Nicole is an Elite Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association. Her career has spanned over 28 years in the USA. Prior to arriving in the US on a full scholarship at Columbus State University, in Columbus Georgia, Nicole was one of the youngest certified tennis professionals in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was born. While there, she taught many of the region’s top juniors, several of whom went on to play College and Professional tennis. Nicole graduated with a degree in Business Administration. She and her doubles partner won the 1995 Rolex Regional DII title and brought home two NCAA Championships for Columbus State. After University, Nicole took a position as a Tennis Professional at Cooper Creek Tennis Center, a 30 clay court tennis facility in Columbus, Georgia. From there she was hired as Head Professional at the Atlanta Country Club, one of the oldest and finest Clubs in Atlanta. Before leaving Atlanta, she was the Head Professional at Four Seasons Racquet Club where she developed and ran the Elite Tennis Academy.
Nicole and her husband Robert moved to Flagstaff in 2006, where she became the Head Professional at Flagstaff Athletic Club. She started the Flagstaff Junior Tennis Academy which produced the region’s first nationally ranked junior. Soon after her arrival in Flagstaff, Nicole helped to form and develop the Flagstaff Tennis Association, High School tennis at Flagstaff High School and Northland Preparatory School, as well as helping to develop and form the FACTS after school tennis with the USTA. Along with her current position as Director of Racquet Sports at Forest Highlands Golf Club, she is the regional trainer for the USTA School Program and helped to form the new High School program at Basis, which is the first tennis team at any Basis school in the US. Nicole is also a certified Pickleball Professional with the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association. She began playing pickleball in 2013 and started the program at Forest Highlands in 2014. Nicole started the Flagstaff Pickleball Association in 2019 and volunteers by teaching lessons to the underprivileged during her off season from Forest Highlands.