Dan Mainzer joined the Pirates in 1986 and quickly became one of the premier tennis players in Ventura College history. A highly gifted and graceful athlete, Dan was a two-year standout tennis player for V.C. in 1986 and 1987. He played #1 singles and #1 doubles for two years and excelled at both.
Under the tutelage of tennis coach Jim Whalen, Dan is the only V.C. tennis player in history to be selected Player of the Year in the Western State Conference for two consecutive years. In Dan's freshman year, he had a record of 24-3 in singles and was undefeated in doubles with a 10-0 record in the W.S.C. Dan won the WSC championship in both singles and doubles and was first team All-WSC in both singles and doubles as well as being selected the Most Valuable Player of the Ventura College Pirates.
During Dan's sophomore year, he again played #1 singles and doubles for the Pirates. He ended his season with an overall record of 22-6 while winning 13 of 16 matches within the WSC. Dan was again selected All-WSC in singles and finished the year ranked #5 in the state of California. Dan concluded his sophomore season with a second consecutive MVP award for the Pirate tennis team.
Dan continued his education at USC, but chose not to play for the Trojans in order to concentrate on his studies. However, his life continues to this day to be involved in his passion, tennis. He is currently the owner and operator of the West Coast Tennis Academy in Long Beach, California.