Mark has taught tennis professionally for 37 years and has certifications with the United States Professional Tennis Registry- Adult Development, United States Professional Tennis Association with a Elite Pro 1 Rating. Mark was a successful junior player and competed at the national level. While attending Harry Hopman Tennis Academy in Florida and participating in various USTA Satellite Pro events, his passion for tennis grew. This experience had a profound influence and steered him in a career in tennis. He has served as Head Professional, Director of Tennis and General Manager at various clubs throughout the country. Positions that include Club Corporation of America’s, Houston Metropolitan Racquet Club, Director of Tennis for Country Oaks Racquet Club in Woodland, California, Director of Tennis at The Chico Racquet Club and Resort in Chico, California, Director of Tennis at Laurel Glen Tennis and Fitness Club and on staff at Stockdale Country Club serving as their Director of Junior Tennis. In 2013, he accepted the position as Manager/ Director of Tennis at Bakersfield Racquet Club, and currently oversees all tennis operations including tournament director for the $25,000 Bakersfield Tennis Open, a USTA Pro Futures event. In addition to his passion for tennis, Mark enjoys bike riding (thanks to Hank Pfister) and keeping every sushi chef in Bakersfield very busy. Mark’s is most proud of his relationship to his wife Joanne of 30 years & his four wonderful children: Madeline, Joseph, Matthew & Jeffrey.
Tracy was born and raised in Bakersfield and grew up at the Racquet Club. She learned to swim in the "warm pool" and began playing tennis at age 11, entering tournaments in Bakersfield and in the L.A. area. She reached the #1 spot locally in singles and doubles, and in Southern Cal was ranked #4 in singles and #1 in doubles. Tracy also traveled throughout the United States during her high school years at BHS, attaining a national ranking of #3 in doubles and #30 in singles. During her freshman year at Stanford, she and her partner won the collegiate doubles title at the Ojai Tournament, defeating a senior team in the finals that included a future 2-time Wimbledon doubles champion ("my best win, ever!"). At that same event, Tracy was given the Southern California Junior Sportsmanship Award. After graduation, she taught tennis at the Racquet Club for a year before becoming the head pro at Stockdale, where she worked for 17 years. Tracy retired in 1992 to become a full-time mom to her 3 sons. She served as the Director of the Kern Community Tennis Association for 2 years, and began working with several USTA teams a few years ago. Tracy says her return to BRC has been wonderful; a fitting full-circle moment! She has loved reconnecting with old acquaintances and has enjoyed making many new friends. You can find Tracy at the club most mornings, helping players improve their tennis and doubles skills. (Tracy, in 1971, with Jack Kramer.)
Art has been teaching tennis since 1980. Over the years he has worked with countless number of players of all ages and abilities. He is a very experienced technician with his teaching methods, processes and lesson planning. Art is also known for his innovative approaches to teaching the mental aspects of the game and competing. These approaches not only connect to the game of tennis, they are also lessons in life. Art retired 3 years ago from a 37 year career as a high school art educator as well. He still teaches art to adults at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and runs his art retreats at various outdoor locations from the Sierras and Sequoias to the Central Coast. He has been married to his wife Cheryl for 40 years and has a son, Ben and daughter, Elizabeth.