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PTC Staff

TEACHING PROFESSIONALS 

Head Professional, David Blagden

  • David Blagden (Head Professional) - David is a longtime teaching professional and club manager with previous experience in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, and California before coming to Oregon in 2012. He is a certified USPTA Elite Professional. David has an Bachelors degree in Economics and Masters in Business Administration.  His extensive and diversified experience in the industry includes building and resurfacing courts, consulting, and operating pro shops.

Bret Bowers

  • Bret Bowers - Bret has been coaching tennis for 29 years.  He is a USPTA Professional who played on the professional satellite tour.  Before playing on the tour Bret, was the South Carolina High School State Singles Champion.  Previous to working at the PTC, Bret owned and operated several grass roots tennis academies on the east and west coasts.

  • Chris Mulcahy - Chris was born in Boston, MA. He is certified by PTR and brings over 10 years of teaching experience to PTC. Chris continues to play competitive tennis and is also the snowboarding coach for Grant, Central Catholic, and Cleveland high schools.

  • Lawrence Smith - Lawrence gained his ten years' experience in the San Francisco bay area where he worked for Stanford University's head men's coach and as an assistant director for Youth League Tennis.  Lawrence has worked with people from ages 5-75, individually and/or in groups.  He has coached league teams and juniors to regional rankings.  Lawrence is USPTA certified and brings to court an enthusiasm for helping others to improve their game.