KENNY “KP” PUVOGEL
“The Proof is in the Passion”
Kenny Puvogel, better known as Coach KP, started at the Paseo Club as a tennis teaching professional in 2006 and is celebrating his 11th year teaching at the club.
He’s been teaching tennis for over 20 years, including taking a short venture to NYC in 2012 to teach at the prestigious Vanderbilt Tennis Club in Grand Central Terminal where he also served as Director of Fitness Programs and Personal Training. He also taught at the indoor courts at Sutton East Tennis and Yorkville Tennis Club; and at the Riverside Clay tennis courts while in NYC. He returned to Southern California and the Paseo Club in 2013 for a year before deciding to take another brief journey to teach tennis in the Atlanta area of Georgia at the Manor Tennis Club, Polo Tennis Club and Oz Tennis Academy.
Calling himself an ambassador of tennis, he loves working with all ages and believes his passion, energy, enthusiasm and devotion to the sport transcends to and inspires his students. He loves introducing the sport to beginners and teaches a high energy, calorie burning and fun-filled cardio tennis class. Additionally, he works with his clients to build a balance of tennis skills and fitness, and strives for nothing but the highest quality program attainable while seeking to build lasting relationships with all of his students. He is a great motivator and is known affectionately to many as the “Pied Piper of Tennis.”Before entering the tennis profession full time, Kenny spent over 25 years in the promotion, marketing and sales fields of the music industry, 23 years with the legendary Warner Brothers Records family – the most successful, powerful and prestigious label of the time – the last 10 years serving as Vice President of Rock Promotion.
With music being very popular among touring tennis pros, good fortune would bring Kenny together with former #1 world professional Jim Courier backstage at an R.E.M. concert in Atlanta in 1995. Through his ongoing relationship with Courier, Kenny has had the chance to spend time behind the scenes of professinal tennis, meeting and learning from the pros, their coaches and trainers and chatting with anyone who wants to talk tennis or music. While exchanging ideas on tennis and music, he absorbed everything the sport has to offer and has a wealth of priceless knowledge that he yearns to share.
Kenny’s tennis journey continued while he managed Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) and his travels took him to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico often where he began to teach part time at the Adan Bries Tennis Academy and at local resort hotels. Looking for a new direction, he realized tennis was it and this is when he decided it was time for a change in pursuit of sharing his love of the game.
In 2000, he became a full time tennis coach teaching independently in the Santa Clarita Valley. He has been the head coach at four of the six local high schools as well as directing the high school summer tennis program for College of the Canyons. With his West Ranch girls’ tennis team, he holds the distinction of having the first team of any sport at the school to make the CIF playoffs in school history.
Kenny believes the many people he met and continues to meet along the way gives him a unique perspective to teaching tennis. He takes pride in his passsion and considers himself to be what he calls a “tennis concierge” handling his clients’ every tennis need.
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By Kenny "Coach KP" Puvogel - Tennis Coach During my tenure as vice-president of Warner Bros record, I worked closely with the rock band R.E.M. At an R.E.M. show in Atlanta in 1995, I met then #1 player, 4 time grand slam champ, Davis cup hero, captain, and now...
How Tennis provided me a passageway from a possible mid life crisis to a new path in life By Kenny "Coach KP" Puvogel - Tennis Coach The year was 2000. I was traveling back and forth from LA to Cabo San Lucas working for rock icon Sammy Hagar. ...