Amy Quilter - Executive Director
After relocating with her family to Athens, GA, Amy took up tennis for the first time. In hopes of meeting a few people she started an introductory class for adults and she hasn't put her racket down since. She never imagined the rich community of players she would meet and how much joy she would find in playing! When she moved to Seattle three years later she was so smitten with the sport that she secured a spot on a team before she even landed in the city. She loves the personal challenges and goals, teamwork, and friendships that tennis has made possible.
Amy joined STEF to share her love of tennis with kids in hopes that what might start as just “something to do” will inspire friendships, fitness, teamwork, and a mindset to learn and grow on and off the court.Amy grew up in Upstate New York and attended Pharmacy school there. She and her family settled in Seattle about four years ago. She worked in retail and hospital settings as a pharmacist before deciding to be a stay at home mom 8 years ago. She loves Seattle and plans to live here with her husband and three boys for many years to come.
Avery West - Director, Tennis & Programs
Avery’s first introduction to tennis came early on when he found an old barn door to play wall ball against, annoying the neighbors and his reluctant parents. He eventually got his father to take him to the park, where he quickly caught on to the game. Eventually, Avery became a junior state tennis champion in high school. Soon, he secured a college scholarship to play and to study at Portland State University, where he broke the school record for wines at number one doubles, earning PSU its first-ever berth into the Big Sky Championship Tournament.
Avery has coached all levels and ages of players, from first-timers to nationally-ranked juniors at Tennis Center Sand Point in Seattle. Now, with STEF’s Academy in place at Magnuson Park, Avery comes home leading the tennis and programming charge. Avery attributes his success in tennis and in education to the people who have helped guide and mentor him, especially his high school tennis coach.
He holds a B.Sc in Geography as a President’s List Scholar and enjoys being outdoors when he isn’t on the tennis court. Avery hopes he can help kids find their own paths, on and off the tennis court.