Mike Gennette

Head Coach

Mike Gennette completed his 24th season at the helm of the men's tennis program in 2017.

During his tenure at CLU, Gennette has coached eleven Kingsmen players to NCAA All-America honors, led by the 1996 NCAA singles champion Mark Ellis and the 1997 NCAA doubles champions Ellis and Jenia “Eugene” Karimov. He has also coached seven SCIAC Athletes of the Year.

Under Gennette, senior Moises Cardenas earned back-to-back All-America honors in 2014 and 2015 and advanced as far as the quarterfinals in the 2015 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. 

In 2013, during Gennette's 20th season, the Kingsmen went 19-5 including 8-2 in the SCIAC and earned their second consecutive trip to the West Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. CLU also finished the season with a No. 7 ranking while Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley each earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year.

The 2012 campaign was another successful year for the Kingsmen.  Along with a week long spring break competitive trip to Hawaii, the team reached a season high ranking of No. 5 nationally. Ballou was the NCAA National Singles Finalist, Ojai West Region Singles Champion & Doubles Finalist with Worley, SCIAC Athlete of the Year, and awarded All-American status for both singles and doubles with teammate and fellow All-American Worley.   Ballou and Worley also won the Fall ITA tournament and finished No. 2 in the nation.  Two other Kingsmen were named All-Conference selections for the SCIAC: Justin Wilson-First Team, and Connor Treacy who was named Second Team as a freshman. The Kingsmen reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2012 and were nationally ranked in the Top-5 twice over three years.

In 2011 he was named the United States Professional Tennis Association's (USPTA) co-National College Coach of the Year Award (along with Peter Smith of USC). In 2010 Gennette was named the ITA West Region College Coach of the Year and the USPTA California Division College Coach of the Year. Gennette also serves as President of the USPTA California.

A USPTA board member for the last eight years, Gennette also organizes and presents the “Team Coaching” seminar at the annual USPTA California convention with over 100 coaches in attendance.

Gennette is a certified USPTA pro 1 and certified by the USTA in Sport Science. He is one of the few coaches in the nation who is certified by the USTA as a High Performance Coach and has a USPTA Player Development Specialist degree. He has completed hundreds of continuing education credits through the USPTA. He also coaches juniors who have recently won major titles including; the Orange Bowl, Nike Junior World Tour, and the U.S. Winter Nationals.

In 2007 he was named the USPTA’s California Tennis Director & Manager of the Year.

In 2005, Gennette was named the USTA/ITA National Community Service Award winner for helping to promote tennis in his community.

Gennette played four seasons (1987-89, 1991) for the Kingsmen before becoming an assistant coach in 1992. He was a four-year starter for the Kingsmen and was an NAIA All-District 3 selection in singles and doubles his last three seasons. As a sophomore, he won the Golden State Athletic Conference doubles title with Chris Groff. As a former #1 player for CLU, he was ranked in the top-20 in NAIA singles and doubles. He was also ranked in the top-10 of the men’s open for Southern California and played on the USTA Pro Satellite Tour.

Gennette runs summer tennis camps at Cal Lutheran. He also owns Total Tennis Academy, which manages the tennis programs in the five surrounding cities and park districts.

A lifelong resident of the Conejo Valley, Gennette, his wife Dyan, and daughters Allison and Cate make their home in Newbury Park.