STAFF/ BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bryce Barnard joined Huether Family Match Pointe as its Executive Director in August of 2017. Prior to being appointed to lead HFMP, he served as the Director of Tennis at Arrowhead Country Club in Rapid City, SD from 2003-2017.
Before taking over at Arrowhead Country Club, Barnard was the Coordinator of Junior Development at Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, MN. As a coach, Barnard has developed numerous nationally ranked juniors and was the USPTA Northern Division Junior Development Award winner in 2009 and in 2010 he received the USTA Northern Ward C. Barton Junior Development for excellence in junior development.
A native of Menomonie, WI, Barnard had a stellar competitive career at the junior, collegiate and adult level. He was a top-ranked junior in USTA Northern and competed in USTA National events. He played number one singles at Menomonie High School all four years and was a four-time state qualifier in Wisconsin.
Playing on a full scholarship at NCAA Division I Indiana State, he was ranked in the top 100 nationally. He has also been the top-ranked men's open singles player in USTA Northern and won the men's open singles championship in the South Dakota Adult Open in 1999, 2000 and 2006. In 2002, he was awarded the Al Teeter Sportsmanship Award from USTA Northern for recognition of fair play.
Barnard lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Kathy, and their five daughters; Sage, Ella, Aleigha, Cameron and Alexis.
Mark Vellek joined the Huether Family Match Pointe team in February 2016 as the club's Director of Junior Development after serving as the Head Pro at GreatLIFE Woodlake and Sioux Empire Fitness for seven years.
As a coach, Vellek has worked with numerous state champions in South Dakota and has developed many of the USTA Northern Section top juniors. He is currently a USTA Northern National Team Coach and is a member of the USTA Northern Talent ID and Development Committee, serving as a Team USA and Early Development coach for the section. In 2011, Vellek was the recipient of the Ward C. Barton Junior Development Award given annually to a USTA Northern coach who has displayed excellence in junior development. He is PTR Certified at the Professional Level.
A native of Sioux Falls, Vellek played number one singles and doubles at Washington High School for four years, helping lead the Warriors to back-to-back state championships in 2000 and 2001. He was a top-five ranked junior in the USTA Northern Section and top-200 nationally. Collegiately he played four years at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where he was a member of teams that made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II National Championships. He was also an ITA East Region doubles champion and an all-conference performer.
Lisa Marie Johnson
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Lisa Marie comes to us most recently from the Sioux Falls Catholic School System, where she was an EA for preschool through 6th grade. She has an extensive tennis background as a top 20 ranked junior in the Eastern section (ETA, Eastern Tennis Association). As the number one singles player in Jr. High and High School, Lisa Marie was recruited to Jacksonville University in Florida on a full athletic scholarship where she played NCAA Division I Tennis becoming the #1 Singles and #1 Doubles Player and Team Captain her junior and senior years.
Lisa has significant experience working in the tennis industry in New York (where she is from) and around the country, working both on-court and off-court. Upon graduating with a BA in Communications for Pubic Relations/Sports Broadcasting with a Certification in Early Childhood Development, Lisa Marie played the pro-satellite circuit, was the Asst. Tennis Coach at Jacksonville University, and taught full time as a USPTA Certified Level 1 Professional at many clubs around the country including: The USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing, NY (home of the US Open), NYC Parks & Recreation - Reebok Urban Youth Tennis Academy, Flushing, NY, The Racquet Club of Memphis, Memphis, TN, New York Health & Racquet Club on Wall Street, NYC, The Syosset Tennis Academy, Syosset, NY, Future Stars Tennis Academy, Great Neck, NY, Gold’s Gym, Woodstock, NY, Sawgrass Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Florida, Northridge Racquet Club, Northridge, CA, Huntington Indoor Tennis, Huntington, NY, Huntington Parks & Recreation, Long Island, NY.
Tennis Professional PTR Certified
Alex Bernt moved from Cedar Falls, Iowa to join the Huether Family Match Pointe team in June 2017 as the new Director of Junior Development. He played in numerous USTA tournaments as a junior reaching as high as top 40 in the Missouri Valley Section. In high school, he and his partner won back to back Doubles State Titles and picked up a Team Title. Besides playing tennis Bernt was also active in high school soccer and cross country. He was awarded ‘Most Valuable Male Athlete’ of his class at graduation.
Bernt continued playing tennis at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a four-year varsity starter for the nationally ranked team, helping them achieve four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. During his college career he earned ITA Tennis Scholar Athlete awards, All-Conference Honors and Male Tennis Athlete of the week. He was ranked 48th in the Nation for Division III tennis and reached the semi-finals of the ITA tournament his senior year. Bernt graduated from Coe College with the sixth most singles wins in the history of the program. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and with a minor in Religion.
Bernt has been teaching tennis part-time since he was 16 years old. He has taught at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, Waterloo Leisure Services and Sunnyside Country Club. He interned at the Clark Racquet Center. He looks forward to working with tennis players of all levels and helping them improve their skills. He has loved the game ever since he first picked up a racquet and he hopes to share this experience with all those he teaches.
Brit Gaster grew up in Sioux Falls and started tennis lessons when she was 6 years old. She competed in tournaments across South Dakota and the Midwest. As one of the top 15 players in the Northern Section, Brit had the opportunity to travel to National Junior tournaments in Arizona, New York, Florida, Oklahoma, and Utah. She played Varsity High School Tennis her 7th and 8th grade year at O’Gorman and four years at Washington High School. She played tennis for Augustana University where she competed at flight 1 singles and doubles her sophomore through senior year. She was awarded the NSIC Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and NSIC Senior of the Year in 2011. She received NSIC Singles All-Conference First Team Honors 2008-2011 and NSIC Doubels All-Conference First Team Honors 2008-2011. She helped her team win the Conference and Regional Championships and won the chance to compete in the NSIC National Championships in Florida in 2011.
Brit is currently a High School Art Teacher in the Sioux Falls Schools District and coaches high school tennis. She has more than 6 years of experience teaching tennis to all age groups and ability levels. She loves tennis and is passionate about helping others improve and enjoy the game of tennis.
Huether Family Match Pointe Board of Directors 2017
- Bill Townsend, President
- Cindy Huether, Vice President
- Julie Greenfield, Treasurer
- Brett Bradfield
- Lou Bosch
- Pip Ong Chapman
- Marcia Entwistle
- Rob Hazard
- Lydia Healy
- Tom McDowell
- Darrin Smith
- Ashley Thompson