Our Team

Michael Jessup

Managing Director

  • Played #1 Pepperdine University
  • Ranked #370 ATP Singles and #350 ATP Doubles

Highlights and Information

Birthplace: Seoul, Korea
Residence: Menlo Park, CA
College: Pepperdine University; Business Administration

  • Ranked #1 NorCal juniors going undefeated last 3 years
  • #2 Nationally Boy’s 18s
  • Longest win streak in NorCal Men’s Open history (3 years- 76 matches)
  • Played #1 Pepperdine University
  • Ranked #370 ATP Singles and #350 ATP Doubles
  • Wins over Paradorn Schrichaphan, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, Victor Hanescu
    Hitting partner for Michael Chang & Kim Clijsters
  • Announcer SAP Open

Michael has had the opportunity of working with passionate tennis players since 2001. In those years his students have gone onto play at top colleges around the nation. Michael is known for teaching tactics, footwork, and strategy. However, he believes his greatest accomplishment is when he can help players see the game from a new perspective or psychology. Michael’s core belief is that every student has the ability to be great. This is where Michael’s coaching passion lies.

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Tamra Paulsen

Business Administrator
Residence: Burlingame, CA
College: Santa Clara University; Accounting

Highlights and Information

Residence: Burlingame, CA
College: Santa Clara University; Accounting

Tamra brings her business background along with a knowledge of the sport. Tamra works as a Financial Systems and Accounting Consultant and has worked as an Office Manager and a Corporate Controller. She follows junior tennis, having coached high school JV tennis for 10 years.
In her free time, Tamra cares for her dogs, helps with Bingo at the VA Hospital and watches NASCAR whenever she can.

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Jose Avalos

Head Professional @PCC

  • Played 3 singles at Sacred Heart Prep
  • 1999 Male Track Athelete of the Year: St. Joseph’s
  • 15 years of tennis experience

Highlights and Information

Birthplace: East Palo Alto, CA
Residence: San Francisco, CA
High School: Sacred Heart Prep/Menlo Atherton High School

        • Played 3 singles at Sacred Heart Prep
        • 1999 Male Track Athelete of the Year: St. Joseph’s
        • 15 years of tennis experience
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Steven Chung

Staff Professional

  • -Ranked Top 5 in Northern California Juniors
  • -Played #3 Singles for Bellarmine HS
  • -Junior Team Tennis Gar Glenney Cup 3x Winner
  • -13 years of tennis experience

Highlights and Information

Birthplace: San Jose, CA
Residence: San Jose, CA
College: University of Southern California; Business Administration
-Ranked Top 5 in Northern California Juniors
-Played #3 Singles for Bellarmine HS
-Junior Team Tennis Gar Glenney Cup 3x Winner
-13 years of tennis experience
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Lorenzo Correa

 

Head Professional @HPP/Digital Marketing Coordinator

– Former Member of Foothill College Tennis Team

– Nationally Ranked Junior In Colombia

– 15 years of tennis experience

 

Highlights and Information

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia 
Residence: San Francisco, CA
College: University of San Francisco B.A. Politics.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ranked #2 Hawaii Pacific Section
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Played #5 & 6 singles and #2 &3 doubles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Player Development strengths: Fitness, Intangibles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • MIL High School Titles (doubles 2008, singles 2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Undefeated MIL High School season 2012

Gerald Sargeant

 

Staff Professional 

– Played tennis for 12 years.
– Ranked player in the UK.
– Former student at London Southbank University.

Coltrane Hunt

Staff Professional

Highlights and Information

Born: Atherton, CA

High School: Menlo School, CA

College: University of Southern California

 

-Coltrane began playing tennis at the age of seven under the tutelage of Coach Dick Gould at Stanford University
-Coltrane played for Coach Bill Shine at Menlo School, competing on teams which won titles at CCS and NorCal
-Coltrane went on to University of Southern California where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Masters of Finance in 2010 and 2011

Jesse Castillo

Staff Professional

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Highlights and Information

Jesse Castillo
Jesus “Jesse” Castillo
Residence: Half Moon Bay, CA
Grew Up: Des Plaines, IL

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
            Stanford University (selected additional coursework)
At Player Capital, Jesse has been coaching in the Tournament Training Program, has led junior clinics at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton and at Peninsula Community Center in Redwood City.  He has also worked with players in match play preparation.
Jesse is a USPTA registered Recreational Coach and is currently working towards the USPTA Certified Professional credential.
Jesse has been a leading force in the Half Moon Bay coastside tennis community where he has resided since 2008.  In HMB, he has been a successful USTA League tennis captain and player, coach of the Sea Crest School middle school tennis team, pioneer of “Fit By Tennis” clinics offered at HMB HS, offers private and group lessons, organizes community tennis events and is thoroughly enthusiastic about all things tennis.
In 2016, Jesse played nearly 70 USTA League matches with multiple teams reaching NorCal District and Sectional tournaments and making the trip to Mobile Alabama to compete with a Men’s team representing the USTA NorCal Section at the National tournament.  In 2017, Jesse was on a Mixed team that once again advanced to represent the USTA’s NorCal Section at the National tournament at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando Florida.
In addition to working with students, Jesse is a well regarded racquet stringer and customizer at the Tennis Town & Country tennis shop in Palo Alto.  He is currently pursuing Certified Stringer and Master Racquet Technician distinctions with the US Racquet Stringers Association.  Need to geek on equipment?…just ask.

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