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WICHITA, Kan. - Friends University Director of Athletics Dr. Carole Obermeyer is proud to announce the hiring of two new tennis coaches, Alexander Lee and Martin Penafiel. They replace Dan Gaskell who resigned to pursue business opportunities outside of the university.
Penafiel takes over the women's program after working at Genesis Health Clubs since 2009 as the team tennis coordinator and giving private and group lessons there. He is certified through the United States Professional Tennis Association. From 1999-2009, Penafiel was a tennis academy professional, and at the beginning of that term (1999-2001), he was the assistant tennis coach at Sacramento State University.
"I'm very excited about being selected as the new head coach of the Friends University women's tennis program," said Penafiel. "I'm looking forward to working with the student-athletes to provide them with a great college experience. I want to thank Dr. Obermeyer and the rest of the athletics staff for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Friends University Athletics."
Lee brings over 30 years of experience in teaching and competitive play to the Falcon men's program. he has been a certified instructor with the Professional Tennis Registry for over 15 years, having served on several national committees with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Currently on the Executive Board of the USTA Missouri Valley Section (which includes Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska), Lee is also the Executive Director of the McAdams National Junior Tennis & Learning Foundation, a non-profit tennis education organization which has received several recognitions from USTA Kansas and the USTA MV section for its work with youth.
Lee played tennis at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
"Friends University is very excited about the addition of these two coaches and the coaching and mentoring they will provide for their teams," said Obermeyer. "Both men are supportive of the Friends University mission and also the NAIA Champion of Character values."