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Instructor Bios

Instructor Biographies

Introducing Tahoe Donner’s 2014 season tennis squad!

Name: Ian Mindell, Director of TennisName: Malcolm Ridenour, Head Tennis Pro
Hometown: Winnipeg, CanadaHometown: Truckee, CA
What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to direct Tahoe Donner’s tennis programs.”What brought him to TD: “Tahoe Donner’s tennis programs.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “Besides playing tennis, I love the bike trails and rock climbing areas all around the Tahoe Donner area.”Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “I love Summer! Long days to play tennis, mountain bike and lake activities.”
Background: “I started teaching tennis 20+ years ago in the Palm Springs area. I have worked at La Quinta Resort since 2001 and at Tahoe Donner since 2008. My wife and three children have called the Tahoe area our Summer home since 2005 and we always look forward to our time together at the beaches, lakes, playgrounds, trails, restaurants, shops and all of the other wonderful things that Tahoe Donner and the surrounding areas have to offer.”Background: “Born and raised in L.A., I was a ski instructor at Northstar for 15 years and was honored as Top 100 Ski Instructors in North America in 2005 by SKI Magazine. I taught tennis at Top 25 Tennis Resort and Camps Northstar and was honored as Reno/Tahoe Regional Pro of the Year 2004. For the last three winters I have taught at #2 Tennis Resort, La Quinta Resort and Club. This is my fourth summer season as Head Pro at Tahoe Donner.”
Name: Brandon SiehName: Woody Verzaal
Hometown: Seattle, WAHometown: Shreveport, LA
What brought him to TD: “The fun atmosphere of the tennis club and the laid back culture.”What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to become a great coach under Ian’s instruction.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “The fitness center and Jacuzzi”Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “Everything!”
Background: “Most recently held the position of Director of Tennis at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA. Was a tennis instructor at Tahoe Donner from 2005-2007.I played locally for the University of Nevada, Reno Men’s Tennis Team. I earned a Masters degree in Sports Management from Indiana University and am a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional.”Background: ” I began playing tennis seriously when I was 12, and I taught lessons along with my dad for 10 years at his club in Shreveport. I began playing at Baylor University where I became #47 in collegiate doubles, and this is my final year of collegiate tennis. This will be my first year at Tahoe Donner and I am looking forward to it! “