Meet Our Pros

Mitch Case – Staff Pro

Mitch has a true passion for tennis, and has been playing the game since the age of 5.  He captained his high school team to a State Title in 2000 and earned a spot on the CT All-State team.  In college, Mitch competed at Western Connecticut State University and won the Little East Conference #1 Doubles Title as a freshman.  After finishing his Undergraduate program with a degree in Communications, Mitch decided to make coaching tennis his full-time profession.  As a PTR Certified Professional, Mitch has worked with almost every age (from 2 1/2 years to 87 years old) and ability level (beginner to advanced/high performance).  He is the Head Coach of the Northwestern Regional #7 Boys Tennis Team during the spring, and the Director of Tennis at Woodridge Lake during the summer.  Mitch is also a Etcheberry Certified Fitness Coach (etcheberryexperience.com).

Herman Batuyev – Staff Pro

Herman is from the Ukraine and is our new full-time pro as of the Fall of 2017. In 1972, he graduated from a specialized junior sports school in tennis in the Ukraine and in 1977 he graduated from the State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages in Minsk, Republic of Belarus. He has a Master Degree in teaching. For many years Herman was a tennis coach at a tennis club in Novaya Kakhovka, Ukraine. In 2003, he became coach of Yuliana Fedak, a WTA Professional Tennis Player, who was ranked #63 in the world in 2006 and was a member of the Federation Cup Tennis Team of Ukraine. In 2008 Herman joined Hardscrabble Tennis Club in Brewster, N.Y. and continued there as tennis coach providing group and private lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. From 2008 to 2016 Herman was Head Coach for the North Salem High School Varsity Tennis Team (Boys and Girls) and he also was a USTA Tournament Director until September 2017.  

Peter Jutras – Staff Pro

Peter is a P-1 Certified Pro through the USPTA, of which he’s been a member for over 35 years.  As a player, Peter was a successful competitor, earning a top ranking in the New England Region.  His teaching career has been outstanding, as he has been the Tennis Director at some of premiere Country Clubs in the country, including the Golf Club of Avon (18 years), and the Longmeadow Country Club (5 years).  In 1992, Peter was named the Northern Professional of the Year by the New England Professional Tennis Association.  Pinewoods has been lucky enough to have had Peter on staff since 1992.  During the summer, he is the Tennis Director at Lakeridge in Torrington, CT.

Paul Fodiman – Staff Pro

Paul has played tennis since the age of 4.  Originally from Connecticut, he moved south and trained competitively in Georgia and Tennessee with future pro’s as a junior, and played many tournaments in Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Detroit.  Eventually, Paul moved back to Connecticut and became a top junior in New England.  Paul is PTR certified.  He was the director of the city of Waterbury’s Grass Roots program in 1995, working with over 40 kids, and was the Head Coach for the Wolcott High School’s boys tennis team for two years.  He has taught at the Middlebury Racquet Club and the Norfolk Country Club, and started teaching at Pinewoods Health and Racquet Club in 1997.  At Pinewoods, Paul has coached and trained many juniors to top standings in high school and college.  He also has been the  Director of Tennis at the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  Paul has been affiliated with the Head/Penn Advisory Staff for many years and helped in there growth in pro shops in New England.

Dean Werner – Staff Pro

Dean is a United States Professional Tennis Association Certified Tennis Professional and has over 30 years of tennis teaching experience. He has worked as a Head Tennis Professional at several indoor and outdoor tennis clubs in the past and has taught hundreds of juniors over the years. Dean is also currently the Head Coach for the Lewis Mills High School Girl’s Tennis Team where he complied a 28-10 record in his first two seasons . 

Bob Cofer – Owner

Bob is the Owner and General Manager of Pinewoods. He has been involved in the Indoor Tennis Club Business for over 30 years in positions including Staff Tennis Professional, Head Tennis Professional, Director of Tennis and Club Owner. Before buying Pinewoods in July 2009, Bob owned and operated West River Tennis and Fitness Center in Southern Vermont for 11 years. Before Vermont, he worked at clubs in Syracuse, N.Y., Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington D.C. Bob has been a United States Professional Tennis Association Member at the highest level for over 30 years. He has taught several junior tennis players to Top 50 Rankings in New England. Bob is also a proven player as he was the #1 player on his college tennis team, State University College at Oswego, New York in the 1980’s and more recently has been ranked in the Top Ten in New England in Singles in his Division every year since 2002. He  achieved his highest ranking ever in 2016 as he ended the year as the #1 Ranked Player in New England in Men’s 4.5 Singles.  In 2009, 2010 and 2013, Bob was ranked #2  in New England in the Men’s 45 and Over Singles Division. More recently he has matched that high ranking in 2014 and 2015  with a #2 Ranking in New England in Men’s 4.5 Singles. Bob has also been a Tennis Tournament  Director for many years and created the Syracuse Adult Grand Prix Tournament Circuit in  the Syracuse, New York Area in the 1990’s. The Syracuse Adult Grand Prix was a series of Tournaments held in the Syracuse, N.Y. area where Adults competed on a monthly basis to win prizes at the end of the year.