Bryan Turunen’s background includes deep and varied administrative and coaching opportunities that help him oversee not only the varsity team, but also PA’s entire 7 through 12 Boys and Girls Tennis Program.
Bryan Turunen brings over 20 years of tennis coaching and teaching experience to Providence Academy. He coached the varsity boys and girls teams at Orono High School, Hopkins High School before taking the helm at Providence Academy. In addition, he has taught in years past at Golden Valley Country Club, Medina Country Club, and currently at LifeTime Fitness. He's trained at the nationally renowned Vic Braden Tennis College and the Steve Smith Tennis Academy in Florida. He's achieved a Level 1 Certification from the United States Professional Tennis Association, and competes locally at the 5.0 USTA level.
Bryan is a product of Minnetonka High School and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where Bryan earned his BA from School of Journalism.
Alyssa Wilkins Assistant Varsity Coach
Alyssa is a graduate of Montevideo High School and St. Cloud State University where she earned a B.S. degree.
Alyssa started playing tennis as a child, played on her high school team and played 4 years of Division 2 college tennis at SCSU.
Alyssa also coaches outside of Providence Academy. She serves as a pro at LifeTime Fitness and Medina Country Club.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this new role? Alyssa answered, “I believe that my past experience of having played the sport my whole life and in different competitive settings gives a good insight to what the players are feeling. This in turn helps me give them the best advice that I can!”
Mary Kennedy Head Junior Varsity Coach
Mary is a product of Sacred Heart of Mary (now St. Viator H.S.) Arlington Heights, IL. After high school Mary matriculated to College of St. Benedict where she graduated with a B.S. Psychology.
Mary was a High School tennis player and continues to play competitive singles and doubles player through USTA and Minnetonka Tennis Club Women's Daytime League.
When asked, what in your past best prepares you for this new role? Mary answered, “My own playing experience, being a parent of four Providence Academy graduates and tennis players, and my love of the sport.”
Howard Johnson Assistant Varsity and Junior Varsity Coach
Howard was coaxed out of retirement this year to fill a need; his passion and depth of experience make him an ideal PA coach.
Howard is a product of Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach California and Pepperdine University in Malibu California.
During his collegiate career Howard was the two singles player in 1962 & 1963, won the University All-America Tennis Award and was ranked sixth in singles and third nationally in doubles in 1962, NCAA West Coast Regional Doubles Champion 1963, and All Navy (World Wide) Champion 1963 and 1965.
Howard later served as Pepperdine University Varsity Head Coach 1965-66 and the Palos Verdes Tennis Pro-Manager in Palos Verdes California from 1966-1971. After that Howard became the Tennis Pro-Manager of the Marymount Racquet Club (CA) 1972-1976 and served as St Paul Indoor Tennis Pro from 1976-1980.
From 1980-1985 Howard served head pro as Edina Country Club and from 1980-2003 Howard served as a pro at Northwest Racquet and Swim Club. In 2003 Harold served as pro at LifeTime Fitness Pro finishing up in 2010,
From 2003-2007 Howard was head coach of the Providence Academy boys and girls teams and has coached in the Lake Minnetonka Summer Junior Tennis Camps (June-Sept) since 2007.
Howard currently competes (on occasion) in International Senior Tennis Tournaments. Member of the USPTA United States Pro Tennis Association since 1966 for over 50 years.
When asked about what has best prepared him for this coaching assignment Howard replied, “Have played collegiate and pro tennis and have taught and coached junior high and senior high school, collegiate and country club Tennis for over 51 years.” Enough said!