The Glastonbury Tennis Club is pleased and proud to introduce our Certified Teaching Professionals.






Jim played Division I tennis for Central Connecticut State University.  After college, he taught tennis at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL.  There he worked with young aspiring juniors like Maria Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin.  Jim began traveling around the world conducting promotional clinics for the NBTA.  Then for two years, Jim directed satellite projects for NBTA in Berlin, Germany and Jakarta, Indonesia.  After returning to the states, he has been teaching in the greater Hartford area for the past 10 years.  He was the Head Tennis Professional at the Newington Tennis Center for 3 years.  Jim holds a PTR (professional) certification.  Jim is looking forward to teaching all ability levels and sharing his love for the game.


Sharon Murphy
10 and Under Coordinator

Sharon has a PTR Masters in Junior Development and PTR in Adult Development. She was named PTR State member in 2005 and PTR NE Pro of the Year in 2011. In addition she was a Division 1 college player. Currently she is the Glastonbury Hight School Girl's Tennis Coach.



Quin Howe, PTR*

Junior Development Coordinator

Quin played Divison I college tennis for Central Connecticut State University. After college, he moved to Miami Florida and taught at the Nick Bollitieri Tennis Academy at Flamingo Park, as well as the North Shore Tennis Academy in North Miami Beach. While living in Florida, Quin coached nationally and internationally ranked juniors. After moving back to Connecticut in 2005, Quin has been teaching in the greater Hartford area for the Glastonbury Tennis Club. He's been a full-time pro at the club since 2007.

*Needs to be Renewed


Cristina Walters, PTR

Cristina Walters was born and trained in her native country of Brazil.  She has been teaching tennis in the greater Hartford area for 18 years. Christina has woked at serveral tennis clubs in the region, training a wide range of ages and skill levels. Currently Cristina coaches USTA teams.  Cristina continues to develop her teaching and playing abilities.



 Keith Perron, PTR

Adult & Junior Development Coordinator 

Keith Perron has been a part of the Glastonbury Tennis Club teaching staff for over 20 years. Keith is a long standing USTPR certified professional with certifications in both junior and adult development. He is helping to introduce the quick start methodology for 10 and under players. He has worked with all levels from beginner to advanced players. His primary objective is to discover ways to motivate all participants to have fun so as to embrace the game of tennis as a lifelong activity.



Kim Francis, USPTA 
Kim was a nationally ranked junior and played Division I tennis for Central Connecticut State University. Kim also competes in national Mother/Daughter tournaments and 5.0 mixed doubles. Currently, Kim is Head Coach of the Glastonbury High School Boys Tennis team. She has been teaching at GTC for 20 years.  She is USPTA Certified and Certified USTA Quick Start.


Jackie Gurda, PTR*

Jackie has taught at GTC for 4 years starting in 2010 and was trained at Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Jackie was ranked in USTA's ETA 12 & Under Top 10. She also won the NCAA Div. III College National Doubles Championship for SUNY. Jackie is both PTR* and CPR Certified.  

*Needs to be Renewed

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