Meet the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center Team
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics in Italy, Omar decided to move to the USA to complete his MBA and play college tennis.
During his time as an athlete at Southeastern University, the team reached the highest ranking in the school program (#17 in the nation) and made it to Nationals for the first time. Before coming to the USA, Omar played multiple national and international tennis tournaments in Europe, and served as a sparring partner for Pablo Carreno-Busta (n. 13 ATP) and Filip Krajinovic (n. 44 ATP) during the ATP Challenger of Cordenons from 2013 to 2015.
Omar is a certified tennis coach from the Italian Federation and has been coaching tennis both in Italy and in the USA since 2017.
Mehdi's background in tennis is wide and deep. Aside from playing professionally and representing Morrocco in the Davis Cup, he's been teaching for over 30 years both juniors and adults.
Mehdi's energy on court matches his skill and precision in improving one's game.
Marisa Ann Rodriguez
Front Desk Associate
Marisa comes to us as a graduate of USF and a wealth of experience in customer service including past experiences at Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens.
Marisa will be working mostly nights and weekends at the front desk.
Court Maintenance Associate
Consultant and Blue Ocean Student Services Owner
Edgar manages all Padel programs at SVB and also coaches juniors in our academy and after-school program. Edgar has an infectious energy on and off court.
Edgar comes to us from Padel Life in Miami and is a Marine veteran.
Salt Room Owner
Director of Academy Operations
Bo manages the operation of our High Performance Tennis Academy.
Bo works closely with the directors and coaches of our program to customize a training plan and ensure each player is getting the most out of their time here.
Front Desk Associate
Bella Sorrentino will be joining us as the member services associate. She comes to the organization with a big passion for sport - especially tennis.
She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sport Management while being a student athlete on the women's soccer team at Temple University. She has had the opportunity to work for many sport organizations in Pennsylvania, such as APL Tournaments.
Bella brings an impressive background being a lifelong athlete, competing in many different sports throughout her youth and most notably playing collegiate soccer. Bella enjoys the beach, watching Netflix, staying active, and hanging out with friends in her spare time!
Front Desk Associate
Vesh Bistro Manager
Matt is the manager of Vesh Bistro here at SVB. He has been an athlete his whole life focusing on golf and soccer but more recently joining the team and playing tennis.
He moved over from England at just 10 years old with his parents and have resided in Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills.
He looks forward to making sure you have a great dining experience here at Vesh Bistro!
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Business Development Associate
Kristel has many different professional experiences which have prepared her for a position in sports event creation, coordination and management. She enjoys new challenges, and opportunities to discover something different.
She is very excited and motivated to help SVB grow. Originally from the south of France, Kristel is fluent in French and English.
She believes in dreaming big, setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Kristel is also a Certified Health and Life Coach.
Joe retired at 48 and traveled the U.S. for seven years following retirement.
He studied bird biology at Cornel University and become certified in eagle biology. He has certifications in CPR, USAP Trainer, and PPR.
He’s been teaching pickleball for five years.
High Performance Tennis Coach
Nico is a certified 1st degree tennis coach from the French federation since 2009. He has been developing and coaching tennis players for 14 years.
From 2009 to 2013, he led the top regional players and few top national players group age 12 in the French Riviera.As a player, he competed in national and regional men’s open tournaments. Played number 1 single for a team competing for the national championship from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he moved to the Chicago area and coached at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff from 2013 to 2020 where he was the director of the age groups 12s and 14s.
He also competed in mens open league. Outside of coaching, Nico loves gambling on the golf course with friends and poker nights!
Head Chef, Vesh Bistro
Mark developed his skills from various experiences including a rigorous culinary program at Johnson & Wales University, which was ranked in the top 5 in the nation.
Artistry was mastered through years of dedication to upscale dining establishments and private catering at elite resorts, private clubs and five-star hotels. The discipline to master the art, combined with the passion to create the experience produces unparalleled catering and dining services.
Every item on Vesh Bistro's menus has been carefully crafted by Mark and his team.
Certified Athletic Trainer
PJ Orgass is our rehab/prehab coach who will focus on injury prevention through stretching and soft tissue massage.
He coaches and travels with pro players and has worked with players such as John Isner, Sascha Zverev, and Caroline Garcia.
