Lamar Viking Tennis Booster Club

Tennis can be a very frustrating sport. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. Roger Federer

HEAD COACH COURTNEY MONROE

Coach Monroe is a native of Arlington, and a graduate of Arlington High School ('89) and Texas A & M ('93). After teaching in AISD for seven years, he became the Assistant Tennis Coach at Lamar in the fall of 2000. When Coach Ramirez retired the first time in the spring of 2004, he assumed the responsibilities of Head Coach. He is proud of the tradition of winning in the Viking Tennis Program, and during his tenure is keeping the streak alive as the Vikes have never finished below 4th place in Team Tennis. While wins in the program are important, he also keeps track of how many weddings of former players he attends, and considers those just as cool.  His wife Alyce (Lamar '88) also teaches in Arlington at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center; she is the unpaid Assistant Coach. Their daughter, Bethanne, is an avid supporter of Viking tennis, even though she doesn't play on the team.

ASSISTANT COACH JULIAN McCLAINE

Coach McClaine was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, and raised here in Arlington.  For high school, McClaine attended and graduated Arlington's James Bowie High School in 2011. For college, he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2018 (B.S in Exercise Science). Coach McClaine has coached tennis extensively for the last 10 years, and has played competitively for 15+ years. He currently teaches Science at Lamar. He is also a certified tennis professional by PTR. (Professional Tennis Registry)

During his senior year of high school, Coach McClaine was the #1 player on the James Bowie Varsity tennis team. He then went on the play for the Alcorn State Braves (Mississippi) for his first year in college. He went on to compete in ITF Futures and USTA Open level tournaments during his college years, as he reached the top 10 in Texas in 2016.

Coach McClaine has taught tennis to all levels and ages. He thrives on maximizing player’s talents and abilities. Some of Coach McClaine’s hobbies are playing video games, hanging out with his wife, Sydni, and two daughters, Norah and Nola, and of course playing tennis matches!

ASSISTANT COACH MICHAEL MEYER

Coach Meyer was born in New Jersey and raised in Pennsylvania. After living in California and Alaska, he has settled down in Grand Prairie, Texas, with his family. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2015 and is currently pursuing his masters in data analytics. Coach Meyer was a state runner up in doubles in high school, a USTA official for 10 years, has coached for 14 years, and played competitively until college. Other than tennis, Coach Meyer has coached basketball and archery. Last year he coached and taught math at Paschal HS, but his move to Lamar HS has been a very positive one. Being able to coach with like-minded individuals and being a part of a hard-working team has already proven that Lamar HS is a great place to be. Coach Meyer is looking forward to knowing all the players and being able to use his experience to help the tennis program. He is married to his wife, Kara,  They have two children, Malakai (9 yrs) and Skyla (9 months), and three dogs (Quill, Khole and Wall-E).

JR. HIGH ASSISTANT SAL RAMOS

Coach Sal has been teaching for 12 years. He taught linguistics at Morelos University in Mexico before moving to the USA in 2014. This is his third year teaching Spanish and his second assisting coaching tennis at Lamar High School. His love for tennis began after graduating from High School in 2001 when he began playing tennis as a college freshman. Since then Sal has played in a variety of places in Mexico and the USA, and has developed a great passion for tennis. His desire is to help train up others who share the same excitement for the sport of tennis. Sal has coached and participated in many sports teams. He has a desire to bring out the best in every athlete he has the privilege of coaching. Sal believes Lamar has an amazing tennis program that he is so proud to be part of. He is married to his wife Jenny and has three boys under the age of five, Zach, Leo and Jett. Never a dull moment at his house.

 

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