Deerwood’s Tennis Professionals

One-on-one lessons with our team of talented tennis professionals are available for players of all levels.

One-on-one lessons with our team of talented tennis professionals are available for players of all levels. Meet our experienced staff:


Director of Tennis

Danny Colon, our Director of Tennis, grew up right here in Jacksonville Florida. As one of the top juniors in the city and the country, he received a scholarship to play tennis at the University of Central Florida. He was starter throughout his career at UCF, and received a doubles ranking of #37 in the country. After college he taught seasonally in Westchester County at Waccabuc Country Club under the past USPTA president. Most recently he was the Head Tennis Professional at the Florida Yacht Club for 7 years, helping them grow into one of the largest all-around tennis programs in Jacksonville and all of Florida. He and his wife Chelsea have a newborn baby boy named Antonio and they reside in Ortega.


Staff Professional

Frank Schaffner is a very experienced Tennis Professional who, before coming to Deerwood CC, was Assistant Coach UAB Men’s Tennis Team 1994-1995 and the Head Tennis Pro at San Jose CC. He was the #2 ranked German Junior U18 and while playing college tennis for Alabama, he was ranked Top 10 in singles and doubles NCAA. He peaked at 850 while playing on the ATP tour. He is a specialist in technique adjustments and correct movement and, being an excellent soccer player,is a very experienced Cardio Tennis Pro as well.     

Pro Shop Manager
Julie has had a love for tennis for over 30 years. She spent 20 years in court reporting and met her husband playing tennis on weekend dates.  She retired after having her daughter Emma Ruth, who also has a passion for the game.  Julie spends most of her free time playing in three leagues and attending clinics as much as possible.  She also enjoys being team mom/coach to her daughter’s Team Tennis league.  Julie has a passion for the game and is thrilled to work with Danny and the team at Deerwood Country Club, and sees this as the perfect opportunity to engage a career in her true passion for tennis.