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Terry Ward

Appointed manager at Frontenac in 2006, Terry has continued his heavy involvement in the area tennis scene by spearheading the management of the Clayton Shaw Park facility, the Highlands Golf and Tennis Club, Forever Tennis retail store and the recent purchase of Woodsmill TennisClub. His oldest son, Corley, is the manager at Woodsmill Tennis Club. His other sons, Chris and Terry Jr.,are key pros here at Frontenac.


Stefan Kruger

Stefan has served as the Director of Tennis and Assistant Manager at Frontenac since1999 and runs the ladies’ Interclub practices. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he was a Junior Wimbledon Finalist in 1984. He played collegiate tennis for Southern Methodist University from 1985-87 where he was an All-American in singles and doubles. He competed on the ATP Tour for 8 years, primarily specializing in doubles. He reached the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon in 1990 and attained a career high of 39 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. In the summer, Stefan is the Director of Tennis at Westwood Country Club.


Jennifer WIlhelm-Zeuschel

As Director of Junior Tennis at FRC from 1996 until 2013, Jennifer shaped the program to make. She took over the KickStart program in 2013. As a nationally ranked junior, Jen went on to become one of the youngest teaching pros in the country, with three winters on the staff of theSprings in Palm Springs, CA and a slew of management roles in St. Louis. Today Jen is on the Wilson Advisory staff and has been Director of Tennis at Greenbriar Hills Country Club since 2001. Jen has an integral role here at FRC, having served as Director of Junior Tennis from 1996 to 2013 as well as currently running our KickStart program since 2013. 2018 Marks Jennifer’s 24th year at Frontenac Racquet Club.


Chris Biesterfeld

Chris is a native of St. Louis. He started coaching tennis when his daughter began playing in2011. He is a certified PTR instructor and served as the Youth Tennis Coordinator at Vetta West and tennis director for the St. Charles Parks Department. In addition, Chris completed the USPTA Leadership Academy in the summer of 2018. During the summer months, Chris serves as the Director of High Level Junior Tennis and the Coordinator of Junior Team Tennis at ShawPark Tennis Center in Clayton. The Biesterfeld family was awarded “Tennis Family of the Year” in 2016 by the USTA St. Louis District. Chris serves as Director of the Top Gun Jr Elite and organizes the Men’s Monday Singles, and Sunday Jr Tournament Practice.


Chris Ward

The director of our Juniors programs, Chris has been a familiar face around the club since at least 2007 – and no doubt longer. He grew up playing tennis, and as one of Terry’s five children, he did most of that playing right at FRC. In the summer, Chris teaches at Old Warson Country Club. He played his prep tennis for Marquette High School, lettering all four years. If he’s not at the club, Chris spends his time white water kayaking and tearing up the bike trails.


Clark Taylor

Born and raised in St. Louis, Clark learned the finer parts of the game at FRC from two former pros, Mateo Dalla la Fontana and Tim Barnes. He has been at Frontenac since 2012 where he coordinates the Cardio Tennis Program and runs various women’s drill groups. He is the formerDirector of Tennis at Long Meadow Country Club in Massachusetts, is a certified USPTA Level 1 pro and Etcheberry certified in tennis strength, fitness and conditioning. Clark is a veteran of the Quickstart programs and has coached USTA women’s teams to two district championships. In the summers,Clark is the Director of Tennis at ShawPark in Clayton.

Contact: 654-5925

Terry M. Ward

With a name like Terry (M.) Ward, you can bet this youngest son of Terry Sr.’s grew up playing tennis. From early childhood on, Terry M. was on the court, culminating four years of varsity singles at Marquette High. These days, he works with the Top Guns Instructional and Competition clinics, as well as with many of our Ladies Clinics! Terry is passionate about white water kayaking. If he’s got more than a minute, you’ll find him on the water or planning his next trip on the river!


Mark McPhillips

A former top-ranked player in the Western Tennis Association and a First Team Missouri ValleyConference player from Bradley University, Mark’s light-hearted personality and playful ways complement a solid tennis background. He runs the men’s Play with the Pros program. In the summer, Mark is the director of tennis at The Highlands in Forest Park, FRC’s partner club. Formerly Triple A, The Highlands is where FRC’s summer action has been since 2011.(Mark is aCincinnati Reds baseball fan, despite earnest efforts to convert him!)


Carli Connors

Born and raised in Belleville,IL,  Carli started playing tennis when she was four. Playing seriously at ten, Carli began traveling to local and national junior tournaments. In 2007, she took fourth place at the IHSA GirlsState Tennis Tournament representing Belleville West High School.She received a full athletic scholarship to play for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she played #1 singles and #1 doubles all four years. Carli is available for private lessons, and you’ll also find her teaching at a number of adult and junior clinics and she runs the ladies' interclub matches here at FRC!


Laura Rudicle

Laura has a fun loving and energetic personality. She started playing tennis at the age of 4 and has been obsessed ever since. Laura understands that people come to tennis for different reasons, whether for exercise, fun or competition. As your coach, Laura aims to help you meet your specific goals. She teaches all ages, and especially loves working with adult beginners and competitive junior players.


