Doug Hofer is well-schooled in the practice of building grassroots support for tennis.
This Elite Professional member of USPTA created the Visalia (Calif.) Community Tennis Association and incorporated the USTA's Schools Program in all 20 elementary schools of the Visalia Unified School District. He currently served as executive director of the association for 30 years.
Doug is also the tennis professional for Hofer Tennis in Visalia, and he previously worked as tennis coach for Immanuel High School and the College of the Sequoias, tennis professional for Visalia Racquet Club and director of tennis for the City of Visalia.
Doug has taught tennis to groups as large as 100 at a time on a school playground, to private lessons with top-ranked juniors.
Doug is a USRSA-certified stringer and he received the USTA Community Service Award for College Coaches in 1991 and 1996. He also was USPTA Northern California's 2013 Independent Professional of the Year.
A member of the USPTA since 1981, he served as a USPTA Northern California Division regional director. He received the division’s Regional Director of the Year Award in 1996 and 1998. A USPTA Certified Elite Tennis Professional with over 35 years of experience.
Doug played on the USTA/Penn satellite circuit from 1979 to 1980 and the Northern California and Central California professional circuits. He was a three-time qualifier for Central California's Tournament of Champions. He also played three years of tennis in high school and four years in college, and was named the most improved player in college and most valuable player as a senior at both levels.
Doug earned bachelor's degrees in health and physical education from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. He also received an associate of arts degree from Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., and California state teacher credentials from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif.