Teaching Staff

Todd Ashdown
Director of Tennis

Todd is a USPTA certified P-1 instructor and has been teaching professionally for 20yrs. In those years, Todd has had the pleasure of teaching several state champions at the junior level, as well as many national finalists at the adult level.

Todd is a native Clevelander who graduated from both St. Edward High School and Bowling Green State University. For the past eight years, Todd has also served as the boys Varsity Tennis Coach at his alma mater, St. Eds.

Todd resides in Fairview Park with his wife, Maureen, and three children (Ryan, Erin, and Colin). In his spare time, Todd likes to play USTA tennis and compete in other sports as well.

tashdown@paramounttennisclub.com

Ben Sprenger

Ben graduated from St. Edward High School in 1997. He was a four-year varsity letter winner, MVP three of the four years and a state qualifier with only one other Eagle to ever represent St. Ed’s in Columbus, Ohio up to that point. Following graduation, Ben attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and led the Bobcats to two team conference championships with a first time trip to Nationals. In 2001, Ben achieved a ranking of 10th in the Nation for Division II Doubles. Overall, his career ended with a record of 92 wins and only 16 losses in conference play. He also won 3 singles and two doubles titles during his 4 years. In 2002, he was award the conference “MVP” title that was voted on by coaches and players. Ben’s teaching career started in 1996. He started North Olmstead’s recreational Tennis program at North Olmstead High School. The following two summers, Ben taught the Nike Tennis Camps at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He had the privilege of working with Division I coach of the Year, Brian Kalbus during his stay. He has taught some of the areas top National juniors as well as state qualifiers. As Junior Director, Ben is building one of the areas toughest junior programs.

bsprenger@paramounttennisclub.com 

Laura DiPaola

Laura has been a USTA certified tennis instructor since 2005, began teaching tennis at River Oaks Athletic Club in Rocky River in 2001 and teaches and supervises the Pee-Wee, Juniors and Beginning Adult tennis programs for the Rocky River Recreation Department. Laura also manages the west side tennis operations for Little Racquets.

As an active member of USTA, Laura competes on various USTA teams. Laura is a 1982 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and has a teaching degree in physical education.

Laura is married to John and has two children, Joe and Leann.

Contact Laura DiPaola

Zach Long

Zach was born in Ashland, Ohio and after playing tennis for Ashland High School, he went on to play four years of college tennis for Baldwin-Wallace College. Zach was a Captain for the team his Senior year and graduated with a B.A. in Education with a History and Social Studies degree. Zach has directed the Ashland city Summer tennis program for the past six years where he teaches all ages and directs the Summer tournaments. Zach frequently is our resident pro who helps run our Junior tournament desk. Zach teaches all ages and works especially well with our younger Junior players getting them started with the proper fundamentals necessary to advance their skill levels.

zlong@paramounttennisclub.com

Brad Groleski
Head Tennis Pro

Groleski joins the Paramount Tennis Staff after a successful playing career at Cleveland State University where he helped his team earn a Horizon League Championship and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2008. For the past two years, Groleski spent his time at Drexel University. While in Philadelphia, he earned his Master's Degree in Public Communication while holding coaching duties for the men's and women's tennis teams.

A native of Sprinboro, Ohio, Groleski also worked as a tennis instructor at Sycamore Creek Country Club in his hometown for the past eight summers.

He is very excited about the opportunity to be back in the Cleveland area and working with the members of the Paramount Tennis Clubs!

bgroleski@paramounttennisclub.com