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Liz Cruz Flores
Liz began playing tennis at a young age in El Salvador. Early in her career she represented El Salvador in Fed Cup Tennis and played in other WTA professional tournaments. During one of the tournaments she was approached and recruited by Gigi Fernandez to come play at the University of Southern Florida. During her USF years she played Division 1 tennis where the team won the Big East Conference. After 4 successful years she was invited to be the Women’s Assistant Coach while completing her Master’s Degree in Business at USF. Since moving to Connecticut in 2011 Liz began teaching tennis under the tutelage of Scott Slobin as an Assistant Tennis Professional from 2011-215 and began to play Platform Tennis. It didn’t take long for Liz to become hooked on the game and a top rated professional paddle player. During her meteoric rise as a professional platform player she became Director of Platform Tennis at Wilton Riding Club and Assistant Tennis Professional at Wee Burn Country Club. She then became the Director of Platform Tennis at Brooklawn Country Club in 2017.
During her short platform tennis career Liz has won 2 National Championships in 2015 & 2018, was a Finalist in 2017 and her team is ranked number 1 in 2018. Naturally Liz was invited to teach at Performance Paddle Camps along with Gerri Viant and Mike Gillespie who have a combined 22 National Paddle titles. Liz has an infectious enthusiasm for teaching tennis and paddle tennis at all levels and for all ages. She encourages participation in racquet sports by planning a wide variety of events not only to grow skill levels, but also to promote on and off court fellowship.
Head Tennis Professional
Marcela was born in La Libertad, El Salvador. She attended College at South Carolina State University and graduated with honors with a Marketing Degree.
Marcela was a member of the Fed Cup and represented her country in Olympic Cycle events like the VII Central American Games, The XIX Central American and Caribbean Games, and the Pan-American Games. She was ranked the #1 female player in both Singles and Doubles in her home country of El Salvador. She was also ranked the #1 tennis player in singles and doubles in Central America and the Caribbean.
These experiences as a tennis player have shaped her into an excellent coach for Juniors and Adults of all levels. She was a Tennis Professional and Director of Platform Tennis at Weston Field Club, and a developmental coach at Intensity Club in Norwalk, where she taught Top-ranked player in the US. Prior to joining the Patterson Club Marcela was a tennis professional at Trumbull Racquet Club