Matt Parker, USPTA
Director of Tennis
Matt has been the Director of Tennis at BRC since 2011. 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. Matt’s teaching experience includes time at the Westmoreland C.C. in Chicago as well as the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He enjoys working with all ages and levels of play and looks forward to serving all 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.
Kevin McGuffie, USPTA
Director of Junior Tennis
Kevin is a USPTA certified professional with 15 years of teaching experience. In addition to his Elite level USPTA certification, Kevin is also USTA 10 & under certified and Cardio/TRX certified. In 2017 Kevin was named the USPTA Midwest Division Michigan professional of the year. Most recently Kevin was a pro at Lifetime Fitness in Rochester Hills and is now excited to join the pro staff at the Birmingham Racquet Club. Kevin’s coaching background includes coaching high school tennis and basketball at both the junior varsity and varsity level.
Chad Ruthig, USPTA
Director of Adult Tennis and Pickleball
Chad is a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional and graduate of Ferris State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Professional Tennis Management, Marketing and Business. Following graduation in 2015, Chad joined Peter Burwash International for six years, the world’s largest tennis management company. During his tenure with PBI, he served in several roles stretching across the country and the Bahamas. A few of his positions included Director of Tennis at Creighton Farms Country Club in Aldie, Virginia; Tennis Professional at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California, and a Tennis Professional at the top 10 rated tennis resort in the world, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, CA. Chad is excited to bring his variety of experiences to BRC and return closer to family in the great state of Michigan.
Kyle St. Pierre
Kyle played 4 years of Varsity high school tennis and 1 Year of college tennis at Rochester College. He has been teaching tennis for the past 6 years and is currently rated a 4.5 in USTA. Kyle loves teaching tennis to all ages. Kyle’s positive energy on court provides a safe and fun learning environment for junior and adult players of all levels.
Matt is originally from Marine City, MI, and attended Ferris State University’s PTM program. He has been instructing in the racquets industry for more than 20 years. His experience includes 10 years in the Chicagoland area working for Midtown Athletic Club as both the Director of Platform Tennis and Associate Tennis Professional. He also worked at Mission Hills CC Rancho Mirage, California, Sportime Randal’s Island NYC, Bloomfield Tennis, Bloomfield Mi., and most recently he served 7 years as the Racquets Director at Bloomfield Open Hunt.
Andrew is a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional and graduate of Ferris State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Professional Tennis Management, with minors in Economics and International Business. Since graduating in 2021, Andrew has been served as the Director of Tennis at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, a staff professional at MVP Sports Clubs, and most recently, a staff professional at Greater Midland Tennis Center, the largest indoor tennis facility in the Midwest. Andrew has a passion for working with tennis players that are just beginning their tennis journeys regardless of their age.
AJ has been teaching at the Birmingham Racquet Club for over three years, and thoroughly enjoys working with the community at the BRC. AJ’s coaching background has been shaped by years of competitively playing tennis coupled with a multitude of instructional techniques learned in the USMC. AJ has a background in personal training and in classroom teaching which provides him with a unique perspective when it comes to breaking down and teaching both technique and strategy.