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Meet Our USpTA Certified Tennis Pros

Led by Director of Tennis, Conan Lorenzo, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club features an incredible team of USPTA Certified teaching pros and USTA high performance development coaches. Our experienced pro staff is passionate about helping juniors, students and elite players improve their games and their physical, technical and mental abilities.

We specialize in junior development, lessons, performance coaching, pattern play, and stroke biomechanics for players at all levels. We love what we do and hope to inspire kids and adults to play the sport for life. Named 2018 San Diego USPTA Pro of the Year, Lorenzo inspires the staff and players to be the best they can be on and off the court.
Conan Lorenzo at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Director of Tennis:
Conan Lorenzo

Education: B.A., Washington State University
Certifications: USTA High Performance Development Coach, USTA Safe Play Certified, Certified Sport Science Coach, USPTA P1, Master Racket Technician, Certified USTA Umpire and CPR certified
Playing History: Two-time Washington State High School champion, singles and doubles; Member of Division 1 Men's Washington State University tennis team
Areas of Specialization: Junior Academy Director, junior development, advanced stroke biomechanics, pattern play, percentage tennis and fitness training
Teaching Philosophy: Become the best person possible, on and off the court, and turning into a great tennis player will follow.
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2006
Conan Lorenzo is the Club's Director of Tennis, bringing more than 10 years of professional expertise in the tennis industry. In April of 2019, Conan was the recipient of the Janet Louer Junior Team Tennis National Organizer of the Year. Conan's former experience includes five years as the Director of Junior Programs at the George Barnes Junior Tennis Center in San Diego and coaching USA Team Tennis teams, leading four teams to sectionals. Additionally, he coached and managed the Club's World Team Tennis team, leading two teams to the national championship with both winning first place. He also spent two years as an Assistant Pro and Master Racket Stringer at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club from 2000 to 2002, as well as four years as the Head Pro at the Sammamish Club in Seattle, Washington from 1998 to 2000. Conan is a graduate of Washington State University, where he spent four years on the school's NCAA tennis team. He is also a USPTA P-1 Certified pro and an official umpire and lines person. He has been frequently published in Racket Tech Magazine,Tennis Magazine & Advantage Magazine.
 
Contact Conan at [email protected] or 858.551.4605. Watch Conan teach in the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club's Tennis Tips videos.
Nelson Alapi at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Nelson Alapi

Education: B.S. in Computer Science, Coleman College
Certifications: USTA High Performance Development Coach, USTA Safe Play Certified, USPTA P1, Certified USTA Umpire, Certified USRSA Stringer, Former President of USPTA San Diego, Argentinean Pro and Coach, CPR Certified.
Playing History: USTA San Diego District #1 in 35' and NTRP 5.5 division in 2008. Junior ranked player in Argentina, pro tournament competition, currently playing in USTA singles and doubles events.
Areas of Specialization: Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions for Junior and Adult development.
Teaching Philosophy: To guide students in making their own decisions on court and to help students, with a cooperative teaching style, to enjoy the process of learning in order to reach their maximum performance state with full development of their technical, tactical, physical and psychological tennis skills.
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 1999
Nelson joined the LJBTC staff in 1999. He is now working in private, semi-private and group lessons with juniors or adults to assist them in their efforts toward their short and long-term goals. Nelson is passionate about helping students improve their tennis game, as well as every aspect of their athletic lives. Success comes from training and hours of repetitions focusing on long-term development, rather than simply winning in the short-term. Competitive students receive a periodization schedule to peak perform at selected times. "There is no short-cut to success in athletic preparation. Rushing training will always result in shortcomings, in physical, technical, tactical and mental abilities. I strongly believe in, and work with, the USTA model for Development of a High Performance Player."
 
For more information, contact Nelson at [email protected] or 858.551.4680
Brook Deming at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Brook Deming

Education: Rutgers University
Certifications: USPTA Certified, USTA Safe Play Certified, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Playing History: Member of Division 1 Rutgers University Men's Team. Named Captain and MVP senior year.
Areas of Specialization: Junior development, personal training and private lessons
Teaching Philosophy:
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2007
For more information, contact Brook at [email protected] or 858.551.4680
Doug Fitzgerald at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Doug Fitzgerald

Education: Western Michigan University
Certifications: USTA Certified Official, USTA Safe Play Certified, Referee since 1969
Playing History: Navy Tennis Team, 1966-69. Ranked Top 5 in SoCal—Men's 50 Doubles, 2000.
Areas of Specialization:
Teaching Philosophy:
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2013
Contact Doug at [email protected] or 858.551.4638.
Bryce Bettwy at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Bryce Bettwy

