Our Tennis Directors

Dave Parker – Tennis Director

Dave Parker picWe are thrilled to welcome Dave Parker as our Tennis Director. Dave’s life has been rooted in a love and passion for tennis, and he is a tremendously talented player in his own right. Dave was a nationally-ranked Junior player in the 12, 14, 16, and 18 year-old age groups. During his high school years, he was a state tennis champion and national interscholastic singles champion. Dave’s excellence in high school tennis earned him a full athletic scholarship to UCLA. At UCLA he had a very successful college career, including a season where his team went undefeated and won the NCAA Tennis Team Championship (a feat that has since never been duplicated). Dave was on the ATP Tour from 1976 – 1981 and during that time he held a world ranking.

This success and dedication led Dave to pursue careers and continued involvement in tennis at the highest levels. He has been the Tournament Director for numerous USTA National, NCAA, NAIA, and Regional tournaments. He continues to be involved with the USTA, working with the National Junior Committee to develop the curriculum.

Dave loves spending his summers in Maine and has a passion for teaching children. Working with Dave allows children of all ages and skill levels to find a comfort with their game. Dave has a great feel for providing campers with just the right amount of motivation and instructional prowess to advance their game to the next level.

Credentials
  • Premier Coach of world-class players and over 50 college scholarship players
  • 15 years of experience in the Racquet Club Industry as Tennis Director and Head Professional at clubs in Kansas City, New Orleans, and Boise, Idaho
  • Tournament Director for numerous USTA National, NCAA, NAIA, and Regional tournaments
  • Involved with the USTA, working with the National Junior Committee to develop the curriculum
  • Former UCLA tennis team member and National Champion
  • Former ATP Tour member with World Ranking
  • Certified Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT)

Lanell Beckles – Assistant Tennis Director

Lanell website- compressedLanell Beckles, a USPTA-Certified Level 2 Professional, joins our Tennis Program this year as Assistant Tennis Director. Lanell learned the game of tennis as an aspiring junior in New York City, and played the game competitively throughout his adult life, competing on multiple USTA leagues and tournaments.

Lanell taught all over the Boston area, working with 4- and 5-year olds, showing them the love of the game. He has also instructed adults who are picking up the racquet for the first time. Currently, he is the Head Coach at Newbury College, a Division III school in the Boston area, while also working as a Tennis Pro at Harvard University. The first thing everyone says when working with Lanell is how much he loves the game, and campers will have a blast learning and enjoying instructional time with Lanell.

Lanell has worked with kids all his life in many different capacities and fields. He’s spent time as a camp counselor, educator, and a coach of multiple sports. He is excited to be at NEGTC this summer and bring his fun, light-hearted attitude into the Tennis Program.