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  1. Brian is the BEST! He is patient, encouraging, and knows how to coach. I recommend everyone takes a clinic or lesson with him to improve their game! No matter what level, he knows how to help.

  2. Took a couple of private lessons with Brian while on trip to St Petes. He certain gave me plenty of great tips to take away and think about. Looking forward to putting it all into practice. Definitely looking forward to another lesson next time I visit.

  3. I’ve been taking group lessons with Brian for about 3 months now and am enjoying it immensely. The clinics are always a ton of fun and I can see visible improvement in my gameplay. I recently took my first private lesson and it was literally game changing; Brian helped hone my stroke and serve technique and I immediately found myself winning games the very next day because of his instruction. He is a rare combination of talented player and great teacher – if you’re trying to get better at tennis while having fun doing so, I highly recommend Tennis With Brian.

  4. Whatever your goals are in taking tennis lessons from Brian, he will listen to them carefully and then work with you — patiently and persistently — to achieve them. Improving your tennis game can at times be difficult. But Brian makes it fun!

  5. I have been taking lessons with Coach Brian at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center for several months. After not playing for years, it was no surprise that my skills were a bit rusty. Coach Brian offers professional advice that really helps me improve my forehand, backhand, foot placement, and master my serve. When I implement his advice, I can feel the difference in my tennis ability. I really appreciate his dedication to teaching tennis. He often goes above and beyond, extending the clinic 10-15 minutes past just to give us extra practice time. He also helped me coordinate a group of 12 people to practice with in my free time outside of the clinic. I really love his clinic and look forward to continue improving my game with the help of Coach Brian.

  6. I started back playing tennis after not playing for over 10 years. I began taking Brian’s beginner clinics because basically I felt like a beginner. He is a great teacher! He refreshed my memory on the basics and was very kind in the process. I enjoy his clinics and really feel like I can return to play reasonably well.
    I don’t think I could have gotten the confidence I needed without Brian’s expert instruction! I just want to thank him!

  7. Just took a beginners group lesson with Brian. I have not taken a lesson in years. Brian was very patient and explained everything in terms I could understand and remember. I enjoyed my lesson! I’m confident that my game will improve with his knowledge and expertise!

  8. Brian is an excellent instructor! He is able to teach anyone how to improve their game and I feel I significantly improve with each lesson.

  9. I moved to St. Pete after 35 years in Atlanta playing A level ALTA and 4.5 USTA singles. I left my beloved tennis for 10 years for golf but decided to give tennis a try again. My husband and I stopped into SPTC on a Sunday and the door was locked but Brian welcomed us in and told us about the facility. Brian has the most laid back awesome personality that you don’t even realize how much he is teaching you! He is wise from his years as a pro athlete and spends his entire hour focused on you. My husband and I love the clinics; it doesn’t matter how many players show up, Brian has drills that keep us all moving and continually gives pointers to each player in a way that everyone learns from what he is coaching. In just 4 months Brian has knocked enough rust off to make me LOVE TENNIS AGAIN!! It was hard coming back to a sport I was so good at but he saw the potential in me and helped my “comeback” strokes and serves which were all over the place catch up with what my mind knew to do!! He is a gem! Do not hesitate to take a private lesson or clinic from Brian. I love going to SPTC and learning and most of all, just having fun! Brian makes it a point for new comers to hook up with players at your same level. SPTC is a welcoming place thanks to Coach Brian.

  10. I’m 50 years old and never played tennis before, but have had a desire to learn over the last few years. I found Brian after asking some friends who are avid players how I should find a coach and they suggested I look at the St Pete Tennis Center. Brian is AWESOME!! I was nervous about not having any experience whatsoever, but he has made me feel extremely comfortable and reassures I can get as good as I want to get with the right practice! I highly recommend him for lessons and/or clinics.

  11. I joined SPTC in January 2020 and started working with Coach Brian. My consistency has improved dramatically, my serve has a new pop to it, and my shot selection has expanded. I really enjoy both the clinics and private lessons. Thank you Coach!

  12. I can’t recommend Brian enough.
    I came to St. Petersburg Tennis Center as a rookie, play a little bit during my teen’s years, then left the sport for almost 30 years.
    Brian really connects well with people and makes the lessons such fun as well as giving clear guidance, especially for someone like me, with such bad habits after so many years out of the sport.
    Apart from being a highly experienced professional tennis coach, he is also very conscientious, with great energy and quick to find what works. I would highly recommend Brian as a tennis coach for all ages and capabilities. Not only a great coach, but a friendly and warm individual. The facilities at St. Petersburg Tennis Center are also great, very close to our home, clean and run by great people.
    Thanks Brian!

  13. We highly recommend Coach Brian. Having had experience with a few other tennis coaches, he stands out. He is patient, has good coaching technique, keeps lessons fun, and is knowledgeable. My daughter enjoyed both private and group playing lessons. Beyond teaching tennis technique, he also imparts a sound playing philosophy in his students. We recommend Coach Brian for kids and adults that want to become better tennis players!

  14. I’ve been working with Brian for almost a year now after being away from the game for over 25 years. Brian not only has great teaching skills about the game, but is able to communicate in a way that both encourages and pushes you to improve in a positive, creative, patient and constructive manner. It’s obvious that he can easily adjust and modify his approach based on the skill level, experience, and expectations of the student he is working with.

    The best thing I can say is that I look forward to my sessions with Brian and my game is starting to come back despite a lot of rust.

