Tennis Staff

John Woods

Director of Tennis

John Woods has been the Director of Tennis at Longboat Key Club for over 30 years. A Texas native John went to Texas Tech University and earned his degree while playing tennis. After brief stints at the Houston Racket club and the Fondren Tennis Centre he joined Rod Laver and Roy Emerson in creating tennis clinics around the nation. "The best experience a pro could have learning from two of the greatest players ever".

In addition to making sure the clubhouse, courts and surrounding areas are in great condition John's other duties at the club are creating programs, tournaments and round robins that the members will enjoy and creating the "heart of the club" the wonderful employees who help to make the day to day tennis a fun and exciting experience.

Sammy Aviles

Tennis Professional

Tennis Professional Sammy Aviles started his tennis career training with Nick Bolletierri in Puerto Rico where he became one of the top 5 players in the Caribbean by age 16.

He started his teaching career with Nick in Puerto Rico in 1970 and eventually moved with Nick, and seven other professionals, to the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort. There they developed the Nick Bolletierri Tennis Academy. During this time, he was one of Nick’s top professionals and moved on with him and helped create what is now known as IMG Academies.

In 1985, Sammy started working as an Assistant Pro at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, and then became the Director in 1988. He ran a very successful tennis program which earned the #1 Tennis Resort in the Nation award for eight consecutive years. In addition Sammy has taught many top tour players including Roger Smith (#124 in the world), Jill Hetherington (#3 in the world in doubles), and works with Jesse Levine (currently #96 in the world).

Sammy is a positive addition to the staff and will be giving private, semi-private and group lessons. Please stop by The Tennis Gardens and introduce yourself the next time you are at the Club.

Randy Ardenfriend

Tennis Professional

Randy Ardenfriend has been teaching tennis for over fifteen years. Randy was the Head Pro at the Palisades Tennis Center in California for seven years before coming to Longboat Key Club. Randy has coached many top ranked juniors at both the state and national levels. Randy specializes in modern stroke methodology.

Jackie Bohannon

Tennis Professional

Born is Sarasota, Jackie Bohannon was the #1 player at Sarasota High School. She went on to play in college as the #1 player at Stetson University. As a Certified USPTR Tennis Professional as well as Tennis Canada Certified Jackie has worked in Nike Tennis Camps, West Point Military Academy, Belleair Country Club, The Boulevard Club and presently, TheLongboat Key Club Tennis Gardens.

Prakash 'Mirage' Maraj


Originally from Trinidad.West Indies, Prakash 'Mirage' Maraj,has lived in the United States for 30 years. As a Certified USPTR Tennis Professional for 25 years, Maharaj has worked with students from the New York Junior League for the US Open Junior Program, the Women's Professional Tour, Bausch & Lomb Tournament. and The Colony & Beach Tennis Resort and presently with The Resort at Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens. Mirage is very customers service oriented and offers specialized instruction from stroke production to competitive team play using drills, strategy sessions, and match play

aMY Larson 

TENNis Concierge

Amy grew up in a tennis family in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. She grew up splitting her time between the ski slopes and the tennis courts, where her tennis pro father coached her and her siblings. Amy graduated from Montana State University. She recently moved to Longboat Key where she enjoys tennis, painting, and training her rescue puppy to be a therapy dog. Amy will be coordinating matches for her members and guests at the Tennis Gardens and planning exciting tennis events. Stay posted for fun, upcoming holiday events and more at the Tennis Garden.