Instructor Biographies

Ian Mindell
Name: Ian Mindell, Director of Tennis
Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada
What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to direct 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.”
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. I have called the Tahoe area my summer home since 2005, and I always look forward to time at the beaches, lakes, trails, restaurants, shops and all of the other wonderful things that Tahoe Donner and the surrounding areas have to offer..”
Name: Markus Vorwald, Tennis Professional
Hometown: La Quinta, California
What brought him to TD: “While working with Ian at the La Quinta Tennis Resort, he told me how passionate people are about tennis in TD. So it was an easy decision to make; I think I’ll feel right at home.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “I love to spend my free time with my family, enjoying the outdoors. I like to relax on the beach or play a round of golf in a beautiful environment.”
Background: He started his tennis career at a young age, played competitively in tournaments in Germany and around Europe and later provided coaching for kids, adults and semi-professionals. He has extensive knowledge in preventing sports injury through personal experience and working side by side with physical therapists for his students.
Name: Malcolm Ridenour, Tennis Professional
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
What brought him to TD: “I love the people, the courts, the setting, and the robust programming.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “Mountain bike, SUP on the lakes, ski the mountains, rock climb, and all the amazing activities Tahoe offers.”
Background: “Started teaching tennis in Tahoe in 1999. Have worked at several tennis centers in the area, as well as La Quinta. Just returned from running a club in Florida pan handle for one year. Happy to be back in Tahoe Donner!​”
Tennis Instructor Matt Inderwiesche
Name: Matt Inderwiesche, Tennis Professional
Hometown: Born and bred in So Cal, currently residing in Palm Desert, CA
What brought him to TD: “The opportunity to provide an expereience on the court not only to improve the technical game of players but also to remind them why they love of the sport.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “When I am not on the tennis court instructing, I love being on the golf course because my ball flies further in the altitude.”
Name: Henry Ryerson, Junior Tennis Coordinator/Tennis Professional
Hometown: Born and raised in Bridgewater, CT. Now in Soda Springs, CA
What brought him to TD: “I was introduced to TD as the head coach of the Truckee High Girls Tennis team. We have been lucky to be able to practice and play at this amazing facility. As a local pro looking to help the growth of the tennis community, I am glad to be affiliated with TD.”
Favorite thing to do in TD or favorite season/amenity at TD and why: “Get out in nature with my wife Holly and my 2 kids, Lily and Cody. I also enjoy gardening and playing soccer.​”
Background: “I played singles and doubles for WCSU. After that I taught tennis for Silver Springs Country Club and Four Seasons Racquet Club in Connecticut. Also a PSIA level 3 ski instructor, the mountains called me west. Here I run a summer seasonal youth tennis program through Truckee park and Rec. dept. As well, I am currently the head coach for the Truckee High girls tennis Team. I feel blessed to be able to ski and play tennis in this beautiful area.”