    I highly recommend Brian for all levels of players looking for instruction.

  15. If you want to improve your tennis game, working with Brian is a way to ensure that. He will quickly assess your level of play and focus on the areas that will maximize your game. His easy-going manner keeps you relaxed but focused. I love the fact that he is a perpetual student of the game taking courses to stay abreast of conditioning trends and coaching techniques. Plus his clinics and drills are alot of fun. Maybe that’s why they get filled up so fast!!

  16. Brian is my wife’s and my instructor since June 2019. His doubles clinics are great learning sessions. He not only works on the mechanics of your shots, but runs drills that make you play out of your comfort zones. If he sees that you need some tweaking, he’ll stop the clinic and explain what you need to do. His drills are geared to helping your doubles game. Brian has a friendly personality, a good sense of humor and makes the clinics very enjoyable.

  17. My name is Jack William and I was staying in Tampa with my mom at the Vinoy Hotel. We didn’t have much to do however when we learned that there were tennis courts, we jumped to take part in clinics and lessons. When I first introduced myself to Brian, I was shocked by his friendliness and desire to want to teach me. As the week went on, things got better and better. Although I almost passed out from heat and dehydration, Brian was really kind as to offer me Pedialyte and some shade. Overall, when we left Tampa, I felt as if my perception of not only tennis had changed, but my interaction with a coach had changed too. Thank you, Brian!

  18. We were headed to Florida from Michigan for a nice warm break. SPTC has always been part of our activities. This year we decided to take up some lessons for a different perspective than we receive at home. I must say Brian was awesome. He opened up his tip book for sure. I am a 3.5 player that even plays some 4.0 and my wife is a 3.0 player. we both play on USTA leagues. We learned so much in such a short time,
    Thank you Brian, we are applying your lessons to our practices ever day now.

  19. I hadn’t played tennis in 14 years and had very little experience. Brian helped give me the confidence to give it a try!! After just a few private lessons, I was able to hit with some skill and precision. He also helped me meet others so that we could practice.

  20. Brian has been teaching my 13 and 15-year old kids for the past year. They started out as beginners and now are playing really well! He is very patient and comes up with great drills to help them improve. He assigns them drills to do on their own between lessons which has been very helpful. I highly recommend him!

  21. Tennis with Brian!!
    Tennis with Brian at the St Petersburg tennis Club was very informative and fun. Brian gave such great tips on how to play. I have impactful skills and practice now, I feel more confident to be consistent. Thank you Brian for 6 fun hours. Talk to you soon

  22. Went to Brian’s clinic on a recent visit to St. Pete’s on Tuesday. It was a good clinic-roughly 4.0 level with the 7 others that came this night. Drills were good/challenging and fun. Brian gave insight and focused on control with each drill. He was very friendly and welcomed me to his clinic. Thanks again- I was very glad to find this clinic on my brief visit.

  23. Coach Brian is an awesome coach!!! He is always encouraging me especially when I don’t do something right. He takes the time to explain what I did wrong and then gives helpful tips on how to fix it. No matter what I do wrong he is there to help. He says “good job” or “that was great” and gives all his students high fives every time, even when it is not necessary, its little things like that, that make Coach Brian so amazing.

  24. My daughter has picked up tennis amazingly she has learned very fast and is enjoying it alot! Brian is a very nice coach and has helped her with tennis alot! Thank you brian!

  25. Hello Brian just a note to thank you for the outstanding tennis sessions we had during my recent visit to St. Petersburg. Your analysis and training sessions with me were well worth the investment and you left me with simple and significant tips that I could remember and take back home to continue working on my technical and competitive development.
    Again Brian thank you so much for your patience kindness and professionalism and I look forward to my next visit to St. Petersburg to show you my improvement.

  26. Brian helped me prepare for the Raymond James Senior Tournament. Brian’s knowledge and instruction helped me get the most out of my game and compete successfully.

  27. I’m an older player, 69 this year, struggling to remain in singles. Brian helped me recognize how to exploit remaining strengths and compensate for, largely physical, weaknesses. I value his knowledge, patience and push. And, I’m trying to remember that control is everything.

  28. Met Brian on my recent trip to St. Pete Beach, When I called to try to connect with an instructor who would listen as well as instruct I did imagine it would such a good fit. Brian is great, calmly instructs, checks for understanding, provides helpful feedback. He is patient, my game improved in the two lessons I have had so far. Now I need to go home and practice the benchmarks of good ground strokes he provided. I plan one more lesson before I must travel home and additional lessons at Christmas when I return. I highly recommend Brian, he has the ability to tailor the direction of each lesson towards the age of the student for maximum benefit.

  29. I worked with Brian for my last couple months in the Tampa area. He picked out my areas of weakness and worked with me to improve them. My game improved greatly under his direction. I can confidently say that I am a much better playing after having worked with him and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to take their game to the next level.

  30. Brian demonstrates both great teaching skills AND great patience. I’ve played for years without ever taking a lesson, so I had to un-learn a lot of bad habits, and Brian just keeps finding new ways to help. He also has an amazing ability to see exactly what I’m doing right and wrong, sometimes with just a glance. He’s a natural, and after just a few lessons, I found my game improving. More importantly, the guys I play against have all commented on the improvements. I’m going back for more, and I recommend him highly.

  31. Brian’s drills and skills clinic was awesome! He listened to my goals and helped me improve my control and consistency. He picked out the key areas of my technique that needed improvement which helped improve my strokes immediately. I’ll definitely be going back!

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