Rick Buchta has over 20 years of player mentoring from juniors to NCAA to the professional tour. Some of his past tennis experiences include winning CIF doubles championship, playing number one singles for LMU Lions, working as travel coach for ATP player and friend, Kelly Jones, serving on the Advisory Board of the Junior Tennis Champions Center, playing on the championship Manhattan Country Club Mens 5.0 team, and organizing client and charitable tennis events for Jefferies Investment firm. Rick is a junior talent scout for HEAD racquets, and a friend to many college coaches. In addition to being the President and Co Founder of First Break Academy, Rick is one of the original founders RAMP Tennis. Rick spent twenty plus years in the finance industry at Jefferies and his own firm RBR Capital. Rick is now focused on growing the game of tennis in SouthBay.
Rick and his wife, AnneMarie, reside in Manhattan Beach with there three children, Sammy, Bella, and Nicolas. The family opens their home to many top junior national players and young professionals visiting Los Angeles.
Marc is an original founder of the RAMP Tennis who remains a key influence in shaping the mission of First Break Academy founded by Rick Buchta and Peggy Bott. Currently, Marc is the exclusive coach to WTA and USA Davis Cup player, Shelby Rogers. Prior to his work with Shelby and RAMP, Marc excelled as a former USTA Coach, working for USTA Player Development for four years. He was responsible for all aspects of the development of his assigned players. This included formulating developmental plans, planning/conducting daily practices, tournament scheduling, and coordinating fitness with the strength and conditioning staff. His achievements include helping his assigned player rise to the top of the 14’s rankings after winning both the Easter Bowl and Clay Courts. Lucero has had the opportunity to help coach and travel with young professionals like Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Alison Riske, Eugenie Bouchard, and former NCAA Champion, Nicole Gibbs. Marc’s experience includes visiting Regional Training Centers to evaluate young players (ages 7-12) and conduct regional camps around the USTA coaching philosophy. Marc spent three years as the women’s Assistant Coach at Princeton University. He is USPTR certified and also holds USTA High Performance Coaching Education and USTA Sports Science certifications. Coach Lucero played Division I tennis at Boston College and graduated from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program with a degree in Economics. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to RAMP’s high performance program. Under his guidance, RAMP players, Riley McQuaid has won her first gold ball and Taylor Johnson a silver ball.
Coach Lucero is a contributing writer to TennisRecruiting.net