Meet Our Pros
|Luis Quintero - Director of Racquet Sports Luis is ranked as an Elite Professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association and as a Pickleball and Paddle Tennis Professional in the Professional Tennis Registry. |
As a youth, Luis was consistently ranked in the Top Ten during his Junior Tennis career in Colombia from age 8 to18. He was also ranked in the top 30 in South America at the age of 15 and played professional tournaments before moving to the United States. Luis started his college career at Shorter University in Georgia, where he qualified two consecutive years for nationals, was captain of the team and ended up being ranked #31 in singles and #13 in doubles nationally. That year, Luis won the coveted "The Champion of Character Award" by the NAIA.
After two years in Georgia he moved to New York City, where he graduated from Hunter College in 2013 with a Film and Media Studies degree. In his first tennis season at Hunter, he won the Conference Championship and was named Most Valuable Player. In 2012, Luis was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
As a coach and manager, Luis just finished a successful 3rd season as Tennis Director at the New Canaan Racquet Club in Connecticut. Luis has led a team of professionals during a restructuring process that has elevated the club to new standards. The Club started a new 10&Under protocol and teaching system which has increased the junior participation and formed a High-Performance program with college level players. The adult USTA teams have almost doubled, the club hosts more USTA and UTR tournaments, and they’ve started a new Pickleball program. Luis worked for 9 Summers at the New Canaan Field Club, one of the biggest tennis programs in the Northeast. At this seasonal club, he served as Men’s Coordinator, Women’s Coordinator, and Events Coordinator, working his way up to Assistant Director and Junior Coordinator.
Luis has extensive experience teaching both adults and children. He has also coached in high performance programs in Bogota, Colombia, Camp Starlight in New York, Nike Tennis Camp in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Kings Highway Tennis Club in Darien, Connecticut.
“The summer of 2021 at Buck Hill Falls was a superb experience for me. Working at such an amazing property with such a welcoming and joyful community led us to have memorable and successful year of Racquet Sports. I am looking forward to working again with the professional and committed staff we have. I am more motivated than last year to continue improving professionally and as an individual. I’m very excited to see everyone mid-May.” – Luis Quintero
|Alexander Vishnevskiy – Assistant Professional/ Adults Program CoordinatorAlexander started his Tennis career in Moscow, Russia when he was 5 years old. In the beginning, he was coached by his grandmother, who is a former USSR tennis champion. At the age of 10, he started playing national tournaments in Russia, winning several events. At the age of 12, he represented his country in European junior tours. After that, Alexander started to play International Tennis Federation tournaments around the world, visiting different countries and gaining a lot of experience competing, practicing, and winning matches. |
At age 17, he decided to continue his tennis journey in the United States of America, enrolling in Jacksonville State University, a Division 1 school in the Ohio Valley Conference. In his sophomore year, Alexander’s team was TOP-70 in the United States, and he led his team to a conference regular-season win, as well as a silver medal in a final conference tournament. He also became the team’s captain.
Alexander just finished his 3rd season as a tennis coach at Anniston Country Club in Alabama. He has gained a lot of knowledge and experience teaching juniors and adults and running events and tournaments. Previously he coached in Russia, at the Moscow Tennis Academy. There he oversaw the junior program, helping junior players of all levels to achieve their best results, and worked as a manager and event coordinator.
Alexander is returning to Buck Hill Falls after a successful first year as one of our Adult coordinators. His energy, work ethic, and knowledge were a hit! We’re very happy to have him back.
“I really enjoyed my first year in Buck Hill Falls, it was a great experience. I loved spending time on the tennis court and being a part of the program. I am very excited to come back and see everyone! I am sure we will have a fun and fantastic Summer once again!” – Alexander Vishnevskiy
|Isadora Oliveira – Assistant Professional/ Adults Program CoordinatorIsadora has been playing tennis for 16 years. She started playing tournaments when she was 8 years old. During her junior career in Brazil, she was ranked #1 for two consecutive years. She also represented her city, Sao Paulo, in the national tournaments for four years.|
Isadora came to the United States in 2020 to study Business Administration at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. During her sophomore year at HCC, she was undefeated in the season. She was the NJCAA conference singles and doubles champion, national singles champion, and national doubles runner-up. She recently transferred to Middle Georgia State University, where she is the captain of the women’s tennis team and is currently playing #3 singles and #1 doubles.
