Presented by Mike Laurel
Mike has been a tennis teaching professional for 27 years and enjoys working with all levels and ages. Over the past 20 years at The Minikahda Club, he has taught lessons and coordinated the Jr Tennis Program. In addition to his efforts at Minikahda, he taught lessons and Women’s Daytime League Teams at Northwest Athletic Clubs and Lifetime Fitness for 21 years where he was recognized as the “Professional of the Year in 2018”. He started his tennis career teaching lessons during the summers at the Edina Country Club, while teaching vocal music at Burnsville High School. In addition to tennis, Mike is also the Director of Member Engagement at The Minikahda Club, managing special events and the clubs Winter Activities of Curling, CC Skiing and Ice Skating. Mike earned his BA from the University of St. Thomas, earning a double major in K-12 Vocal Music and Education and was a four year letterman for the St. Thomas Men’s Tennis Team. Mike lives in River Falls, WI with his wife, Carolyn and their daughters, Isabel and Greta. Mike's hobbies include, singing with his Barbershop Quartet, cross country and downhill skiing, and helping his family on their farm. The farm includes horses, cashmere goats, chickens and his daughters’ show rabbits.