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Pros

MARILYN RUEFF – MANAGER

Marilyn has been the Manager and Director of LIRC for over 50 years and has a total of 40 years teaching experience. Marilyn has developed numerous state, sectional, and national ranked players and has been inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

CHUCK RUEFF, USPTA – DIRECTOR

Chuck has 37 years of teaching experience. He was ranked among the top 5 juniors in Kentucky, played #1 for 4 years at Bellarmine University where he won the Ohio Valley Conference Singles and Doubles Championships for 4 years, and was elected into Bellarmine’s Hall of Fame.

 

STEVE RUEFF, USPTA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Steve was a highly ranked player in singles and doubles, and ranked in the top five in the South. He has won 5 Southern Championships. He played singles and doubles on the University of Louisville Men’s Tennis Team. He currently coaches many junior players with national and sectional rankings. He has been a USTA Sectional zonal coach, and USTA Sectional Referee for the past 16 years. He has 23 years teaching experience.

 

ROB SPENCER, USPTA – HEAD PROFESSIONAL

Rob has taught for 34 years at LIRC He presently coaches many junior players with national and sectional ranking. He also coaches ladies’ and mens’ teams. In 2003 he was selected by the Southern Tennis Association to be a zonal coach for Team Southern and an Area Training Center coach. He has also received Pro of the Year Award.

 

CARLOS JIMENEZ, USPTA

Carlos was a former assistant tennis pro on the European Tour, former captain of the Andorran Davis Cup Team, and the former coach of several top 50 ranked players. He served as Director of the Andorran Federation and, as a player, held the Andorran National Championships in all age groups. He was an All American player at his alma mater, Northeastern University.

 

Nathan Goodman, College Player

Nathan has over 20 year of coaching experience ranging from academies to resorts and high schools.  He was a collegiate All-American and ranked #2 in Southern California Men's Open Doubles. He has taught at LIRC for 15 years.

 

Nicolas "Nico" Rouanet, College Player

Nicholas was a former University of Louisville Tennis player from 2016-2019. He also did a Spring 2019 Internship at Bass Rudd Tennis Center uner Head Coach, Rex Ecarma.  He has coached and traveled with several yound junior players.  He is fluent in French and English.  Nico also has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration from University of Louisville.

 

Meg Shonkwiler, USPTR

Meg is a PTR certified in teaching Net Generation kids 11-17 and Wheelchair.  She is a high school tennis coach for 7 years.  She also comepte in the Senior Olympics tennis twice.

 

Sena Suswam, College Player

Sena is a a 3 time Alabama Player of the Year title holder.  She played at University of Louisville from 2015-2019, where she earned a Business and Communications Degree.

 

Brian Boardman, College Player

Brian played at University of Louisville. Brian grew up in Appleton, WI where he started playing tennis at the age 8 years old.

 

PETER VAANANEN, USPTR

Peter, a native of Finland, played college tennis at Palm Beach Junior College and the University of Louisville. He has been at LIRC for 28 years and has coached the Ky. Jr. Davis/Federation Cup Teams

 

LENNY SUROWSKI, USPTA

Lenny has 45 years teaching experience. He specializes in junior player development and has coached both boys’ and girls’ high school and middle school teams. He directed the All R Stars Tennis Camp for 10 years.

 

JOAN FIELDING, USPTR

Joan has been a tennis instructor in this area for the past 40 years.  She was formally the head coach for the University of Louisville Women's Tennis Team and has her M.A. Degree in Physical Education.

 

 

 

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

Outstanding teaching assistants are Tommy Leist, Bryan Bellow, Adrian Bellow, Sam Rueff, Ethan Mills, Carolina Orman, Noah Neuhauser, and Gina Rueff.


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