As a coach, she works with high school players and assists in the tennis clinics at Middle Georgia State University. Her work expanded at the HCC Tennis Center as a Pro Shop attendant and assistant coach in tennis and pickleball.
“I look forward to meeting everyone and I will bring all my commitment, energy, work ethic, and positive vibes to Buck Hill Falls Racquet Sports program.” – Isadora Oliveira.
|Irene Recuenco – Assistant Professional/ Junior Program Coordinator Irene began her tennis career in Spain, where she won state tournaments at age 15 and 16. She was ranked in Spain’s Top 100 Juniors from age 16 to 17 before moving to the United States. |
Irene attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, where she achieved considerable mentions both as a tennis player and as a student. During her first year at Northwest, she was ranked #15 in the D2 women’s national ranking. She qualified for nationals during her second year and advanced to the quarterfinals in Spring 2019. Irene ended up ranked #6 in the nation for singles and got the “All-American” mention by NCAA.
Irene moved to the University of West Florida (Pensacola, Florida), where she is working toward her Exercise Science degree. Although COVID-19 interrupted the 2020 competition season, in 2021 she advanced through the conference championship to compete in the regional championship finals.
As a coach and manager, Irene worked at Bellreguard tennis club (Spain). She taught adult clinics, coached junior players in tennis summer camp, and taught private lessons. She also led State Tournaments hosted by the club. In 2020, she worked at Oliva tennis club (Spain), where she was responsible for private lessons, clinics, and the Junior summer camp. The club started a new under-12 teaching program, which brought a lot of juniors to the club and formed a high-quality group of players.
Stateside, she gives private lessons at the University of West Florida and adult clinics at Roger Scott Tennis Academy. Irene will keep bringing all her hard work, self-discipline, professionalism, and character to grow the Buck Hill Falls Racquet Sports program.
Her excellence and dedication were highly noted by the Buck Hill Falls Community. We are thrilled to have her back!
“As an Assistant Pro last summer at Buck Hill Tennis, I loved the environment created by the community and how they contributed to the growth of the program. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again and helping them in whatever I can.” – Irene Recuenco
|Juan Jose Varon – Assistant Professional/ Junior Program Coordinator Juan started his tennis career at age 3 in Armenia, Colombia. He trained with his father and brother and was ranked #1 Nationally in the 10 & Under category. Juan was also ranked #8 in singles and doubles in the 18 & under category. |
In 2020 Juan received a scholarship to MAC Tennis Academy in Manchester, MA, where he trained and worked with high-performance players as a hitting partner. In 2021 he was recruited by Louisiana's Xavier University. During his first year, Juan’s team was ranked #6 in the nation, and he was ranked #4 in doubles. Juan was named All- Louisiana co-Freshman of the year.
As a coach, Juan gained tremendous experience working at his family’s Tennis Academy in Colombia. He had the opportunity to participate in the development of many players ranging from ages 4 to 17. He also organized and coached adult tournaments and clinics. Juan applied his coaching skills at MAC Tennis academy to help junior high-performance players.
“I will bring my hard work, experience, and energy to the Buck Hill Falls Racquet Sports Program.” – Juan Jose Varon
|Juan Sebastian Zabala – Assistant Professional/ Junior Program Coordinator Juan Sebastian Zabala started to play tennis at age 5 in Ecuador. He was coached by Andres Gomez, the former Roland Garros winner, and by Raul Viver, Ecuador’s Davis Cup Captain. |
Juan represented Ecuador and South America in the World Tennis Cup in 2016 and later achieved the Bronze Medal in the South American Cup. He led the Ecuadorian team as the No. 1 player in the World Junior Tennis Championship in Prostejov, Czech Republic. During his junior career, he won many ITF Events in singles and doubles. Juan ranked #1 in the Ecuadorian National ranking from the ages of 10 to 18 and #79 junior International Tennis Federation rankings. He also got his first ATP points in 2019 making the quarterfinals in an M15 ITF Pro event.
Juan is currently a student-athlete at East Tennessee State University, where he is pursuing a business major and playing on the men’s tennis team. In his first season, he was crowned champion of the SoCon conference and named to the SoCon All-Freshman squad. Juan was also awarded the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal, and tabbed as an ITA Scholar-Athlete and made the SoCon Honor Roll.
As a coach, Juan has had the opportunity to work at Junior Tennis camps in his home country and help with adult clinics and events at his club.
“I will put in the hard work and discipline to contribute to the growth of the Racquet Sports program.” – Juan Sebastian Zabala