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  • taylor-curran-newTaylor Curran
    Head of Tennis
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    A native of Marco Island, Florida, Taylor grew up competing in the top levels of Florida tennis. As a top recruit coming out of Florida, Taylor chose to become a scholarship athlete at Saint Louis University, where he played Division I Tennis in Conference USA.

    After graduating from college Taylor began working for the family business, InnSeason Resorts. Taylor gained valuable work experience in hospitality and marketing. The resorts are strategically placed throughout the Northeast and have given him a solid background in club management. His passion for tennis led him back into the Tennis Industry. Taylor moved to Charlottesville, Va and began working at the prestigious Farmington Country Club. He was the Director of Junior Tennis then was promoted to Director of Adult Tennis, leading active rackets programs that included Platform Tennis.

    When the Kingsbury Club Medfield opened its doors in 2008, Taylor started as the director of Adult Tennis, soon after he was promoted to Head Tennis Professional.

    The staff at the Kingsbury Club works extremely hard in order to ensure our players seize every opportunity and maximize their skills and talent. Hoping to find the right balance for their individual games, Taylor and his staff have developed programs to address our member's complete tennis development.

    In his free time Taylor keeps busy with fly-fishing, skiing, golf, paddle tennis, and stand up paddle surfing. He is happy to be back in the New England area where he is closer to family, friends, and the Red Sox!

    Taylor would be happy to answer any questions regarding placement in our Tennis programs. Taylor is available for private and group lessons.
  • JitkaGavdunova2Jitka Gavdunova
    Tennis Professional

    A native of the Czech Republic, Jitka grew up in the top of Czech tennis. Jitka attended Francis Marion University in South Carolina on full ride where she was their #1 Player, three time- Div II All-American, and captained the team her final two seasons. After graduating from Francis Marion in 2012 she went on to work at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida, ran summer camps at Francis Marion University Tennis. She is currently the summer Tennis Director at the Castine Golf and Tennis Club in Maine.

    Jitka speaks three languages (Czech, English, and German) When she is off the court she enjoys running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends!
     
    Jitka is available for Private and Group instruction.
  • GeorgeLaffeyGeorge Laffey
    Tennis Professional
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    A native of Basking Ridge,New Jersey & Boca Raton, Fl...George grew up competing in ITF and USTA tournaments. He concluded his great Junior career by holding the #1 Ranking in New Jersey in the 18-Under Division and Top 40 in the country!
     
    After finishing up in Juniors, George was recruited to play in the Top of the line-up at DI, Fairlfield University. He then transferred to top DII school Lynn University where he played the 5 and 6 singles spots and 3 doubles. Lynn University finished top 3 in NCAA DII every year he played with the team. George holds a top doubles winning record at Lynn University. He graduated undergrad with a 3.4 GPA, and continued into the MBA program at Lynn University while assistant coaching the Men's and Women's Tennis Teams.
     
    George has high energy and is really excited to join the Kingsbury Staff...He loves working with Juniors and eager Adults! He has coached at Copper Springs Beach & Tennis, Boca Raton Resort and Club, ZMG Tennis Academy, and Evert Tennis Academy.
     
    In his spare time he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and lifting.
  • joe-mcdermottJoe McDermott
    Senior Staff Professional
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    After graduating from Bridgewater State College in 1981, Senior Staff Professional Joe McDermott pursued a career as a Teaching Tennis Professional. Joe has held a wide variety of positions in the local area ranging from the Boy's Varsity Tennis Coach at Natick High School, to Staff Tennis Professional at the Longfellow Club, to Head Pro and Director Tennis at Tri-Valley Tennis Club.

    As a USPTA Certified Professional with over 25 years of teaching experience, a wealth of knowledge of local tennis and an easy going on court demeanor, it's easy to see why Joe is such an asset to the Kingsbury staff.

    When he's not on court Joe resides in Hopedale with his wife of 19 years and 3 active children. In his limited spare time he enjoys golf.

    Joe is available for private and group lessons.
  • paula-haskell-updatedPaula Haskell
    Tennis Coordinator
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    Paula Haskell has been a welcome addition to the Kingsbury Tennis Staff. With over 15 years experience in the tennis industry and a background that encompasses everything from member services, to billing, to payroll and beyond, she has quickly become an integral member of the tennis staff. As the former Office and Front Desk Manager for the Tri-Valley Tennis Club her knowledge of local tennis and players has proven to be a valuable asset.

    Paula has a grown son and lives in Westborough with her husband. Prior to her tennis life Paula was an accomplished Research Biologist who has been published in a variety of research and medical journals. When she is not working she enjoys a wide range of hobbies including cooking, gardening, reading and painting watercolors and acrylics. An avid tennis player, Paula also spends as much time as she can playing the game she loves to promote.

    For any general questions regarding tennis or to register for a program, please contact Paula.
  • PaulaDriscollPaula Driscoll
    Head Of 10 And Under Tennis 
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    Paula's passion for teaching tennis comes from her life-long love of sports and her deep rooted experience working in education, particularly with kids. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in teaching in 1987, where she also excelled playing varsity lacrosse. After graduation she pursued a career in education teaching both kindergarten and 3rd grade.

    Paula put her career on hold to raise her 3 kids but during this time she stayed active both playing and coaching soccer. Paula has a Massachusetts youth soccer coaching certification and currently plays for the Suburban Women's Soccer Association. During this time Paula also became heavily involved in tennis, which she had played in high school and played both DBH and USTA for Kingsbury's women's teams. She went on to garner her USPTA professional certification in 2009 and is recognized for her enthusiasm and dedication, especially with kids and beginners. She is USPTA an PTR Certified!

    Paula resides in Medfield with her husband and 3 children. When she's not on court teaching or playing, she enjoys working out at the gym and gardening.