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Our Coaches

Meet our team of certified and passionate tennis coaches.

RSC Tennis Director Pierre Tafelski

Pierre Tafelski

Tennis Director

Pierre has over a decade in high performance as a NCAA Division 1 player, NCAA Division 1 Head Coach and Director of High Performance in Canada. He brings a wealth of experience from all over the world coaching internationally ranked players.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Coach 3

Fun fact: Pierre once swam with sharks in the sea. Loves to spend time playing soccer and traveling.


Sacha Krishna

Head Pro & Head of Adult Programs

Sacha has been coaching juniors and adults for over 20 years. Sacha always ensures a positive learning environment for his students, bringing a passion and enthusiasm for the game guaranteed to improve your game and hook you for life.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Club Pro 3

Fun Fact: When he’s not on the court, Sacha spends his time playing hockey, watching MMA, and playing with any dog he meets!


Rachel Cruickshank

Head of High Performance & Competitive Development

Rachel has competed at the local, provincial, national and international level, winning over 10 Ottawa City Championship titles and competing in several International Tennis Federation (ITF) events. She has over 10 years experience coaching recreational and competitive juniors and adults

Certifications: Tennis Canada Coach 3 Certification, Tennis Canada Course Facilitator

Fun fact: Rachel once met Roger Federer at Wimbledon


Alex Harea

Head of Junior Tennis Development

Alex grew up playing competitively at a provincial level and developed a passion for teaching early on in his life.  With experience building some of the largest junior recreational programs in the National Capital Region, Alex specializes in play-based, student-centered development for children and adults.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Club Pro 3

Fun Fact: When he’s not on the court, you can find him writing and producing original music under the name “Harea Band”.


Renga Moi Hutchinson

Tennis Professional

Renga has been teaching Tennis for 17 years at hotels, resorts and schools in the Caribbean, and most recently at RSC.  Renga has a patient approach and specializes in beginner and intermediate level students looking to improve and have fun playing tennis.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Club Pro 1, USPTA Level 1

Fun Fact: Renga trained Haydn Lewis, who had a career high ATP ranking of #583


Sabina Machalova

Tennis Professional

Sabina has a wealth of high performance knowledge from her experiences competing at the National and Collegiate level. From the Czech Republic, she clinched the Under 18 National Champion in Singles and Doubles. Transitioning to the collegiate level, Sabina competed as an NCAA Division 1 player at the University of Mississippi, earning rankings – #16 in Singles and #20 in Doubles. She also spent a number of years coaching at the University of Michigan.

Certifications: Undergoing Club Professional 2

Fun Fact: When not on court, you can find Sabina enjoying books or watching documentaries.



Tennis Professional

Zhenya’s background is in high performance and coaching. He brings over thirty years of experience coaching juniors and adults of all levels, and has worked with many provincial, national and NCAA players. He is also an OTA Regional Coordinator for Ottawa and University of Ottawa Tennis Team Head Coach. Zhenya is always open to learning, finding new ways to coach, share his knowledge, experience, and love of the sport with others.

Certifications: Tennis Canada Certified Coach 2, Club Pro 2, Cardio Tennis Certified

Fun fact: When not on the court, Zhenya enjoys a good book or a film, as well as taking his toy poodle for a nature walk.


Artur Kukliak

Tennis Professional

Artur began playing tennis at the age of 7 and has competed at both the provincial and national levels in Ukraine. His passion for tennis and the extensive knowledge he has gained over the years drive him to share this enthusiasm with others. Artur has been coaching at RSC, working with both juniors and adults, from beginners to advanced players.

Fun fact: Artur is a huge fan of the movie industry and has been dreaming of becoming a movie director.


Max Von Althen

Tennis Professional

Max developed a passion for tennis as a junior player in Ottawa. He is a certified Tennis Canada instructor with years of experience coaching all ages and skill levels. As a member of the University of Ottawa Division 1 tennis team, Max continues to hone his skills and deepen his love for the sport.

Fun fact: When he’s not on court, Max enjoys playing hockey, golf, and rock climbing.