SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Huether Family Match Pointe is proud to name Mark Vellek its new executive director. Vellek, who was named the 2020 USTA Northern Frank Voigt Pro of the Year, joined Huether Family Match Pointe in February 2016 as tennis director and came to Match Pointe after serving as the head pro at GreatLIFE Woodlake and Sioux Empire Fitness for seven years.
Vellek will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Huether Family Match Pointe as well as fundraising, marketing and community outreach for the facility.
"Sioux Falls tennis has been such a huge part of my life that I'm absolutely honored to be taking on this new role as executive director," said Vellek. "I will still be very involved in our on-court teaching and programming, but this role allows me to expand my impact by garnering greater community involvement and support so we can continue to evolve and expand our offerings for every player of all ages and ability levels."
In 2011, Vellek was the recipient of the Ward C. Barton Junior Development Award given annually to a USTA Northern coach who has displayed excellence in junior development. In 2017, he was named PTR State Member of the Year. He is a USPTA Elite Professional and is PTR Certified at the Professional Level.
“The board and I are extremely excited to be working with Mark as the executive director,” said HFMP Board President Rob Hazzard. “He is already a great asset for our facility and tennis in the Sioux Falls area and expanding his role to take advantage of his organizational skills and high energy leadership will serve the organization well as we move forward.”
A native of Sioux Falls, Vellek played number one singles and doubles at Washington High School for four years, helping lead the Warriors to back-to-back state championships in 2000 and 2001. He was a top-five ranked junior in the USTA Northern Section and top-200 nationally. He played four years at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where he was a member of teams that made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II National Championships. He was also an ITA East Region doubles champion and an all-conference performer.