Utah Tennis Training at Southern Utah University Tennis Camp
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT
Home to SUU Men's and Women's Tennis, the Thunderbird Tennis Courts provide a beautiful practice and competition setting among the red rock mountains of Cedar City. Located on campus, the facility features six fully-lit outdoor courts, complete with newly installed windscreens. At nearly 6,000 feet elevation, the Thunderbird Tennis Courts provide SUU with a one-of-a-kind home court advantage.
About Our Coaches
Sadhaf joins the Thunderbirds as the first Big Sky female men’s head tennis coach. Pucher takes over at the helm of the program with an overall head coaching record of 38-12.
Sadhaf’s responsibilities as Southern Utah’s head coach involve overseeing scheduling, recruiting and student athlete development for the Men’s Tennis program.
Joining the Thunderbirds with a wealth of experience, Pucher spent the last two seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Drake University where she led her 2015 team to a 22-6 record, marking the best season in school history. She lead her team to a second place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference, as well as Recording wins over Wisconsin, Wyoming, St. John's, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State, and Eastern Michigan. While at Drake she lead her to to be ranked for the first time in program history at number 72. She also led them to a regional ranking of #9 in one of the toughest regions in the country.
During her time at Drake, Pucher coached her Freshman class to lead the season with 73 singles wins. She also had one athlete awarded the ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award along with two other athletes who made the First Team Capitol One Academic All-American honors. Pucher was honored with the title of Drake University Coach of the year in 2014.
Preceding her time at Drake, Pucher served as an Assitant Coach to the Women's Tennis team at Princeton University. At Princeton Pucher helped lead her team to a fourth place finish in the IVY League, and a National raking of 60th during the 2013 season. She coached and ITA Northeast Regional Singles Champion, as well as leading recruiting efforts on the number ninth natioanlly ranked recruiting class for 2013.
Since graduating from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing in 2004, Pucher has obtained coaching experience in four different conferences. Pucher hit off her coaching coaching career with a quick season as a high school boys’ tennis coach before transitioning to an assistant women’s coaching position at the University of Nebraska (Big 12). From there, Pucher spent six seasons at Ohio State (Big 10) before serving as an assistant women’s coach at Princeton University (Ivy League) for a year. Most recently, Pucher served as the head coach of Drake University (MVC).
As a player, Pucher was a member of Ohio State’s women’s team from 1999-2003 where she finished her career ranked 3rd all-time in singles wins with 99 and ranked 5th all-time in career double wins with 91. Pucher served as team capitain during her senior year.During her time as a Buckeye, Pucher earned a No. 30 National Ranking, contributed to her team’s No. 19 National Ranking, and guided the team to a Big Ten Conference Championship.
Ketmayura joins the T-Birds at the helm of the women’s tennis team after spending the last two seasons as the head women’s tennis coach of Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. During her first year as the LIU head coach, Ketmayura led her team to the Conference Finals.
Native of Texas, Ketmayura launched her coaching career at Colgate University in 2006 where she served as an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for two seasons. Ketmayura then spent a season as an assistant women’s tennis coach at Dartmouth College before spending time as an assistant director of the Adidas Tennis Camp, an assistant Head Pro of the Texarkana Country Club, and a private competitive junior tennis coach in Huntsville, AL.
“Could not be more excited for Rose to join the T-Bird family,” Butikofer said. “Her strong leadership and unique blend of experience will be a great asset as we look to take our women’s tennis program to new heights.”
During her collegiate playing years, Ketmayura lettered four times at the University of Nebraska where she played first doubles and 1-6 singles.
Ketmayura looks forward to the growth and potential of Southern Utah tennis.
“I want to thank Jason and the SUU athletic department for this opportunity. I look forward to being a part of the Cedar City community,” Ketmayura said. “And I cannot wait to see the strides we make each year and how good we can become.”
Keith Harris was hired by Thunderbird men’s tennis program at the beginning of the 2016 Fall season.
Harris grew up in Cedar City, and played tennis for Cedar High School. He has been involved with the tennis community in and around Cedar City and St. George for over 30 years.
Harris retired as a Border Patrol Agent from the United States Border Patrol in 2015, and took on the position of Head Boys Tennis Coach at Cedar High for the 2016 season.
Harris studied accounting at Southern Utah University, graduating in 1998. He also received a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Morehead State University in Kentucky.
Sanne is currently an assistant coach at Southern Utah University.
Sanne played tennis at LIU Brooklyn where she was a standout player. Sanne had a very successful career playing at LIU Brooklyn. She was named 2012 NEC Rookie of the Year, while also being named first-team All-NEC at No.1 doubles and second-team All-NEC honors at No.1 singles.
During her sophomore season, she was named second-team All-NEC in the No.1 singles spot and also earned second-team All-NEC in the No.1 doubles spot with partner Taysha Blessington. She went 10-2 in the No.1 singles spot, 12-2 in dual matches, and 18-6 overall.
As a junior she was named Northeast Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year and also was named to the first team All-NEC honors in the No.1 singles spot finishing the season 14-8 overall in singles.
Prior to playing in college, Sanne played tennis at Institut Descamps in Brussels where she was ranked in Top 75 in Europe at the U16 level. She also placed in Top 20 in Netherlands in U18 Division.
Day Campers: Check in 8:45am Monday at the courts. Campers should be picked up daily at 4pm. Check out is 4pm on Thursday.
*LUNCH is not included. Either bring a bagged lunch, or $10/day for lunch as we will order Jimmy Johns or Subway for lunch.
I thought the camp was VERY professional and surpassed my expectations. My 10-year-old son cannot stop talking about his time at camp. Very pleased with the experience.
Beautiful facilities!! My husband was really lucky to be able to get our son into the camp, it usually sells out pretty fast.
I was able to improve my game drastically after one summer I am now considering trying out for my high school team.