Ray Bilsey, Tennis Director and Head Tennis Pro
Ray Bilsey says “Ladera Oaks is just a fantastic family club with the highest quality programs in swimming, tennis and fitness.” This is true in large part due to the enthusiasm and expertise Ray brings to his work.
As a youngster, Ray took up competitive tennis because he truly loved the sport, and he has never looked back. Ray has been leading Ladera Oaks Tennis since 1998. He holds the prestigious U.S. Professional Tennis Association Pro 1 rating. He is a highly skilled instructor and coach whose athletes have had remarkable success including several nationally ranked junior players.
In addition to coaching and teaching Ray enjoys organizing special events at Ladera Oaks, including Tennis Mixers, Twilight Tennis, weekend tournaments and helping Ladera Oaks’ various USTA teams overachieve. Both Ray’s children love playing on the Ladera Oaks Junior tennis team and have USTA Junior rankings. Ray founded SquareHit Tennis, a leader in tennis training products, including the famous WristAssist (sold to 50 countries) that you may have seen on TV on the Tennis Channel.
Bobby Fenton, Assistant Tennis Pro
Bobby has had a lifelong career in tennis, being born into a family where both his parents were tennis instructors who ran the Central Park tennis program in New York City for over thirty years. (Bobby’s parents taught tennis to John and Caroline Kennedy.) Bobby was a highly ranked junior and collegiate player attaining the number one junior college ranking in California while at Foothill College and gaining the status of NCAA All-American at Cal State Hayward. He also won the Lipton National Amateur Mixed Doubles Championships with his sister, Jill.
Bobby is a USPTA instructor and has been teaching tennis for over 30 years. Bobby joined Ladera Oaks in 1998 and enjoys teaching tennis to all ages and levels, with students as young as 3 and as old as 85.
Celso Onofre, Tennis Pro
Celso Onofre brings international flavor and an impressive resume to his position as tennis pro at Ladera Oaks. He grew up playing competitive tennis in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, and graduated from the Physical Education College in Santo André in 1984. Before joining the tennis pro staff in 2007, Celso was a tennis instructor at locations from Central Park in New York City to several prestigious tennis academies in Florida.
Since coming to California in 1996, Celso has coached current ATP Russian player, Dimitri Tursonov. Celso loves to travel, and has worked as a teaching professional for Club Med Resorts in Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. What Celso likes best about Ladera Oaks is the friendly environment and the nice people. Celso is a member of the Association of Tennis Professionals.