Lisa was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began playing tennis at the age of 8, just a tad bit taller than the net. She was lucky enough to be a part of a small group of kids that was coached by Don Holden, AKA Mister. He learned the game by reading books and watching tapes and in just 4 years Lisa was ranked #2 in singles and #1 in doubles nationally. She loved the game as well as travelling around to the tournaments and meeting new people throughout the country.
Lisa went on to play college tennis at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Four years as a Cowboy was a lot of fun and the team aspect was a nice change from the individuality of the sport. Lisa played no. 1 singles and doubles at OSU all four years, leading the team to win the Big 8 Conference (before it became Big 12) on more than one occasion. Lisa was selected Most Outstanding Female Athlete at OSU her senior year.
Lisa taught tennis at several tennis clubs in Tulsa in the 70’s and her first big job was that of coaching the women’s team at Oral Roberts University. She then left Tulsa and ventured off to paradise, Hawaii. She spent 3 years on the Big Island of Hawaii (in Hilo) and coached the “locals” and learned from Mister how to coach top ranked kids. Next was Maui, where Lisa got the job offer of a lifetime. Teaching tennis at the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali, 50 yards from the beach. Lisa continued training the local kids, but also taught some exciting hotel guests (George Lucas, Chevy Chase, Sally Field, Gladys Knight, and many more).
Her favorite student though was a runner from California, named Ron. After 3 years of commuting back and forth from Marin to Maui, Lisa finally moved here and she and Ron were married in 1989. Lisa began her career at RRC in September 1989 and is still thrilled to be here 26 years later. Having coached several thousand kids and adults, Lisa still “loves what she does.”
Rafael Racquet Club is like a second home to Lisa (she spends more time here than at home it seems) where her two kids grew up playing tennis. Her son Conor played college tennis for the University of New Mexico where he enjoyed a successful career. He was chosen for the Mountain West All-Conference Doubles team for 3 years and singles in his senior year. Conor also earned Mountain West Academic All-Conference awards. Conor is now playing in futures tournaments in the US and abroad. Hadley (19) has played nationally and internationally as well as representing the Norcal contingency at the Fed Cup and the Maze Cup. In 2013 Hadley was named one of four juniors nationally to receive the Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award. Hadley is a sophomore and plays tennis for the University of South Carolina, Gamecocks. She and partner Caroline Dailey are #12 in the pre-season rankings for Div. I NCAA Doubles.
- A member of the Wilson Advisory Staff
- Served on the USTA Norcal Junior Tennis Council for 6 years
- Served on the USTA Norcal High Performance Coaches Commission for 4 years (to help scout hot new Jr. players)
- Was inducted into the Oklahoma District Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.
- Most recently she joined the Game Face Systems coaching team and works with Kathy Toon and Jan Brogan as well as many other great women.