2016-17 Committee Members

Andy Colombo
Former Rochester District Singles and Doubles Champion ~ USTA Junior National Tennis Coach ~ USTA Western Region Junior Competition Committee Board Member ~ NCAA Division 1 National Doubles Champion 2002 ~ NCAA Division 1 Tennis Hall of Fame member ~ 2-Time NCAA Division 1 All-American (2002-2003) ~ Former ATP Tour Professional (
Singles and Doubles) ~ 1st Team All-Sec Conference (Auburn University) ~ 2 Time Maroon and Gold Scholar Athlete (Arizona State University) ~Owner/Director of Colombo High Performance Tennis Academy and Head Tennis Professional @ Locust Hill Country Club

Luis Burgos
Luis played tennis at Franklin High school in 1976 and 1977 when a desperate tennis coach offered to provide him, who had never played tennis, with lessons and a racquet as an inducement to join the team. Luis immediately fell in love with tennis and soon spent all of his spare time refining his skills on the Rochester park tennis courts. He also realized quite early that city youth were at a distinct disadvantage when it came to access and opportunities for tennis development and competition. He vowed, as a teenager, that he would change that for future generations of city tennis kids; a promise that he joyfully fulfilled.
In 1991, he was recruited by the Rochester Love-15 Tennis Program as a volunteer. The program provided free lessons and equipment to inner city youth at Rochester parks. After the program founder, Spike Gonzalez, relocated to Florida, Luis took the helm as President of Rochester Love-15 from 1994-2001. He remains an advisor to this day.
During his time at the helm of Rochester Love-15, Luis created collaborations with the Tennis Club of Rochester, Midtown Athletic Club and the Manhattan Square Tennis Club to secure advanced tennis instruction and free court time for program participants. He also mentored and sponsored many of the program's elite tennis players. That long list includes Sam Chhoeun, Jefferson Dargout, Shella Dargout, Larry Holmes, Thaikiry Nguon, Justin Frazier and Andre Harris to name a few. They were very active in the Jr. Grand Prix tournaments and played on their High School tennis teams. Some of them also played in USTA-sanctioned Jr. Tournaments, college tennis teams (Johnson C. Smith University, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and Niagara University) and became tennis teaching professionals.
In 1999 Luis was appointed Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Rochester, and, in 2010, he was appointed Commissioner of Recreation and Youth Services. While in those positions, Luis championed the rehabilitation of Rochester's entire inventory of park tennis courts, which had suffered from deferred maintenance for more than 25 years. Under his direction, 40 Rochester park tennis courts were reconstructed at an investment of approximately $3 million. Moreover, Luis implemented a court maintenance system and finance plan to ensure that Rochester park courts will always be maintained in excellent condition according to tennis industry standards. As a result of his work, thousands of Rochester youth have learned how to play tennis who otherwise would not have had access to tennis instruction or equipment, and the public now has access to safe, attractive, well-maintained tennis courts in Rochester’s parks.
Pat Danaher
Pat has been an avid tennis player for many years at one time reaching a #4 ranking in the Eastern section. She has won several Gold Medals in the Empire State Senior Games. Pat also took 4th place at the Senior National Olympic games in Orlando, Florida. Pat has been involved with running the Rochester District Tennis Tournament for many years as well.

Laramie Gavin
Certifications: USPTA Elite Professional ~ USPTR Professional ~ USTA High Performance ~ USPTA Competitive Player Specialist ~ USTA Sports Science Levels 1 and 2
Playing Experience: #1 Singles and Doubles at Southern Illinois University
Currently Serving: USTA Eastern Junior Competition Committee ~ Chairperson USTA Eastern 10 and Under Council ~ USTA National 10 and Under Clinician
Coaching Experience: Over the last 15 years has coached over 10 State and Sectional Champions ~ Has coached multiple NCAA All-Americans ~ Introduced hundreds of beginners to the sport of tennis
Hometown: Bethalto, IL. With Midtown since 2001, Director of Racquet Sports

Chris Hayes
Chris has been playing/promoting tennis for over 40 years. Member of Tennis Club of Rochester since 1986. Two time districts doubles champion with Tom Hartzell, Jr., 1990 & 1992. Multiple age group district championships. Captain of TCR's Marsh Cup team for over 20 years. Sponsor for the USTA's Futures tournament since its move to Rochester from Buffalo.

