Staff

Gary Ingram

Tennis Director

With 33 years of professional coaching experience, Gary has an outstanding tennis background as a player, a coach and teacher.  He has an exceptional ability to work effectively with a wide range of skill levels. He has been a USPTR certified member for more than 20 years and is also a USPTA Elite Professional and a TPA member. 

Gary has coached in Toronto, England, Hilton Head, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a former Head Professional and Sports Science Coordinator at the world famous Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, SC. There he trained, travelled with, and developed many highly-ranked ITF juniors and ATP/WTA touring pros.  Recently just before moving back to Canada, he was the Director of Tennis at Harmony on the Lakes in Holly Springs, GA where he oversaw all tennis activities for a 900-home subdivision. Previously he was at Universal Tennis Academy in Marietta, GA where he created a tennis specific fitness program for the high-performance academy and personally trained many highly-ranked juniors and touring pros. Gary also has extensive experience overseeing Junior programs at the beginner and recreational level (Rosedale Tennis Club and The Donalda Club) as well as being a Tennis Director at Rosedale Tennis Club, Harmony on the Lakes, and Clevelands House Resort.

Recently the past three winters he has been an assistant professional at The Badminton and Racquet Club in Toronto and The Head Platform Tennis Professional where he instructs all levels of private lessons, clinics and house leagues.

Gary is passionate about the sport of tennis. His unique combination of expertise in coaching, fitness training and sport psychology can give you the help and edge you need for your game. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in Psychology. He maintains his coaching education by regularly attending conferences and seminars with top professionals in the USPTR, USPTA and TPA. 

Gary competed in France, United States, England and Canada on professional satellite circuits and money tournaments from 1988-1993 and then turned to coaching.  In addition, he finished 12th Nationally playing in the Men’s Over 45’s Singles in 2014.

He is exceptional at creating an environment of fun and learning in a club setting.  He looks forward to returning Cottingham Tennis Club for his 7th year as Tennis Director and working with you on court.

Michael Badali

General Manager

Michael is excited to be back for his fifth year at Cottingham. He was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from Royal St. George’s College in 2008 as an Ontario Scholar where he played on many sports teams. He received a four-year merit scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University, a liberal arts university in upstate New York.  There Michael was a four-year member of the men’s varsity squash team and was elected Captain his senior year. He was a Scholar Athlete Award recipient recognized by the College Squash Association for his achievements in the classroom as well as a member of the French National Honorary Society, Pi Delta Phi.

Michael was also a member and selected to be on the All-Academic Liberty League team. He graduated from St. Lawrence University Cum Laude in 2012.

Michael is bilingual having spent a semester his senior year of university studying abroad at the University of Rouen.  After graduation, he went back and worked for a year in a small city in Southwestern France for the French Ministry of Education as an English language assistant teaching at two schools.

After France, Michael was the full-time Field House Coordinator of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a world class athletic facility which hosted the Pan Am Games.  The Field House is 30,000 square feet including four hardwood floor gymnasiums, a 200-metre running track and three studios. Michael was responsible for the training, guidance and supervision of 22 Field House attendants and ensured that the staff’s work assignments were completed in an effective and timely manner. He collaborated and communicated daily with diverse groups such as the University of Toronto, City of Toronto, independent organizations and specialized groups such as Rhythmic Gymnastics Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and Judo Ontario.

This past year Michael has been a squash professional based out of Glendon College where he has been running the squash department. He works with beginners, adults, competitive juniors as well as running leagues and tournaments. He also has been doing work in the financial sector, having a keen interest in the stock and real estate market.

Henry Pope

Clubhouse Attendant

Henry is finishing up his last semester at graduate school studying at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.  Prior to that, he did his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie.  Henry is an avid squash player having recently played for the University of Toronto men's varsity squash team. Henry is looking forward to his first summer working at Cottingham.

Nadia Bernier

Clubhouse Attendant

Nadia is looking forward to returning to Cottingham for her second year. Last summer, she worked at the junior summer tennis camp and the fall junior tennis clinics at Cottingham. Nadia enjoys playing tennis, doing community service and spending time with her friends. She recently graduated high school and is excited for what comes next.

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