Michael’s passion is getting people together on (and off) the tennis court. In tennis, friendships are formed and your spirit of competition is tested. Tennis is physical, tennis is mental, but at the end of the day, it’s the camaraderie that draws many of us to the sport. Nobody knows this better than Michael. With nearly 20 years in the Tennis Industry, Michael has spent his career developing players and managing tennis facilities with the sentiments above.
Formerly National Tennis Manager with Minneapolis based Life Time Fitness, Michael has managed award-winning tennis facilities, developed Junior and Adult National programming, and served as an award winning chair of the USTA Northern Section’s Adult League Committee. He's spent years coaching players, directing clubs and PLAYING tennis. With countless trips to USTA Nationals and several National titles, he likes to play as much as he likes to teach. Certified with the USPTA (Elite Professional), the USPTR (Professional), the USRSA (Master Racquet Technician) and the IPTPA (Level 2 Pickleball Pro), Michael has the education, knowledge and experience to get every player’s (and Club’s) game to the next level.
Head Tennis Professional
Growing up in the small town of Cleveland, Wisconsin, just 15 miles north of Kohler, Kelly Monahan began her tennis career when she was 12 years old. Kelly followed in the footsteps of her two older brothers and began spending as much time as she could on the tennis court. She played varsity tennis all four years at Sheboygan North and enjoyed being a captain and leader for the team. She has a special connection to Kohler, because her father spent his whole 39-year career working as an engineer in the New Product/Tooling Department.
After graduating from high school, Kelly began the Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. During her college years, she stayed busy playing on the women’s division II team and being a leader in her PTM program. She spent her college summers teaching at Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, along with two seasons at Barrington Hills Country Club in Barrington, Illinois. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in marketing/professional tennis management and began her tennis teaching career at Midtown Athletic Club in Overland Park, Kansas. Years later she moved to Michigan and began to make her mark in the Kalamazoo area. She worked for the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo for 9 years and specialized in youth tennis. She also worked as the director of racquet sports for 8 years at Gull Lake Country Club in Richland, Michigan, where she developed the tennis, pickleball and platform tennis programs to be the largest in the surrounding area.
Kelly is energetic and enthusiastic on and off the court. She strives to help others find their passion for the game and enjoys working with all ages and levels. She is a certified pro with the USPTA and the USPTR.
Alexandra was born and raised in Sheboygan and began playing tennis at the Sports Core when she was 3 years old. She spent countless hours on the tennis court practicing with the Sports Core tennis professionals as well as her dad and her two older brothers. Alexandra's mom drove her to hundreds of USTA tournaments which she began playing in at just 8 years old. Alexandra played high school tennis at Sheboygan North and qualified for the Division 1 State Tournament in singles all 4 years.
After high school, Alexandra continued her tennis career at UW-Whitewater where she became the most accomplished tennis player in school history. She set the all-time wins record by winning 211 matches in 4 years. Alexandra earned All American honors in singles and doubles and qualified for the Division-III NCAA Tournament 3 times. As a senior, she was the Central Region Player of the Year in singles and was ranked #13 in the nation. Her team qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year and reached the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2013. Alexandra was elected to be a team captain and was a two-time MVP.
As well as being an experienced player, Alexandra is a USPTR certified tennis instructor. She was also the Sheboygan North Girls' Tennis assistant coach during the 2015 season and she has worked with many of the top players in this area. Furthermore, Alexandra worked as a camp counselor at the Nelson-Feller and UW-Whitewater tennis camps for 5 years. Tennis is Alexandra's passion and she is excited to share her love of the game with Sports Core members.
Kim has taught tennis for over 20 years—during which time he developed teaching methods that stress "fast track results" for individuals looking for immediate improvement in the level of their game. His lessons concentrate on "match play" type drills and a strategic understanding of a player’s strengths/weaknesses and how to best utilize those strengths for better results. Kim has developed numerous players who have achieved great results at the WIAA and USTA levels. Two of his students made it to the finals of the WIAA state high school championships and he also had two Kohler girls, as freshmen quality for the state championships. Kim’s playing background includes two years as the #1 ranked player in the Florida section in the Men’s 45 Division. He also played on the Florida Inter-Sectional Team that competed against other USTA Sections in Tucson, Arizona. Kim was the Men’s Varsity Coach for Fond du Lac High School for seven years as well as the men’s and women’s Head Varsity Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Influenced and encouraged by her parents and uncle, tennis has been a big part of McKennah's life from the time she was four years old. She began competing in state-level and Midwest tournaments at a young age, was ranked #1 in Wisconsin for five different age brackets and placed first in the State Open and Closed events. In addition, McKennah was invited four times to represent Wisconsin in the Junior David Cup. While at Fond du Lac High School, McKennah finished in sixth place for Division 1 as a sophomore. After high school, she attended Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, where she set school records for both singles and doubles. McKennah's goal is to instill a level of excitement for tennis in Sports Core members of all ages and skill levels.