The McCarren Team

Our top tier tennis coaches are united in a single goal- to help you become the best tennis player you can be. 


JEFF AMURAO, Tennis Director 

Jeff is a USPTA Elite Level and PTR Professional Certified Coach with specific training in junior and adult competitive player development. He was a top flight USTA junior and former DI player at Georgetown University. Jeff founded the Advanced Junior Academy Competitive Training Program at NYSC Cobble Hill as well as the Junior & Adult High Performance Programs at the Mill Basin Tennis Club (now Matchpoint) and the Adult High Performance Program at the Prospect Park Tennis Center in Brooklyn. Jeff has coached tournament level players at the historic Heights Casino Club in Brooklyn as well as the Armonk Tennis Club in upstate New York. An intelligent and adaptive coach with a depth of technical knowledge and match wisdom, Jeff leads the exceptional pro staff at the McCarren Tennis Center. 


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Romina began playing tennis at the age of 9. She developed an immediate passion for the game, playing in local and national junior tournaments in her home country of Ecuador since the age of 12. Romina was ranked #2 nationally in Ecuador by the age of 17. She also played junior tournaments in the United States, including Bolletieri, and won the Sekou Bongoura Junior Championship in 2007. She finished second in Ecuador's Junior championship and was ranked No. 34 in 16's in Florida in 2007. Romina played for UNC Charlotte as a freshman in college, then transferred to Newberry College to play #2 in the lineup in order to help the team reach the finals of the South Athletic Division II Conference. There she also developed a passion for teaching, and was the eventual head coach at the summer Nike Tennis Camp in Boston for two years. Upon graduation Romina moved to NYC and has taught at clubs including Sutton East, Yorkville and Bumblebee Tennis. "Tennis is such a fun and dynamic sport!"



Ismael is a developmental and high performance tennis coach from Spain, where he began playing at 4 years old. He has a deep passion for the sport and tries to pass that on to his players every single day. Ismael has taught at the prestigious Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona as well as Jufer Sport Club in Viladecans, Spain. As a coach, Ismael gives 110% to all of his students and enjoys coaching all levels from developing beginners’ skill sets to tournament level players.

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Nick is a Pro Level certified USPTA coach with an extensive background in high performance training. He is a recent Fordham University graduate and a Division I team member. Nick was named Fordham's Player of the Year for 2017. Nick is a former singles player for perennial powerhouse Brooklyn Tech and was a PSAL doubles champion in 2010 and a finalist in 2011. 



Frances Ferdinand has played and competed in tennis for 10+ years including 4 years of DI collegiate tennis at Morgan State University. She has coached, assisted, and participated in tennis camps, clubs and schools across NYC including the historic West Side Tennis Club, NYJTL and the YMCA. Frances is the former Head Coach of the Women’s tennis team at Hunter College and current director of HQ Tennis, a non-profit tennis program bringing high quality training to low income neighborhoods.


ALEJANDRA GOMEZ, Fitness Trainer

Alejandra is a NASM certified personal fitness trainer specializing in tennis specific fitness and general health training and nutrition. She works privately with clients throughout NYC as well as in private and in small group training at NYSC in Greenpoint Brooklyn.



Akilah James was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was introduced to tennis at a very young age by her father, Augustine James from St. Georges, Grenada. As a teenager, Akilah received a full scholarship to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Shortly after, she received a full scholarship to the University of Arizona where she played positions 3 and 4. She now competes on the ITF circuit and has obtained a singles career high of 678. Akilah brings both her contagious smile and her high performance player background to her coaching.



Juan Loney has over fifteen years of experience teaching tennis to children and adults of all ages. Juan started playing tennis when he was 12 yrs old and was eventually ranked in the top 50 in the Missouri 18 & unders. Juan was also among the top ranked doubles players in the City of St. Louis. Following an NCAA Division III collegiate tennis career at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Juan began coaching in New York City, managing Bronx Public School 214 as NYJTL Site Director. He has taught at many top NYC tennis clubs including Club Fit, Mill Basin Health & Racquet Club, Vanderbilt Tennis Club, Yorkville Tennis Club, Sutton East Tennis Club and Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. Juan has a BFA in Theater and MFA in Film, Media & Communications. He is happy to be a part of McCarren’s staff!



Olivia added tennis to her repertoire of sports at age 12, and by age 14 had made the decision to focus solely on tennis. Originally from Norwalk, Ohio, she is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she played Division III tennis as a doubles specialist. Olivia is now a Pro Level certified USPTA teaching professional with 6+ years of coaching experience. "My focus as a coach isn’t to convince players that tennis and winning are everything. Rather, I try to use coaching as a medium to help players develop skills they can apply on and off the court." She is very excited to join the staff at McCarren Tennis Center!



Andy Neiman grew up in Argentina and has been a tennis lover for about 30 years. He competed as a junior with Club Náutico Hacoaj winning multiple metropolitan tournaments. With great passion, he decided to pay it forward and became a tennis instructor. Andy has trained players at TenisPoint, one of the largest academies in Buenos Aires. In 2001, he moved to New York to attend University, and was a proud member of the Hofstra University Tennis Team (Division I). Since moving to the States he has coached at Camp Ramah in The Berkshires as well as Sportime Harbor Island in Westchester. After recently moving to Brooklyn, Andy is looking forward to teaching this beautiful sport again.



Originally from Serbia, Aleksandra Pavlovic came to the United States to compete for Long Island University Brooklyn. During her time at LIU, the team won the NEC Conference and making it to the finals 2 years in a row. Prior to leaving Serbia, Aleksandra competed in ITF tournaments and was ranked number 3 in the Serbian National 18 and over list. Aleksandra has always been a very spirited competitor, and now she brings the same passion to her teaching. For the past seven years, Aleksandra has been working with children and adults ranging from fresh beginner to highly advanced hitters. During her grad studies she had the opportunity to assist the Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis Team at Long Island University Brooklyn. She has worked at tennis clubs in NYC and Southampton NY. Over the past year, Aleksandra has also created and runs tennis programs at El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School. 



Bogdan is a former top 20 national junior player from Ukraine who competed extensively as an ETA junior tournament player. He now applies his high performance background toward coaching aspiring players in the New York metropolitan area. "Bogie" has worked at numerous clubs in the surrounding area including the Mill Basin Health and Racquet Club, Matchpoint NYC and the Atlantic Beach Tennis Club.



Alex Tepper is a former native of Stockholm. Alex started playing tennis at an early age and discovered straight away that tennis was his sport. He began competing on an international level at age 12 and represented the Swedish National Team for several years. He was ranked as high as #3 in juniors in Sweden, won the Jr Nationals in doubles 3 times, and played in the Orange Bowl, losing in the quarterfinals. At the age of 16, Alex started at the Tretorn Tennis Academy in Scandinavia. Alex also competed in Futures level tour events. Tepper has over 10 years of coaching experience including his position as former head coach for TC Bertrange in Luxembourg. He has studied manual medicine for 5 years at the Scandinavian college of manual medicine and is a licensed sports massage therapist and chiropractor. 



Aleksei brings a wealth of invaluable playing and coaching experience to the McCarren Tennis Center.  He played at William Carey University in Mississippi as a scholarship athlete after having trained in tennis academies in multiple countries. Alex has competed in ITF/RTT tournaments and was ranked in the top 50 in 18 & under juniors in Russia.