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Our Tennis Staff


Rick Stempson, Director of Tennis

  • Former UNL coach for 10 years
  • Midwest Region Coach of the Year, 2005
  • 2005 & 2007 #1 adult ranking
  • 1996 – 2005 Tennis Director at Hillcrest Country Club
  • Former UNL tennis player
  • Conference runner-up in 1995 Doubles

Sig Garnett, USPTA Tennis Professional

  • Named Nebraska Pro of the Year
  • Coached UNL Women’s Tennis
  • Coached 1977 Big 8 Conference title for UNL women
  • Coached 1975 Boys Class A title for Lincoln High
  • Former UNL varsity player

Rich Halpine, USPTA Tennis Professional

  • Former Director of Tennis at the Lincoln Racquet Club
  • Former Director of Tennis at the Four Seasons Sioux City Racquet Club, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Former Director of Tennis at the Grand Island Racquet Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Former Director of Tennis at the Dewey Hanscom Tennis Instruction Center in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Inducted into the Nebraska and Missouri Valley Hall of Fame
  • Four year State Champion at Creighton Prep

Sam Nelson, USPTA Tennis Professional

  • Hillcrest Country Club Director of Tennis, 2006 to present
  • Former NTC Teaching Pro
  • Member of 4 time State Champion team at Lincoln East

Joel Patrick, Tennis Professional

  • Four Season Racquet Club Tennis Professional, 2005 – 2009
  • Former Morningside College Varsity Tennis Player
  • Former top-ranked junior in Iowa

Chris Stock, Tennis Professional

  • Former #1 Player at Lincoln Christian
  • Highly ranked junior player in Nebraska

Fungai Tongoona, Tennis Professional

  • University of Nebraska Men’s Assistant Coach
  • All-Conference Doubles Player at the University of Nebraska

Bob Wenger

  • Former Tennis Professional Tennis Club and Soccer Center, Omaha
  • Former Certified USPTA P-1
  • Former Head Tennis Professional, The Country Club of Lincoln
  • Former Tennis Professional, Lincoln Racquet Club
  • Former Assistant Varsity Boys Tennis Coach/Junior Varsity Coach Lincoln East High School

Mike Garcia

  • Former Husker Player
  • Lincoln Christian Girls’ Head Coach
  • Has taught tennis at Woods, The Knolls, & Lincoln  Country Club
  • State Double Champ as a freshman & State Singles Champ as a junior