Mike Gennette

Head Coach

Mike Gennette took over as the head women's tennis coach in April 2017 and the interim label was lifted in June 2017 as he became the head coach of both the men's and women's programs.

Gennette completed his 24th season at the helm of the men's tennis program in 2017 and guided the Regals to a 3-2 showing in the final weeks of the 2017 season.

He coached NCAA singles champion Mark Ellis in 1996 and in 1997 he oversaw NCAA doubles champions Ellis and Jenia “Eugene” Karimov. He has also coached seven SCIAC Athletes of the Year and numerous student-athletes to All-SCIAC honors. Additionally, he has guided both individuals and teams to Division III West Region and National competition during his career.

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.