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Breckenridge Rec Center hires new tennis pro

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BRECKENRIDGE – The town of Breckenridge has announced the appointment of John O’Connor as the Breckenridge Recreation Department tennis professional.The current tennis pro, Dave Turrin, has chosen to make a career change and will be leaving the town’s rec department at the end of May, the town said in a press release.O’Connor brings a broad tennis background to Breckenridge in his new position. He is a member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, Level P1. As a tennis pro for 18 years, he most recently worked at the Cascade Club of Vail and as the director of tennis at Keystone Resort. His time at Keystone included a difficult final chapter when the resort closed the tennis center to allow for plans to build a state-of-the-art freestyle ski training center. Those plans fell through last year when insurance woes prevented the center from being built.O’Connor joins the Breckenridge Recreation Department team with plans to grow the sport in Breckenridge and also to increase the line of tennis products offered at the recreation center pro shop.”When I took over the tennis program at Keystone, there were not many programs at all,” O’Connor said. “The way to grow your program base is to listen to the customers and keep an optimistic mindset.””John has many creative ideas for how we can grow our tennis business here in Breckenridge,” said Jill Wait, recreation director for the town of Breckenridge. “John has great relationships with the USTA and is hopeful of being able to attract major tournaments to our facility.”O’Connor originally hails from South Bend, Ind. He and his family currently live in Summit County. He will begin his position with the Breckenridge Recreation Department on June 1. For more information about Breck’s year-round tennis program, visit http://www.townofbreckenridge.com or call (970) 453-1734.


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