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Are you interested in the ability to play racquet sports whenever you want? Do you need a trusted and fun summer camp for your kids? Consider joining our racquet club, Guilford Racquet & Swim Club, in Guilford, CT.

We accept members and their guests in the Guilford, Branford, Madison, New Haven area, East Haven, Clinton, Deep River, North Madison and Killingworth areas.

From pickleball to swimming, there’s something for everyone here. We encourage you to check us out and embrace the fun in fitness with us.

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Meet Our Team

Management Staff:

Sarah Boone

Sarah’s parents began managing GRSC in 1975, and Sarah was raised in the playroom and on the courts. In 2003, Sarah began working full-time with her mother, managing the club and learning the operations. A few years ago, she bought GRSC from her parents. Sarah plays a lot of tennis, a little paddle, and pickleball and is raising her four children (Wolf, Kurt, Penelope, and Felix) with her husband, Andy, in New Haven.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Sarah Boone

Beth Hall

Beth grew up in Guilford and raised her daughters, Emily and Kate, in the area with her husband, Matt. Having started in the playroom in 2004, Beth learned about the desk, customer accounts, and USTA. She is now both the GRSC Assistant Manager in charge of members accounts and is the club’s Adult USTA Coordinator.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Beth Hall

Chris Marra

Chris has been teaching at GRSC for over 20 years and has been Head Pro since 2007. He has coached both Branford and Guilford High School girls teams since 2003, earning multiple coach awards. Chris developed several programs at the club, including Guilford Collegiate Showcase. He is PTR certified in Adults, U10, and performance Juniors. He lives in Deep River with his wife, Carolyn, and son, Jonathan.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Chris Marra

Matthew Fraenza

Matt has been teaching tennis for over 20 years and likes to encourage players of all ages to try the sport. He has been with GRSC since 2007 and became Junior Director in 2017. Matt has coached the Branford High School boys since 2014 and is PTR certified in Adults and U10 Tennis. He lives in Branford with his two daughters, Mattea and Delaney, and his wife, Stephanie

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Matthew Fraenza

Assistant Tennis Pros:

Steve “Goati” Godiksen

Since 1983, Steve has been teaching all levels of Tennis at GRSC. He is widely regarded as one of Connecticut’s best teaching pros. Steve was a nationally-ranked junior and adult player and is now a top-level paddle player. During the summer, he is head pro at Sachem’s Head Yacht Club. Steve lives in Madison and has three sons: Steven, Sean, and Tucker.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Steve “Goati” Godiksen

Averi Cappetta

Averi was born in New York and raised in Connecticut, where she played at GRSC as a junior player. Averi completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing, her Masters in Sports Management from South Connecticut State University and is a PTR-certified Adult and U10 tennis professional. She is the club’s social coordinator and lives in Madison with her husband, Justin

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Averi Cappetta

Matt Murphy

Matt grew up in Guilford and has trained as a player at GRSC since the age of six. Both his parents are avid racquet players on both the tennis and pickleball courts. He competed in Division I for the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, earning his undergraduate degree in Economics in 2020. Having worked as an Assistant Tennis Pro at GRSC for years, including overseeing the Summer Park and Recreation, he is a natural fit to be on the GRSC team.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Matt Murphy

Melissa Page

Melissa started playing at the age of six and has completed tournaments in the Midwest, Florida, and abroad during her high school years. After attending the University of Colorado, she moved to Guilford in 1993 with her husband, Andrew, with two sons, Hayden and Harrison.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Melissa Page

Cody Marietta

Cody found his love for tennis in high school, where he played first singles for three years at Wilcox Tech. He worked at various clubs and private schools throughout Connecticut in college while completing his Baking/Pastry degree. Cody became a full-time tennis professional in 2016, joining the GRSC family in 2019. When Cody is not on the court, he enjoys spending time on the golf course and with family.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Cody Marietta

Christian Appleman

Christian Appleman is a Guilford resident and the current head coach of the UConn men’s tennis team. He is also a former assistant coach for the Yale men’s tennis team and has coached tennis and basketball in Division I athletics for over 30 years. Both of his children are GHS graduates, and his wife is the head coach of the Yale women’s volleyball team. Having been a pool member at GRSC when his kids were young, it is a treat to have Christian back as part of the team.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Christian Appleman

Paddle & Pickleball:

Pam Welch

Pam grew up in Massachusetts, one of nine kids. She lives in Guilford with her husband, Bill, where they raised three children; Kara, Kyle, and Ryan. Having always played and enjoyed sports, Pam has played paddle since the ‘80s and is still an active tennis and pickleball player at GRSC. She joined the desk in 2016 and has since led the organization in our growing paddle program.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Pam Welch

Lesly Wagner

Lesly Wagner grew up in Indiana, and after living for a time in Pittsburgh, she and her husband Pete landed in Guilford, where they raised Rachel, Dave, and Grace. Always a tennis player and up for a challenge, Lesly launched CAPP at GRSC and has created and grown our successful pickleball program. When not on the courts, Lesly loves to travel and meet up with her large extended family.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Lesly Wagner

Wendy Ward

Wendy was born and raised in Virginia. She and her husband, Chris, lived in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vermont, and the UK before moving to Guilford. She was introduced to pickleball when her children, Mitchell, and Cassie, began lessons. Wendy immediately took to the sport. In 2017, she joined the GRSC team; her 12 years as an elementary school teacher translate well to teaching Junior Pickleball. When she is not on the courts, you can find her watching her kids at the hockey rink.

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club CT Wendy Ward

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Guilford Racquet & Swim Club
420 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
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Hours

Racquet Sports & Strength Studio:

(Year Round)

Mon - Fri : 6:30 AM - 10 PM

Sat: 8 AM - 10 PM

Sun: 8 AM - 9 PM

Summer Pool:

(Memorial Day - Labor Day)

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM*

*Abbreviated hours before mid June and after mid August