MEET THE DIRECTORS
John Harvey – Session 1-3: July 6-24, 2020
John Harvey holds a USTA Recreational Certification and he has been the Head Coach of the Fairfield Warde Boys Tennis Program since 2015. In 2018, John was awarded the FCIAC Tennis Coach of the Year for his efforts at Fairfield Warde.
Prior to his time at Fairfield Warde, John spent the summers of 2008-2013 working both the adidas and Nike Tennis Camps. After working at those tennis camps, John worked as the Teaching Pro at The Country Club of Fairfield from 2014-2018. Altogether, John Harvey has over 14 years of tennis teaching experience.
Before transitioning to coaching, he was captain of the Sacred Heart University Tennis Team. Over his 4 years at SHU, he was a two-time NEC Conference Champion and appeared in two Division I NCAA Tournaments.
John still personally competes at a high level as a tennis tournament player. Outside of tennis, John works as an elementary school teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools. John graduated from Sacred Heart University with bachelor’s degree in 2011 and continued his studies to receive his master’s in education in 2012 and a 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration.
Michael Filipek – Session 4: July 26-31, 2020
In his 14th year of directing camps, Michael Filipek is the founder and director of Beyond Camps (formerly known as Michael Filipek Tennis & Sports Academy). He was born and raised in central Connecticut and as a player, he was twice the #1 ranked junior tennis player in all of New England.
Michael was consistently a nationally ranked tennis player and received a scholarship to attend Indiana University. He captained the tennis team at Indiana and graduated in 1997. He subsequently gained professional tour experience in both the United States and Europe.
As a coach, Michael is a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional and has fifteen years of full time teaching tennis experience. He is the Head Tennis Professional & Junior Development Director at Tennis in Manhattan operating three clubs in New York City and his Junior Development Program is the largest and most successful junior program in Manhattan.
Michael brings his passion and lifetime tennis experience as a player and a coach to the adidas Tennis Camps making this an excellent choice for a tennis camp in Connecticut. His enthusiastic and caring style inspires players of all ages and levels.
Additional staff will consist of current and former college players, high school coaches, college coaches, USPTA and USPTR certified coaches.