africa, Rob was a Certified National Instructor and Level 1 Tennis Umpire. He was also the Touring Coach and Manager of the Eastern Province team of South Africa. Rob also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Russell Road College in South Africa .

In the year 2000, Rob came to the United States and became a PTR Certified Professional Coach (P1). Rob’s first position in the US was tennis professional at Kings Highway Tennis Club and the following summer at Aspetuck Country Club. In 2006, Rob was chosen as the Director of Tennis at Rockridge Country Club where he was for the next 2 years. Following this position, Rob became the Director of Tennis at Ridgewood Country Club where he has been for the last 5 years.


Dan Scheuler

Tennis Professional

staff-8Dan joined Solaris Racquet Club in 2014 after spending 13 years at the New Canaan Racquet Club. He was the Winter Junior Director as well as Director of Spring/Summer programs. He graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO with a Business degree and played on their nationally ranked tennis team.  Dan’s previous positions include Van der Meer Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island, SC and the El Conquistador resort in Tuscan, AZ.   When he is not at Solaris, Dan is studying the DMC Training System to become an expert in movement efficiency and how it applies to the tennis athlete.  Dan was born and raised in Missouri.


Dane Ostilly

Tennis Professional

staff-8Dane Ostilly learned from the best tennis coaches, who instilled in him a strong foundation in the sport that he now passes on to all of his current students. His family is originally from Durban, South Africa, but he was raised in Connecticut. He played on the tennis team at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut for four years, and was coached by Matt Daly and Joseph Oybog, which was when his passion for tennis was forged. Dane then attended Concordia College, a D2 school, and played on its tennis team for all four years, which took Dane to the next level in his tennis career. He flourished playing with professionally ranked players. And his team ranked as high as “3” in the country and was always ranked in the “top 10” nationally. His team also went to the NCAA tournament semi-finals three out of the four years he was there. His experience playing with some of the best tennis players in the world has given him a great understanding of how European players play, which is yet another skill he can now pass down to future college and other tennis players. Playing on such a competitive college team was a life-changing experience for Dane. He graduated from Concordia College with a degree in Business and Marketing and went on to become the Assistant Director of Marketing for Miller Motor Cars in Greenwich, Connecticut. While he has a love for cars, his passion for the game of tennis won in the end! As he says, “From the time I played tennis at the age of 12, I was fortunate to have had the best coaches in the country. I want to pass on the skills, technique, and motivational strategies to anyone who is willing to learn.” And that is precisely what Dane does. He has been a tennis instructor and coach for a number of years, and he combines his talent, experience, technique, and knowledge with a high concentration on and enthusiasm for general fitness and wellness. His positive energy, friendly personality, and enthusiasm are infectious to all that play with him! In addition to his second season at Solaris, he is the assistant head pro at The Italian Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to these roles, he coached tennis at Buckskill private racquet club in East Hampton, New York, as well as in Westchester County and Fairfield County.