RCTA Staff & Instructors

RCTA employs several full and part time staff members along with a number of independent instructors.

Mark McIntyre, Executive Director

Mark has been working for the RCTA since 1992, following a couple of years as a volunteer and brief stint on the Board. He is a terrible tennis player.

tim heath, associate director

Tim Heath joined the RCTA in 2017. A left-handed, stand out player himself, Tim oversees the adult tournaments, special events, and manages RCTA volunteers. He is a former president of USTA Eastern Section.

Ben Levin, program director

Ben is a teaching professional, who has played tennis all life long. He has worked with the RCTA since 2003, when, as a teenager, he pulled weeds and did gate duties. Ben is especially adept at coaching and traveling the world.

damon hine, facilities director

Damon oversees the resurfacing and on-going maintenance of the red clay surface. He also manages the landscaping and lawns surrounding the courts and oversees the volunteer gardeners.

froi silva, head pro

A native of Bolivia, Froi was instrumental in transforming the old dirt courts into the current red-clay gem. He has been teaching tennis at 96th Street since 1987.

Ben "crash" vanden heuvel, Senior assistant facilities manager

Crash has worked with the RCTA since 2013 and just completed his BA at Columbia University.


kevin o'brien, facilities manager

Kevin worked as the Parks Dept staff person for 20 years until he retired in 2016, at which point the RCTA snatched him up and put him pack to work. He oversees the facility from 2pm to closing time Monday through Friday. He is a life-long upperwestider.

bernie lewis, NYC Parks Department

While Bernie is employed by NYC Parks & Recreation, he works closely with RCTA staff as the man in charge of the gate, M-F, 6am to 2pm.

sara heath, summer camp supervisor

Sara began playing tennis at RCTA while in middle school. She has been working at RCTA's summer camp since its inception in 2012. She is a recent graduate of Elon University.

gary yee,  independent instructor

Gary is probably the most popular tennis coach in NYC and thus is very difficult to book. He teaches M-F 6am to 10am, mostly to students who book a slot with him for the season. Reach out to Ben to see if Gary has any openings.

maurice hardy,  independent instructor

Maurice is originally from Jamaica, but has been teaching tennis to adults and juniors in New York City for over 20 years.

carlos carrera,  independent instructor

From Ecuador, Carlos, when not teaching adults and juniors, is refining his own game and working his way through Futures and Challengers to earn an ATP ranking.