Raul Esquerra

Director of Tennis + Head Pro

Raul was a top ranked junior, competing in national tournaments from age 12 and playing other noteworthy tournaments like the Orange Bowl. He then played collegiate tennis for nationally-ranked Cal State and then DePaul university, where he also lettered in track. He’s played International Tennis Federation events on the Senior Tennis Tour. Raul has taught tennis at various Northshore clubs and was most recently a tennis pro at Chicago’s Saddle & Cycle. Other tennis thrills include being part of José María “Pepe” Arenas’ team during the most recent US Open. Pepe is one of the most versatile and respected coaches on both the ATP and WTA tours. During an earlier Grand Slam tournament, also with Pepe, Raul tried his hardest not to be star struck when realizing that Ivan Lendl was their counterpart, sitting in the opposing player’s box.

Raul holds BS degrees in Finance, Economics as well as an MBA. Raul was a Senior Vice President in the cyber security organization of a major financial institution, building a global team and directing the establishment of operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He’s held senior roles in renewable energy companies that both designed and built large scale photovoltaic power plants in the U.S. and Europe. 

He lives in Evanston.

Contact Raul by phone/text at 312.438.6014.

Jeroen Stedehouder

CLUB Pro

Jeroen was born and raised in The Netherlands. His father taught him the game of tennis at the young age of 6. As a child, you could always find him on the court with his father, who spent many hours teaching him all he knew about tennis. By the time he became a teenager he was hooked on the sport. When he moved to the United States at the age of 16, the high school coaches immediately put him on the court. This is when he realized he had a gift and a passion for tennis.

He competed and made it to the men’s singles final at the Tennis State Tournament in Texas as a high school senior. He attended Texas A&M University and got an MS in Financial Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Upon graduating, he went on to become a quantitative analyst and commodity trader in Amsterdam and Singapore. After several years, he moved back to the United States to Chicago to start his own companies.

Today he runs two businesses. As a naturally high energy individual, he wanted something that was more hands-on as well. That’s when he found that coaching tennis fulfilled the missing gap and brought him a lot of joy. He has been coaching tennis for the last 3 years. In addition to tennis, today you can find Jeroen traveling the world with his wife Jacqueline, skiing, hiking mountains, or shooting photography as a hobby.

“You only live once, but you get to serve twice” – Unknown.

Contact Jeroen by phone/text at 312-813-6580.

Joey Salerno

Club Pro

Joey has been coaching tennis for 30 years and is an experienced competitive player, as well. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. In junior competitive play, he maintained a top 3 ranking throughout a junior career in his section and was also highly ranked nationally. During National junior play, Joey beat French Open Champions Michael Chang and Jim Courier. He played tennis at Tyler Junior College and was on the national championship team and an all American. He transferred to University of Nebraska and was All Big Eight his junior year before transferring to University of Alabama for his senior year. Joey played 4 singles and 1 doubles to complete his college playing career at Alabama. Following college, he became the Assistant Coach for University of Alabama and helped lead the team to its only NCAA quarterfinal appearance in school history. Joey has been in Chicago for 20 years working with high performance juniors and adults at various playing levels and has worked locally at Midtown, Lakeshore and McFetridge. Joey enjoys working with all levels of play.

His philosophy is simple: Learn good fundamental technique, strategy, tactics and be mentally ready to deal with all types of adversity while competing. Joey is excited about teaching at Diversey and getting a chance to work with a variety of players.

Contact Joey by phone/text at 312-771.9403.

2022 LPTA Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Ben Rose (Courts & Grounds
Chair and Courts Improvement Lead)
Vice President: Leah Laurie (Staff Liaison)
Treasurer: Andy Korn (Finance Chair)
Secretary: Rod Beeler (Compliance Chair)
Immediate Past President: Randee Saturno
(Chicago Park District Liaison)

BOARD MEMBERS
Rush Howell
Dierdre Jameson (Membership Co-Chair)
Marjie Killeen
Nathan Lumpkin
Dave Schultz
Danny Sharp
Jill Silberg (Member Experience Chair
and Women’s Teams Liaison)

The Racket Editors
Betsy Berry
Kathryn Brown

Membership Co-Chairs
Audrey Huzenis
Deirdre Jameson

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Physical Address:

140 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60657
773-800-8940

Mailing Address:

Lincoln Park Tennis Association
3023 N. Clark St.
Box 265
Chicago, IL 60657