The Cottingham Tennis Club

Tennis Director - Gary Ingram


With 30 years of professional coaching experience, Gary has an outstanding tennis background as a player, a coach and teacher.  He has an exceptional ability to work effectively with a wide range of skill levels. He has been a USPTR certified member for more than 19 years and is also a USPTA Elite Professional and a TPA member. 

Gary was a late comer to tennis growing up living the dream of every Canadian boy …winning the Stanley Cup; but a chance trip to Toronto when he was 16 to see John McEnroe play in the Canadian Open sealed his fate to play tennis and a dream of playing professional was born. Gary competed in France, United States, England and Canada on professional satellite circuits and money tournaments from 1988-1993 and then turned to coaching.  

Gary has coached in Toronto, England, Hilton Head, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a former Head Professional and Sports Science Coordinator at the world famous Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, SC. There he trained, travelled with, and developed many highly-ranked ITF juniors and ATP/WTA touring pros.  Recently he was the Director of Tennis at Harmony on the Lakes in Holly Springs, GA where he oversaw all tennis activities for a 900-home subdivision.

Previously he was at Universal Tennis Academy in Marietta, GA where he created a tennis specific fitness program for the high-performance academy and personally trained many highly-ranked juniors and touring pros. Gary also has extensive experience overseeing Junior programs at the beginner and recreational level as well (Rosedale Tennis Club and The Donalda Club).  He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in Psychology.

Recently this past winter he has been an assistant professional at The Badminton and Racquet Club in Toronto where he instructs all levels of the junior programs and all levels of private lessons.

Gary is passionate about the sport of tennis. His unique combination of expertise in coaching, fitness training and sport psychology can give you the help and edge you need for your game. He maintains his coaching education by regularly attending conferences and seminars with top professionals in the USPTR, USPTA and TPA.  In addition, he finished 12th Nationally playing in the Men’s Over 45’s Singles in 2014.

He is exceptional at creating an environment of fun and learning in a club and resort setting.  He looks forward to returning to Cottingham Tennis Club and working with you on court and is committed to your success.

For information on clinics and private lessons contact Gary at: 416-886-0954 or email garyingramtennis@gmail.com


Club Manager - Michael Badali


Michael is excited to be back for his third year at Cottingham. He was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from Royal St. George’s College in 2008 as an Ontario Scholar where he played on many sports teams. He received a four-year merit scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University, a liberal arts university in upstate New York.  There Michael was a four-year member of the men’s varsity squash team and was elected Captain his senior year. He was a Scholar Athlete Award recipient recognized by the College Squash Association for his achievements in the classroom as well as a member of the French National Honorary Society, Pi Delta Phi.

Michael was also a member and selected to be on the All-Academic Liberty League team. He graduated from St. Lawrence University Cum Laude in 2012.

Michael is bilingual having spent a semester his senior year of university studying abroad at the University of Rouen.  After graduation, he went back and worked for a year in a small city in Southwestern France for the French Ministry of Education as an English language assistant teaching at two schools.

After France, Michael was the full-time Field House Coordinator of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a world class athletic facility which hosted the Pan Am Games.  The Field House is 30,000 square feet including four hardwood floor gymnasiums, a 200-metre running track and three studios. Michael was responsible for the training, guidance and supervision of 22 Field House attendants and ensured that the staff’s work assignments were completed in an effective and timely manner. He collaborated and communicated daily with diverse groups such as the University of Toronto, City of Toronto, independent organizations and specialized groups such as Rhythmic Gymnastics Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and Judo Ontario.

This past year Michael has been a squash professional based out of Glendon College where he has been running the squash department. He works with beginners, adults, competitive juniors as well as running leagues and tournaments. He also has been doing work in the financial sector, having a keen interest in the stock and real estate market.

Michael has been a member of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club since he was very young and has taught tennis there for eight summers. This summer he will serve as the director of the racquet camp there.


Assistants to Club Manager - Tim, Jeremy and Kaz

  

Tim is a graduate of Metro Prep in Toronto, following which he attended Bishop's University where he played hockey and attended the Williams School of Business. Currently, Tim is working at a wealth management company in downtown Toronto. He previously helped maintain the tennis courts at Bishop's University and is excited to be joining the Cottingham Tennis Club this summer.  

Jeremy has just finished his first year of Business Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Previously, he has taught tennis at the Upper Canada College Tennis Camp and at the Rosedale Tennis Club. Jeremy was a member of the Upper Canada College varsity tennis team and plays at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. He is looking forward to a great summer here at Cottingham.

Born and raised in Iran, Kasra was a competitive clay court tennis player there. After immigrating to Canada and obtaining a degree in economics, Kaz pursued his passion in becoming a tennis professional. He's known as "Kaz the Ball Machine" in the tennis community and is considered to be one of the best hitting pros in town. Kaz is looking forward to an amazing summer tennis season and is eager to meet members of the Club.


 

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