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Coaches

DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

Stephen Day

With over 25 years experience from beginner to tournament level players, Steve is experienced at coaching all ages and standards and is currently coaching Private lessons, Advanced Squad lessons, Lady's Groups and Holiday Camps at our main location at Trumper Park Paddington and also at Waverley College. Steve specialises in both technical and tactical training for tennis players of all standards. Other passions include touch football and his 3 children and their hobbies and sporting endeavours. Educated at Deakin University Melbourne, Victoria he has studied both Business and Sport Management. Steve is a Tennis Australia Master Club Professional Coach, Tennis Australia Hot Shots Coach and a certified First Aider.


SENIOR PROFESSIONAL

CHRIS HODSDEN

Originally from Aberdeen in Scotland Chris has more than 15 years experience coaching there and here in Australia. Chris is also a qualified personal trainer and a keen kick boxer who has skills far beyond the tennis court. Chris has been working at Trumper Park on and off for more than 10 years and is a very popular member of our team with staff and patrons alike. Chris runs our popular social tennis on Monday and Wednesday mornings as well as high quality private classes. From a competitive perspective Chris has the wood on most of our team when it comes to match ups on court making him the “Top Dog” of our tennis centre.


SENIOR PROFESSIONAL

CARMEL MEACHEN

Carmel Meachen is an experienced tennis coach with a proud reputation for helping clients to achieve their goals. Carmel’s coaching philosophy has always been to “play to one’s strengths”. A Paddington local Carmel has coached at White City for the last 6 years and is now junior development coach at The Scots College Bellevue Hill. An accomplished player in her own right, Carmel also has a wealth of experience at coaching all standards and her favourite level to work with is orange ball (8-10years). Carmel also coaches’ junior through to senior performance players and she is responsible for some very talented players who are currently playing at high levels here in Sydney and abroad. Tennis is her life and she has a passion for people, sport and culture with a keen eye for the finer details.

PATRICK MACY

Patrick’s main role is assisting the Director of Tennis at Waverley College with the teams engaged in competitive matches on a weekly basis. Patrick is also a Waverley College old boy who played in the 1st team from the age of 13 years old. Patrick then played on the ATP circuit for a couple of years in satellites and futures tournaments as a young man. After coaching with some of the best coaches in Australia at White City in its heyday he brings that experience to our team. Patrick is a superb tactical coach who pushes his pupils to get the most improvement in the shortest possible time. Patrick’s other passions include web design and IT, building this website and many others and he is a keen artist and painter.


KINGSTON DAY

Kingston has 5 years experience coaching junior players; he helps deliver the Hotshots and school holiday programs here at Trumper Park assisting the senior professionals deliver quality tennis lessons. Kingston also provides footwork, fitness, speed and agility training with the 1st - 4th tennis teams at Waverley College each week. Kingston has studied strength and conditioning and personal training and is currently studying health sciences at Deakin University, following his passion for sport and how to get the most from the human body. Kingston is a keen sportsman himself and accomplished at Touch, Rugby and Rugby League and Oz Tag as well as Tennis.


BEN KOCHAN 

Local Woollahra boy Ben has been playing tennis in these parts since the age of 5 and has always been a player with plenty of potential. From a keen tennis playing family he was scouted in a talent ID day as a boy and played at a high tournament level as a teenager. Now a coach, he has fantastic technical ability, motivation and patience to help his students both privately and in our Hotshots program. In his spare time Ben is also a stand-up comedian and likes to bring a sense of fun to all his lessons. 


Alvaro Alfonso-Ruiz

Alvaro is from Seville in Spain and has been playing tennis since the age of 7. He brings with him a lot of European clay court tournament experience and has playing ITF futures tournaments and is working hard towards his tournaments here in Australia. Alvaro helps with our group and squad programs but also does many private classes also. With a UTR of 10 Alvaro is a very strong singles player and has been engaged as hitting partner for numerous professionals making him the perfect hitting partner for anyone wanting to hit a mountain of balls at any level of play. Alvaro has 3 years coaching experience with players of all levels, from beginner to elite and is highly motivated to provide all his experience with his students.


Roger Kilinsky

Originally from Brazil is a multi-faceted coach who is also coaches and referees football for private schools and club teams through out the eastern suburbs. Roger helps us with group and school based programs at Trumper Park and Waverley College. Rogers ability to rally forever means he is a formidable singles player who never gives you an inch.


Grant Woolley

Grant hails from across the ditch in Aotearoa and now lives locally in Woollahra. He is an experienced player and is new to coaching. He has the patience of a saint whilst helping with school based programs and kids classes. Grants personable demeanour makes him the ideal coach as he follows his passion for the game with us.


Santiago Prieto

Originally from Salta in Argentina, Santiago is our all rounder who can do it all. A superb player himself, he coaches all programs and levels including privates, groups, school teams and runs our social tennis on both Mondays and Wednesdays and also strings racquets. Santiago has more than 7 years experience coaching here in Australia, Argentina and three summer seasons in New York, USA.


Charlie Heffernan

Our guest coach for the Australian winter whilst he is back home from Texas where he is playing on the US college circuit. Charlie plays in our top tennis team of a Sunday morning as our clubs spearhead player and is available for private classes till he returns to the states.


 

All of our coaches are cleared to work with children.


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