Ann Nealon
Started the women’s tennis program at RIT in 1971. Under her leadership she compiled a win-lost record of 228-114-3 before her retirement in 2005. She also coached the men’s team for nine seasons, compiling an 86-31 record and leading the team to the Empire 8 Championship in her final season in 2005. During one stretch between 1980 and 1983, RIT won an astonishing 30 consecutive dual matches, with undefeated seasons in 1982 and 1983. Nealon led her team to a New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) championship in 1983 (tied with Binghamton) and two Empire Athletic Association titles in 1984 and 1986. Among Nealon’s achievements, In 1984 she was recipient of the Rochester Press-Radio Club Jean Giambrone Award. Ann was also a multiple time District singles champion.
Billy Nealon
At age 14, Billy was the #1 ranked junior in the US. The next 4 years, he remained top 10, finishing #3 in the boys 18 (#2 in doubles). A 2-year member of the US 18-Under Junior Davis Cup Team, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to top-4 ranked U.S.C. As an All-America, Billy was selected to the US Collegiate Davis Cup team, and attained a top-300 ATP pro ranking within 5 months. His first win over a top 75 ranked player earned him a main draw acceptance into the 1980 Men's US Open singles and doubles (losing in 4 sets to 9th seeded Peter Fleming). While completing against many top-15 ATP players on the pro tour 1983-1986, Billy attained ATP ranking highs of #230 (singles) and #156 (doubles). Later a 2-time district singles winner, Billy has been TCR's Head Pro 1987-1989 and 1996-present. Since 2002, Billy's program has produced a #1 US Junior (Marcus Fugate), 7 other top-15 US Juniors (4 since 2011), and a number of other top ranked eastern juniors. Recognized by the USTA for national excellence in multiple years, his program or juniors have received nearly $100,000 for training and travel. Billy was awarded the Eastern Pro of the year in 2007 and Eastern Clinician of the year in 2010.
Frank Okey
Won between 200-250 tournaments between 1949-1999 including local, regional, national and international tournaments. His local achievements include 59 tournament wins in the Rochester District Championships in various divisions. Frank was the first native of Rochester, NY ever to play in the US National Tennis Championships at Forest Hills where he competed against Vic Seixas. He won several senior titles in Canada and Bermuda between 1965 and 1975. His best national ranking was #5 between 1999 and 2004 in the Men's 80s singles division. In Mr Okey's final tournament he beat Wimbledon Champion Gardner Mulloy on grass in Orange New Jersey 6-3 6-3. He also competed against Bobby Riggs.
Dave Strebel
Coach for 50 years in the Rochester area. ~ Coached HS at Rush Henrietta for 13 years ~ Section 5 Boys and Girls Chairperson ~ High School- Boys States finalist in Doubles ~ Played college tennis at Cortland ~ Multiple year District singles and doubles champion. At National's Dave and his partner Bob Pecora beat the number 1 ranked team in the country in 45's. Dave and Spike Gonzales reached the quarter finals and semi finals at 2 National tournaments in the 45's division. Dave and Spike were ranked #1 in the Eastern section 1 year and Dave never lost a singles age group singles match from 35 to 55. Dave still teaches tennis in Rochester at The Harley School.
Brad Thyroff
2 time High School All American. ATP ranked in singles and doubles in 1996. Rochester Districts Open Singles and Doubles Champ. Hitting partner for WTA Tour player Jana Novotna in 1997. Hitting partner for WTA Tour players Venus and Serena Williams 1999-2001. Has also worked as a hitting partner for French Open Champion Iva Majoli as well as Jeff Tarango when he was ranked top 50 in the world on the ATP Tour. Has taught tennis on and off for 24 years in Rochester, NY

Joe Thyroff
Started playing tennis in 1976 when he and his wife Jeanne entered their two boys, Scott and Brad, into a tiny tot’s tennis program. Current Boys’ varsity tennis coach at Pittsford Mendon (2001) and Girls’ varsity coach at Pittsford Sutherland (2005). His teams have won 17 sectional championships. He has an overall coaching record of 325-52, 86.2%. His Sutherland girls’ team won 144 straight victories, the longest streak in Section V and the third longest in NYS. He was the NYSPHSAA Boy’s State Chairman from 2001-2005 and the tournament director from 1987-2006. NYS named him Boys High School Coach of the Year (2013). He was named AGR coach of the year by the Democrat & Chronicle on four occasions for both Boys and Girls. Family owns Manhattan Square Tennis Club and he was a past co-owner of the Country Place in Fishers NY and the Tennis Club of Webster. He was the board president for the Tennis Club of Rochester in 1995. In 2010 and 2015 the Thyroff’s were named family of the year by the Eastern USTA Section. He won the Rochester Age Group Championship for Men’s Doubles 35 with Jeff Wagstaff in 2008

Duncan Ververs
Teacher, Coach and Administrator at Brighton Central Schools for 35 years. As the Brighton High School Tennis Coach, his teams recorded over 150 victories. He had the pleasure of working with many top players including Marc Wurtzman (New York State High School singles champion), Jeremy Wurtzman (#1 ranked in the country while at Ohio State) and Rob Bernstein (2 time Rochester Men's district singles champion). Duncan was past Monroe County Boys High School Tennis Chairman, Section V Boys High School Tennis Chairman and New York State Boys High School Tennis Chairman for 12 years. One of the highlights of his tennis leadership was bringing the New York Boys High School State Championship to the National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows.

Fred Weber
Fred has been involved with tennis for over 70 years. He joined TCR in 1961. " Good fortune has allowed me play with some great players; Peter Lyman, Mario Obando, Jimmy Arias, Scott Thyroff, Brad Thyroff, Tom Holtman, Al Kuhn, Lowell Latshaw, Len Treash to name a few. I have been blessed."

Glenn William
Over a period of 25 years, Glenn taught, developed and coached 11 USTA Jr. National Champions, 37 USTA Nationally ranked players, 19 Collegiate All-Americans, and 160 sectionally ranked players. He was the personal coach for 9 High School State Tennis Champions and served as Coach/Captain of the 1992 USTA Jr. Wightman Cup Team. Glenn also coached and managed more than a dozen players on the WTA tour including (highest ranking noted) Meredith McGrath #15, Karina Hasbudova #27, Marianne Werdel #29 and Shaun Stafford #55. 121 players Glenn personally coached as juniors played collegiate tennis on athletic scholarships. Glenn is currently the managing partner of Midtown Athletic Club.