Participants must be a Hampshire Athletic Club member or pay a session guest pass, payable to HAC. All lesson fees are payable directly to the instructor.
Director of the Pioneer Valley Jr. Tennis Academy at HAC
A Level 1 USPTR coach and private coach since 1996, Matt served as Co-Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Amherst College men’s tennis team from 2004-2015. While at Amherst, Coach Leitl helped develop the collegiate games of thirty-two “3, 4 and 5 star” recruits as well as six other highly accomplished international players from Germany, Estonia, South Korea and England. The Lord Jeff’s qualified for the NCAA tournament 10 times and amassed 2 NCAA National Championships, two NCAA runner-up finishes, one NCAA third place finish, and three NCAA elite-eight appearances. Coach Leitl also assisted in producing an NCAA national singles champion, an NCAA national singles runner-up, two NCAA national doubles champions, 16 NCAA All-Americans, and two ranked ATP doubles players.
In addition to his collegiate coaching resume, Coach Leitl has coached and trained numerous regionally and nationally ranked junior players that have gone on to play collegiate tennis at Amherst College, Wesleyan University, Dartmouth College, Boston University, LeHigh University, the University of Illinois, Earlham College, Bryant University, and RPI.
Coach Leitl is currently Head Tennis Pro and Director of the Pioneer Valley Junior Tennis Academy at Hampshire Athletic Club (founded in 2006). Matt is also in his 14th year as Assistant Director of the Nike Junior Tennis Camp at Amherst College.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Leitl was a three-time all state player. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and attended graduate school at UMass-Boston. Matt currently resides in Amherst, MA with his wife Jen, son Elliot, and daughter Annie.
Sundays, June 18th through August 13th * Dates are subject to number of enrolled participants
11am – 3pm
Please contact Matt for details
Mollie has been a full time tennis pro in the Valley since 2008. She is also in her third year as the Amherst College Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach. A former standout at Division I Cornell University, Mollie played first singles and first doubles for the Big Red, while serving as a team captain during her senior season. Named to the All-Ivy doubles second-team in 2005, she also excelled in the classroom, garnering ITA All-Academic praise, while graduating cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s of science degree in communication.
Mollie is a USPTA certified instructor and a USTA certified tournament director. Having coached in USTA New England High Performance clinics, she has worked with many of the top junior players in the region.
A native of Amherst, Mollie became the first, first-year to win the MIAA State Singles Championship in 1999, while also earning a USTA New England No. 1 doubles ranking from 1998-2001.
Mollie currently resides in Amherst with her husband Smokey, son Jack, and their dog Otis.
Kerry Saunders is a fun and dedicated tennis instructor who understands the benefits of teaching to the individual. Because everyone learns differently, His focus is on smaller group sizes, semi private, and private tennis lessons. His basic tennis philosophy is to have fun, be aggressive, but provide for consistency first. Kerry has over ten years of experience teaching tennis. Working with kids and adults at levels ranging from beginner to advanced USTA competitor, Kerry has successfully built players from the ground up. He taught tennis to his own daughter and she has gone on to win many USTA junior tournaments.
Aside from teaching tennis, you might find Kerry fly fishing, running the Boston Marathon, or spending time outdoors with his family. Kerry lives in Amherst, MA with his wife Molly, and his two children, Nya and James.