Gresham Academy

Gresham Academy

5.0 (7)
10 hires on
3 employees

About this pro

I like to improve a students game while having fun and improving fitness. You will enjoy the the process because learning new things stimulates the brain and builds self esteem. So you will get fit improve your footwork and technique.

I love to see a student improve and gain confidence. I love to work with those who enjoy the process.

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Hawthorne, CA 90250
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7 Reviews


  • Claudia Castillo

  • Malcolm Gillian

    Great tennis coach and instructor! Highly recommend for anyone looking for lessons.

  • Porsha C

    Great Tennis coach! Very personal! During the first lesson, he took the time to assess all of the different strokes (forehand, backhand, volleys, overheads, and serves) with a focus on getting me to proper technique and control over each hit. I would not hesitate to recommend him and will definitely be scheduling weekly lessons

  • Tanya Franklin

    Excellent Instructor. Very productive lesson! - I’m a semi-begging player that was looking for a knowledgeable instructor to help me not only improve my tennis skills, but to help me learn the proper way of playing tennis. Demetrius superseded that at our very first training session because during and afterwards, I can honestly say he helped me improve my game technically, strategically, and mentally. His knowledge of tennis was evident and I could tell right from the start that he’s not giving lessons for the money but that he truly loves the game and loves seeing his students improve and achieve their tennis goals. He’s a great motivator with an awesome personality. I look forward to many more positive and effective tennis lessons!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to ask the student what would they like to improve on. What are their strengths and weaknesses. What is your goal and how much work are you willing to put in.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I do have a bachelors degree in business, but my tennis resume is strong as well. I volunteered coached at USC under the legendary coach Dick Leach for over 10 years. I have coached at various levels,professionally,college and junior tennis. I have over 30 years of knowledge and tennis experience.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I am not trying to get rich teaching tennis. I love to teach and watch a student improve. I charge $45 an hour for a private lesson. Group lessons with 2 to 4 $35 an hour. 

How did you get started teaching?

I played tennis as a teenager and I am self taught. I played in high school on a good tennis team where I shared the #1 position with a close friend. I also played junior college tennis at Pierce college where I played at the #3 and 4 position. I thank my older brother for getting me started.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with children, juniors,adults, college players and professionals.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A good friend of mind plays team tennis and wanted to improve his forehand. He is 47 years of age. He wanted more topspin so we drilled his forehead and put the stroke under pressure to see if it would hold up and we saw a major improvement. Those are the things that make me happy!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who you are comfortable talking with and someone you can share your ideas with. Ask the teacher questions and don't be afraid to question them about things. Make sure they have experience and are willing to support your goals. Remember this is all about improving and enjoying the process.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

A student needs to know what their goals are and be realistic about how much they are willing to work for it. There are junior tournament goals, high school goals, college and the weekend player who just wants to get out there and enjoy a friendly game. 

The key key is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

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