Meet The Pros

Lea Sauls, Executive Director

USPTA Certified Elite Professional

lea@caswelltennisatx.com

512-567-0563

Having taught at Caswell for many years, Lea considers it his second home. His extensive experience, his passion for tennis, and his eagerness for the Center to thrive make for a winning combination! As a tennis professional, Lea has been a nationally ranked player, a two time Texas Sectionals champion and has been a University of Texas (UT) women's assistant tennis coach for 5 years, winning the 1993 National Championship and reaching 3 Final Four finishes. 

 

Andy Swortfiguer

USPTA Certified Elite Professional

andy@caswelltennisatx.com

512-217-4370 

Andy Swortfiguer is a long time Austin resident and has been teaching at Caswell since 2007. With over 24 years experience, Andy is well known as an ambidextrous professional who works with players of all ages & levels. In recent years he’s received CATA's "Tennis Pro of the Year " and "Growing the Game” Awards.  

 

Andy played for Ferris State University and pioneered their Professional Tennis Management & Marketing Program. He held National & World Rankings from 1996-2003, while playing on The United States Paddle Team.

 

Using humor and an engaging hands-on style allows Andy to make tennis easy and fun to learn! 

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Mike Clark, Director of Junior Tennis
USPTA Certified Professional

mike@caswelltennisatx.com
512-203-9507

Mike was USPTA certified in 1989 and is a career tennis professional.  He has taught extensively with several of the best coaches in the Midwest, Northeast, and Texas, coaching hundreds of juniors and adults of all levels with comprehensive knowledge of the legacy and modern game.

 

From 2000-2004, Mike served as the Executive Director of the Capital Area Tennis Association (CATA), overseeing an unprecedented surge in the growth of tennis participation in Austin. 

 

Mike is the director of Caswell's Junior Tennis Program.  He coaches all ages and skill levels with equal passion.   He is also a regular swimmer in Austin's best watering holes and enjoys gardening and music.

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Ken Ripperger-Suhler
USPTA Certified Professional

kenrs57@hotmail.com
254-624-1028

Ken began teaching tennis in San Antonio in 1975. He taught for Newk’s Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, private clubs in San Antonio, Austin, and Louisville, Ky. His teaching is based on a synthesis of biomechanics research and training and psychological concepts gained from teaching experience and academic studies. He currently provides online instruction in public health courses for the University of Houston. Ken was ranked as a junior tennis player in Texas and as an adult in the Southern Section of the US. He played satellite tournaments in Florida and a series of grass court tournaments in England. Ken was the Vice President of CATA in 1981, charged with running tournaments for the organization that year.