Chris Horgan, USPTR
Head Tennis Professional - ERRA
Chris has been actively involved in tennis since the 1970s. A PTR certified instructor for the past 25 years and a member of the PTR’s Team Head Coaches Program, Chris has served and continues to serve in a variety of roles in the tennis community at both local and state levels.
A past recipient of the USTA EASTERN- High School Coach of the Year Award and the WKBW “Super 7” WNY Coach of the Year, Chris began his high school coaching career in 1981 at Royalton-Hartland. His boys’ varsity teams went 124-46 while winning five Niagara-Orleans League championships, and he is currently in his 17th year coaching at Medina High School, which has gone 149-53 in that time, winning six Niagara-Orleans League championships. He has also coached 14 N-O League singles champions. From 2004 through 2009, his Medina teams were the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete State Champions for the highest team GPA in the state. He is currently in his 25th year as a member of the NYSPHSAA Section VI Boys’ Tennis Council and had, for several years, accompanied the Section VI representatives to the state championship tournament. From 1990 to 2010, Chris was a coach for the highly successful Western Region boys’ and girls’ tennis teams that competed annually in the Empire State Games.
Currently in his 25th year, Chris was selected as the 2016-17 New York State Coach of the Year for boys' tennis by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. He has also been elected by the 11 statewide sections to five consecutive terms as the NYSPHSAA Girls’ Tennis State Coordinator overseeing the sport for its over 700 member school districts. One of his main responsibilities in this capacity has been to conduct the state championship tournaments for singles and doubles.
Throughout his career, Chris has also taught tennis privately and for various programs and clubs. Chris was a member of the staff at the St. Bonaventure University Tennis Camp from 1980-89. During the mid-1990s, he was the teaching pro for the Lockport Indoor Racquet Club and the Briarwood Tennis and Swim Club in Lockport. In the summers of 1997 and 1998, Chris was the assistant head pro at Wanakah Country Club. From 1989-2015, Chris was the tennis instructor for the Forrestel Farms Equestrian/Sports Camp in Shelby, NY, where he managed the tennis program and conducted private and group lessons for approximately 300 resident campers staying during the four two-week sessions. He has also conducted many summer community tennis programs for Medina.
In the 1990s, USTA-Eastern asked Chris to coach for the USTA National Development Program Area Training Center in Buffalo, which he did for five years. He has also been involved with the USTA-Eastern chapter as a clinician, conducting many in-service training programs for physical education teachers in school districts in the Buffalo area, along with recreation program staff training clinics for suburban communities. During the 1990s, Chris was the tennis presenter for the New York State Games for the Physically Challenged annual statewide sports festivals held at SUNY-Brockport. He also conducted several wheelchair tennis clinics for this organization in conjunction with Canisius College. He served four years as the co-chairperson for the 1993 World University Games held in Buffalo. He was involved in both the preparation leading to the Games and the daily operations during the competition. Chris was the community tennis representative for the Western district of the Eastern section and was the subject of a USTA national membership magazine article focusing on his role in community tennis development. By virtue of his involvement in both organizations, Chris was designated a USTA-PTR National Clinician.
Back in the day when racquets were still made of wood, Chris was a four-year starter and captain for the Royalton-Hartland varsity tennis team and went on to play on the men’s team at St. Bonaventure University. After earning his BA in Social Science from St. Bonaventure University in 1978, Chris received his MA in Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo in 1980. Dual-certified in English and Social Studies, Chris began his teaching career in 1979-80 at Royalton-Hartland Central High School. While at Roy-Hart, he taught Global Studies and US History and Government and served as department chairperson. He has been teaching English at the Medina Central School District since 1995. He has served on multiple NYSED Regents test writing committees throughout his career. He has also taught sociology courses for SUNY at Buffalo and for Niagara University’s Senior Term Enrichment Program.
Chris and his wife Patty reside in Medina, NY. They have four children who all enjoy playing tennis.
Please contact Chris @ (585) 798-3193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Veitengruber, PTR
Assistant Tennis Professional - ERRA
Mark Veitengruber is a professional tennis instructor and with certification from the PTR in 10 & Under. Mark is a native of Michigan. He is a competitive player himself, at the 5.0 level. His coaching career began in 2014 with a focus on youth - coaching red ball up through high performance juniors. Prior to moving to WNY, Mark played at Rockford HS in Michigan. He helped lead his team to the state tournament in both his Junior and Senior seasons for the first time in over a decade. Mark has played throughout the Midwest at elevated USTA tournaments and has competed against some of the country’s most elite juniors.
Prior to Eagle Ridge, Mark has coached at Miller Tennis Center as well as several summer programs in the Western Michigan area, including West Michigan Tennis Academy and MVP Athletic Club. At these locations, Mark was responsible for teaching Under 10 programming along with coaching other juniors ranging from novice to high performance players. His coaching philosophy is first and foremost to engage students and make sure they are having fun while learning tennis skills for a purpose. He also enjoys coaching players to gain the ability to execute drills, tactics and strategy learned in lessons successfully through to a competition setting.
When not teaching tennis, Mark enjoys hanging out with friends and is a slight movie addict – amongst his favorites is the Marvel series. Mark has also can be spotted at Dave & Buster’s on occasion. Currently Mark is completing his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Business Administration: Sport Management at Daemen College.
Mark has a passion for tennis both as a player and coach and is a strong supporter for the USTA Junior Progression. We are excited to have Mark return to our coaching staff to continue our high level of quality programming.
Please contact Mark @ (616)-427-9102 or email@example.com.