Volunteer Assistant Coach - Women's Tennis
Former Lamar University player Jon Flanagan is in his 14th 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.
Graduate Assistant - Women's Tennis
Erika Schnaas is in her first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Lamar University women’s tennis team. Schnaas comes to Beaumont after spending one season as an assistant coach at Baruch College in New York City.
In 2014, Schnaas served as the tennis coach at West Rock Tennis Academy as well as the Riverdale Tennis Center in New York. She joined the coaching ranks after one year of working at her alma mater – Indiana University of Pennsylvania – in the office of International Education.
A native of Mexico City, Schnaas gradudated from IUP following a standout playing career with the Crimson Hawks. A two-time all-conference selection in doubles, Schnaas advanced to the NCAA Division II round of 16 in her final three seasons. She left IUP ranked fourth all-time in wins, after recording a team-high 22 victories as a freshman.
Schnaas was just as successful in the classroom as she was on the court. A five-time Dean’s List selection, Schnaas was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in each of her final three seasons, and was a three-time recipient of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.
She received her bachelor’s degree from IUP in May 2014.
Student Assistant Coach - Men's Tennis
After spending four seasons as one of the Cardinals top players on the court, Mikko Rajamaki transitioned into a new role with the Lamar University men’s tennis team in 2016 serving as student assistant coach.
In his first season as a coach, Rajamaki assisted with one of the best seasons in program history. The Cardinals recorded 17 wins during the regular season, and went undefeated during Southland play to lock up the program's first conference title since 1976. Along the way, all six regular starters earned all-conference honors, including junior Michael Feucht who was named SLC Player of the Year. Adding to the historic run, the Cardinals also won the SLC tournament title to lock up the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship tournament.
The four-year letterwinner began his LU career in the spring of 2012. During his four years on campus Rajamaki won nearly 60 matches during the spring. In both singles and doubles competition he got better every year of his career with increased wins. He won 26 spring singles matches during his time in Beaumont.
Rajamaki capped his career by going 11-7 (.611) in doubles play as a senior, including a 7-3 (.700) mark with teammate Juuso Laitinen. The duo was a perfect 4-0 in Southland Conference play on their way to becoming the Southland doubles champion at No. 3 doubles. Following the season, he and Laitinen earned second-team all-conference honors in doubles.