Andy traded in the sunny state of Florida for our fair Wisconsin. As a graduate from DePaul University, he and his wife Tammy missed the warm and genuine personalities of the Midwest. So Cherokee is the fortunate club to nab him on his return.
Andy has a rich and varied tennis history; he was originally coached by Hall of Fame players George M. Lott and Gardnar Mulloy, and went on to work with Hall of Fame coaches Bobby Riggs, Fred Perry and Frank Parker. Andy coached the Latvian Davis Cup team and has traveled with top ATP and WTA tour players that are playing professionally today. The stories he can tell….
Other highlights in Andy’s tennis portfolio include coaching the US Junior Davis Cup team in 1979 and 1980, and coaching the Guadeloupe French Antilles national team from 1980-1986.
Not one to sit around much, Andy directed 140 corporate tennis tournaments per year at the Boca Hotel and Club from 1982-1984. And just prior to joining the Cherokee staff, he was a tennis professional at the very prestigious Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, FL for 11 years. He has been a Director of Tennis and Head Pro at hotels and country clubs throughout the United States. Name a player or coach — Andy has probably worked with them!
Using the word “experienced” to describe Pat is an understatement. He has been coaching tennis for 44 years, 23 years of which were as Head Coach of the University of Wisconsin’s men’s team. He has graced Cherokee Tennis with his competitive, yet caring spirit since 1980.
Like Tom, Pat has coached many Wisconsin high school state champions; 12 to be exact! His latest protégé was the runner up at the Girls’ D1 High School State Championship in 2016. But Pat’s following of loyal adult drill groups is also a hallmark of his ability to attract and maintain players’ interest. Pat’s boisterous yells of “No-o-o-o…” and “Ye-e-e-s…. Got it!…” can be heard from 3 courts away.
Besides his unparalleled teaching pedigree, Pat boasts a five-time, #1 ranking as a player in the state of Wisconsin. Challenge him to a match. He will take you down quickly without breaking a sweat.
Fun facts: Pat caught a world record-setting salmon on 8# test line in Lake Michigan. He is also the #1 fan of local folk/blues band Wheelhouse. He may become their roadie in his next life.
Cherokee welcomed Aaron Kondrasuk to the staff in the Fall of 2019.
A Monona Grove native, Aaron made his mark in three sports while in high school; tennis, basketball and football! In tennis, he played #1 singles all four years, and was captain three of those years, with a combined junior/senior year record of 44-6.
He was a two-time MVP quarterback and captain of the football team, and defensive player-of-the-year and captain of the basketball team. The winner of the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, he also managed to graduate #1 in his class with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. A good role model for your young player, don’t you think?
Post high school, Aaron attended UW Madison and graduated from the School of Business. He played college basketball in Argentina (i.e. is also fluent in Spanish), and played two years of semi-pro football for the Madison Mustangs. The guy likes his sports.
Aaron has been coaching tennis for several years for the City of Monona, and most recently began coaching the Madison West High School girls in the fall and the Sun Prairie High School boys in the spring. He is a 4.5 USTA rated player, and still loves playing in leagues locally/regionally.
Fun Fact: Aaron has been to Argentina 10 times, including once when the entire men’s US basketball team was on his flight to Buenos Aires to compete in the FIBA AmeriCup. He snuck into first class and flew the rest of the way with them!
Cherokee Tennis has been fortunate enough to have had Tom at the tennis helm from 1983-2017. He recently took the Head Professional position at Maple Bluff Country Club during the summertime, but will be back here at Cherokee the rest of the year.
He has taken hundreds of tiny tots under his wing, instilling a love for the game, and developing more than a dozen of them into state champions; his twin daughters Shelby and Tilly being two of them in 2013.
Tom’s list of teaching/coaching accomplishments is long, highlighted by being selected the Wisconsin USPTA Pro of the Year in 1996, receiving the Wisconsin Tennis Association’s Rollie Mueller Award in 1999 and the WTA’s Bill Letwin Award in 2011. He has found great joy in coaching the Wisconsin District Marian Wood Baird Cup Team (top Midwest high school girls) every year since 1990. Most recently, his team of high performance middle and high school players won the Midwest Junior Team Invitational three years in a row.
Tom is equally proud of the seven juniors under his tutelage who have won the highly-prestigious Frank Parker Jr. Award for sportsmanship, which is presented by the WTA to one Wisconsin boy and girl every year. Developing sound competitive character in his players is paramount in Tom’s eyes.
His dedication to the Wisconsin Tennis Association is highlighted by an eight-year stint as Chair of the Sanctions and Scheduling Committee. He has directed and taught the Junior Competition Training Centers for over 25 years.
Tom’s passion and expertise for teaching is evidenced by the list of players waiting to schedule private lessons with him, and the many thoughtful words of thanks he receives from graduating seniors every year. Ask him to quote a line from Seinfeld or Pulp Fiction; his line recall is almost as impressive as his tennis resume.
The east coast is now represented at Cherokee with the addition of Rick Horn. Having spent the greater part of his life in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, he can probably teach us a few things about the finer points of tennis life “back east”.
Rick qualified for the national championships while in junior college in 1987 and 1988, and went on to play for Trenton State College in 1989. He then coached in Pennsylvania and Connecticut for 19 years at the Pennsbury Racquet Club, Buck Country Racquet Club and the Guilford Racquet and Swim Club.
Rick has been heavily involved in USTA Team Tennis with juniors and adults, and actually sent multiple teams to regional and national tournaments. Maybe it’s time we put together an official Cherokee team and task Rick with putting us on the national tennis stage!
Rick’s primary goals when you are on his court include the following: 1) working up a good sweat, 2) learning something new, and 3) having fun. And when off the court, he is most relaxed in the kitchen. He loves to cook!
Doneta developed her love for tennis growing up as a member of Cherokee. She received a full tennis scholarship from the University of Wisconsin, and rose to the rank of #3 singles at the top 25 nationally ranked team. She then partnered with husband Tom to win multiple mixed doubles tournaments and two USTA National 10.0 combined team titles.
The 1999 recipient of the Wisconsin Tennis Association’s Rollie Mueller Award for service to the game, she has also coached multiple Wisconsin state champions in both singles and doubles.
Doneta has been teaching tennis professionally for over 20 years, and has been at the helm of the Bishops Bay Country Club tennis center as the Director of Tennis and Head Professional since 1999 during the summertime. We are fortunate to have her here at Cherokee in the fall, winter and spring. Doneta is also a designated USPTA Elite Professional.
In addition to running her players hard on the court, Doneta can be found running every morning in the dark before the rest of us even open our eyes. She can cross the running of several marathons and half-marathons off her bucket list!