Meet The Staff

Brian Thomas | Head of Tennis and Fitness

Brian has served as Orinda Country Club’s Head Tennis Professional since 2001. Brian is a USPTA Elite Professional, PTR Professional, USTA High Performance Certified Coach, ICI Certified Competition & Professional Coach, and a Master Racquet Technician with the USRSA. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for USTA NorCal. In the time that Brian has been Director of the Junior Program, Orinda has had over 100 players playing varsity tennis, 48 as freshmen, and had 52 ranked juniors, 7 who were ranked nationally. Brian's USTA Women’s teams have won four Diablo North League titles, two NorCal Sectional titles, and finished third Nationally in 2009 with a 24-1 record. Brian has held a top ten Men's Open singles ranking in two sections, a top 15 Men's Open doubles ranking in three sections, and has finished #1 in singles and doubles in NorCal in 35s, 40s, and 45s.

Brent De Groot | Tennis Professional

Brent earned his Professional 1 rating with the USPTA in 1991. Brent competed on the Men’s Open Circuit and was coached by current Head Tennis Coach at UC Berkeley, Peter Wright. Brent finished 2010 with a #2 ranking in NorCal Men’s 40 and over and #28 in the country. After spending eight years at MTSC, Brent joined the Orinda Country Club Tennis Staff where he has developed a great Cardio Tennis program and helped all of our programs grow and thrive. Brent has also served as one of the Bay Area Board of Directors for the Joy of Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization bringing tennis to inner-city children through the Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco.