"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery"

Mark van Doren

Key Lob

Certified Tennis
and Platform Tennis Instruction


* Teaching is her passion. Christi has taught tennis and paddle to thousands of students from beginning to college to National level. 

* is a career professional who uses the fun "game based approach" to teaching- an exciting new trend which allows students to learn by playing almost immediately. She also utilizes the revolutionary USTA "QuickStart" Junior Program. 

* is certified as an Elite Professional in both platform tennis (PPTA) and tennis (USPTA & PTR) and is a certified racket stringer (USRSA) and a Master Racquet Technician. She recently became a member of the APTA Live Streaming team as a roving reporter and post match interviewer.

* after spending most of her professional life in the Sewickley/Pittsburgh, PA area she relocated to Sonoma California in early June 2007 and took over as the Head Paddle Professional/Assistant Tennis Professional at Lagunitas Country Club in Ross in October 2007. In October of 2009 she became the Head Racquets Professional overseeing both the very active paddle  and tennis programs. Under her guidance the club instituted a Mixed paddle league that is now in it's 8th year. Among other highlights during her short tenure she was instrumental in the APTA's Region 6 taking their first full men's and women's President's Cup teams to the APTA Nationals in Chicago.  

* In November 2011 she left NorCal and moved back home to Sewickley, PA. She is currently in her 7th season as the Head Paddle Pro/Facilitator at the Sewickley Valley YMCA. In the summer she is busy coaching two Sewickley Area Women's PTL team, her own Sewickley Area Junior Tennis Team, teaching private and small group lessons, and Junior age group clinics at QV.  She has also picked up where she left off with the Quaker Valley Middle School Tennis Club (Fall and Spring) and added being the Head Coach with the Quaker Valley Girls Varsity Team- who were 2012 WPIAL Champions and Quarterfinalists in the PIAA team tournament. In 2013 the Lady Quakers finished 3rd in the WPIALs and qualified for the PIAA Championships for the 9th time in 10 years. In 2014 they were quarterfinalists in the WPIAL Team tournament. In 2015 they had a record of 16-4, finished 3rd in the WPIALs and qualified for the PIAA Team tournament for the 10th time in the last 12 years. In the 2016 season the girls finished 4th in their tough section and qualified for the WPIAL Team tournament losing first round to a tough South Park squad. This year the Lady Quakers finished with a 10-5 record, finished 3rd place in the AA Section 2- and were quarterfinalists in the WPIAL Team Tournament. She was also named QV Boys Varsity Assistant Coach in 2016-17 season. She helped Coach Darren Mariano and the Fighting Quakers to a section title and a quarterfinal finish in the PIAA State tournament in Hershey. 

* travels locally and nationally teaching platform tennis. She was a guest instructor at the RJ Reilly Paddle Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and has been on the staff of the Wilson sponsored Performance Paddle Camps since 2002. This year she joined the APTA Live Streaming team that brings paddle matches and commentary to the national paddle community. She also was proud to help coach a North Park Team to the 2017 APTA National League 4.0 Championships in Chicago- earning her another APTA Gold medal- but this time as a coach!

* was the Girls Varsity Tennis Coach at the Sewickley Academy for 2 years. The team reached the State Team Playoffs for the first time in school history in the fall of 2005 under her leadership.

* was an Assistant Racquets Professional at Allegheny Country Club teaching paddle and tennis (2004-2006) before taking over as their interim Head Pro for 6 months before moving to California.

* was the Head Racquets Professional and trained the Edgeworth Club Jr. Tennis Team for 24 years (1979-2002). The team was one of the top teams in Pittsburgh winning the West Penn Jr. Team Championships numerous times.

* was an accomplished tennis player in her own right. She had a stellar college career at Hollins University in Virginia and went on to compete regionally-one highlight was being a finalist in the 1989 & 1990 West Va. State Open Womens 35+ Doubles.

* was inducted into the Hollins University Athletic Hall of Fame- June 2004 and the Sewickley Academy Athletic Hall of Fame-October 2004. She is currently a member of the Sewickley Academy Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. 

* was also awarded with the first ever "WPPTA Lifetime Achievement Award" in May 2007 (West Penn Paddle Tennis Association) 

* has won Paddle titles in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toledo, Indianapolis, Toronto, Baltimore, Rochester and Ross, CA. She was the 2000 Canadian Open Champion and the West Penn 45+ Champion in 1998 and 2001. In 2014 she also added the West Penn 55+ Championship. She won the West Penn Women's Championships 7 years in a row and was also in the West Penn Mixed Championship 10 years in a row while winning the title 5 times. In the spring of 2002, she reached the semi-finals of the 50+ APTA National Championships, obtaining the #3 National Ranking in her age group.  

* In January, 2007 Christi and her partner Chris Ford won the 50+ APTA Nationals in Scarsdale, NY to finish with a #1 National Ranking in her age group for 2007.  

* Christi and her partner Chris Ford added another title to their record-
this time as silver medalists in the PA. State Pickleball Tournament 60+ 3.5 Division held at the Pittsburgh Convention Center June 2016.