These are the friendly faces of your City of Irvine Tennis Professionals, all of whom are United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) or Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified. They offer both group and private lessons at various City parks. To register for a class, please call registration at 949-724-6610.
Only the instructors shown are authorized to teach at City of Irvine tennis facilities. All unauthorized commercial use (lesson, tournaments, etc.) on City courts is a misdemeanor, pursuant to Irvine Municipal code, section III.G-201.
Please call 949-724-6617 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to:
- schedule a private lesson
- speak with one of the instructors
- report an individual posing as a City instructor/teaching illegally
- information on how to become a City Tennis Instructor
- get further information regarding the City of Irvine’s Tennis Program
Lessons and programs are available in other languages:
Chinese - Di
Japanese - Minako
Korean - Tae
Spanish - Alex, Juan & Shawn
Tagalog - Dianne
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Alex St. Jean
Alex was born and raised in Argentina and is still fluent in Spanish. He began playing tennis when he was nine years old. He played junior level tennis and progressed to open level until the age of 19. He has played several tournaments (majority on clay) in Buenos Aires on the open circuit from 1995-1998. He has also worked as an assistant pro for two years. In 2001, Alex moved to California where he continued coaching private and group lessons. He has acquired a PTR Adult and 10 & Under Development certification (Professional Level). In addition, Alex completed the thirty-five hour “Foundation of Tennis Teaching” directed by Coach Don Henson. He is now teaching for the City of Irvine at Cypress Community Park.
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For over 30 years, Chris Emery has run junior lessons and leagues for the City of Irvine’s tennis program, offering grass roots classes to competitive teams. Getting kids started and giving them a chance to pursue a goal of playing tournaments or high school tennis is what Chris loves to do for the kids. Chris graduated in 1981 from UCI (#2 singles), and played professional events for several years attaining an ATP ranking in singles and doubles. Coaching highlights include National and State USA Team Tennis Champions, and seeing former students receive college scholarships! Chris teaches at Heritage Community Park.
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Di Lin was the former #1 tennis player in China in the early 1990’s and was a member of the Chinese Davis Cup Team. At the peak of his playing career, Di won the Asian Championship in 1991. After retiring in 1995, Di coached professionally in China before moving to Malaysia to coach the Malaysian Junior National Team in early 2000. In late 2006, Di moved to Irvine to coach in one of the largest city run tennis programs in the U.S. Di now teaches his classes at Stonegate Neighborhood Park. Di can speak Mandarin fluently.
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|Dianne Matias |
Dianne Matias was elevated from assistant coach to the women's tennis head coach for Maryland in 2011. Dianne was also the assistant coach at the University of California-Irvine from 2008-2009. As a first-year assistant at UC-Irvine Matias helped head coach Mike Edles and the Anteaters to a top 30 ranking nationally. She assisted Edles mainly in day-to-day operations and in helping conduct practices. In addition to her coaching stint at UC-Irvine, Matias previously worked as a private tennis instructor and hitting coach from 2003-07 and as a tennis instructor with the City of Irvine from 2008-09.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Southern California, Matias ranked as high as a No. 32 nationally in singles and No. 28 in doubles at the collegiate level. She also led the Trojans to a No. 3 ranking nationally at the end of the 2005-2006 season. During her senior year she served as one of the Trojans co-captains.
Before competing at USC, Matias played one season of high school tennis at Carson High School in California after being home-schooled for the three years prior at Futures High in Mission Viejo. Matias played No. 1 singles and doubles in her senior year and was named to the 2002 Los Angeles Times all-area first team. At the junior level, Matias enjoyed a prolific career as one of the best players in California and in the nation. Matias was ranked as the No. 1 player nationally in singles at the U16 level in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2000, Matias earned the distinction of the USTA's Southern California Player of the Year.
Born in Balagtas, Bulucan, Philippines, Matias competed as a member of the 2007 Philippine team at the South East Asian Games and the 2008 Philippine FED CUP team.
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|Jimmy Gleason |
Jimmy Gleason moved to the City of Irvine from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he has been coaching beginners to tournament players for the last 3 years. He is a USPTA P1 and is also certified as a Professional in Modern Tennis Methodology (MTM). He has been teaching tennis for twenty years and has always searching for the best techniques to help anyone of any level play better tennis. Jimmy has established a foundation to excel at any level. He was a standout as a Division 1 collegiate player at Western Michigan and later played on the professional’s tour. He has taught at every level up to and including a boys high school team and was an assistant to a college team. He believes that tennis is a vehicle for something far greater, where players can develop their games as well as their character while competing in the great sport of tennis. He has personally worked extensively with coaches such as Bill Adams (Andres Gomez’ coach), Pete Fischer (Sampras’ former coach) and with world renowned tennis coach Oscar Wegner. As a new tennis coach for the City of Irvine, he is determined to help players of any age or level become the best team they can be. Jimmy is currently teaching at Deerfield Community Park.
