Learn more about the tennis and fitness staff at RAW Tennis & Fitness!
Robert Wirth, is the President of RAW Tennis Inc., and the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Dupont Country Club, where he has been since 2006. Born in Sydney Australia, he started playing tennis at the age of 13 after moving with his family to Singapore. He immediately developed a passion for the game and devoted himself to pursuing a tennis career. He attended college at University of Delaware, where he played D1 tennis and co-captained his senior year. After two years of coaching tennis at Delaware National, Rob joined the staff at the Dupont Country Club and immediately established the RAW Tennis Academy, for some of Dupont’s and greater Wilmington’s most talented juniors. He has been met with great success, as his students are some of the best in the region and have received numerous college scholarships.
Rob was named the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Rookie Pro of the year for 2007. As of January 2011, Robert was placed in charge of Dupont tennis in his new role as Tennis Director.
A Wilmington native, Tim Fitzgerald, grew up playing tennis at the Hercules Country Club. Throughout his junior years, he finished at the top of his age groups in the Delaware District and also played #1 singles during his time at St. Marks High School. He attended Arcadia University where he played in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Tim earned many awards during his years at Arcadia, where he won singles and doubles titles and numerous accolades such as the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.
Tim has coached summer camps since he was thirteen and decided to make a career out of teaching tennis in 2008, after graduating from college. He just completed his fourth year as a full-time tennis professional at Dupont Country Club and was recently named the head teaching professional. He is currently a student of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Program.
Marta Drane, originally from Wilmington, started playing tennis at DuPont Country Club and later at Wilmington Country Club. During her junior tennis years, she participated in Delaware District, Middle State Section, and National tournaments. Marta attended Tower Hill School, where she played #2 and #3 singles on teams that won four consecutive state championships. Marta completed her high school career with 4 Singles State Championships and an undefeated record.
At Denison University, Marta was a captain and a 4-year starter. She was recognized as both the North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and the NCAC Player of the Year, only the second player in Denison program history to win these two awards. She also received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Senior Player of the year award, and was named as an NCAA Division III All-American for Doubles in ’08, ’09, and for both Singles and Doubles in ’10. She holds the Denison record for most doubles wins in a season with 22, and most doubles wins in a career with 73.
After graduating from Denison with a degree in communications, Marta lived with a family for one and a half years near Munich Germany, where she worked as an au pair, and then served as an intern in the Public Affairs Department at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Kenny Beebe is a Teaching Professional and Fitness Trainer for RAW Tennis and Fitness. He started playing tennis at the age of twelve, where he quickly picked up the sport and the passion for the game. Growing from a RAW athlete himself, Kenny continued his tennis career throughout High School and College.
He attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and a specialization in Heath and Fitness Promotion. Here, he played four years of Division II tennis, with one of the top teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Winning the Conference Championships in 2013, he continued on with several successful seasons to follow. After graduation, he returned to RAW Tennis and Fitness, where it all began, and joined the team full-time.
Troy Donato, originally from Hockessin, DE, started playing tennis at DuPont Country Club. He improved his game to the college level and played forElizabethtown University, Immaculata University and his last two seasons for West Chester University before graduating in 2016. He went 11-3 in singles at Immaculata with all of his victories in straight sets and 11-3 in singles his junior campaign at WCU.
Currently, Troy is the Assistant Women’s Coach at Goldey Beacom College, where he coaches 3 regionally ranked players in singles and 2 regionally ranked doubles teams. The team is currently ranked 3rd in the region and went undefeated in his first season and won the conference.
Kristina has been a Pilates addict since 2001. After moving from Alaska to study Musical Theater at The Catholic University of America, she fell into mind-body movement to assist with her dance and stage presence. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Music in 2002, she immediately started comprehensive training for Pilates certification – a program of over 700 hours of hands-on learning. After graduating her Pilates apprenticeship from Excel Movement Studios in Washington, DC in 2003, she moved to Wilmington to settle down with her husband, taking on full-time teaching in the Pilates Method. Kristina’s dedication to learning has continued with multiple hours of study and continuing education in anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, therapeutics, Reiki, and self-assisted myofascial work to release muscles. Looking for more outlets through which to serve her students, Kristina entered into a 300 Yoga Teacher Training through YogaDharma in 2010, graduating from an uncommonly in-depth program of integrative styles of yoga and its philosophy – influenced by Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Tibetan Heart Yoga.
She continues to seek new ways to assist others through her teaching and by deepening her own understanding through practice, lending her a facility for teaching both group classes and private sessions. Kristina is fully dedicated to meeting each students’ needs, believing that one can offer both challenging and supportive work without having to compromise.
A yoga student for years, Chelsea decided she wanted to spread her love of fitness through yoga practice. Getting her yoga teaching certificate through YogaFit, Chelsea enjoys giving others the same joy in improving their health with the mind-body connection.
Chelsea shifted her energy from an intense career in marketing and media to being a mother and yoga instructor, after yoga brought balance to her life. In her classes you will find a practice built on balance, flexibility, and body tone. She uses a Vinyasa Flow style to keep things intense but individualized for each student. Chelsea is also certified to teach Prenatal/Postnatal yoga. Having enjoyed this experience with her own pregnancies, she is excited to offer this to others.
Nicole found her love for teaching early on and at the age of 19 became a ballroom dance instructor. Soon after, (in 2002) she found yoga and has been hooked ever since. Nicole completed the 200hr YTT at Tulaa Yoga studio in March 2014. She is always excited and eager to share her love of not only the physical benefits, but the spiritual and philosophical side of practicing yoga. Nicole enjoys combining all of these aspects into her classes, focusing on bringing the breath, the mind, the soul and body together to create a holistic experience for her students.
Now having completed her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification she loves infusing her yoga classes with the wisdom and teachings of Ayurveda. Nicole continues to pursue her love of Ayurveda and Yoga by offering workshops on anything from just the basics to cooking with the six tastes. As a lifelong student, Nicole continues to pursue additional training to infuse new knowledge to her teaching and personal practice.