Kevin began working at Woods in 2008 as the Head Pro. In 2009 he added the position of General Manager and in 2010 was named Executive Director. Under his direction, Woods Tennis Center has expanded its wheelchair, club and USTA leagues, partnered with Lincoln Parks & Rec to bring tennis lessons to City Rec Centers and CLCs, and significantly increased its junior tournament participation. Heim helped lead the “Taking the Game to the Community” capital campaign raising $6.6 million that allowed for the replacement of the aging bubbles with a new permanent 6 court indoor structure and upgrade of the outdoor plaza and courts.
USTA Wheelchair Net Generation Regional Provider - Missouri Valley
Team USA National Wheelchair Coach
2018 US National Wheelchair Quad Coach (World Team Cup - bronze medal)
Past President and Vice President of USTA-Nebraska and chaired the Collegiate, Jr Recreation, 10 and and Under and Youth Pathway Committees
Past USTA-Missouri Valley board member
Past Chair of the Youth Pathway Committee and on the 10 and Under Task Force
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
10&Under Contributor award for USTA-Nebraska
USTA/American Express Community Leadership
USTA-Missouri Valley and USTA-Nebraska Contributor to Youth Tennis
USTA-Missouri Valley and USTA-Nebraska Outstanding Diversity Achievement
USTA-Nebraska Community Service
Heim grew up playing tennis in Omaha before playing collegiate tennis at Midland University. He coached high school tennis at Valley High School before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kevin taught at the high school level and coached tennis in Wisconsin for 11 years, producing nine Wisconsin team state championships, one state runner-up, 12 individual state champions and 53 first-team all-staters. Many of his players went on to play collegiate tennis. He worked at Le Club and Pleasant Valley Fitness & Tennis Clubs and also co-founded the Koppa-Heim Tennis Academy in Wisconsin, where he helped develop a program that began with 60 juniors and grew to more than 600 adults and juniors in 8 years. Kevin is married to Kara who works for the USTA as the Tennis Service Rep for Nebraska and they have three daughters (Sadie, Lela and Zibby).
Talor began his coaching career at the age of 14, working under national junior coaches at the Margaret Court Tennis Academy in Albury, Australia. He went on and majored in Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong, focusing on strength and conditioning in addition to anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology. Using this knowledge, Talor created complete training programs for internationally-ranked juniors at the International Tennis Federation in Fiji, one of only three ITF regional training centers across the world.
After his tenure in Fiji, Talor began working at Woods Tennis Center in 2010, and was named Head Pro shortly after his arrival due to his impact on both individual players and the program as a whole. Talor’s students annually finish at the top of the state and Missouri Valley rankings with several competing at the national level. He enjoys the challenge of finding little improvements in elite players' game as well as being a part of a beginner player's introduction to tennis. He loves how the program at Woods has developed and enjoys seeing the success of all the players and coaches.
Talor is a former Chair of the Nebraska Tennis Association 10&Under Committee, and has received the Contributor to Youth High Performance Award numerous times and 10&Under Contributor Award at the Nebraska Tennis Association annual awards, as well as the Missouri Valley Contributor to Youth High Performance award. Talor is married to Caitlin and they have two daughters, Tilly and Poppy.
Community Outreach Director
Kaitlin initially started at Woods in 2011 teaching Little Aces and working at the front desk. During high school, she had a stellar playing career winning a doubles state championship at Lincoln East. Kaitlin has served as the Community Outreach Director since the summer of 2017. Under her guidance, Woods continues to “Take the Game to the Community” by offering lessons to at-promise children throughout the entire community. The community outreach program partners with other non-profit organizations including Lincoln Parks & Recreation, the Lincoln Community Learning Centers, Lighthouse, Malone Community Center, Salvation Army, People’s City Mission, ROSS Leaders, and many others to provide programming throughout the year across the city and surrounding areas. Kaitlin has been recognized by USTA-Nebraska as the recipient of the Contributor to Youth Tennis and Outstanding Diversity Achievement awards.
SHALLA POWELL MANDIGO
Assistant Manager/Woods League Coordinator & USTA Adult League Lincoln Coordinator
Shalla has been an avid tennis player since her days at Lincoln High School. Later she graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a BSBA in 2000 and then continued her education at Western Culinary Institute located in Portland, OR where she graduated with Honors in 2001. Between the years of schooling and Woods, Shalla gained work experience at The Lodge at Pebble Beach's fine dining restaurant Club XIX amongst many other restaurants including assisting with the opening of Wilderness Ridge here in Lincoln. Shalla and her husband also owned Greta's Gourmet Butcher Shop, Deli & Catering for about 8 years before they decided to close shop and head in a different direction. She began working at Woods Tennis Center in 2018. Shalla participates in and organizes Woods club and USTA adult leagues for Lincoln. Additionally she serves as the Vice President of the Lincoln Tennis Association. Her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Greta, both play tennis as well.
