Director of Junior Tennis
Kendra comes to us from the western suburbs of Chicago. This area is also where she grew up, started playing tennis with her family, 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 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 in hopes of becoming a commercial pilot. In 2003, in a particularly tough aviation market, she was offered a summer job teaching tennis, and hasn’t flown since! She always loved tennis and realized she enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the sport to others.
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. 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 more programs like this with racquets, court and balls specifically designed for younger children. Kendra was the Director of Junior Recreational Tennis, and most recently, the Assistant Head Pro at her club.
Kendra still likes to play tennis and she played on the 9.0 Mixed Doubles Team that won the 2006 USTA Eastern National Championships. She also loves to stay active and workout. She still has a competitive streak that led her to run her first 5k (with obstacles!) this past summer. Her interest in fitness and conditioning led her to become Etcheberry certified in 2011.