Our Staff

Tennis & Life Camps

Neal Hagberg is the TLC Director. He has taught tennis, led music and entertainment, directed counseling, and headed the “life” portion of TLC since 1981, and has served as Director since 2011. Neal and his wife Leandra are nationally acclaimed singers and songwriters who have been awarded two McKnight Foundation Fellowships. He has also earned the USPTA's Elite Pro Certification. Neal’s unique combination of inspiring talks, motivating music, perceptive tennis teaching, and leadership skills have been crucial for the camp’s success.

Barb and Steve Wilkinson directed TLC from 1977 to 2010. Barb continues to serve on the TLC Board of Directors after Steve's passing, and continue to assist TLC in many other ways. In 2010, Steve received the International Tennis Hall of Fame national education award and was inducted into the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame.

Dr. Tommy Valentini is the Assistant Director of Tennis. He has been the men's tennis coach since 2010 with eight MIAC titles and is a three-time MIAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year. He is also a professor of sport ethics at Gustavus.

David Lachman is the Assistant Director of Operations. David has assistant coached both Gustavus Men's and Women's tennis programs and coached with several high school programs. He is in charge of controlling business operations of the camp as well as leading instructors and office staff. David has been a part of the TLC staff since 2007.

Several experienced Gustavus staff members at TLC include:

Liz Retzlaff- Liz has been a member of the TLC Staff since 2004. Liz holds a masters degree in physical education from UW-La Crosse and teaches physical education in Marion, WI.

Colin McGuire- Colin has been a member of the TLC Staff since 2003. Colin is a professional violinist and tennis professional at Life Time Fitness, Crosstown. 

Aaron Brock- Aaron has been a member of the TLC Staff since 2009. Aaron is a USPTA Professional at Life Time Athletic, Eden Prairie.

Other experienced instructors include: Mikinzee Salo- Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at St. Catherine University; Michael Mauthe- Tennis professional at Life Time Fitness, Crosstown; and Calleigh Carlson- former standout Gustavus Women's Tennis player and Chris Evert Award winner. All instructors are trained in tennis teaching methods, first-aid, human relations, and counseling. They are known for their high energy levels, outgoing personalities, and positive reinforcement skills. A student/teacher ratio of 4:1 ensures individual attention.