Children: Jeremy, 23; Lindsay, 20
What makes tennis a special part of your life?
To me, tennis means family, friends
When my son and daughter reached
When my son decided to play on the high school team, they were short a coach, so I became the high school coach at Mayfield. While coaching my kids at the high-school level, my son’s team won the team state championship in 2010. They were also team state finalists in 2009 and 2011. Additionally, Jeremy took a fourth-place singles medal his junior year and finished in third place in singles his senior year.
My daughter, Lindsay, helped her high school team win team state championship titles in 2012 and 2014. She also won a state doubles title her freshman year. Her sophomore year, she took third in singles, and then in her junior and senior years, she finished fourth at state in singles.
Both of my kids then went on to play college tennis at New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Tennis has given my kids confidence. It has taught them how to problem solve and to go after whatever they dream. It’s taught them how to time manage. My daughter wants to go to vet school after she graduates. Tennis opened the door for her to get an internship as a vet tech at an animal hospital because a tennis friend put in a good word for her character and hard work.
This May, my son graduates with his master’s degree and will be commissioned in the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant. He joined the NM National Guard and ROTC in college. During the last few years in college, he competed in the Rangers Challenger test and also the WSMR Bataan Memorial Death March. He also ranked in the Top 10 percent of all cadets in the nation.
I’m very proud of my two kids and feel like tennis has been a big part of their lives. I still enjoy playing Mixed Open Doubles with my son and Women’s Open Doubles with my daughter.
Why do you think it is important for your children to play tennis?
It feels good to be outside running and laughing. It relieves stress from everyday life. It’s also a good way to be social with your friends.
Is there any other interesting background information you’d like to share about yourself?
I grew up in a tennis family with three sisters. My sisters and I played high school tennis together and then college tennis at NMSU. We would go out to the courts and play “winner