TENNIS PROS

RCLB takes great pride in selecting the highest-quality instructors, whether through Courtside International or other searches. Our pros combine to provide a top-level instructional experience for all our members

PETER KRIZMAN

DIRECTOR OF RACQUET SPORTS Peter is a Certified Tennis Professional ...Read More

PETER KRIZMAN

DIRECTOR OF RACQUET SPORTS

Peter is a Certified Tennis Professional Instructor by the French Federation of Tennis. During his 35 years of teaching and coaching, he was the director of several clubs in France. Since arriving at RCLB in 2007, he has overseen all aspects of the tennis program and coached all ages/experience levels. His expertise in teaching and club management makes RCLB one of the premier tennis destinations on the North Shore. Peter still plays competitively and has been ranked as high as top 30 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings.

ALEX COTARD

JUNIOR PROGRAM DIRECTORDIRECTOR LEVEL 1 Alex attended the University of ...Read More

ALEX COTARD

JUNIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR LEVEL 1

Alex attended the University of S. Toulon in France and was one of the top junior national players in the country. He is a certified Tennis Professional Instructor by the French Federation and is also a certified Physical Trainer. Alex has developed top-ten national junior players in France and America and has been a traveling coach for several ITF ranked players. Since coming to RCLB in 2008, Alex has been involved with all aspects of junior development, including group clinics and private lessons. He still plays competitively in prize money tournaments, USTA and CITA leagues.

JOHANBRUN

DIRECTOR LEVEL 2 Johan is a certified Tennis instructor by ...Read More

JOHANBRUN

DIRECTOR LEVEL 2

Johan is a certified Tennis instructor by the French Federation of Tennis. For 4 years, Johan was a national tennis coach in France in charge of some of the best juniors (boys and girls). He was also working with some WTA women players (top 200 in the world). Overall he has over 15 years of teaching experience in clubs and at the French Tennis Federation.

As a player, Johan was ranked top 80 in France. He also played one season of College Tennis in the US at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.

 

ALEXDONKOR

DIRECTOR LEVEL 3 Originally from Ghana West Africa, Alex was ...Read More

ALEXDONKOR

DIRECTOR LEVEL 3

Originally from Ghana West Africa, Alex was a member of the Ghana National Tennis Team and participated in many World ATP Futures and Challengers events.  He came to the States in 2000, attending Carthage College.  While there, he played for the Men’s Tennis Team and studied Business Administration.  Alex has been a successful Tennis Professional teaching in the North Shore area for 18+ years.  Coincidentally, he spent several summers working at the Rod Schroeder National Tennis Academy’s summer camps.  Alex currently works with children, youths and adults of all ages and skill levels.

QUENTIN DOUX

DIRECTOR LEVEL 4 Quentin is a certified Professional Tennis Coach ...Read More

QUENTIN DOUX

DIRECTOR LEVEL 4

Quentin is a certified Professional Tennis Coach by the French Federation of Tennis. He is a certified Physical Coach as well, having received his degree in Physical Training from the University of Burgundy. Quentin played for the French Championship N2 and was one of the higher-level junior players. He coached kids, adults and some top junior players in France for 10 years before coming to RCLB in 2013. At the Club he is Director of Level 4 juniors, teaches adult/junior private lessons and helps oversee the ladies open drill sessions. Quentin still plays competitively in USTA men’s leagues.

DiegoNovoa

DIRECTOR LEVEL 5 Originally from Lima, Peru, Diego performed at ...Read More

DiegoNovoa

DIRECTOR LEVEL 5

Originally from Lima, Peru, Diego performed at high levels in both tennis and soccer.  He attended Grand View University where he garnered All Conference Honors both his Junior and Senior years.  While there, he majored in Psychology with a special emphasis on Sports Psychology.  Prior to coming to RCLB, Diego served as the Junior Tennis Development Director at Midtown Athletic Club.  He is a PTR Certified Professional.  He instructs multiple junior levels, runs a variety of drills and gives private lessons.