PJ's areas of expertise are functional rehab, injury diagnosis, management and prevention. PJ is certified as both an LAT (Licensed Athletic Trainer) and ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified). PJ grew up in Spring Hill, FL.
Racquet Technician and Stringer
Peter will focus on helping members and guests with all of their racquet needs.
Peter will string most of the club's racquets and will help players optimize their game through equipment. He's traveled on tour with multiple high-level pros and comes to us with decades of experience in the field.
For years I have been passionate about helping others improve their health and fitness goals so that they can live their best life and get the results they are after. My passion has led me on a career path of being a Registered Nurse for over 2o years and continuing my education as a Nationally Certified Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Weight Management Specialist, Personal Trainer, Certified Holistic Life Coach and most recently a Sports Performance Specialist.
As the Founder and Owner of Rooted Holistic Health Coaching, I have an extensive background that involves years of studying evidence-based holistic practices, strategies, and methodologies. I leverage my experience and expertise to foster incredible health and fitness results for my clients that not only leads to improved overall health but is also accompanied by establishing healthier habits which leads to sustainable results. Several strategies include mindset, behavior modification, nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, bio resonance testing and environmental influences.
I work with a large variety of clients that range from those wanting to lose weight loss to improve their overall health and reduce their health risk factors, to recreational athletes and elite level athletes that are wanting to go to the next level.
If you would like to learn more if health coaching is the right fit for you, schedule your complimentary consultation today. I offer individual coaching and consulting, family coaching, group coaching and run several different health & wellness programs throughout the year and offer presentations on various health topics.
Gary is our Soccer expert and coach for the centre.
From the age of five, Gary was kicking a soccer ball, learning the foundations of the game.
His passion and skill has earned him the opportunity to play in over 500 professional games, taking him to the EPL and scoring over 250 goals. This led to Gary obtaining his UEFA coaching Licenses.
His diversified coaching style and emotional intelligence, develops communication within the team and fosters positive feedback and learning at every level.
In more recent years, Gary was a technical and skills coach at the Philadelphia Union Academy, as well as running his own youth soccer club - Spirit of Zephyrhills, and is passionate about helping the youth achieve their highest potential!
I love bodywork. Massage is like mind-body divorce counseling. Anyone can benefit from therapeutic touch when given in context of healing.
The last 17 years I have been crafting personalized massage sessions, worked in medical clinics, chiropractic offices, spas, private practices, wellness centers, and assisted over a dozen small businesses to open.
It is an honor to serve Zephyrhills, Florida at the SVB Tennis and Wellness Center!
Ariana Castaneda - Anthony Collard
Owners, Negative Zero Cryotherapy
Do you looove the cold? Yeah, neither do we. So, Anthony and Ariana, why would you create a business that quite literally brings submerges your body in temperatures as cold as 120 Celsius? Because of our common passion for health and wellness.
In our personal quest to reach peak physical and mental states, we found cryotherapy. After one session in the cryosauna, we were hooked. In just 3 short minutes, we experienced euphoria, mental clarity and pain relief from sore muscles and joints. We just knew that this was something special, and that we had to bring this hypercool solution to you!
Director of Junior Academy
Before coming to the United States, Thomas was a professional level player who lived in France. His tennis career helped him become a hard working, diligent, and confident person, who learned how to push himself to his limits in every aspect of his coaching career.
While playing, he had also completed his undergrad studies at St Leo University, where he earned an economics bachelor degree, and ranked of the NCAA2 in the country.
Thomas has been working under the guidance of Pascal, our CEO for the past 2 years. He has been working with top juniors, and college graduates whose desire is to better their game, in a small, personalized environment.
Thomas’ dedication to technical details, his devotion to his player’s well being made him the perfect candidate for the job of Director of our Junior Academy at SVB.
Director of Tennis
After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelors's degree in Business and being a 2 time All American Rene decided to begin coaching at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. He eventually became the Touring Pro Director where he oversaw the career of numerous top 100 pro tennis players.
Most recently he’s been the full-time coach for John Isner who continues to be the #1 ranked American on the tour. He has also coached Hubert Hurkacz who was ATP #140 when they began and is currently at a career-high ATP #29.
He’s always prided himself in bringing the most out of his students' ability no matter their level and looks forward to continuing that at SVB.
Nick leads our finance and HR departments at SVB. He comes to us with a background in coaching, classroom teaching and operations management.
