The Patterson Club

Meet Our Pros

Liz Cruz Flores
Racquets Director
lcruz@thepattersonclub.com
203-255-3010 

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.


Marcela Rodezo
Head Tennis Professional
203-255-3010
 

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


 
 

Colin Schlank
Assistant Tennis Professional


Colin has been coaching tennis for over ten years, and now coaches paddle tennis and pickle ball as well. Master’s degree in secondary education, a double major in history and education, from the University of Connecticut. 
It's his second-year at Patterson and he runs our junior tennis camp. Played #1 singles at Hall High School in West Hartford and Club Tennis at The University of Connecticut. 
Assistant tennis professional at the Hartford Tennis Club for over five years coached at the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club in Cape Cod for a summer. Assistant coach for boys tennis at Hall High School for two seasons,
assistant girls tennis coach at Hall High School for one season. Also, assistant girls coach at New London High School for a season. Coached with Fern Park Tennis program through the Town of West Hartford for several
years and worked at the Racquet Koop, West Hartford. 
Teaching assistant at Hall High School for a year and a half, taught social studies at New London High School, a teaching assistant at the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford for kids with special needs. 
Large voice for anti-hazing, and have been published. Featured in a CNN article on hazing, appeared in a documentary titled We Don’t Haze, and have joined programs on television.
Won the 2016 Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award through hazingprevention.org, amongst four other recipients from across the nation.