Meet the Tennis Pros

Setting the Standards for Tennis in Long Beach

Mitch Bridge (Founder-Director)

Mitch competed on No. 2 ranked Long Beach State Men’s Tennis Team before graduating in 1987. He held an ATP ranking from 1989-1994 and won over 100 Men’s Open titles in his playing career. Mitch has coached full-time for the past 25 years and has trained more than 30 current Division 1 players from Tennessee, Texas, Pepperdine, UCLA, San Diego State, Cal Poly, Princeton, BYU, UCI, Harvard, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Over those 25 years of coaching, Mitch has also had the opportunity to train many ATP and WTA ranked pros. Besides looking forward to creating some future professionals at the Academy, Mitch and the Academy Staff primary focus is trying to make  juniors into better players so they can eventually earn a scholarship to play collegiate tennis. Southern California Tennis Academy’s mission is to develop the young tennis player in the most dynamic and positive way possible.  The most important concept that tennis can teach us is character, and each day at the SCTA Academy is an opportunity for our young players to become a more complete person through tennis.

Jordan Bridge (Head Coach + Fitness)

Jordan Bridge was a top ranked U.S. junior player winning two bronze balls from National Championships. He is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate with four years playing “All Big West” singles and doubles. As a Freshman, Jordan was named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year. Jordan graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in business administration. For more information about Southern California Tennis Academy and to contact Jordan or Ayca please visit www.sctennisacademy.com.

Mark Chavez (Head Coach Developmental) 562-833-4440

 Mark Chavez is a USPTA certified tennis professional who also earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Science. He also is the director of Movement Factor, his health and fitness company specializing in athletic development and personal fitness for adults and juniors. Mark has over 20 years of experience in junior and adult player development, martial arts and athletic improvement. He specializes in teaching proper stroke development, footwork and overall athletic performance. Mark played competitive tennis and held a #6 ranking in Southern California while competing in Division II college tennis. He also holds a black belt in taekwondo, a brown belt in judo and has four years of mixed martial arts experience. Nothing gives Mark more pleasure than assisting all tennis players acheive success and make playing tennis more enjoyable. Please give Mark Chaves a call and let your tennis game begin its transformation.

Conatct Mark at 562-833-4440 or emal him at mark@movementfactor.com.

Andrew Toprak (Tennis Pro)

Do you need help with your tennis game? Are you an advanced player, but crumbles under pressure? Are you a new player interested in the game? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have come to the right website.

My name is Andrew Toprak. I am a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional teaching at the El Dorado Park Tennis Center in Long Beach, California. I have been playing tennis internationally for 22 years and teaching in the United States for 10 years. I teach players of all ages and levels. My goal is not only to improve your tennis skills and make you a confident player, but also to make you love the game as much as I do.

Call or text Andrew at: (562) 260-2010 or via email at: ToprakTennis@gmail.com

Taylor Apostol (Coach)

Taylor Apostol is a  full-time academy coach. He has been coaching at El Dorado Park Tennis Center for 10 years. He trained at the West Coast Tennis Academy in high school, and played the USTA Jr. SoCal tournament circuit before competing for Division 2 Concordia University, Irvine. He is a high energy coach that will push all players to work their hardest.

Ayca Gumuscu (Coach – Office Manager): email – gumuscuayca@gmail.com

Ayca Gumuscu is native of Izmir, Turkey, earned a full scholarship to play at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a four-time 1st Team All-Horizon Conference selection. A four-time conference champion, Gumuscu received the conference’s Player of the Week honors several times and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Marketing and Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. She is USPTA Certified and has been now teaching tennis for over 10 years.

Leyland Dexter (Coach)

Leland Dexter comes to us from Casper, Wyoming, where he was previously the Assistant Director of the tennis program at the Wyoming Athletic Club. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from D2 Hastings College. During his time there, the Hastings tennis team was 3x conference champion and national qualifier. Leland has been coaching for 8 years and competes on the SOCAL Men’s Open Circuit.

 

Brett Masi, Head Coach USC Men’s Tennis (Coach)

Brett is the current Head Coach at NCAA #1 USC.  He was Peter’s assistant coach at USC before taking the Head Coach position at University of San Diego followed by Texas Tech. Brett’s two kids attend the High Performance Academy at SCTA.

Nicole Merrit (Tennis Pro) 818-220-9976

Hello, my name is Nicole Merrit! I have been living in Southern California most of my life and am currently an accounting student at Cal State Long Beach. I have been playing tennis for sixteen years and coaching for four. I grew up playing competitive tennis and was the varsity team captain all four years of high school. Through my years in competitive tennis, I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge about technique, strategy, skill and the overall game of tennis. I coach kids and adults of all levels and am passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of tennis with you! CONTACT NICOLE at 818-220-9976