MEET OUR TENNIS PROFESSIONALS...
RACQUET SPORTS DIRECTOR/HEAD PRO
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Sam started playing at the WRAC as soon as he could run around with a racquet. After helping WHS win back-to-back state titles in his last two years of high school, he went across the mountains to receive his bachelors in Kinesiology from Western Washington University.
After graduating, he started teaching at the Pine Lake Club in Sammamish where he not only built and oversaw the development of a strong junior program, but also worked with 2.5-4.5 USTA teams while teaching private lessons to both juniors and adults of all skill levels.
After 8 years of instructing, he decided to go back to school, while continuing to teach, so that he could increase his understanding of how to best work with athletes. In February of 2021 he earned his master's in Sport Psychology.
When he is not on the court, you can typically find Sam doing something outdoors, whether it be on the water, exploring the trails with his dogs, or enjoying some live music. After being on the other side of the mountains since 2006, he is excited to return home and bring his enthusiasm and expertise to the WRAC community.
RACQUET SPORTS COORDINATOR/ INSTRUCTOR
Lily joined the WRAC team in the Spring of 2021. Tennis has been a part of Lily’s life since she can remember. She grew up watching her older siblings play. In High School, she was the AAAA district champion in singles for three years in a row which earned her a spot at state and played collegiate tennis at Biola U.
She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Biola University and is working on her School Psychology degree through Eastern Washington University in hopes of being a School Psychologist in the valley.
Before serving at the WRAC, Lily was the Outdoor Excursions Coordinator at Biola. She coached Wenatchee High School girls varsity tennis team in '21. Aside from tennis, Lily enjoys all things outdoors. hiking, spikeball, and basketball are among her favorites. Contact Lily: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the WRAC because there is a sense of familiarity. Part of it is because I’ve been playing tennis here for several years, part of it is I know a lot of people who play tennis, and part of it is the tennis community nurtured at the WRAC is a good quality bunch of people that I enjoy being around. The WRAC is like a family. I can walk in the front door and feel welcomed, feel like I’m wanted. Whether I’m hanging out with my friends, or enjoying a mixer with the "old" people, I always have a sense of enjoyment. Almost a feeling of home. The WRAC facilitates an atmosphere of warm friendly people that encourages a family like bond between members… tennis is a gentleman's sport, a class sport, and having such an environment to be able to play in, just adds to the great taste of being able to enjoy friends and sport.
- Andrew Mesler
The club is a great place to meet lots of people and almost all of them have a smile on their face which makes for a happy place!
- Linda Beaty