I am thrilled to be part of this amazing Bay Oaks family! I started playing tennis when I was 12 years old, and was lucky enough to be coached by Alfredo Claro and Yohny Romero, who played in the ATP Tour, and Davis Cup for Venezuela.
As a junior player, I held a ranking of # 8 nationally. Throughout my junior years I received numerous scholarship offers but decided to stay in my hometown of Caracas, Venezuela and became the Captain of the NCAA Universidad Metropolitana Tennis Team.
After earning my B.S. in Computer Engineering, I opened my own tennis academy, Asoclara. With only two courts, I successfully organized and coached 50+ kids and 20 adults. I moved to Houston in 2014, where I completed my Associates in Business while developing two Junior Zat Players into Super Champs. While in Houston, I became the Junior Co-Director at Westheimer Indoors and taught private lessons at Sienna Plantation in Sugarland, where I taught almost the entire Varsity team for Ridge Point High School and Middle School. I have turned many Challengers into Champs and Super Champs. Also in the HLTA, I have taken many adults from beginners to advanced to meet their own personal goals.
I am so grateful to be the Director of Tennis at Bay Oaks Country Club, I will give a 110% in this new journey. My door is always open so come by to say Hi, just talk about life or anything we can do to improve our program.
See you at the tennis courts!
Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018
Email Edward Gonzales
Hello everyone! My name is Edward Gonzales – I am a husband (since 2000) and father of 2 boys and have been teaching tennis for over 25 years (17 years as a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional). I began teaching tennis professionally at the Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy in its inception in 1993 and served as its Tennis Instructor, Outreach Director and NJTL/First Serve Director.
It was there where I developed and mastered the skill of creating a fun and positive healthy learning environment for children of all ages and backgrounds through the sport of tennis until my departure in 2012. In April of 2012, I partnered with Pearland Parks and Recreation and founded my own junior tennis academy where we introduced and developed hundreds of children in the sport of tennis including my own 2 boys, Tony (15 year old Sophomore on the Clear Brook High School varsity team) and Dylan (10 year old 5th grader at Weber Elementary).
I also have also worked with many adults (including parents of students) as they have looked to either:
1) Learn the sport of tennis alongside their children
2) Dust off their old racquets they’ve had stored away since their High School days
3) Compete in tournaments and/or leagues in their respective age division or skill level
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to continue pursuing and perfecting my calling and passion through the sport of tennis. It is my intention to utilize all of my 25+ years of experience and make a positive impact here at Bay Oaks and its surrounding community through focusing on Technique, Strategy, Effort and Control.
See y’all on the tennis courts!
Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018
Email Lincoln Bedrich
Hello everyone, my name is Lincoln Bedrich and I am very excited to finally be a part of the team here at Bay Oaks Country Club. I began my tennis journey at the age of 12 years old after coming from a very baseball-oriented family. I continued being a dual sport athlete but my love for the game of tennis was unwavering and unmatched. I was a four-year varsity letterman at Deer Park High School where I was able to obtain a great bit of success under the UIL umbrella. I also worked my way up through the junior rankings and know what it takes to rise to the top of the tennis in the great state of Texas.
In 2005, I joined the prestigious John Newcombe Tennis Ranch as a tennis pro. I was a part of the work/train program and was able to be trained and teach alongside touring professionals as well as some of the greats in the tennis community like John Newcombe himself. While there I trained top 100 in the nation players some of which are still playing on the tour today. After almost 3 years teaching the academy and working in the adult weekend programs I moved back home to Houston.
In 2016, I joined up with the South Houston Tennis Academy where I served as the Director of the advanced academy for 2 years. I was working with a great group of young players here that with a lot of hard work were able to take that next step and are now climbing the rankings themselves.
Through all my high-level experiences in both playing and training, there are three very important focal points I have found that are paramount for any tennis player with the desire for greatness 1) Focus and Footwork 2) Stroke and Strategy Development 3) Mental toughness.
I want to again thank everyone for allowing me this opportunity to continue doing what I am so passionate about which is developing the talent of athletes of any age. I look forward to seeing each one of you around the club and hopefully on the courts!
Role: Teaching Professional
Serving Since: 2013
Hank started his tennis teaching career as teaching pro at Golfcrest in 2005. He also served as tennis pro and Director for the City of Pearland from January 2008 to January 2009. Hank then found his home at Bay Oaks Country Club May 2010 and has been passing on his knowledge to the members and guest ever since.
Hank is a very accomplished player and uses his past experiences when teaching his lessons. He was ranked #1 in 2000 Men’s Singles 4.5 and won 2 majors that year. Hank was USTA ranked top 8 men’s (40) singles for 2001 & 2002. He was also asked to be a hitting partner for the USTA 45’s National Team.
The trait that makes Hank special is his on-court presence. He has an enthusiasm that is unmatched when giving his lesson. His excitement and passion for tennis comes out as he communicates to his lessons during drills. He truly enjoys each and every lesson.