KEVIN FERE

DIRECTOR LEVEL 6DIRECTOR HIGHSCHOOL GIRLS Kevin is a certified Tennis ...Read More

KEVIN FERE

DIRECTOR LEVEL 6

DIRECTOR HIGHSCHOOL GIRLS

Kevin is a certified Tennis Instructor by the French Federation of Tennis. Before coming to RCLB in fall of 2016, he was the tennis director at a club in Paris in charge of junior and adult programs. Kevin has coached tennis for over 15 years and currently works with multiple junior levels at the Club in addition to teaching many private lessons.

ALICE PACAUT

DIRECTOR WOMEN'S TENNIS Alice comes to RCLB from the French ...Read More

ALICE PACAUT

DIRECTOR WOMEN’S TENNIS

Alice comes to RCLB from the French town of Eyguières. She played Division I collegiate tennis at Stephen F. Austin University and Northern Arizona University, reaching as high as #1 doubles and #4 singles during her career. After graduating with her degree in exercise science, she returned to France to teach tennis and earned her certification from the French Federation. At RCLB she instructs multiple junior levels, ladies drills and gives private lessons.

ROD SCHROEDER

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL Rod has over 45 years of teaching experience ...Read More

ROD SCHROEDER

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Rod has over 45 years of teaching experience and is recognized as one of the best coaches in the Midwest. He has coached thousands of junior players throughout his career after playing collegiate tennis at University of Illinois. Rod was President of the USPTA (Midwest) for 3 years, Pro-of-the-Year 1976, Coach-of-the-Year in 1980, inducted into the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame in 1997 and he received the CDTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Rod brought his vast experience to RCLB in 2004 and is currently the Head teaching professional at the club. He holds a men’s 65 & over national ranking of #13.

TOM KOOPSEN

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL Tom brings over 45 years of teaching experience ...Read More

TOM KOOPSEN

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Tom brings over 45 years of teaching experience to RCLB and has been a competitive player himself since the age of 12. He attended Central Michigan and played all four years on the varsity team, finishing as the #1 singles player and part of the #1 doubles team. Tom went on to coach numerous state champions and nationally ranked players as a head tennis pro in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Many of his pupils participated in the USTA Boy’s Nationals at “the Zoo”. He has also been USPTA certified for 35 years. Joining the staff in 2018, Tom brings his passion, knowledge, and creative coaching expertise to the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff.

MIKE CARRICO

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL Mike brings 45 years of teaching experience to ...Read More

MIKE CARRICO

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Mike brings 45 years of teaching experience to RCLB.  He has taught in every capacity at the Club most years since 2001 and currently focuses on small clinics and private groups.  Mike is USPTA certified and a former tournament/men’s league competitor.  He has been the director at multiple clubs on the North Shore over the years and is currently the Director of Racquet Sports at the Birchwood Club.

ANDYWRIGHT

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL Andy has been involved with the sport of ...Read More

ANDYWRIGHT

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Andy has been involved with the sport of Tennis all of his life.  He started with Nick Bollettieri and played locally, at the Lake Bluff Bath and Tennis Club.  He played collegiate tennis at Florida Institute of Technology on a 4 year scholarship.  He also spent 2 years on the European Tennis Tour.  Andy is a USPTA certified instructor and he brings a “let’s play tennis” attitude to the Court!!

IRINA DOBIN

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL Irina is a certified Professional Tennis Coach. She  ...Read More

IRINA DOBIN

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Irina is a certified Professional Tennis Coach. She  studied  at  Minsk State University, Minsk, Belorussia. Irina started playing tennis at the age of seven.  Before coming to the USA in 1990 Irina was a member of the Junior and Women’s National Teams of Belarus.  With many years of teaching experience and her participation in both CITA and USTA, Irina runs many of our drop and drills, teaches our classes and is available for private lessons.