I am Michael O’Keefe, the new Director of Racquet Sports here at Quechee. I am honored to be following the incomparable Chuck Kinyon into this post and look forward to many years of serving you as well as he did.
I recently left Park City, Utah as the Director of Tennis for the City’s multiple award winning Recreation Department after a 7+ year tenure that saw massive growth in our Tennis and Pickleball programs. During my time in Park City, my staff and I worked very hard to bring tennis back in a town known more for its sliding sports and the Sundance Film Festival. I hosted one of the only weekly tennis clinics in Nation for wheelchair tennis players. And through our coaching and programs, we also helped the High School Tennis teams back to prominence in the State, with the Girls teams winning 4 State Titles and the boys finishing in the Top 3 four times, after several years of not making the State Tournament. Also during this time, the USTA recognized the Park City MARC as the best tennis facility in the Nation in 2016. During the little down time I had, I also worked for Vail as a Ski Instructor at the Canyons Village of the Park City Resort. I have been a ski instructor since my days at Ithaca and I am looking forward to “skiing down to play Platform” from our home just above the quad lift several times this season!
Brought up on Nantucket Island, MA and educated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at the Holderness School, I am excited for this return “home.” I attended Ithaca College (BA History & Political Science) in New York where I played both football and tennis. After I finished my collegiate playing career, I was hired by Dennis Van der Meer and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) in Hilton Head Island, SC to work in multiple facets of tennis. For the Van der Meer Tennis University, I was a Head Professional and Junior Player Coordinator, responsible for conducting clinics for visiting adults and training, coaching and evaluating top ranked juniors in the World Class Training Academy. I had the opportunity to work with many ITF and WTA ranked girls and women, as well as building new up and coming players. For the PTR, I became a National Clinician and Tester, teaching and certifying Tennis Professional Candidates from around the country, as well as writing new curriculum and techniques for teaching for PTR. I have been very fortunate to have spent time in several great clubs and locations, teaching tennis, platform tennis and pickleball. California, New York and back in Hilton Head at a large resort club teaching players of all levels and abilities, building great relationships and friendships along the way.
My wife Helaine and I have been married for 17 wonderful years and for those of you who bank at People’s First, you will see her in her post as Branch Manager, as well as on the ski slopes! Our tennis playing daughter Phelan has been a well ranked player in Utah state and the Intermountain section for the past several years and is looking forward to spending some time on the clay courts at Quechee, as she enters her freshman year at Hartford High. You will find the three of us on the slopes and trails, as we enjoy many of the amenities that Quechee has to offer in this lovely part of the world!
I look forward to meeting all of you and helping you enjoy this magnificent campus and all it has to offer to the Members and guests of Quechee. Thank you all again for the great opportunity to help and serve you and I look forward to what lies ahead for The Quechee Club's racquet sports.
Michael O'Keefe, PTR, USPTA, PPTA, PPR
Director of Racquet Sports