Tammy started working at Woods in 2019 after having previously worked at the Lincoln Racquet Club. She captains several USTA Adult League teams each year and organizes World Team Tennis at Woods. Additionally, Tammy is the Boys and Girls Varsity Head Coach at Waverly High School. Tammy has been recognized for contributions to the tennis community having been the recipient of the Lincoln Tennis Association and USTA-Nebraska Contributor to USTA Adult Leagues and her family has also been recognized as the Lincoln Tennis Association Family of the Year. Her husband, Doug, and sons, Jacob and Zach, are all USTA league participants.
Trey came up through the junior program and played high school tennis at Lincoln Pius X where his team won the state championship. While in college studying education Trey began teaching group lessons at Woods in 2013. After completing his degree and beginning work as a teacher at Randolph Elementary Trey returned to Woods and teaches both group and private lessons for all levels. Trey is married to Abi, and they three kids Liam, Irelynn & Trip.
Joel began working at Woods in 2018 after a lengthy stint as an Assistant Pro at Lincoln Racquet Club. Joel played collegiate tennis at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where he competed at the #1 singles and doubles spots. His wife, Shelly, is a teacher and coach at Norris High School and they have a daughter, Jayanna.
Matt has been working at Woods since 2019 and has recently moved to Lincoln from Grand Island. He played collegiate tennis at Kansas State University and then worked as a financial advisor in Grand Island. Once he retired he became the Head Pro at the Grand Island Indoor Tennis Center. Matt joined The Racquet Corner in July '20 stringing racquets and assisting Bob and Ron Schultz.
Sam joined the Woods team in September 202 after serving as the Director of Tennis at Hillcrest Country Club since May 2005. He also worked as a tennis professional at Lincoln Racquet Club for 16 Seasons and at Genesis Racquet Club for 2 Years. Sam had an amazing junior career, being Nebraska Junior Tennis Player of the Year in 1990, having a Missouri Valley Junior Ranking, No. 6 in Singles, No. 2 in Doubles in 1991, being a 4-time Team Class A High School Tennis State Champion. He continued his career by playing #2 singles and #1 doubles at Barton Junior College. In his free time he enjoys upland hunting and bass fishing, playing tennis, basketball, and baseball, and spending time with family and reading.
Assistant Pro/Front Desk
Hailey came up through the junior program at Woods and competed in high school at Lincoln East where her team won the state championship! Hailey initially worked at the desk and continues to do so but in 2018 began helping with our group lessons and is now giving private lessons as well.
Nick came up through the junior program at Woods and competed for Lincoln Southwest High School, where he won both team and individual state championships. Nick started working with group lessons in 2018, and continues to do so. Nick attends UNL, where he is studying Economics and Finance. He also plays on the Club Tennis Team at UNL.
Vicki has never played tennis but has fallen in love with the sport because her daughter Shalla Powell-Mandigo played in high school and is now the Assistant Manager at Woods. Her son-in-law, Kevin and granddaughter Greta also play. Tennis has become one of her favorite sports to watch on TV. She is retired but missed being around people so her part time job at the Front Desk at Woods fills that void and she has connected with many people again that she has known over the years. Vicki and her husband Dick enjoy all Big Red sports but family is their priority.
Assistant Pro/Front Desk
Ella started playing at Woods at the age of 7 and grew up going through the program.
She started helping with group lessons in 2017 on a volunteer basis but was brought onto the staff to primarily help out on red and little aces. Ella joined desk team in the summer of 2021. She was a member of the 2021 #2 Doubles team at at Lincoln Southwest that won a state championship, and is continuing her playing career at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Assistant Pro/Front Desk
Gibby has been playing tennis at woods for the past ten years. She started in our Little Aces class and has moved through our different levels over the years. Gibby has been working with Red Ball and Little Aces classes for the past two years. Most recently she has also joined our front desk staff. Gibby played 1 singles for Lincoln East during her Freshman year.
Assistant Pro/Front Desk
Jennifer started playing tennis in high school at Lincoln East. After graduation, she continued her tennis career at Nebraska Wesleyan. After receiving her degree, she started working a full-time job but really missed tennis so she started helping out with tournaments at Woods in 2015. That translated to working at the desk, then helping out in the community, the starting to teach junior group and private lessons. Jes