Lamar Tennis Camps
Volunteer Assistant Coach - Women's Tennis
Former Lamar player Jon Flanagan is in his 13th season as a volunteer assistant with the Lady Cardinals tennis team.
In 2002, Lamar head coach David Coach Wong invited Flanigan to work with his teams as a volunteer assistant. It seems that being a part of a team that is steadily improving year after year is hard to leave, especially when you factor in the winning attitude of the Lady Cardinals.
Flanagan started teaching tennis in the Beaumont Parks and Recreation summer program for three years while in high school. After completing his marketing degree in 1975, he began teaching at the Beaumont Country Club, specializing in junior players. His students included numerous state ranked players, two No. 1 state-ranked players as well as one that was ranked 16th nationally. In 1979 he went to work for the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. and is currently the manager for the main branch in Beaumont.
Flanagan grew up in Beaumont, a member of a prominent tennis family, parents Floyd and Sue as well as brother Kurt and sister Susan were all top ranked local players. He was fortunate to be a scholarship player for Lamar under coach Ron Wesbrooks from 1972-1975, a team that won three consecutive Southland Conference titles.
Flanagan currently resides in Lumberton, Texas, with his wife of more than 30 years, Melinda. Flanagan has two sons Nicholas and Justin and one granddaughter, Kayla.
Assistant Coach - Women's Tennis
After a standout career for head coach David Wong over the past four years, Natalia Mayagoitia joined the staff as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2014.
Mayagoitia, a native of Mexico, picked up 47 career dual victories over her four-year stint with the Lady Cardinals, including a team-leading 13 last spring along with a 7-2 record in Southland play.
After graduating from Lamar with a degree in psychology, Mayagoitia is currently pursuing a master's degree in special education.
Assistant Coach - Men's TennisRob Lee
After putting together an outstanding career for the Cardinals, Rob Lee returned to his alma mater as an assistant for the men's tennis program in the 2014, and continued to make an impact on Big Red.
Lee, as a volunteer assistant, helped coach a trio of freshman that led the Cardinals to a 14-13 record, marking the most wins for the program since 1987. LU ended its season in the Southland Conference championship and fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the best showing since 1995.
He was a piece of the development of freshman Juuso Laitinen and Nikita Lis who were both standout performers in the top half of the lineup and earned All-Southland Conference selections.
A four-year letterwinner for Lamar, Lee's best season turned out to be his last as the Brighton, England, native secured a spot on the All-Southland team. Lee was just the fourth Cardinal to earn a spot on the first team since LU returned to the conference. He finished the season with a 3-2 record in conference play and 31 career dual singles victories as well as 30 doubles wins.
Lee graduated from Lamar in December 2013 with a degree in management, and he's currently pursuing a master's in business administration.