Chris Nasrallah

Chris was a top Junior, High School and College player out of St. Louis.He has been teaching tennis in the St. Louis area for more than 20 years, 11 of which have been at FRC. He is certified by the USPTA and PPTA. In the summer, he works at Westwood Country Club. He’s involved with the SLDTA and Missouri Valley and donates his time and skills to several charitable organizations around town. All this on top of a full-time job as Managing Principal of Nasrallah Global RE Services, a full-service commercial real estate firm. Chris and his wife, Angela, have two girls. Sophia, born in 2010, and Abigail, born in 2012, have both begun their junior tennis careers.


Rachel Stuhlmann

Rachel was born and raised in St. Louis, picking up tennis at an early age. As a high school player, she took home the Missouri State Singles Championship in 2009 and was named Metro Player of theYear by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Rachel continued pursuing competitive tennis at the University of Missouri where she ranked as a top singles and doubles player. In addition to competing, Rachel has extensive coaching experience, having provided instruction to a wide range of abilities. In 2011, she coached at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy, and she currently runs a variety of clinics and private lessons at FRC. When she is not coaching, you can find Rachel working on one of her many entrepreneurial pursuits. She is Co-Creator and Head Host of the "TheToss Up".


Penny Wilhelm

Daughter of 2 tennis pros, Virginia and Terry Wilhelm, Penny was born with tennis in her blood. She began competing in junior tournaments at the age of 10 and started coaching full time in the summers at15. Penny has run various programs across St. Louis with her sister Jennifer Wilhelm-Zeuschel. She currently teaches at Frontenac RacquetClub, Clayton Shaw Park and Algonquin Golf Club. In addition to tennis, Penny is also a very talented artist. She has a degree in Fine Arts and especially loves to paint!


Jesus Banderes

Jesus is a Venezuelan former professional tennis player. He has competed around the world and achieved his highest junior ranking of #69, which allowed him to play Wimbledon in 2009. Subsequently, Jesus was offered a full scholarship at East Tennessee State University where he played 4 years of college tennis and graduated with a degree in Finance. In 2013, Jesus played professionally in the ATP tour reaching his highest ranking of #824. While playing on the tour, Jesus represented Venezuela in the Davis Cup on several occasions. He is currently pursuing a MBA atWashington University in St. Louis with a focus in Finance &Entrepreneurship. During the summer, Jesus is the Director of Tennis at Algonquin Golf Club.


Austin Sides

Just about done with a sports-management degree in his vanishingly few off-hours, Austin played his college tennis at Fontbonne and his prep tennis at Festus High. At FRC, Austin works with all the junior clinics, including several Top Guns Competition clinics, and with several adult clinics.

Contact: | (314)960-4335

Alex Poynter

The Houston native, Alex Poynter, was top 10 in Texas tennis in all age divisions, as well as ranked in the top 100 in the nation in his recruiting class throughout high school. He boarded throughout high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at Nick Savianno’s high performance tennis academy. His junior success lead him to compete at the Division I collegiate level at Liberty University. He started in singles and doubles every year of his collegiate career, playing as high as line 2 in the singles line up, and was the number 1 doubles team his last two seasons. One of his major wins in college came at Georgia Tech, where he defeated current world #157 Christopher Eubanks. His current role at Frontenac Racquet Club is a Professional Tennis Instructor. He enjoys helping his clients develop their all-around tennis game while having a great on court experience.


Michael O'Neill

Michael is a USPTA Certified Tennis Pro with a Master's Degree in Bilingual Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. He played Division Three Tennis for Ripon College Tennis Team where the team collectively won the MWC twice! Michael has a vast amount of experience, with over 20 years of coaching at all levels. He was a Sectional Winning Men's coach at DeKalb High School in DeKalb, Illinois. Additionally, he was formerly Head Tennis Professional at Boulder Ridge C.C. in Algonquin, Illinois as well as a teaching assistant at Heritage Tennis Club. His strengths are being able to quickly appraise the game of my students and gain a strong working rapport with them, in order to improve their own playing abilities as well as help my students further their love for the sport of tennis.


Cliff Reuter

USPTA certified Elite Professional tennis instructor.  Head Tennis Professional at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans Missouri. Women's White Interclub Captain, Men's Saturday Interclub Captain and Men's Senior Interclub Captain at Frontenac Family of ClubsWoodsmill Racket Club in Chesterfield Missouri.  I teach all ages and will be happy to appraise your tennis game and then help you develop a sound foundation to improve!  Please contact me to schedule an appointment.  As a player I started at age 4 and was ranked number one in my junior age group in Missouri from the 10's-18's, twice finished first in doubles in the Missouri Valley and nationally was in the top 100 in the Boys I8's USTA.  I have taught tennis at some of the most prestigious country clubs in the St. Louis area including Bellerive, St. Louis Country Club and Westwood.

Thank you,

Cliff Reuter

314-484-9800 (cell US)