Meet The Instructors


Mohamed Belcora


Maja Kovacek

Coach Kovacek is a native of Croatia and played her collegiate tennis at the University of New Mexico.

She was an outstanding collegiate player earning three bids to the NCAA Tournament and garnered National rankings as high as #2 in doubles and #21 in singles...AMAZING!!

She served as an assistant at the University of Oregon prior to coming to ISU and has been leading the Redbirds since her hire in the summer of 2014.

Coach Kovacek knows her stuff and is available for private instruction...see her to take your game to the next level!!

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Tim Link

Tim is a Bloomington native and has been a member of the BTT staff since 2017.

He played at Bloomington High School and earned several individual and team conference and sectional championships in the early 2000’s. His high school career culminated with a runner up finish in Doubles.

Tim continued his tennis career playing collegiately at Illinois State University from 2003-2007. After college he stepped away from tennis but his 3 young boys have helped him find his love for the game again.

Tim currently works for State Farm Insurance but finds time to help coach players at all age levels here at BTT. We enjoy having Tim’s experience and energy here to help guide players as they learn the game of tennis.

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Ric Zamudio

Ric has a profound love for the game of tennis, and has led the IWU women's program for quite some time now.

He plays competitively on 4.5 USTA League Teams still today and enjoys sweating out singles matches.

Ric's son, Ricky, was a standout at BHS, prior to playing club tennis at University of Iowa, so you may see the two Zamudio's on court from time to time playing a little father/son doubles.

We are happy to have Ric's tennis knowledge at BTT!


Mark Bowers

Mark is a life-long tennis fanatic and was proud to be able to build a quality tennis center in Bloomington/Normal. Mark played tennis at Jersey Community High School and was a state qualifier and was recruited to play tennis at Eastern Illinois University.

Mark transferred from EIU and ended up at Division III Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL where he played a successful collegiate career at #1 singles and doubles. He holds the record for most career wins in singles and doubles at IC, not to mention holding the highest win percentage.

In 2013, Mark was the captain of the 9.0 Mixed Doubles Team from Central Illinois that won the National Championship in Tucson, AZ. Mark is currently a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Snyder Real Estate here in Bloomington and also serves as an assistant coach for the University High School boys tennis team in Normal, IL.


Hannah Meece 

Hannah is a native of Effingham, IL and was a high school standout prior to being recruited to play at Illinois State University.

After a standout career for the Redbirds, she was hired by State Farm Insurance and we were lucky enough to have her stay in the area.

Hannah has experience working with young kids, all the way up to adults of all ability levels and she is very knowledgeable about the game of tennis.  Her passion and love for the game is quite obvious when you see her on court.

Hannah was also a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad as she teamed up with local 4.0 tennis legend Joe Rottman as they made a formidable tandem.

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Jon Friesen

Jon is a Biochemistry professor at Illinois State University and loves the game of tennis.

He played D-3 tennis at Bluffton College in Ohio, prior to heading to Purdue University for his graduate work, and then to University of Michigan for his post-doctoral work.

Jon has led U-High to a top 20 finish in the IHSA State Tennis tourney in his two years as head coach and has a fantastic squad for the coming few years...not to mention U-High's Sectional Team Title in 2016, which has been a long time coming for the Pioneers.

He too was a member of the 2013 9.0 Mixed National Championship Squad and won the deciding match against Northern California to clinch the title.

Jon is a valuable asset to BTT and will work with any junior or adult that wants to improve their tennis game.