About Us

Tim Gray

  • Current Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach, Occidental College
  • Certification with Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Former College Tennis Coach at SEC and Ivy League powerhouses Auburn University and Brown University
  • 4 college national championships
  • Washington College Hall of Fame
  • Collegiate player at University of Maryland and Washington College
  • Education: BA, Philosophy (Washington College) and MS, Sport Science (United States Sports Academy)

Email me: Tim@CrushItCamps.com, Call me: 805-975-2182

Christine Gray

  • Certification with Court of Master Sommeliers
  • Former Senior Consultant, Donovan Tennis Strategies
  • Former tennis coach at nationally ranked Auburn University & Wellesley College
  • 6 regional Coach of the Year awards
  • Wellesley College Hall of Fame
  • Collegiate player at Brown University
  • Education: BA, International Relations (Brown Univ.) and ED.M. (Harvard University Graduate School of Education)

Email me: Christine@CrushItCamps.com, Call me: 707-304-1836

Guest Camp Coaches

At each Crush It! Wine and Tennis Camp, Tim and Christine will be joined by dynamic, nationally renowned, college tennis coaches… both men’s and women’s coaches, male and female. Tim and Christine’s friends and colleagues will add greatly to the quality and fun of the on- and off-court experiences at Crush It! camps.

And Pliny, Our Dog

“In wine, there's truth.”
― Pliny the Elder, Natural History

Our Journey…

In 2011, as long time college tennis coaches and burgeoning wine lovers, we packed up our belongings in Auburn, AL and headed West. On our drive, we reached out to wine friends in the Napa Valley, warning them of our impending arrival, and working their connections in the industry. Just days in, Tim joined young, aspiring winemakers as a harvest intern at a renowned Howell Mountain winery (Ladera Vineyards). Christine put her teaching degree to work as a wine educator in a boutique tasting room (Tamber Bey Vineyards). Still having to prove what we knew off the tennis court, we studied to become certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012. From there, the journey continued with more opportunities to work alongside illustrious winemakers at esteemed wineries (Corison, Hall, and Vineyard 29), and Tim’s eventual promotion to Cellar Master at one of Napa Valley’s most historic Cabernet Sauvignon producers on Spring Mountain, Schweiger Vineyards. Though drawn back into the tennis world after “living the dream” in the wine industry, continually exploring and learning about wine remains a dominate passion for us. Now, we are thrilled to be pairing tennis and tasting with the launch of our Crush It! Wine and Tennis Camps.

… from Tennis into Wine…

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