Meet District 15 JTT/NJTL Volunteers

Barbara, (Bobbie) Danise, Chair Person

Bobbie started playing tennis in 1990 and started volunteering at USTA/Florida Sections events in 1992. Her different positions included, umpire, recreational coach, Junior Team Tennis coach, assistant coach of AAU Junior Olympic teams and assisted District Director for USTA/Florida, District 15.

As Chair of District 15 National Junior Tennis Learning Association, Bobbie has expanded the association’s tennis programs from juniors to seniors, from Saturdays to after school and from the local tennis courts to the schools.  Her retirement from Morgan Stanley provided her with more time to devote to tennis.

 In the 2012 season Bobbie join the Sebastian River High School tennis coaching staff.  As a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association, she assisted the two organizations and the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida in producing the 2012 Inaugural High School All Star Tennis Tournament.

 She is a mother of five, Grandmother of eleven, mentor to dozens, a Professional Tennis Registry and USTA member and a recipient of many awards.


Robert Bromback

Robert (Bob) Bromback, owner/operator of Bromback Plumbing is the husband of School Board Member Karen Disney Bromback.  They have three children.  For the last 22 years Bob and Karen have directed the Sunny Shore Sea Camp for Cystic Fibrosis campers and yet he has found time as a volunteer to coach our Quick Start and LET programs for the last ten years



Ute Albrecht, Tennis Coach

A regular volunteer for District 15 NJTL Ralleyball program, she is a biologist with the US Horticultural Research Lab in Fort Pierce. Ute was born in Germany and started to play tennis at the age of eight. She spent most of her early years playing in national and international tennis tournaments.


In 1996 she moved to Sebastian, where she lives with her husband Ken and two children, Alissa and Emma. As a certified tennis instructor she has taught children of all ages, as well as adults. As a Professional Tennis Registry, (PTR) member and a part time assistant Pro with the John Danise School of Tennis, Ute shares the school tennis philosophy.



Jon Bergstrom, Tennis Coach

The past Sebastian River High School Boys Tennis Coach, Jon is a former college tennis player. An active volunteer with the District 15 NJTL, Jon has coached players at AAU Junioer Olympic Games.



John L Danise Jr, Tennis Director

He has been coaching for the past 40+ years. A Professional Tennis Registry Pro since 1990, he is one of the 700 + tennis teaching Professionals who have successfully completed the USTA High Performance Coaching program. 


Recognized Nationally & Internationally he has been a previous speaker at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, the National High School Coaches Association, The Professional Tennis Registry International Symposium and numerous other events and business groups. 


As director of the John Danise School of Tennis, his Business and Personal Development Plans have proven to be successful locally’ and as far away as India.


Besides coaching the Sebastian River High School Tennis team the last thirteen years, (Scripps News Paper, “2004 Tennis Coach of the Year” for the Treasure Coast) he has also taken eight teams to the AAU Junior Olympic Games, coached at the Team Florida Challenge and coached at the World Scholar Athlete Games, and was the Tennis coordinator for the 2006 Games at the University of Rhode Island. John still found time to serve on Sebastian’s Recreation Board and most recently on the Charter Review board.


A contributing editor and writer for Florida Tennis Magazine, John was the second President of the Professional Tennis Registry Florida Section and served eight years as a Board member of the United States Tennis Association / Florida Section, he is Tennis Chairman of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, and Executive Director of the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association. 



Coach Michele Modica

Michele, now in her second year as tennis coach, moved to Florida four years ago from Long Island, New York.  Her sports background includes years as a volunteer swim coach, water safety instructor, and lifeguard in New York, as well as, after school programming for elementary school children.  Her love of tennis landed her a position at Riverside Racquet Complex in Vero Beach, which included running round robin play and directorship of the tournaments.  She has captained USTA Jr. and adult tennis teams, has USPTA recreational coach certification and is on the board of the Indian River Tennis Foundation.  Michele is employed at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club as the Tennis & Fitness Administrator.



Ed Krass, Workshop Contributor

Coach Krass is the Chairman, “One on One Doubles Championships”, coached the Harvard women’s tennis team from 1986-1990 to four consecutive Ivory League Championships, author, B.E.S.T. Serve and B.E.S.T Shots videos and since 1989 has been the Founder/Director, of College Tennis Exposure Camps.



Dr. Donald McMurray, Workshop Contributor

A sports psychologist who helps develop concentration, confidence, composure, commitment and consistency at Mental Edge/Sports training in Sarasota.



Woody Newson, Coach and Workshop Contributor

Director of Tennis at Lawnwood Tennis Center in Ft. Pierce, Woody has taken District 15 NJTL teams to the AAU Junior Olympic Games, has been a continuous supporter of USTA Junior Team Tennis and conducts the LET program in St. Lucie County.


A past president of the USPTA Florida Division and a Professional Tennis Registry member, Woody has published article and been a speaker at Professional and USTA events.



These and other supporters have helped District 15 NJTL Junior Olympic Association teach Life Lessons, through Tennis.