Club Pros

Mario Llano - Head Coach


Mario Llano is a member of the USTA and a USPTA P-1 certified pro.  A former two-time NCAA All-American (Southwest Baptist University) and Junior National Champion in Colombia, Mario previously served as Director of Tennis at The Lawn Tennis Club at The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.  An ATP Tour experienced player, Mario has twice been honored as Junior Development USPTA New England Coach of the Year.

Jeff Cote - Rhode Island Tennis Academy


A recent Rhode Island High School State Champion and NCCA Division-1 player (Western Illinois University & University of Rhode Island), Jeff Cote is Mario Llano's right-hand man who assists with Junior Player Development Program.  Focusing on technique, footwork, speed, power, and energy, Jeff's instruction has been instrumental in developing many of RITA's budding talents.

Tina Schroeder 


Tina Schroeder is a USPTA certified pro who is also PTR certified in 10-and-under tennis.  As the Boy's Varsity Tennis Coach at Portsmouth High School and a Junior Development Director at Dartmouth Indoor Tennis, Tina brings over 20 years teaching experience to the court providing private and group lessons for players of all ages and abilities.  A former pro at the Newport Indoor Tennis Club, Tina is currently pursuing a master certification in junior and adult development.