Director of Junior Tennis
Kendra moved to Connecticut in the fall of 2011 to be the Director of the 12 and under program at Intensity. She enjoys teaching players of all ages, but especially has a passion for 12u tennis using red, orange and green balls. Kendra has been playing tennis since she was young and was a top player for Lyons Township High School. After high school she went on to Western Michigan University where she played Division I tennis and helped her team win the Mid-American Conference three times, play in the NCAA tournament twice, as well as winning the MVP award, Coach’s award and being co-captain of the team. While she was there she pursued her degree in Aviation Flight Science and earned many stages of pilots licenses with plans of becoming a commercial pilot. In 2003, in a particularly tough aviation market, she was offered a summer job teaching tennis and realized how much she enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the sport to others and has been coaching full time ever since!
Kendra started coaching young players at a recreation department when she was 14, and has coached a high school team, at area country clubs, traveled with kids to Spain to train at an academy, and most recently was at a large facility for 8 years where she was the Director of Junior Recreational Tennis, and most recently, the Assistant Head Pro at her club. While there she helped start a pilot program with the USTA testing out the modified court and low compression balls. Over 500 kids participated in this program over a two year period! The success of this pilot program was a contributing factor in the USTA’s decision to implement the ROG program with racquets, court and balls specifically designed for younger children.
Kendra is certified by the PTR in both Adult and 10 and under tennis and also by the USPTA. Her interest in fitness and conditioning led her to become Etcheberry certified in 2011. She is currently working on her Master of Tennis Junior Development- a level 5 course, through the PTR.
Kendra serves as a volunteer for the USTA on the New England Coaches Commission as well as on the USPTA Nominating Committee. She is also the 2017 recipient of the USPTA New England Al Rogers Education award for continuing education. She was also invited to be an Ambassador for the USTA’s Net Generation program and she will be conducting on court workshops for the USTA in 2018 for Net Generation Coaches.
Kendra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.