Steve Campbell, Wintergreen's Director of Racquet Sports, is a USPTA tennis professional with over 30 years of tennis management, junior development, and coaching experience in Colorado, Hawaii, California, and Texas.
Prior to Wintergreen Resort, Coach Steve spent ten years in Hawaii, with seven years on the Big Island and three years on Maui. On the Big Island he served as Head Boy’s Tennis Coach at the international boarding school Hawaii Preparatory Academy, leading the boy’s team to five consecutive Hawaii Championships. Coach Steve also directed tennis at the Vic Braden Tennis College at the Fairmont Orchid. He directed tennis on the island of Maui, at the world-class tennis resort Kapalua Tennis Garden and was the Head Coach at Maui Preparatory Academy.
Coach Steve has worked with USTA in various positions as a coach: Coach USTA Boys 18s Junior Davis Cup, Coach Boys16 Inter-sectionals, Coach for 14s and 12s USTA Zonals, and Team Colorado and has helped with various high-performance training camps. Steve served on the USTA Intermountain Junior Competitive Committee and was the Intermountain Sectional Tournament Director. Coach Steve throughout his career has coached numerous juniors that have gone on to compete collegiately as well as a several that have played professionally.
Steve spent years coaching with and studying under legendary International Hall of Fame Coach Vic Braden, regarded by many as one of the greatest tennis coaches. Coach Steve’s wife Colleen is a highly experienced coach and co-director of the camp, their daughter Corey is a Hawaii state high school singles champion and two-time Colorado state singles champion and is currently playing for Boise State. Coach Steve’s family is a tennis family, they love tennis and improving players.
Coaching Philosophy: “I believe in creating a fun learning environment where we can maximize players learning experience and improvement in the shortest amount of time. There is no wrong way to hit a ball, but the laws of science and the dimensions of the court dictate what happens with the ball.”
Colleen Patton Campbell is a USPTA tennis professional with thirty years of tennis teaching and playing experience in Colorado, Hawaii, and California. Colleen brings a contagious enthusiasm and passion to teaching tennis.
Coach Colleen is an accomplished prep school tennis coach. In Hawaii, Colleen was the Head Coach at the international boarding school, Hawaii Preparatory Academy and later at Maui Prep. In Santa Barbara, California she was the Head Tennis Coach at the prestigious Crane School and Laguna Blanca School. Colleen is the current Head Coach at the Colorado Springs School. Colleen has coached state high school champions, nationally ranked juniors, and numerous players that have gone on to compete collegiately.
Coach Colleen has coached at numerous college tennis camps at outstanding universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Colleen is also a former tennis professional at the Racquet Club of Irvine, Four Seasons Biltmore, San Ysidro Ranch, Fairmont Orchid, and the Kapalua Tennis Garden. Colleen has coached extensively with the USTA: Head Coach USTA Girls 18s National’s, USTA National Challenge Cup, 12’s and 14’s Zonal Championships.
As player, Colleen has competed professionally in Germany, Greece, France, Israel, and Japan, winning tournaments at the Israel Open and the Athens Open. She has won numerous tournaments across the US including the Ojai Open, which is the longest running tennis tournament in the US. Coach Colleen played college tennis on a scholarship at the University of California Irvine, graduating with a degree in Sports Psychology. As a junior player, she was a four-year state high school champion and ranked #1 in doubles and top fifteen in singles in Southern California.
Coach Colleen is part of a large tennis family of tennis coaches, her husband Steve is co-director of the camp, her brother Greg is a US National Coach and former D-1 coach, her nephew Garrett and niece Chelsea have coached college tennis, and her mother Rita was a college coach and was the oldest woman in US history to play college tennis at sixty-four! Her daughter Corey is a two-time singles state high school champion and college player at Boise State. Colleen loves teaching tennis, no matter the age or ability.
Ethan Matthews is originally from Boise, Idaho where he played and coached alongside famed tennis coach Greg Patton at the Crane Creek Country Club. Prior to coming Wintergreen he was an instructor at the world-class tennis destination Harmony Meadows in Manson, Washington. Coach Ethan is a knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic coach and sports fanatic.
Gretchen Rush is new to the Wintergreen Resort Community coming from Roanoke where she recently retired from 15 years of college coaching. Rush had a standout collegiate career, playing at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During her time with the Tigers, which was formerly a Division I program, she was a four-time All-American, an NCAA Division I doubles champion, two time finalist in NCAA singles and doubles and in her senior year, won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's top collegiate tennis player. During that time, Trinity also made four Final Four team appearances.
After leaving Trinity, Rush played on the Women's Tennis Association's professional tour. She amassed 191 singles wins on the WTA tour, including singles appearances in the quarterfinals of the US Open (1982), the French Open (1983) and Wimbledon (1989). As a doubles competitor, she picked up 193 wins, made an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 1988 Australian Open and three appearances in the Wimbledon quarterfinals (1986, 1991 and 1992). And in 1988, along with partner Kelly Jones, Rush was a finalist in mixed doubles.
She represented the United States in the 1984 Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, where she lost to eventual semifinalist, Catherine Tanvier, of France. During her time on the WTA circuit, Rush reached an individual high ranking of 13th and a doubles ranking of 16th. She retired from professional tennis in 1992 and was inducted into the Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 2016.
Since retiring, Rush has held multiple coaching positions, both on the high school and collegiate level. She was an assistant at San Diego State University (1993-1994), the head coach at Our Lady of Peace High School (1995-1997) and head coach at San Diego City College (2008-2013), Claremont-Mudd Scripps (2013-2015) was the head coach at her alma mater, Trinity (2015-2020) and most recently Hollins University in Roanoke.
She served as the International Tennis Director for the Special Olympics.