Tennis School Staff

Tiffany Akiyama

Tennis Faculty, USPTA
Girls JV Tennis Head Coach

  • USPTA Elite Professional
  • Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Educated at Roosevelt H. S., University of Hawaii-Manoa, Masters in Education Technology
  • Worked at Punahou since 2008
  • Previously worked as USTA Hawaii Section in various areas for 8 -9 years

Cyndi Chan

Tennis Faculty

  • Worked at Punahou School since 2013 as Friends of Punahou Tennis Coordinator.
  • Doting grandmother and avid tennis player and fan.
  • Golf Enthusiast

Lee Couillard

Assistant Tennis Director

  • Certified USPTA Tester, USPTA Elite Certified Professional and USPTA "Little Tennis" Certification (2002)
  • Began teaching at Punahou in 1988
  • Born in Chippewa Falls, WI, educated at Eau Claire Memorial High School and th University of Wisconsin STOUT – Industrial Design
  • Past President, USPTA Hawaii Division
  • Previously ranked #1 in Hawaii USTA Men's 30, 35, 40, and 45 and over
  • USTA Hawaii National 10 and under Tennis Faculty, Trainer
  • USPTA "Pro of the Year" 2007 & 2008

Jamie Dela Cruz

Tennis Faculty, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Graduated Kauai High School; University of Hawaii-Manoa,  BBA 2004; Chaminade University M.Ed. 2006, Argosy University Ed.D 2010
  • Worked at Punahou since 2007

John Dye

Tennis Faculty, USPTA
Boys Intermediate Tennis Coach
Girls JV Tennis Coach

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1993 with a BA in Philosophy.
  • Earned PhD in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 2002 and a JD from the McGeorge School of Law in 2007
  • Avid player; competed at the USTA 18 & over 4.5 Team Nationals four times.
  • Served Head Varsity Tennis Coach for both Boys and Girls teams at Kalani High School from 2014 to 2016; Received Coach of theYear honors 3 times
  • Joined Punahou in August 2016

Ben Erickson

Tennis Faculty, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Educated at Kailua H.S., University of Hawaii – Manoa, B.A. Education
  • Worked at Punahou since 2004
  • Previously taught for the City and & County and State of Hawaii
  • Previously worked at Consolidated Theatres
  • Served in the Military
  • Awards: USPTA 2006 Community Service Award

Brent Hunter

Tennis Faculty, USPTA, ITPA, CTPS

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Born in Lubbock, Texas, Educated Coronado H.S. Texas, Tyler Jr. College, Texas, University of Hawaii – Manoa, BA in History
  • Awards:  USPTA rookie of the year in 2008, Tyler Jr. College All American
  • Tyler Jr. College were National Champions
  • Junior Team Tennis Coordinator

Ikaika Jobe

Director of Tennis
Boys Varsity Tennis Head Coach

  • USPTA Certified Professional
  • Graduate of Punahou School (2001)
  • High School State Singles Champion (1999 and 2001)
  • Played for Saint Louis University (2001-2004) *Team Captain 2003 & 2004
  • Played for Boise State University (2004-2005) *2005 WAC Champions
  • 5-Time Kailua Night Doubles Champion (2004,2009, 2010, 2014, 2016)
  • 5-Time ITF International Doubles Champion (4-Time Finalist)
  • Competed internationally on the ITF and ATP Tours for 3 years
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach - University of Hawai‘i Men’s Tennis Team (2009-2013) *WAC Champions 2009 & 2010
  • Head Coach - Punahou Girls Varsity Tennis (2013 – 2015)
  • Head Coach - Punahou Boys Varsity Tennis (2016 – current)
  • USPTA “Player of the Year” (2013 – 2015)
  • Graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law (2012)

Pam Kim

Tennis Faculty, USPTA

  • Graduated Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara, California, Bachelorof Arts Degree in History.
  • Previously coached at UCLA Bassett-Martin Tennis Camp, Los Angeles, California; Marymount High School, Los Angles, California
  • Previously worked at Johnson & Johnson Company, San Francisco, California
  • Coached at Punahou since 2005 as Girls' Intermediate Coach, Girls' Varsity Coach, and Tennis Instructor in the After School Tennis Program

David Lam

Boys Varsity Assistant Tennis Coach, USPTA

Herbert Lato

Boys JV Tennis Coach, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Business owner
  • Father of 3
  • Enjoys all facets of tennis – playing, teaching and coaching

Lenora Lee

Tennis and PAQ Coordinator

  • Began working at Punahou 1998
  • Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended Farrington H.S., University of Hawaii – Manoa, Business Management Degree
  • Previously worked at First Hawaiian Bank as an Real Estate Compliance Officer

