USPTA and ATPCA certified Tennis Pro. Keena Larson is the Head Tennis Director for Caves Beach and Summerland Point in New South Wales, Australia. Her goal for 2018 is to bring as many folks of all ages, juniors to seniors, to the Clubs to enjoy the game of tennis.
Keena attended College in Spokane, Wash., where she earned a degree in Business and played the No. 1 position on the SCC tennis team for two years. She also played for three years at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine. Keena played in the top 10 nationally and was successful in various tournaments.
She became a teaching professional when she accepted a job as Athletic Director and Head Tennis Professional for the Bend Golf and Country Club in Bend, Ore. "Mostly personally training and tournament playing, seldom teaching up to this point, it became evident to me after a short while that this would be a profession to which I was well-suited and could excel in," Keena says.
"I enjoy being with a group of motivated people who like to be on the tennis court and want to have some fun," she says. "I enjoy teaching absolutely anyone who is interested in learning - honestly, anyone."
Keena's most personally satisfying accomplishment as a teaching professional is the most basic, "simply being the Coach of such a wide variety of children, teens and adults, and while doing so being a part of their enjoying the game".
Keena and her sons, Noah, Andrew, Thomas and Oliver, moved to Australia from the United States 15 years ago.
Outside of tennis, Keena was an exercise technologist for the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, Calif. She has taught weight training and race walking at various Universities and Community Colleges in the United States.