Nick also serves as Executive Director for the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Foundation, the non-profit partner to the center. He previously served as Director of Operations at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia, the USTA’s second largest NJTL in the country prior to joining the team.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Elon University, a teaching certificate from Drexel University and is an MBA candidate at Clarkson University.
Nick can be reached at Nicholas.Walton@svbtenniscenter.com
Mel is a former American football defensive end who played two seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.
From 1998-2003, Mel attended Kansas State University on a full athletic scholarship for football where he was coached by college football legend, Bill Snyder. Mel played football at every level and has been trained by the best.
Mel believes that great things can be achieved by a team and is a big proponent of the “don’t quit” mentality. Mel understands that when times get hard in any aspect of life, our first instinct is to give up - do not be a quitter!
Member Services Manager
Madeleine Gauthier will be joining us as the Member Services Manager. She comes to the organization with a big passion for sport - especially tennis.
She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sport Business with minors in Sport Hospitality and Accounting while being a student athlete on the women's tennis team at Saint Leo University. She has had the opportunity to work for many top sport organizations in Florida such as Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando City Soccer, First Tee and most recently the United States Tennis Association. One of her career highlights is being able to work at the US Open in New York City.
Madeleine brings an international background and has lived in Brazil and Dubai, UAE while traveling to many countries competing.
Madeleine loves all things related to tennis, fitness, the beach and dogs! Look for Madeleine at the SVB Front Desk and ask her about memberships.
Andy brings with him a wealth of sports management and coaching expertise as the former Director of Racquet Sports at a top ranked Platinum Country Club, Aronimink Golf Club in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Before coming to Aronimink Andy served as the Head Men’s and Women’s Varsity Tennis Coach at Temple University. Over his nine-year career Andy was twice named the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year and his teams won 3 Atlantic 10 Conference Team Championships. He was also named the USPTA College Coach of the Year in 1994.
A gifted teacher, coach and mentor, Andy has personally worked with dozens of Division 1 tennis players that received scholarships at universities such as Stanford, Norte Dame, University of Georgia, Boston College and of course Temple University.
“My vision for the SVB Tennis and Wellbeing Center is to create a unique environment for racquet sports enthusiasts of all levels. Our staff will develop a culture of learning based on the latest science of teaching and wellness. We will stay on the cutting edge of sports training and maintain the highest level of performance for all levels.”
IT Project Manager
As IT Project Manager, Pierre is behind all the online services of the SVB Tennis & Wellbeing Center.
He is building on 20 years of technical and creative experience in web development, adapting to environments as diverse as large corporations (ArcelorMittal) or supranational agencies (European Parliament and European Commission). Before coming to the US, he founded, operated and sold a successful awarded web start-up in the Admintech sector.
He also joins with his love of Padel, having discovered it when it began to trend in Europe, and hopes to be one of the ambassador of this exciting sport in the US.
Happy father of 3, Pierre also expresses his creativity as a sound engineer and a band musician playing guitar, bass and keyboards.
As a certified technician in BioFeedback and Neurofeedback, Gabriella enjoyes the multiple facets of these two integrative medical approaches. More specifically, as a former youth tennis champion has developed a keen interest in peak performance for athletes, musicians, CEOs, students, and other populations performing under high levels of stress.
Her multicultural upbringing, extensive travel, and personal experience in youth and professional sports, both as player and administrator, is what enables her to establish a close connection and a deep sense of empathy with her clients who face stressful, high-pressure situations.
Such empathy further allows her to analyze and offer personalized solutions to anyone seeking a better understanding of how to react and adapt in the face of such situations, as well as how to reach individual peak performance levels.
At the SVB Tennis and Wellness Center she will dedicate her time to help everyone who would like to find their ‘zone’, their ‘peak’ in a safe, and controlled environment.
Welcome to SVB and your better self!
After several successful positions as a Director of Tennis across Europe, Saddlebrook Tennis Academy, and most recently in Philadelphia at the prestigious Merion Cricket Club, Pascal has decided to return to Florida.
Following his successful winning of the bid to build a USTA sanctioned Tennis and Wellness Center in Zephyrhills, he has put together a group of partners and started developing curriculums and programs for local and visiting athletes interested in sports and wellness.
Pascal is an innovative thinker, and an extraordinary leader.
He prides himself in successfully building tennis clubs/academies, and curriculums by providing strong programming, highly qualified professionals and excellent customer service.