Ali is a Senior Tennis Instructor, Vice-President, and is a full-time tennis advocate. She works full-time for the USTA Southern California Tennis Association as an adult league coordinator. Ali was a city champion in singles, doubles, and team at Kennedy High School. She went on to play in college in Texas on scholarship and won numerous tournaments including Ojai. Ali has coached for decades from beginner to college-level and is PTR certified. She has a relaxed but analytical approach to her coaching. Ali is a founding Board Member, and the NJTP is true to her heart.
Rudy is a Senior Tennis Instructor, President, and Program Director of the NJTP. Rudy started with NJTP as a student when he was 8. He played #1 doubles at San Fernando High and went on to graduate from UC Riverside. After a career managing restaurants for a number of years, Rudy decided to return to tennis and to NJTP. He now coaches a number of our classes as well as managing our office. He is a USPTA certified Pro and a PTR 10-and-Under certified Pro, was a USPTA National Top 10 teaching point winner in 2014 and was recently published in USPTA’s ADDvantage Magazine. Rudy is currently working on becoming a PTR Level 3 Junior Development Specialist. Rudy enjoys being outdoors and helping develop his students’ tennis game. Rudy says,
“I feel indebted to Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program for teaching me tennis. I am blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the program and to the surrounding community.”
Rudy brings lots of energy and a great sense of humor to the program, and we’re glad to have him as part of the NJTP family!
Hugo is a Senior Tennis Instructor, who believes “I can recognize talent and I enjoy building and developing the talent, but more importantly, the person.”
Hugo has an impressive background as a runner. He has completed 7 marathons, including L.A.’s and San Francisco’s. He had an impressive 2:37 marathon time. He has worked with elite tennis students including his own children, who continue to compete at high levels. His calm demeanor and well-conceived lessons bring the best out of his students. We are thrilled to have Hugo as part of the NJTP family.
Barbara is a Senior Tennis Instructor, serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors, is a founding member of the Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program and was the very first NJTP coach. Barbara is the “glue” that helps hold the program together. Barbara is an outstanding Pee-Wee and beginners’ coach who gives her students a great foundation of strokes, but more importantly, imparts her love of the game. Her experience includes school trainee for USTA and NJTL site-coordinator for L.A. She played at the college level at California State University of Northridge and Pierce College. Barbara has attended numerous workshops, including three USPTA world conferences, PTR 10-and-Under certification and the National Teachers’ Conference in New York in conjunction with the US OPEN. Barbara does it all and with a smile!
Porfirio is a Tennis Instructor and Board Member who joined the Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program in the Summer of 2017. Porfirio started playing tennis during 11th grade at Sylmar High School and joined the varsity team, playing #1 doubles and #3 singles. Porfirio graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. While at UC Davis, Porfirio enjoyed the challenges of coding, tennis, and weightlifting. Porfirio participated in the NATCAR autonomous vehicle competition and placed 9th out of 55 teams. He joined the UC Davis Tennis Traveling team, playing tournaments at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford, and other universities. Recently, Porfirio coached and helped develop the 12U NJTP Junior Team Tennis team, which was one the top four teams in the 12 and under 2.9B division of the Southern California Division. Porfirio has a genuine passion for teaching, helping others improve, and giving back.
“I wish to give back to my community I grew up in, by inspiring and educating those around me. I believe that anything is possible so long as you set your mind to it.”