Education: University of California, Santa Cruz
Certifications: USPTA Certified, USTA Safe Play Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified
Playing History: 2008 and 2009 San Diego CIF Eastern League Player of the Year, 2009 San Diego CIF Eastern League Champion, Starting Singles and Doubles Player for UC Santa Cruz Men's Team (Top 10 Division III)
Areas of Specialization: Junior Development
Teaching Philosophy:
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2015
Contact Bryce at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Max Weishan at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Max Weishan

Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Arizona; Currently at San Diego State University for a M.A. in Education with a Concentration in Counseling
Certifications: USPTA Certified, USTA Safe Play Certified
Playing History: Top ranked junior player in Southern California, #1 Varsity singles from 2009-2012 at Serra High School, Alumni from the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Elite Academy, Manager for the Division I NCAA Men's tennis team at Arizona from 2012-2016, working and training with top-level, international college players, active Open-level USTA tournament player, and competing in the BNP Paribas Indian Wells Pre-Qualifying tournament in addition to ITF events.
Areas of Specialization: Player Development, Junior Development.
Teaching Philosophy: "Results don't come to those who seek them; results come to those who seek improvement."
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2015
Contact Max at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Steve Phifer at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Steve Phifer

Education: Pima Community College, Grossmont College
Certifications: USPTA certified, USTA Safe Play Certified
Playing History: 2011 High School Conference Player of the Year, League Champion, finished top 62 out of 2000 in Southern California, Grossmont College #1 and singles and doubles player.
Areas of Specialization: Player Development, Junior Development
Teaching Philosophy:
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2015
Contact Steve at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Ryan Lee at La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club, California

Ryan Lee

Education: UC San Diego, Major in Biology: Physiology and Neuroscience and Minor in Cognitive Science
Certifications: CPR/AED Certified, USTA Safe Play Certified
Playing History: Played 4 years of varsity tennis at La Canada High School, #1 singles, doubles and mixed player on UCSD's Competitive Club Tennis Team (Placed 23rd in the nation at Nationals in 2017 and 4th at Nationals 2018), Currently competing in USTA Men's Open Singles, Doubles, and Father-Son Doubles tournaments across Southern California, and training for the professional circuit.
Areas of Specialization: Junior Development, Junior Team Tennis Coach
Teaching Philosophy: "The only way you can know is give it all you have." - Ryan Tedder
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: 2017
Contact Ryan at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Jenna Fosdick at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

Jenna Fosdick

Education: B.S. in Marketing, Webber International University
Certifications: Safe Play Certified and currently working on USPTA Certification 2000 hour training course
Playing History: Ranked #5 in Utah as a junior tournament player. 2015-2016 #4 Singles and #2 Doubles at Dixie State University in Utah. 2017-2020 #3 Singles and #1 Doubles at Webber International University (FL). 
Areas of Specialization: Adult clinics, juniors, and elite players
Teaching Philosophy: "No matter the age or level of the player, there is always room for improvement."
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: March 2021
Contact Jenna at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Danny Ballez at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club California

Danny Ballez

Education: B.A. in English at UCLA
Certifications: Currently working on USPTA Certification 2000 hour training course. 
Playing History: Played #1 Singles Southwestern College 
Areas of Specialization: Kinetic rotation and body weight transfer for ground strokes and serve including balance, stability and movement. Danny also enjoys skateboarding, surfing, baseball, football, golf, water polo and wrestling
Teaching Philosophy: "I am a guide on your tennis journey, the medicine ball is your teacher."
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: March 2021
Contact Danny at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
Drake Pieper at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club California

Drake Peiper

Education:
Certifications: CPR Certified, Safeplay Certified and currently working on USPTA Certification 2000 hour training course
Playing History: La Jolla High School Graduate #1 Doubles and CIF participant. Also worked for the Men's UCLA Tennis Team Summer Camps and a member of the Beach Club program growing up. Drake is our lead ball kid organizer for the Pacific Coast Doubles, May National Hard Courts and the December National Hard Courts. 
Areas of Specialization: Junior development and clinics for all levels
Teaching Philosophy: "Always believe in yourself and never give up because you don't know what success could be right around the corner" - Jamie Hampton
With La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since: March 2021
Contact Drake at [email protected] or 858.551.4680.
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