Personnel


Tennis Professionals

Andy Farmer

Director of Tennis
Andy Farmer trained at the Harry Hopman’s International Tennis Academy in Florida, aka Saddlebrook Resort, training alongside some of the greatest tennis players. He received extensive training by world-renowned coaches Tommy Thompson, Bob Butterfield, Alvaro Betancur, Colon Nunez and Harry Hopman. When visiting family in San Diego, Andy would also train with Hall of Famer Pancho Segura, a good friend and mentor. After a brief stint on the professional circuit, he was sidelined by an Achilles injury. During his recovery Andy discovered his passion for coaching.

At the invitation of K. Maebara, former president of the Japanese Tennis Association (JTA), Andy traveled to Japan to play Pro-Ams and to coach at prestigious Tokyo area clubs. Later Andy started his own Academy, and players from Japan, Mexico and England traveled to San Diego to train with Andy.

Andy has traveled with his players to National and ITF tournaments while helping his players gain college scholarships. While at La Costa Resort, Andy got the opportunity to travel and coach two women on the WTA tour. He and Paige Farmer founded and grew the West Coast Tennis Academy at Rancho Valencia Resort. He has consistently produced players ranked in the top 50 in Southern California.

Paige Farmer

Director of Tennis Programming
Paige Patridge Farmer has been teaching tennis and running programs for 18+ years. She and Andy Farmer have traveled to Japan to teach and have trained international players.

Paige has played competitive tennis since she was 9 years old and comes from a family of tournament players. She is a USPTA certified professional, played for San Diego State University, ran the Tennis Department at the La Jolla YMCA for several years and ran one of the YMCA’s biggest adult and junior tennis programs. Paige also managed the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club, from 1997-2002 where she ran USTA events, adult and junior programs and a tennis shop.

Paige and Andy then moved to the La Costa Resort where they integrated the first all round junior program. Since La Costa, Paige has expanded the program back to Bobby Riggs Tennis Club and to the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa where she rann USTA tournaments, coordinated socials and ensured quality programs for all ages and levels of players.

Vilmarie Castellvi

Vilmarie Castellvi became a teaching pro in San Diego in 2009 and joined FRCC in 2010. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she represented Puerto Rico during Fed Cup Play. Vil played college tennis from 1999 to 2003 at the University of Tennessee, where she finished #1 in the country her senior year. She was later inducted into the UT Hall of Fame. She was honored as the 2003 NCAA Female Player of the Year. After her intercollegiate career, Vil competed on the WTA Tour. Vil turned pro in 2003 and she achieved a ranking of #120 in the world. She retired from the tour in 2008.

Julianna Gates

Julianna Gates was formerly a world-ranked athlete (WTA/tennis) and Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2010 finisher. An avid tennis player,she was ranked top 20 in nation in girls 16’s singles and #2 in nation in doubles. Julianna was also three-time Bronze Junior Olympic medalist in martial arts. Her certifications include USPTA Tennis Instructor, Etcheberry for Tennis, TRX, Yoga, ISSA Personal Trainer and is certified in Automated External Defibrillator and CPR.

Doug Failla

Doug Failla is currently ranked #1 for doubles in the United States (45’s division) and has been ranked as high as #5 for singles. In doubles for 2013, Doug won the Babolat World Tennis Championships and the Pacific Coast Tournament. In singles, he won the Marin County Category 2 National Tennis Championship in 2012, and the Southern California Sectionals and the San Diego District Tennis Championships in 2011. Doug played for Ramona High School and was CIF Doubles Champion. He played for Grossmont Community College, Long Beach State University and Drake University, where, he was the Missouri Valley Doubles Champ, qualifying him for National Doubles Championship in 1990. On the ATP Tour he achieved a world ranking in doubles. Doug is a USPTA certified Tennis Professional 1 and has coached 20+ years. His coaching experience includes Ramona High School, Riviera Oaks Resort, Peter Burwash International and ULNV, coaching two NCAA Division I National Champions.

Dan Stablein

Dan Stablein recently relocated from Phoenix, where he was the Head Tennis Professional at Phoenix Country Club from 2008 to2012. Dan has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1986 where he is a Professional 1. While in Phoenix he was Co-Head Tester for the Southwest Division of the USPTA, Co-Head Director of the Goldwater Women’s Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit 75K Event. He served as the District Coordinator for Northern New Mexico SWPTA from 1998 to 2002. Past positions include Head Tennis Professional SentryWorld Sports Center in Stevens Point, WI; Tennis Professional Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, MN; Tennis Professional Highpoint Sports and Wellness in Albuquerque, NM, and Tennis Professional La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness and Swim Scottsdale, AZ.