Stuart Leong

Boys JV Tennis Coach, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional; PCA and CPR certified.
  • Previously coached Varsity boys and JV girls at Radford HS.
  • Graduated from Damien HS; HCC; and University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • Coached and Worked at Punahou since 2000.
  • Currently also employed at Pearl Harbor.
  • Proud father of 2 kids
  • Enjoys playing tennis, gaming, watching GOT, singing karaoke and hiking on spare time

Sean Nakamoto

Intermediate Assistant Tennis Coach, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Played 3 years of tennis at Venice High School in Los Angeles
  • Currently, teaching PE at Kanoelani Elementary School
  • Graduated in Communication Science Degree at the University of Hawaii – Manoa in 2014
  • Worked at Punahou from 2012

Fumiya Nakano

Tennis Faculty, USPTA
Boys Intermediate Tennis Coach

Girls Assistant JV Tennis Coach

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer; AHA CPR/AED Certified
  • Graduated from Punahou School in 2008 and BS Kinesiology from UH @ Manoa
  • Awards: Mike McKinnon Sportsmanship; USPTA Volunteer of the Year
  • Worked at Punahou since 2008

Jason Oliver

Boys Intermediate Coach

Girls Varsity Assistant Coach

  • 1993 graduate of Punahou School
  • Member of the Boys Varsity Team – Punahou School
  • Played tennis for the University of Redlands (NCAA Div. III) – 93-97
  • First Team All Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference (1995, 1996, 1997)
  • All American Singles and Doubles (1996)
  • Team Captain (1997)
  • Tennis Professional All California Tennis Camp (Barsinghausen, Germany spring and summer 1998, summer of 1999)
  • Assisted with the Punahou Afterschool tennis program from 1999 - 2001

Roberta Russo

Girls Varsity Coach

  • Born in Naples, Italy and started playing tennis at age 5
  • Began competing internally in her teens and travelled all the world.
  • Graduated in college in Italy with a degree in sport management.
  • Formerly ranked as high as 900 on the Women's tour.
  • Coached and taught a various tennis facilities in Naples, Italy since 2003 including the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain.
  • FIT (Italian tennis federation)and ITF(international tennis federation) coach

Kent Shanks

Tennis Faculty, USPTA

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • 4 year University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • 2 time All-District, All Conference Team
  • 2 time All American
  • 2 time top 10 Men's Open Division
  • Instructed all levels of juniors for more than 30 years
  • Worked at Punahou since September 2013

Thomas Shubert

Assistant Boys Varsity Tennis Coach

  • Boys varsity and boys intermediate assistant coach.
  • Former student at Punahou School.
  • Ranked in the ATP professional singles rankings for 5 yrs.
  • Coached high performance juniors in California that went on to play tennis for Columbia, USC, Cornell, Colgate, Boise State, Santa Clara, U of South Carolina, UCSB, and WashU St. Louis.
  • Former hitting partner for Pete Sampras, Venus and Serena Williams, Michael Chang, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Milos Raonic, Sloane Stephens, Sam Querrey, and Donald Young while living in Los Angeles, CA.
  • International tennis journalist for 2.5yrs.
  • Operations with InsideOut Sports Entertainment for 2 seasons.
  • Full scholarship and competed as #1 singles and doubles player for div.1 Brigham Young University Cougars (Provo, UT).

Betsy Somerville

Girls Varsity Tennis Head Coach

  • USPTA Elite Certified Professional
  • Competed on the WTA tour (1991-1992)
  • Played each of the four Grand Slam events in women's doubles.
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Communications.
  • Achieved NCAA Division 1 rankings of #1 in doubles and #29 in singles, earning All American honors as a member of the University's tennis team.
  • Former #1 women's open and junior player in Hawaii

George Tsai

Tennis Faculty

  • Formerly ranked in the top 20 (Boys 14 & under), top 30 (Boys 16 & under), and top 40 (Boys 18 & under) in the state of Florida. Formerly ranked in the top 100 in the nation (Boys 14 & under).
  • Played NCAA Division III tennis at Amherst College. Captain during senior year; Academic All-American all four years.
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College. B.A. double major in Economics & Philosophy. Received Amherst College nomination for the Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Previously worked for Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Division, General Industries Group, in the New York office.
  • Received Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley.
  • Currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and Chair of the Graduate Program, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Fred Wong

Associate Tennis Professional

  • USPTA Certified P3 Coach
  • Born in Wahiawa, Hawaii, Educated at Leilehua H.S., University of Hawaii - Manoa, Accounting Degree
  • Previously taught: Mililani Boy's Varsity Head Coach, Head of Manoa Valley tennis program