Juan Coronel has more than 35 years’ experience as a very successful tennis professional who works with juniors, as well as players on the WTA and ATP professional tours.
During the winter months, Juan is in the Tampa Bay area serving as a private coach. When not in Florida, he is in his native Panama with his family. He previously worked in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where he was the tennis director of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club for three years (2007-2008-2009).
Juan traveled the world as a circuit player and a coach, being based in Monte Carlo for years. His passion for the game always steered him in the direction of coaching and teaching. Since playing on the professional circuit, he has been tennis director at many country clubs in metropolitan New York, as well as clubs on the East Coast, and in the Southwest.
This USPTA Professional served as the Davis Cup Coach for Panama in 2003 and continues to serve as an adviser for tennis in Panama, helping juniors achieve their dreams of coming to the United States on a tennis scholarship.
Born and raised in the Republic of Panama, Juan learned tennis under the tutelage of Stanley Loney in Rainbow City, Canal Zone. Joan Francis Harris, a physical education teacher in the Canal Zone School system, recognized his gift and took a special interest in Juan’s tennis career. Early in his career he distinguished himself as a top junior and open player, representing Panama in international competitions.
Juan came to the United States on a tennis scholarship to attend Hampton Institute, in Hampton, Va., majoring in speech pathology and audiology. He was a member of the 1976 NCAA Division II national champions, the Hampton Pirates.
Juan, has been a U.S. citizen since 1986. This affable and engaging Panamanian is fluent in four languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.