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Desert Mountain Names New Director of Racquet Sports
By Lisa Padilla - Thursday Aug 20, 2020
Ryan Johnson has been named Director of Racket Sports at Desert Mountain, it was announced by Damon DiOrio, CEO, Desert Mountain Club.

Formerly the Director of Tennis at Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club in Phoenix, Johnson’s new responsibilities will include all tennis and pickleball programming, managing the professional staff, and overseeing member clinics, leagues, social events, and activities.

“We are thrilled to have Ryan join our Desert Mountain family,” said Arnaldo Cocuzza, Director of Athletics and the Sonoran Clubhouse. “His experience and tennis abilities are perfectly suited to take our program to a world class level, engaging with all racquet sports.” Desert Mountain has nine tennis courts and three different playing surfaces (grass, clay, and hard court), as well as 6 pickleball courts.

Johnson has also worked at the Seattle Tennis Club and the Olde Providence Racquet Club. He also served as graduate assistant coach of the men’s tennis team at the University of Arizona (Tucson).

He is a member of the United State Professional Tennis Association, Professional Tennis Registry and USA Pickleball Association. He is a New Balance Ambassador and part of the Wilson Advisory staff team.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Johnson was a scholarship tennis player and team captain. He remains in the top 10 in program history for most single season double wins. Additionally, Johnson holds a law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and has worked as an attorney in both Seattle and Charlotte.

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About Desert Mountain

Situated as high as 4,500 in the picturesque Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain is among the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world and is consistently ranked among the top private clubs in the nation. Often referred to as The Best Golf Club in the World, Desert Mountain is recognized as a Distinguished Club from Boardroom Magazine and is among the top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs in the world and the only club in Arizona to be ranked in the top 20. It is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, and a new 18-hole, par-54 course, No. 7, designed by Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett. Sitting on 8,000 acres, Desert Mountain is also home to a newly remodeled spa, tennis on three surfaces, and ten restaurants, plus 20 miles of private hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding and luxury camping. A full suite of recreational, dining and luxury experiences await members and residents in the majestic Desert Mountain community. New homes are selling now at Seven Desert Mountain™, the community’s newest luxury residential enclave. Learn more about membership and Seven Desert Mountain at .

By Karen Moraghan