Teaching Staff


Coach Pete

Pete Hensel

Pete Hensel has been a part-time teaching professional at FCRC since 2002. He was an elementary teacher for 32 years and a high school boys & girls varsity tennis coach for 29 seasons.  He has also been a member of Team Babolat since 2008.

Pete is available for lessons at FCRC every day of the week except Friday and Sunday.

You can follow Coach Pete’s posts on Facebook by liking his page.


Tom LaFountain

Tom has an impressive history of both playing and coaching tennis.  Tom is a graduate of Marinette High School where he played tennis from 1955 to 1957 and won several junior tournaments.  He also has won tournaments in Madison, Stevens Point, Wausau, Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Appleton.  Tom was once ranked #1 in the state in the 60 and over division.  He is currently ranked #3 in the state for ages 65 and over.


Tom has been the head boys tennis coach at Appleton East High School, Appleton West High School, and Chilton High School.   A registered USPTA developmental coach, Tom has taught for the Appleton Recreational Department, at several resorts in the Caribbean, and here at Fox Cities Racquet Club.  Tom teaches part-time at FCRC on Sunday nights.


Dan Oliver

Coach Dan

Coach Dan

Dan has been teaching tennis for over 30 years.  He stresses technical fundamentals and continually pushes his students to excel both in tennis and personally.  He has coached numerous top players within the state and is currently serving as the President of the Wisconsin USPTA.


 Tate Whitlinger

Tate with Tim Smyczek

Tate with Tim Smyczek

Tate has been teaching tennis at FCRC since 1999 after having played at Neenah High School (state doubles runner-up in 1993, state doubles champion in 1994,  state singles runner-up in 1995, state team championships 1993-1995) and collegiately at UW-Madison and UW-Green Bay.  Tate is currently one of our head tennis professionals.

Tate is the brother-in-law of former #1 world-ranked doubles player, Kelly Jones, and of former ATP professional Craig Boynton.  Tate has worked with both Kelly and Craig and has been the hitting partner of top-ranked players including Alex O’Brien, Xavier Malisse, Mardy Fish, John Isner, Tim Smyczek, and Bethany Mattek-Sands.  Tate is also the nephew of the head coach of the Stanford men’s tennis team, John Whitlinger, and has helped with team clinics and served as a hitting partner for the team.

Tate Whitlinger was the USPTA Midwest Men’s Open Player of the Year in 2005.  In 2007 he won the the USPTA International Men’s Open Doubles Championship with partner Kelly Jones.  Tate was the 2012 USPTA Rookie of the Year for the Midwest.  He currently serves as the Vice President for USPTA-Wisconsin.  Tate has also been the Wisconsin Jr. Davis Cup coach for the past three years.

Tate is sponsored by Solinco and uses the Solinco Tour 10 racquet and Solinco Tour Bite strings.  He is also sponsored by a compression and recovery clothing company called 2XU.

Fun fact:  In 2005 and 2006 Tate met and played tennis (not music) with Boyd Tinsley the violinist for the Dave Matthews Band.

Favorite player:  Roger Federer.


 Wendy Whitlinger


Coach Wendy

Wendy is a respected tennis professional who as a coach has helped players develop a physical, mental, and emotional foundation giving them the ability to be the best that they can be.

From 1970-1972 Wendy worked at the Dayton Indoor Tennis Club in Ohio before becoming Director of Tennis at the Kettering Tennis Center from 1972-2000. Some of her coaching accomplishments while at KTC include: NCAA Singles Champion, NCAA Doubles semi-finalist, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, ITA Senior Player of the Year, and Ohio High School State singles and doubles champions.

Wendy was Director of Tennis at the Fox Cities Racquet Club in Appleton, WI from 2000-2009. She continues to teach part-time. Wendy looks forward to opportunities to speak to tennis professionals, coaches, and parents on training players to be TOUGH and coaching competitors to be STRONG.

She prepared a tennis workbook TRAIN TO GAIN-Building Mental Muscle which is a tool for coaches and pros to use in mental training. Her most recent workbook is TRAIN TO GAIN-Become A Better YOU, a program for personal development. With her father Warren (Baba) Whitlinger, she created Timeless Tips–a collection of quotes from Baba.

Favorite player:  Roger Federer.


Dave Wilde

Coach Dave

Dave Wilde

Dave has been teaching tennis professionally at FCRC since 1989.   He is also our pro shop manager and our head racquet technician.  Dave has worked with all ages and ability levels.  He has limited availability Monday through Friday, 2:00pm-6:00pm.


Tess Reddin

Tess Reddin

Coach Tess

Tess Reddin Started her tennis career with lessons at Fox Cities Racquet Club in 2000, which helped her to three consecutive state singles titles in high school. She then played Division 1 tennis at Creighton University in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) where she played #1 singles and doubles. She has the third most all time wins for Creighton University, was a MVC scholar athlete, and was All-Conference her junior and senior year.

Tess also served as a volunteer coach for Creighton while earning her Master of Science degree.

Tess has been working at Fox Cities Racquet Club since 2006. She gives both group and private lessons to clients of all ages and also coordinates junior league matches.


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