DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
Tom has served as the director of tennis at MLC since 2008, developing a grassroots tennis program for players of all ages and skill levels. Battaglia developed and fostered clinics and camps as well as both group and private lessons for his students, also coordinating tournaments/events for Maplewood residents and guests.
Battaglia is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Zonal coach (14 and under) and a National Championship coach (12 and under). He is also a USTA Early Developmental Coach for 10 and Under Tennis, working with players from Long Island, New York, and New Jersey.
He is also a certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite certified coach. In January of 2020 he was also named the USPTA New Jersey District Regional President for the Middle States Division.
Tom Battaglia was named Head Coach of the FDU Men’s and Women’s Tennis team in February of 2017.
During the 2018-19 campaign, Battaglia was tabbed as the MAC Freedom Women's Coach of the Year as the Devils went 15-5. The 15 wins were tied for the most in program history, while five different women's players notched their 50th career wins.
A graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, Battaglia lead the Scarlet Raiders from 1998-2002, serving as the teams No. 1 and No. 2 singles player and team captain for 3 seasons during his tenure.
Battaglia has his first coaching stint with his alma mater from 2015-2017, serving as the Head Coach for both the Women’s and Men’s Tennis programs. In his two seasons he lead a women’s team that was 0-12 before his arrival to a 5-8 team that won its first conference match in almost 6 years. On the men’s side he coached the program to a school best 8 wins in 2017 and made it to the GNAC conference tournament, losing to eventual champion Ramapo in the semi-finals.
Battaglia is the co-owner of Crestmont Indoor Tennis, overseeing a staff of nine professionals, teaching youth players and managing all aspects of the four-court facility. In addition to working with players of all ages he organizes and runs a number of charitable events in support of the Special Olympics. Battaglia also designed and maintains www.northernjerseytennis.com
Battaglia worked in a similar role at the Fairfield Racquet Club from 2003-2014, cultivating and growing all aspects of the tennis program in his extensive stay at that facility.
Tom currently resides in New Providence, NJ with his wife, Lisa, and their three boys, Jeffrey, Aaron and Tyler.
Please email Tom to set up a lesson today!
USPTA certified tennis instructor
Lisa brings over 25 years of teaching experience to MLC. She has taught players of all levels, including nationally ranked Juniors and was a Sectional Director for USTA’s Area Training Center. She was the co-owner of the Indoor Sports Pavilion in Randolph and has been the Director of Tennis for multiple NJ area clubs.
As a player, Lisa was a nationally ranked Junior and attended Clemson University on a full scholarship. She was a 4 year ACC Champion with her highest singles ranking in the top 40 and as high as 13th in doubles in the NCAA Division One rankings. Lisa has held world rankings in singles and in doubles. Lisa has become a practitioner of a technique called EFT which uses a combination of acupressure points and cognitive therapy to help athletes reach their peak performance under pressure.
STRINGINg, LESSONS AND CLINICS
Full service pro shop
Full stock of Head tennis rackets. Special orders at no extra cost.
Synthetic Gut: $25
Natural Gut: $40-$45
Other strings are available via special order for no extra charge. Grips and other racquet accessories are available.