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|Jon Moody |
Jon has coached tennis for over 17 years in Southern California. He has won two National Championships with his teams and his teams have been to Nationals nine times, winning nine Sectional Championships (four team Sectional Runner-up trophies) and 15 League Championships. Jon has also coached/captained teams in a Men's Pro Tennis League with ex-pros like Jeff Tarango, Michael Joyce, USC Men's Tennis Coach Peter Smith. Jon is a PTR Professional and wants people to learn to play tennis in a fun, easy way (along with seeing what a player needs, new shots, mental/physical skills, strategy, etc., to bring a winning mentality and advance to the next level in tennis). If a player has a skill or goal they want to attain, mental or physical, he can devise a specific plan to accomplish the goal. Jon has also coached juniors in swimming and diving, won a Los Angeles City Softball Championship, college Squash championships, Paddle Tennis National championship and basketball championships. Through various sports, Jon has had great success devising a winning strategy.
He wants to teach tennis to juniors in a fun/safe environment and wants to help adults acquire the tennis skills to improve, think for themselves and enjoy playing tennis (a sport people cal play for the rest of their lives). Jon joined the City of Irvine tennis program in 2013 and is currently teaching lessons at Valley Oak Neighborhood Park and Cypress Community Park.
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|Juan Naranjo |
Juan Pablo Naranjo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. As a junior, Juan traveled all over the country playing in every major junior tournament. He also trained at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy for a full summer when he was 14 where he gained tons of experience and knowledge. By the time Juan was 18, he was ranked in the top 20 in juniors. After that, Juan moved to the U.S. to go to school. He moved to Pensacola, Florida where he went to Pensacola Junior College and also taught tennis at the Roger Scott Tennis Center for 3 years. When Juan was done with his AA degree, he moved to Tampa, FL to finish his college education at University of South Florida. Every summer while Juan was a student, he worked as an Assistant Director for a tennis program at a camp called Taconic, located in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. The Professional Tennis Registry certified Juan as a professional coach in 2000. He moved to California a several of years ago and now he has the great opportunity to work for the City of Irvine. Juan now teaches at University Community Park. He can speak Spanish fluently.
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|Lanea Holesinsky |
Prior to becoming a Tennis Professional for the City Of Irvine, Lanea spent over 18 years in the field of early Childhood Education as well as in Administration for Young Children Management. Special skills include working with children and adults with disabilities. Her favorite part of her work has been the opportunity to create exercise materials and curriculum both for fine motor and gross motor skill development. Giving children and adults a variety of exercises to enhance their physical coordination as well as their concentration to perform in any activity they choose. Lanea has been fortunate to be able to get involved in sports her whole life starting at age 3, mostly Soccer, Softball and Dance. Her passion for tennis came about the very first time she hit a tennis ball. In comparison to the other sports, Lanea never thought tennis could be so exciting, so challenging and so much fun! Lanea is currently a PTR Certified Professional and a member of the USTA. She serves on the advisory staff of HEAD/PENN. Lanea is an Irvine resident and enjoys playing competitive tennis. Her hobbies include traveling, photography and sports. She is currently teaching lessons at Turtle Rock Community Park, starting from ages 3 and up. Click here for Junior classes with Lanea
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A consummate sports professional and PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) pro since 1991, Minako Stickney has a passion for tennis, a love of teaching, and a talent for creating joyful tennis experiences for players of any age, skill, or background. A quick study in terms of analyzing court strengths and weaknesses, she is adept at providing simple, easy-to-master techniques designed to quickly improve your game.
Along with being a PTR Professional Tennis Coach, Minako is a certified personal trainer, an American Red Cross-certified WSI swimming instructor, a CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques) 2-star scuba-diving instructor, and a Surf Life Saver. She speaks fluent Japanese. Minako is currently teaching lessons at Las Lomas Community Park.
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|Nic Izumi |
Nic Izumi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He started to play tennis when he was 14 years old. Nic trained at Punahou School and in San Antonio at McFarlin Tennis Center. He came back to Hawaii to make top 15 in the state. Nic started teaching tennis when he was 18 at Punahou. He moved to California in 2008 started coaching at Francis Parker Girls JV and Varsity. Over the past five years, Nic has been teaching in San Diego at the Barnes Tennis Center working with all levels and ages. Nic is currently teaching at Col. Barber Community Park.
