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Anthony Silitta

Executive Tennis Director anthony@seacoastsportsclubs.com

Anthony Sillitta, Executive Tennis Director for SSC-Great Bay has been coaching or teaching tennis for over (20) years and has been on staff as the Tennis Director at SSC-Great Bay for over (7) years.  Anthony has completed off season training and instruction for many area high schools and has held the title of  Head Varsity Coach for high school teams in both New Hampshire and Maine.  Prior to working with area high schools Anthony was the head coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s & women’s teams and held the position of Tennis Director for the UNH tennis program.  Anthony has spent time in Florida & Pennsylvania working with Ed Krass and his College Tennis Academy and he has worked in San Diego, California working with teaching pro’s whose clinics included WTA tour players.  Anthony is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and competes locally for SSC-Great Bay’s USTA men’s travel league team.

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Radek Kocek

Tennis Professional

Radek was born in Czech Republic and was a nationally ranked tennis player there. In 1983, his family moved to the United States and settled in Lexington, MA. He kept playing tennis in the U.S. and he was ranked #1 in the NELTA 18-Under Division in Singles and Doubles in 1986, and #25 in the USTA National Rankings. In 1985, he helped Lexington High School win Division 1 State Team Championships and was a state finalist in singles play. He was also a two time High School All-American and Two Time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection.

Radek attended West Virginia University on a tennis scholarship, where his team qualified for the Division 1 NCAA Team Championship in Athens, Ga. After his college career, Radek played on the ATP Pro Tour from 1989 to 1991, playing satellite and challenger tournaments and earning an ATP World Ranking. He was in singles qualifying and main draw doubles at the US Pro Championships in Chestnut Hill, MA and in the singles qualifying for the Pilot Pen Championships in New Haven.

Upon finishing his playing career, Radek was an assistant pro and head pro at various clubs in Massachusetts as well as a sparring partner for a number of playing professionals such as Marianne Werdel, Jill Craybass, Geoff Grant, Libor Nemecek and other.

Radek has worked in dental sales for the past 20 years for various dental implant companies and is currently a Sales Manager for Palma Dental Laboratory. He is a big hockey fan and was a head coach of the 97 AAA team for the Portland Junior Pirates from 2008 to 2012. He likes to play recreational soccer, visit local beaches with his family and tinker with projects around the house. Radek lives with his wife, Shelly, in North Berwick, Maine and they have two children. His daughter is a sophomore at Boston University and his son is a junior in high school.

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Seabury Staton

Tennis Professional

I believe I found my calling in life as a tennis pro. From the very first time I opened a metal tin of all white Wilson balls(Phhht!) at age 7 and made contact with my very first way-too-big-for-me wood Jack Kramer strung with Imperial Gut at 65lbs, I was hooked. From that turning point,  I went on to become a Ball Boy, Groundskeeper, Successful Junior and Intercollegiate Player, Unsuccessful Professional Player, Linesmen, Umpire, Apprentice and then USPTA Teaching Pro, Director of Tennis and lastly Tennis Club Owner/Manager. But my first love has always been teaching and for the last forty years, I have combined my appreciation of the game, and all it’s nuances, with my love of language, endless curiosity about the mind-body connection, and sense of humor (some say….) to make learning the game as much about the joy of the process as the achievement of expertise. If you have any questions, I will be pleased to hear from you.

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Zoltan Koncz

Tennis Professional

Zoltan is a USPTA Tennis Teaching Professional.  He enjoys teaching players of all levels.

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Rachel Whelton

Tennis Professional

I have been teaching tennis for about ten years. My area of expertise is teaching kids, ages 10 & Under. I love helping kids get going with the technical fundamentals of the sport immediately, so they can enjoy the strategy and competition soon into their tennis experience. On and off the court, I strive to balance serenity, sportiness, and comfort as a mother and aging athlete.

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Barry Caron

Teaching Professional

A Dover native, Barry has been a full time tennis professional in the region since 1991.  He has coached all levels of the game to great success. Reaching USTA Nationals twice as a player and five times as a coach, his players have achieved  NCAA All America status (2), NH State Championships (14), and USTA Sportsmanship awards (7).

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Howard Burnett

Tennis Professional

Howie Burnett is a— USPTA Elite Level— Career Tennis Professional with 42 years of coaching experience.  Howie  coached many of the top players that have competed in the Seacoast area from 1974 when he founded and operated the Tennis Club Management company Net Advantage LLC until 1998 when he relocated to the Island Country Club On Marco Island FL.  The cornerstone of Howies coaching philosophy  is that  “Technical Competence opens the path to Confidence!”  Howie was the New England Pro of the year for both the USPTA & the USTA in 1989 and the Head Coach of The USTA Area Training Center for Tournament Level Juniors in NH and Central Mass from 1988 to 1998.  Howie has numerous  former students that have gone on to be successful Teaching Pros as well as Prep School and College Coaches.

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