Meet the Tennis ProsProfessionals to help you polish your game
Director of Tennis
Miikka, a USPTA P-1 professional, is one of Colorado’s top Open players. He finished No. 3 in the Men’s Open Singles in Colorado in 2013, was named High School Coach of the Year for the Northern Conference 2005-11, and in 2004 was named USPTA Intermountain Open player of the year. While playing for Azusa Pacific University, he received All-American honors.
Miikka has taught tennis for more than two decades and especially enjoys coaching young players. Before moving to the United States from his native Finland, he worked in the Finnish National Sports Institute, where he coached many top-ranked Finnish juniors. In Colorado, Miikka’s coaching has helped several nationally ranked junior players receive college scholarships to play at top universities. He sums up his teaching philosophy with what he calls the 3 Es: Entertainment, Exercise and Education.
Miikka’s languages also include German, Swedish and Finnish — and he welcomes opportunities to teach in them.
When he’s not on the courts, Miikka loves spending time with his family — and watching hockey. He’s an avid fan of that sport, too.
Ivona Jacobson, USPTA
Adult League Coordinator and USPTA P-2 Professional
Before joining The Ranch, Eric served as a teaching professional at the Longmont Athletic Club and as an instructor at several junior tennis camps across the state, including the NIKE Tennis Camp and Air Force Sports Camp. He became USPTA-certified in 2009.
Eric continues to work on his tennis game and loves to play. He trained at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in 2008. He still plays tournaments and leagues in the summer months. In 2011, Eric finished 12th in the Open singles Division in Colorado.
Eric is currently enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), where he is studies Sports and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Coaching. He coaches UNC’s Club Tennis Program.
When he’s not talking tennis, Eric loves to talk about the Colorado Rockies. He counts himself among their biggest fans.
Calix Van Lear, USPTA
Calix started playing tennis at the age of 7 and reached a Junior national ranking high of top 90 in the country. He attended Bollettieri Tennis Academy for part of his high school career and went on to play Division I tennis for the University of Northern Colorado. Calix has taught at The Ranch Country Club for six years and has coached several National-level and Sectional-level players. In his free time, Calix enjoys fishing and listening to music.
Junior Tournaments Coordinator
Mac has been ranked in the top 20 in Colorado in both Men’s Open Doubles and Mixed Open Doubles. He especially enjoys working with junior tennis players. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Fairview High School boys’ tennis team and has served as head coach of the Eaglecrest High School girls’ team. Mac is a graduate of Tulane University. He received a master’s degree from the University of Denver, and now is working on his doctorate at the University of Colorado.