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Pictured at the TCC Courts before  the annual year end luncheon August 2014. Cliff Girard, Amanda Street, Spencer Potter, Leah Potter,
Peter Pappas and Chris Heimburger. Front Row: Hunter Bergsma, Lisa Seymour, Larry Nykerk and Shane Dilloway

Larry Nykerk, USPTR has been teaching and coaching tennis in Traverse City since, well, let's just say a LONG TIME! Larry leads the state in Dual Meet wins at 671, 368 Tournament Titles, and is 1st in the State with total Career Victories of 1039 wins. In addition to coaching the TCC girls varsity team, Larry came back in 2007 to coach the Trojan boys varsity team from retirement in 2000 after 31 years at the helm.  Nykerk has been named Michigan Tennis Coach of the year three times and was inducted into the Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999. Larry is a hands on Director and is present at Camp all summer long. I guess you could say "Fundraising" is also an integral part of his job description! The Tennis Center at TC Central High School is one of only a handful of facilities in the State like it. Over $500,000 has been raised through Grants and Private donations and the tradition continues each year with the Annual "Friends of TC Tennis Tournament" held each year on Memorial Day weekend. The Mission of the "Friends" is to help maintain the courts at Traverse City Schools.

Mr. G is in his 33rd year with GTTC. Cliff Girard, fondly called Mr. G by everyone, is a gem! Someday there will be a book of "G-'isms" that have become more well known than Forest "Gump-isms" Cliff is the former East Jr. High Phys Ed Teacher and tennis coach; he is a former college player; a former basketball coach; a former ST. Francis Golf coach and all around great athlete! Cliff received the Distinguished Service Award from the MHSteCA in 1999 for the time he spent helping for years at State Finals. Cliff teaches a Ladies tennis class at the Resort (did I say the Ladies LOVE him!) and we are happy every year to welcome him back! 

Shane Dilloway has been with GTTC for 9 years and is a favorite among campers - maybe that's because Shane is a "Big Kid" himself! When Shane isn't teaching tennis, he can be found at Clinch Park Marina where he works after tennis is over. Shane is a previous JV Coach, is the girls varsity assistant and was named the boys varsity head coach beginning in the Fall of 2015. Shane played High School tennis at TC Central and is a product of the product! Shane was married to Nichole in December of 2013 and they have one son Bennett.

Kris has been with GTTC for years, taking time off for some Post Grad work and having a baby. Well that baby is now 10, the Masters is done and we are lucky to have her with us once again working with the 10 and Under group.





Spencer Potter is in his 3rd year with GTTC teaching mornings the Jr. Excellence program and the Friday tournament class. Spencer is a natural with the kids and we are happy to have him back this summer. He played on the Varsity team and is attending Michigan State.


This is Amanda's 4th year with the Camps. Since she was a little tennis camper herself her goal was to play Trojan Tennis and to work for GTTC. She has achieved both. She play #1 Doubles in her career at Central and is studying Nursing at Michigan State.


Leah Potter is back for the 3rd year. Leah works with Lisa teaching the 10 and Under and the little ones love her.  Leah works with Lisa at GTR and is a student at NMC.

Peter Pappas is back for his 3rd year. Peter played 1 Singles for TCC.  Welcome back Pete!