Lessons at Westwood Racquet Club
Here at Westwood Racquet Club we have a staff of highly qualified tennis teachers who are dedicated to teaching the game of tennis at all age and ability levels. Our teaching pros are highly skilled at gauging the instructional needs of our tennis players and are focused on bringing quality instruction in a variety of program settings. We're proud to offer a variety of lesson options for our members and guests with private lessons, semi-private lessons, as well group lessons.
Meet the Pros
Ric Harden - Tennis Director
Ric has been playing and teaching tennis for 35 years. He is PTR certified and has coached tennis at the Collegiate, High School, and Middle School levels. He also served as City Rec. Supervisor/Instructor for 15 years as well as serving as the Head Pro for the Westwood Racquet Club for the past 5 years. Ric is an excellent instructor who is dedicated to his craf and his students of all ages. He keeps up with all the latest techniques, equipment and general information available about the tennis world. He is a great source on all new styles of play. Ric looks forward to seeing you on the court soon for private or group lessons.
Keith Whittingham - Head Tennis Professional
Keith is a highly motivated, dedicated and experienced tennis PTR professional as well as a high-level competitor playing in national, prize money, and pro-circuit futures and challenger tournaments. Keith is an Erie native and won the AAA Pennsylvania State Doubles title in 2005 playing for McDowell high school. Keith moved to Charleston, South Carolina during his high school years where he was able to further develop as a player and coach. During his many years in Charleston, Keith was a tennis instructor at The Players Club Tennis Academy, St. Andrew’s Parks and Playgrounds and more recently, Live To Play Tennis Academy where he worked with several top nationally ranked juniors. Keith graduated from Mercyhurst University where he played two years of tennis and was awarded conference player of the year as well as ITA Atlantic Region player of the year. Prior to Mercyhurst, Keith played at Division I Charleston Southern University before the program was eliminated.
After college Keith continued playing tournaments and reached top 75 in the men's national rankings. In addition, Keith Earned a Professional ranking in 2014 by winning 3 ATP points giving him a top world ranking. Currently Keith is Head Pro at Westwood Racquet Club and Assistant Pro at Lake Shore Country Club as well as head girls tennis coach for Mercyhurst Prep.
Patrick Grab - Tennis Professional
Pat Grab has been a Tennis Pro at Westwood since 2009. He is certified at the highest level (Professional) through the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Pat has been teaching individual and group lessons to children and adults of all ages and abilities and he continues to run many of the Westwood Junior Programs. Pat has been the Head Coach for the Cathedral Prep Tennis Team since 2013. He has been working with the program since 2010, when he started as Assistant behind Head Coach Kent Peightal. As coach, he has helped produce numerous Region and District Team Titles as well as individual titlists in Singles and Doubles. He has also coached two Doubles Teams to PIAA AAA State Championships! Mario Nicolia and Alex Brzozowski won the title in 2011 and the DeMarco brothers, Joe and Matt, won the title in 2015. Pat graduated from Cathedral Prep and went on to play four years at The College of Wooster, in Ohio. By his Senior year, he worked his way up the lineup, playing number one singles and doubles and achieving all-conference honors. He was a Senior Captain and team MVP. Pat continues to play at high level in local tournaments. He was won four City Rec Titles in Singles and four in Doubles, including both in 2016 and 2014. Outside of tennis, he works as a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker and has his own web design business. He lives in Erie with his wife Emily and their new son Connor.
Kent Peightal - Tennis Professional
Kent is a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) tennis professional, with a National Tester rating. Kent has been a charter member of the PTR since 1976, and is an active member of the USTA and the USRSA. He has coached high school tennis at Cathedral Prep since 1989, where his teams or players have garnered 26 District 10 titles, and two (2) PIAA state team semi-final appearances.He has taught players who have achieved at the local, district, state, national, and the professional level. Kent is also Director of Tennis at Lake Shore Country Club He remains active as a player, recently competing in the USTA/MSTA Interdistricts in Wilmington, Delaware. He has a BA degree in English, teaches at Cathedral Prep, and is currently completing his Masters in English at Gannon University. Kent resides in Fairview with his wife of 25 years, Deborah.