|Mike Graff, USPTA
Currently, Mike is the President of Baseline Tennis. Mike’s previous assignments with Baseline Tennis include, General Manager of Farmington Tennis Club, head pro at Birmingham Athletic Club and ran the day to day operations at the Birmingham Racquet Club. He previously spent six years as the Sports Director at The Sports Club of West Bloomfield where he had worked since 1987. He has been very involved in all aspects of Southeastern Michigan tennis, serving on the SEMTA board, USPTA Midwest Board, Competitive Training Center Coach, USTA District Endorser, Cystic Fibrosis Tennis Auction Ball and many others. He played four years of Varsity Tennis at Oakland University and graduated with a degree in Marketing in 1991. His top tennis achievement may have come when he and three other Michigan professionals were inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for 111 hours of continuous doubles play in 1990.
|Matt Parker, USPTA – Director of Tennis
Matt has taken over as the Director of Tennis at BRC after three years as the Adult Director. He graduated from Ferris State University’s Professional Tennis Management Program in May of 2004 and since then has served for five years as the Director of Tennis at the Birmingham Country Club and spent last summer as the Head Pro at the Birmingham Athletic Club. Matt’s teaching experience includes time at the Westmoreland in Chicago as well as the well-known Van de Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He enjoys working with all ages and levels of play and looks forward to serving all of BRC’s clientele.
Mark returned to the Detroit area after spending 22 years in Europe coaching tennis. He has a long list of accomplishments with over 30 plus years of teaching tennis. Some of Mark’s credentials include: Chairman of Junior Development of SEMTA for four years in the early 80’s, travel coach for many internationally ranked juniors, as well as he was the National Coach of Malta which included captaining their Davis Cup and Federation Cup teams. Mark has developed himself as a high-level instructor and coach who cares deeply about getting the most out of his students.
John believes tennis should be fun first and foremost! John has coached both boys and girls high school tennis for many years, saying, “developing young players is the most rewarding part”. John coaches and coordinates USTA Team Tennis, serves as a clinician for after-school tennis and is a USTA Official. John initiated and ran the Youth Tennis Program for Hamtramck Public Schools Park and Rec. Dept. and today enjoys working with BRC players of all ages and abilities.
Rachael graduated from Marquette University in 2011, where she earned her Public Relations and Marketing degree. Rachael played #3 and #4 singles and #1 doubles her junior and senior year at Marquette. Before moving to the state of Michigan, she worked at Riverside Tennis Center and Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas teaching all ages. Rachael moved to Michigan in July and is excited to be part of Baseline Tennis.
|Ben Taylor, USPTA
Ben Taylor is the assistant tennis director at the bloomfield open hunt club. He is USPTA and PTR certified and is a graduate of the professional tennis management program at ferris state university. He has spent time teaching in Shreveport Louisiana and saint claire shores Michigan. After one year with baseline Ben is looking forward to continuing his work with BRC and BOH.
|Kelly Smith, USPTA
Kelly is a USPTA certified teaching professional and a graduate of Spring Arbor University where she played #1 and #2 Singles and #1 Doubles. She has been playing tennis for 16 years and has 10 years of teaching experience, 8 of which have been with Baseline. She currently teaches at BRC and Orchard Lake Country Club and previously taught at Birmingham Athletic Club and various Parks and Rec facilities in the area.