My name is Dick Johnson. I have been a USPTA tennis professional since 1977 and have an Elite Professional Rating. I have taught tennis for over 50 years.
I was inspired to be a tennis professional by the great Australian professionals that I worked for in the 1970s. These legendary tennis pros, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, taught me the importance of having a great work ethic and inspired me to continue in the greatest game of tennis. I worked for Laver and Emerson Tennis between 1974 and 1978.
In 2000, I started Dick Johnson Tennis with a major emphasis on the La Cueva Junior Tennis Camps and development of all levels of junior players in Albuquerque and in Northern New Mexico. I also am heavily involved in the Albuquerque Super Senior Tennis program.
I have been recognized by many tennis associations over the years. The SWPTA has named me high school coach of the year six times; the Southwest USTA high school coach of the year two times; and the NMHSCA high school coach of the year on three occasions. The SWPTA has honored me as their coach of the year on two occasions and twice as their pro of the year. In 2008, it was my great honor to be named to the Southwest USTA Hall of Fame.
I have served on the HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports Advisory Staff for the past 20 years, am the past president of the SWPTA and am currently the past president of the USTA Northern New Mexico district. I am the assistant special events coordinator for the Coleman Vision women’s pro tournament and on the nomination committee for the SWPTA.
I have helped over 50 young men and women to attain college tennis scholarships and I run highly successful junior clinics for all playing levels throughout the year. I have coached at La Cueva High School for the past 28 years and am currently the boys’ tennis coach. Our boys’ team has won 14 state championships over the past 17 years. My 28-year coaching record is 343 wins - 51 losses.
In 1999, I was ranked No. 2 in men’s 35 doubles for our Northern New Mexico district and had numerous district and sectional singles and doubles rankings in the USTA/Southwest Section in the past.
I played college tennis at the University of Albuquerque between 1963 and 1966. In 1965 and 1966, I was named Player of the Year, in tennis, at the university.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Albuquerque in 1966 and did post-graduate work in special education from 1990 to 1994.
The La Cueva Junior Tennis Camps emphasize sportsmanship and drills that are rewarding, competitive and fun. The camps are geared to improve the performance of all levels of play. They are offered in the summer, fall and spring.
My wife, Marcie, and I have been married since 1972 and we enjoy travel, gardening and our two Shih Tzu pups, Gizmo and Lulu.