Director of Racquets Spotlight!
Luana Stanciu-Director of Racquets at Owl's Nest Resort
Luana Stanciu originally from Bucharest, Romania, is the Director of Racquet Sports with Peter Burwash International at Owl’s Nest Resort. Stanciu successfully participated in the Professional Tennis U program with Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management while working at Saltaire Yacht Club, Fire Island in NY, and the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida.
The foundation of her successful tennis career is rooted in Romania where she grew up with her parents Danut and Luminita and her 2 brothers. Under coach Moraru Gabriel at the G&M Tennis Academy, she achieved top rankings in Romania’s U16 and U18 age groups.
Stanciu moved to the US after she received a scholarship at the University of Louisiana and contributed to winning the Sun-Belt Championship. In 2017, she obtained a full scholarship for the Women’s Tennis Program at the University of South Dakota and represented the team for 2 years. In 2020, she graduated with a MA in Kinesiology & Sports Management and decided to put her skills and education into practice by pursuing a professional career in tennis.
In addition to being an excellent tennis player and coach, Luana has experience playing and teaching Pickleball. Luana also participates in many Experience Travel camps and retreats such as Doubles Boot Camps. Luana offers her own custom tennis camps and vacations with Experience Travel at Owl's Nest Resort. You can get all of Luana's Owl's Nest Resort, New Hampshire camp details here.
What is one of your favorite tennis moments?
Any Experience Travel camp or retreat is a favorite moment for me. We have a large group of talented and fun coaches at every camp. I love spending time on court with the other coaches and the atmosphere of the camps are always so refreshing.
What is your favorite non-racquets sports exercise?
When I am not coaching or playing racquets sports, I love hitting the gym and lifting weights. I love the results you get, and the added strength I get on court from the strength training is a game changer.
What is your go-to power food or snack before getting on court?
Rice cakes with peanut butter!
What is something you would say you are known for?
I have a lot of energy that I like to pass on to others especially in the mornings. I like to greet everyone in the morning with an upbeat "gooooddd morninngg" I am definitely known for my morning greeting.
What is your favorite thing about coaching?
Definitely the people! I love adapting to all of the different personalities and playing levels. Everyone I coach I approach differently based on their personality and skill set, it's like putting puzzle pieces together to find the best fit for each individual. I have developed so many lasting relationships throughout my career that I cherish and look forward to creating many more.