Meet the Pros

Mitch Cravens
Director of Raquet Sports

Mitch brings over 25 years of teaching and management experience at tennis facilities throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties and is fully certified with the USPTR. He played Division I collegiate tennis at Furman University, and as a a junior, he was ranked in the top 15 in the Eastern and New England sections. He has been the Head Tennis Professional at Brooklawn Country Club for the past 14 years and has held head positions at Fairfield Indoor Tennis, Fairfield Beach Club and Yonkers Tennis Center.

Liz Cruz
Director of Platform Tennis

Originally from El Salvador, Liz is fully certified USPTA/PPTA Professional. In 2015, Liz won the Paddle National Title in Chicago and made it to the finals of Nationals 2017 in Philadelphia. She is currently ranked #2 in the nation. Her professional experience includes the Wilton Riding Club, the Patterson Club and Weeburn Country Club, where she has flexed her tennis skills during what is her Paddle “off season.”

Johnny Hurduc
Tennis Professional

Romanian born, Johnny dominated the tennis court becoming a member of the Romanian National Team and a Doubles National Champion in Juniors. While attending South Carolina State University, he won MVP and Player of the Year awards as well as two MEAC Championship titles. In December 2012, Johnny achieved #3 ranking in Men’s Open Singles in New England. Becoming assistant coach for South Carolina State University, Johnny led the team to a conference title in 2008. His passion for the doubles game contributed to the knowledge he has today as a doubles specialist. At an elite level, Johnny worked with Alina Jidkova (former #51 WTA). He worked as the head pro at Cherry Valley Club in NY and Weston Field Club in CT. During the winter season Johnny works at Trumbull Racquet Club. Johnny contributed to the development of top tennis players in New England at clubs like Intensity in Norwalk, Shippan Racquet Club in Stamford, Kings Highway Racquet Club in Darien, and Oak Hills in Norwalk. This will be Johnny’s 5th summer at Brooklawn.

Carrie Bunton
Tennis Professional

A USPTA certified teaching professional, Carrie has taught, designed and run programs for all playing  levels in the tri-state area for the past 25 years. She grew up in southern Connecticut and competed throughout New England as a ranked junior. Carrie attended Cortland State University where she studied Physical Education. In addition to teaching tennis, she continues to enjoy competing in USTA league play. Carrie currently works the winter months teaching tennis at Milford Indoor Tennis. This will be Carrie’s 8th summer at Brooklawn.

Kyle Devlin
Tennis Professional

Kyle has 16 years of teaching experience and is USPTA and PTR certified. Kyle played tennis for his high school in New Jersey and was a Nationally ranked player that competed for the Zonal team which consisted of the top 10 players in his section of the country. He continued his schooling at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey. He was an All-American Player in 2006 and Regional Champion in Singles and Doubles in 2006-2007.  Kyle was also the National Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-up in 2006. In 2007, Kyle became a Certified First Volley Instructor that helps teach adaptive tennis to individuals with special physical needs. He currently works for Fairfield Tennis during the winter season and prior to joining them, Kyle traveled worldwide with a player to compete in ITF Tournaments, worked at Intensity in Norwalk and was the 10 and Under Program Manager at Bucks County Racquet Club in PA. This will be Kyle’s 4th summer at Brooklawn.