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|Rick Jackson |
Rick Jackson began teaching tennis as an assistant to Chris Emery at Heritage Community Park almost 20 years ago. After a few years, the City of Irvine gave him a chance to teach at University Community Park. He was a member of the USPTA for 10 years and now a member of the PTR. Rick has been an in store TECH ADVISORY staff member for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and USTA clinician. He's also been a volunteer Area Coordinator for the USTA School Tennis Program in Orange County and studied the 10 and Under coaching program with Kirk Anderson in San Diego. He's been an Instructor for the Amateur Athletic Foundation Southern California National Junior Tennis League and coached junior team tennis players for more than 10 years with 12's and 14's teams going to the Section Championships and many students making their high school tennis teams. Rick has been playing for 26 years and teaching for the City of Irvine for 18 years. Needless to say, he loves the sport and enjoys teaching the game to all ages. Rick now teaches at Knollcrest and Racquet Club Neighborhood Parks.
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|Rommel Endozo |
Rommel Endozo has been teaching tennis for the City of Irvine for the past 7 years. He started his tennis career training and playing tournaments in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Irvine to play at Woodbridge High School. Rommel then went on to play on the Irvine Valley College Men’s Tennis team, also the place where he would eventually go on to coach. After a couple more coaching stops, he started teaching for the City of Irvine. Rommel is currently teaching at Citrusglen Neighborhood Park.
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|Ross Holesinsky |
Ross Holesinsky started his coaching career in Pivoda's Tennis Academy in Ostrava, Czech Republic. When he arrived to the United States in 1998, he became a coach for Heritage park tennis program in Irvine.
In 2001, he began teaching at Tustin Racquet Club and then started his own private instruction which soon became his priority. In 2003, he was coaching for City of Tustin. In 2004, he signed a contract to become a tennis professional for the City of Irvine. He offers a full tennis program, providing instruction to all ages and levels. He runs Tennis clinics, camps, USTA Jr. Tennis Team and private lessons at Turtle Rock Community Park.
Ross coached his Jr. tennis teams to win 32 league championships, 3 Orange County championships, 4 Southern California sectional championships (2007,2012,2013) and 1 State Championship in 2013
Ross is USPTA Certified and serves on the advisory staff of Head & Penn. Ross was awarded the "Head/Penn Advisory Pro of the Year" in 2007 and again in 2012.
He played on the Czech junior tour, in Czech Master club tennis team league and in junior and inter-school tournaments in Sweden, Italy and Poland.
"I became a tennis coach because teaching tennis is a rewarding career that will keep me active and allow me to help others play a sport that has brought me such joy in my life."
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|Ruben Millado |
Ruben Millado has over 20 years of teaching experience. He has taught in the Palos Verdes and Torrance communities of Southern California and the Harbor Bay Club in Northern California. He played briefly for UCLA and later played for Cal State University Dominguez Hills (NAIA Nationals Championships, 1976). He also played on the Southern California 1995 USTA 5.0 Men’s National Team in 1995, and the 1994 & 1995 Southern California USTA 10.0 Mixed Doubles National Championship Team. Ruben’s tennis teaching philosophy emphasizes having fun and learning the fundamentals in all aspects of the game because without a strong foundation, a student will not be able to reach their full potential. Tennis is a lifetime sport and every student can be successful. Ruben has taught at Col. Bill Barber Community Park over the past 9 years.
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|Shawn Catolico |
Shawn Catolico started playing tennis in Junior High School. He played on the tennis team all four years in high school, making it to the varsity team in his Junior year. Shawn attended Cypress College and played one year at #1 Singles. He has been coaching tennis professionally for the past five years. He coached the girls' tennis team at Mater Dei, as well as the boys' and girls' teams at Magnolia High School. He has worked as a USTA Junior Team Tennis coach for the past five years, winning four seasons in a row with his 10 and Under team.
Shawn is a former 10 and Under tennis coordinator at the Match Point Tennis Academy in Santa Ana. He is a current member of the Professional Tennis Registry and former member of the United States Professional Tennis Association. He has attended several courses on teaching 10 and Under tennis.
He is currently teaching at Northwood Community Park and speaks Spanish fluently. Shawn's philosophy includes making the game fun for young players to give them a game they will enjoy for life.
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|Tae Byon |
Tae Byon started playing tennis tournaments in New York when he was 12 years old. His highest ranking was #17 in the North-Eastern Section of the USTA, 18 and -under Division. Tae received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Stony Brook and played top Singles and Doubles. After college, he trained in Korea for two months with amateurs/professionals. Tae then headed to the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Florida where he taught under Guillerme Raoux, who was once top 30 in the world, and Andi Brandi who led the University of Florida women's team to win 3 three NCAA Division 1 Championships. He also trained with top professionals and national junior players. He returned to New York and continued playing tournaments and was ranked #11 in the North-Eastern Men’s Open Division. In 2003, he taught at the US OPEN National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. A year later, he continued his teaching at a private club and taught juniors and adults of all levels and ages. Tae now teaches at Homestead Neighborhood Park and speaks Korean fluently.
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