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Teaching Pros

The LTC is home to some of the best teaching pros in Albuquerque!  Many of these pros have played and/or coached Division I college tennis here at the University of New Mexico or elsewhere.  Many are trained as USPTA professionals, while others have picked up their skills learning from other great pros.  

Johnny Kowalski
Alex Mansfield

Johnny Kowalski is the Director of the LTC.  Johnny hails from Carlsbad, NM and was a key member of the UNM Men's Tennis Team for four years garnering two Conference Championships.  He has been teaching tennis since finishing college in 2002.  Johnny works with some of the top juniors in the Southwest as the Director of LPTA.  

Vicky Maes

Vicky Maes has been at UNM since the summer of 2018. She was appointed as the head coach of the Women’s Tennis program in March 2019. Prior to coming to UNM, Maes spent 17 years as the head coach at The University of Arizona. In all, coach Maes has over 20 years of Division 1 coaching experience yet is also extremely passionate about teaching individuals and groups of all levels and ages. Maes is a USPTA certified professional, level 1, and is eager to share her knowledge and experience with you. 

Bob Scott

Bob Scott has worked all around the country as a tennis coach and teaching pro, both at country clubs and as a collegiate coach.  Having retired from Director of the LTC, you might see Bob around the club teaching group and private lessons.  Bob's Superdrills give players a chance to take advantage of his lifetime of tennis knowledge.  



Sonam Phuntsok

Alex Mansfield is the Senior Assistant Pro of the LTC.  Alex grew up in New Mexico and has been a teaching pro in Albuquerque since 2008.  He attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he played tennis his sophomore year, and then transferred to UNM where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.  While at UNM he played for the UNM Club Tennis Program, which he credits with reinvigorating his love for tennis.  He also attended the UNM Anderson School of Management and received a Master of Business Administration in Marketing.  In addition to tennis, he’s also a soccer fanatic and works as a Special Projects Coordinator for the NM United pro soccer team.  As a tennis teaching pro, his top priority is getting people to either fall in love with the game for the first time or remember why they once did.  Alex is available for individual and group sessions for all ages and abilities. 



Yue Lin "Polly" Chen

Polly was born in Yunlin, Taiwan and grew up in Taiwan until coming to UNM as a freshman in 2017.  She competed for the UNM Women’s Tennis Team from 2017 to 2022.  In 2021 and 2022 Polly was named to the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Singles All-Conference Team.  In 2021 she received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration.  Polly is currently working on her Masters of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2023.  Polly has taught in the UNM summer tennis camps for juniors and has worked with all ages of adults.  Polly is available for clinics or private lessons with all levels of juniors and adults and looks forward to designing a program to meet the needs of the student. 

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