Jim has been the Tennis Director at Ames Fitness Center since September of 2016, coming to us from Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines, where he was the Head Tennis Professional. He is certified by the USPTA and is a certified High Performance Coach through the USTA. He has taught tennis for over 25 years and has coached at numerous colleges and high schools throughout the Midwest. In 2018 he was the coach of the Iowa Girls High School Association State Tennis Singles Champion. Prior to teaching tennis full-time, he was a Physical Education Teacher in Illinois for 10 years, winning the 2007 Illinois PE Teacher of The Year Award. Jim is married and has 2 children ages 10 and 6.
USPTA Elite Professional, USTA High Performance Certification
Armando Espinosa coached at Iowa State for 11 seasons, including 10 seasons as the school's ninth head coach from 2009-18. Espinosa finished his tenure at Iowa State following the 2017-18 season, the same year that he became the school's all-time wins leader (96).
He came to Ames after serving as the assistant coach at the University of Oregon during the 2005-06 season. Prior to his time at Oregon, Espinosa served as the assistant coach at Marquette from 2003 to 2005, and Wichita State during the 2002-03 season. While at Wichita State, Espinosa helped lead the team to a 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Espinosa also served as the volunteer assistant at Arizona State in 2000.
During his collegiate career at Drury University, Espinosa played number one and three singles and number one doubles. During his senior campaign, Espinosa was ranked second in the nation. He was a two-year Division II NCAA All-American and a two-year Academic All-American.