Mark Bowers
Owner of BTC  
Mark is a life-long tennis fanatic and was proud to be able to build a quality tennis center in Bloomington/Normal. Mark played tennis at Jersey Community High School and was a state qualifier and was recruited to play tennis at Eastern Illinois University.  Mark transferred from EIU and ended up at Division III Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL where he played a successful collegiate career at #1 singles and doubles. He holds the record for most career wins in singles and doubles at IC, not to mention holding the highest win percentage. In 2013, Mark was the captain of the 9.0 Mixed Doubles Team from Central Illinois that won the National Championship in Tucson, AZ. Mark is currently a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Snyder Real Estate here in Bloomington and also serves as an assistant coach for the University High School boys tennis team in Normal, IL.

Silviu Mistreanu
Finance Manager

A Youngstown State graduate, he earned his degree in Communication Studies in December 2015. Mistreanu graduated Summa Cum Laude. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach, while working toward his MBA. Mistreanu worked with men's and women's tennis while at Youngstown State. Misteanu played for Youngstown State  from 2012-15 winning 57 career singles matches, including 42 in dual matches. He played two seasons under Illinois State's current head coach Mark Klysner. He was a two-time first-team All-Horizon League honoree receiving accolades as a freshman and sophomore. He had a personal-high 17 wins as a junior during the 2013-14 campaign, 10 of which came during a strong fall season, while playing in the number one and two spots in the spring. As a senior, he finished his final year with an 8-4 overall mark and was 4-2 in Horizon League play.

Buddy Strawn
Director of Junior Tennis  

Buddy Strawn is one of the most knowledgeable tennis pros in Central Illinois. Buddy played for BHS in the 70's and started teaching tennis in Bloomington in the 1980's. He has coached numerous state champions and helped several juniors advance to college and play D-1 tennis.  Buddy has been the director of junior tennis at prestigious Sunset Tennis Center in St. Louis, Kings Point in Belleville, IL, and has taught at a variety of clubs in Northern & Southern California. Buddy served as assistant men's and women's coach at St. Louis University for 5 years, was assistant men's coach at Illinois State University for 8 years under his mentor, Barry Nixon and former student Greg Kennett.  He has coached at his alma mater, BHS Raider Tennis, as well!  Currently, Buddy works with most of the top juniors in the Mid-South District and they come from all around to gain his teaching expertise. 

Mark Klysner
Head Pro & Illinois State University Men's Coach   

Coach Klysner was born in Denmark, prior to his family moving to Winnipeg, Canada.  As a Junior, he played for the Canadian Junior National Team and his claim to fame is that he has a junior win over former #1 player in the world, Andy Roddick..pretty darn impressive!  Mark was a standout tennis player at the University of South Carolina and has coached at several D-1 programs prior to making the track to Normal as Head Coach of our Redbird's Men's Tennis Team.  If you are a hard-worker, Coach Klysner is available for private instruction when he isn't recruiting or coaching the team.

Maja Kovacek
Head Pro & Illinois State University Women's Coach  
(309) 750-4142

Coach Kovacek is a native of Croatia and played her collegiate tennis at the University of New Mexico. She was an outstanding collegiate player earning three bids to the NCAA Tournament and garnered National rankings as high as #2 in doubles and #21 in singles...AMAZING!!  She served as an assistant at the University of Oregon prior to coming to ISU and has been leading the Redbirds since her hire in the summer of 2014.  Coach Kovacek knows her stuff and is available for private instruction...see her to take your game to the next level!!

Ric Zamudio
Head Pro & Former Illinois Wesleyan University Women's Coach  

Ric has a profound love for the game of tennis, and has led the IWU women's program for quite some time now.  He plays competitively on 4.5 USTA League Teams still today and enjoys sweating out singles matches. Ric's son, Ricky, was a standout at BHS, prior to playing club tennis at University of Iowa, so you may see the two Zamudio's on court from time to time playing a little father/son doubles.  We are happy to have Ric's tennis knowledge at BTC!

Hannah Meece 
Assistant Pro & Assistant Women's Coach at Central Catholic HS  

Hannah is a native of Effingham, IL and was a high school standout prior to being recruited to play at Illinois State University.  After a standout career for the Redbirds, she was hired by State Farm Insurance and we were lucky enough to have her stay in the area.  Hannah has experience working with young kids, all the way up to adults of all ability levels and she is very knowledgeable about the game of tennis.  Her passion and love for the game is quite obvious when you see her on court.  Hannah was also a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad as she teamed up with local 4.0 tennis legend Joe Rottman as they made a formidable tandem. 

Jon Friesen
Assistant Pro & Head Boys Coach at University HS  

Jon is a Biochemistry professor at Illinois State University and loves the game of tennis. He played D-3 tennis at Bluffton College in Ohio, prior to heading to Purdue University for his graduate work, and then to University of Michigan for his post-doctoral work. Jon has led U-High to a top 20 finish in the IHSA State Tennis tourney in his two years as head coach and has a fantastic squad for the coming few years...not to mention U-High's Sectional Team Title in 2016, which has been a long time coming for the Pioneers. He too was a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad and won the deciding match against Northern California to clinch the title.  Jon is a valuable asset to BTC and will work with any junior or adult that wants to improve their tennis game.

Nathan Cavanaugh
Assistant Pro  

Nathan had a standout career at BHS, teaming up with Ricky Zamudio in doubles to make one of the state's elite doubles teams...led by then Coach Buddy Strawn!  After HS, Nate headed to the University of Illinois where he played on their competitive club tennis team.  Luckily, State Farm offered him a job and he landed in Bloomington, his hometown!   Nathan currently works with two #1 ranked kids in the Mid-South and desires to work with juniors who are motivated and ready to put in some work.  His knowledge of the serve and net play make him a great asset to BTC.