Claudio is a certified USPTA, PTR Professional, Master Coaching Professional in the PTR 10/under coaching program, and one of the country’s leading experts in junior development and club programming.
He is a former USTA staff member serving as the USTA Community Coordinator/Service Rep for Connecticut. He is also a former National USTA RCW Faculty Trainer conducting workshops and trainings for programs throughout the United States.
At the national level, Claudio was a teaching professional at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, where he coached some of the nation’s premiere high performance junior players and WTA/ATP professional tour players.
At the local level, Claudio was Director of Operations of the Armandi Tennis Academy where he was a key architect in the creation and development of all club and academy programs, curriculums, and day to day operations.
Over the course of his career, Claudio has been a consultant and speaker at various USTA, USPTA, and PTR tennis industry conferences providing innovative programming solutions to tennis clubs, schools, parks & rec. programs, and grassroots organizations in the public and private sector.
Claudio is also the recipient of 4 national tennis industry awards for his contributions
2017/18 USPTA Eastern VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (Southern District/Westchester County)
2014/15 USPTA Eastern PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
2014/14 USPTA New England YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR
2014/15 PTR Connecticut PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Mark graduated Rye Neck HS and went on to get a Bachelors Degree at Boston College. During his career, he has worked in sales and marketing for the Mets, Yankees and N.Y. Knights in the World League of American Football. After that he went into real estate in 1994 as a broker in N.Y. City.
Mark started Apache Trail Associates in 1998 with Daniel Horowitz. For the next 18 years they built upscale custom and spec homes in Westchester and Fairfield counties and are currently focusing more on investment properties.
Mark has been coaching the boys Varsity Golf team and Girls Varsity tennis at Rye Neck H.S. for over 11 years. Married in 1996 to his beautiful wife Tina Papachristou, they have 3 amazing children (Brooke 20, Michael 17 and Christopher 15).
Director of Operations
Bennett has been the Head Coach of Horace Greeley HS Boys Tennis team since 2005 leading the team to 9 League titles. In his tenure, Bennett has had over 20 players continue to play NCAA tennis.
Bennett is a 3 time Section 1 Coach of the Year winner.
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