The McCarren Team

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


JEFF AMURAO, Tennis Director

Jeff is a USPTA Elite Level and PTR Pro 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 also coached 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 experience, Jeff leads the exceptional pro staff at the McCarren Tennis Center. 



BRITTANY THOMPSON, Pro Staff / Jr. Program Coordinator

Brittany Thompson began playing at the age of 12 and quickly rose to the top of her division in Dallas TX. Within two years, Brittany was winning titles including the Dallas Open, The Texas Grand Slam Open and became a 3 star player. She also qualified for the U.S. Open Playoffs and played in the number 1 position as a high school freshman . By her junior year she was drawing attention from top ranked colleges such as Indiana University and Texas State University and in the end chose Long Island University where she competed at a Division I level. During Brittany’s 4-year scholarship, she developed a sincere passion for teaching and began coaching at clubs in Southampton, NY and in Manhattan. Currently she continues to teach kids, adults and seniors of all ages. “Tennis is a fun and passionate sport that anyone can learn.”

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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!"



Growing up, Kelsey played every sport she could. At age 11, she was introduced to tennis, and began to take it very seriously. By age 17, she was competing in the Canadian Junior National Championships, making it to the semi-finals in doubles. Kelsey was recruited to play for the University of Washington where the team attained a ranking of 34th in the nation. She finished her degree at the University of Toledo, captaining the Women's Tennis team while playing #1 Singles and Doubles. After graduating, Kelsey spent some time playing on the Satellite Pro Tour. She been a tennis pro at multiple 5 Star Resorts around the world, working for Peter Burwash International. "I have been lucky enough to coach a wide range of abilities and personalities, and I really enjoy making tennis fun and accessible for my clients. It is a great game, and one that you can play forever."

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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.



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!



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.


CAL LOUIS, Pro Staff

Cal began playing tennis at the age of 2 under the guidance of his father. A native of Cambridge, MA, Cal played #1 singles at Oberlin College and there gained a deeper intimacy not only of the dynamics of the game, but also of the important things that tennis can offer Life. "When I walk on the court, I try to keep in mind the history of the game. I try to understand myself as one small player amidst a sea of players who have tried to effectively carry out this craft. As we work on stroke production, tactical decisions, and other areas of this game together, I would try to instill this sense in you -and have you leave the court feeling like Tennis is a nourishing part of your life.




Hailing from Brazil, Pedro reached an 18's national ranking of #44 in the country before moving to the United States to study marketing at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Pedro amassed 68 career wins in his collegiate career and was part of the first CHC team to win the CACC conference and also rank in the top 50 in NCAA II that season. Trained in traditional Brazilian fashion yet also influenced by the hard court style of tennis of the States, Pedro understands the keys to high percentage tennis as well as the nuances of integrating a more aggressive style of play.




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.