Meet the Team

Palos Verdes Tennis Club has a terrific staff to enhance your game and make your total club experience awesome! For more information about private lessons please contact the pros directly. 

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Mike Wojnarowicz
Director of Tennis

Mike grew up playing tennis in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a top-ranked junior player. Mike played for Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology followed by a Masters in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco. He worked for the Tennis Channel for several years and was the Junior Tennis Director at the Oahu Club in Honolulu. 

  • USPTA Elite Professional

  • ​Wilson Advisory Staff

  • Former #1 player at LMU

  • Ranked 35th in NCAA DI (Doubles) 

  • Most individual singles wins in LMU history (82)

Contact Mike directly at 808.476.7394 or email at mikew@pvtennisclub.com

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Georgie Lalonde
Tennis Professional

Georgie started playing tennis in the U.K at the age of 9 and soon went on to become one of the top juniors in the country with a junior world ITF ranking of 417. She turned pro at 16 gaining a WTA ranking and played on the tour for 3 years. She traveled to the U.S for college on a full athletic scholarship to LMU in 1999 and gained her B.A in English. In 2019 she was inducted into the LMU Athletic Hall of Fame. As a USPTR certified tennis professional she has been coaching at a number of clubs in Southern California since 2004.

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John Carrizosa
Head Tennis Professional

John has been with PVTC since 2012 and enjoys teaching a wide range of players. His students have included an NCAA doubles champion, a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team, nationally ranked juniors, countless Marine League players, and 10 and under QuickStart Tennis. He teaches the Modern Tennis Method which simplifies the game and accelerates the learning process, enabling students to improve at a quicker pace.

  • USPTA Elite Professional

  • Tecnifibre Advisory Staff

  • USPTA District Pro of the Year 2001

  • Wilson Racquet Sports Pro of the Year 2008

  • Wilson National Pro of 2019

Contact John directly at 310.375.1222 or email at johncarrizosa@yahoo.com

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Ken Shoji
Director of Junior Tennis

Ken was born and raised in Torrance, CA. Starting tennis at a young age, he competed in junior tournaments in Southern California all throughout his junior years. He has been coaching since 2004 and has experience coaching and playing at international tennis academies in other countries such as Australia, China, and Japan before joining the Palos Verdes Tennis Club coaching staff in 2012. 

 

Certifications:

  • USPTA

  • Yonex Brand Ambassador

  • Yonex Scouting Team

  • USPTA 2017 District Pro of the Year

 

Contact Ken directly at 310.720.3966 or email at shoji.taka.ken@gmail.com

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Nate Bly
Front Desk Manager

Nate was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and moved to PV in 2013. Nate has been at PVTC since 2018, started part-time while attending college at SMC, and now is the front desk manager, junior academy coordinator, and the main stringer for the club (strung over 3,00 rackets). 

Contact Nate at 310.373.6326 or email at info@pvtennisclub.com

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Valerie Ogawa
Pickleball Professional

Valarie grew up playing junior tennis in the South Bay area. She competed in many of the SCTA local junior tournaments. Her stand-out play has recently helped PVTC advance to the D-1 level of Marine League. Valarie has a smooth back court game but is known for her doubles anticipation and aggressive netplay. She is our Program Director, pickleball and tennis instructor.

Certifications:

  • USPTA

  • IPTPA and PPR Certified

  • Wilson Advisory Staff

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Ted White
Tennis Professional