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

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.  



Melisa Ates

Melisa Ates is the Assistant Coach of the Women’s Tennis program at UNM.  Prior to UNM, Melisa played for Washington State University and served as the team captain for 2 years. She holds the program record for all-time combined (197) wins. She is very excited to have the opportunity to share her experience and knowledge with individuals of all levels and ages.

Roy Cañada

Roy Cañada came to Albuquerque from Mexico to play for the UNM Men's Tennis Team, and achieved All-American status during his time playing for the Lobos.  Roy was the UNM Women's Assistant and Head Tennis Coach for a combined 16 years.  Roy does group and individual lessons for all levels and all ages.

Ege Tomey

Ege Tomey is an international student from Turkey and came to the US to play for Washington State University and Sacramento State University.  She represented Turkey's national team in U12, U14, and U16, and captured the U12 and U14 national singles and doubles titles.  Ege achieved world ranking in both singles and doubles.  She is ready to share her knowledge and experience with all levels and all ages!