Gresham Academy

Gresham Academy

4.9 (36)
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About this pro

I love to see my students gain confidence and develop control of their strokes. I like to put targets on the court and have my students try to hit them. 

I also like to play points with them while challenging them mentally and physically. Practicing points with small incentives and a little pressure helps develop confidence. 

I love to help my students improve their skills. I like laughing while working hard with my students. Watching them accomplish their goals  makes me happy! When they see improvements we win as a team. 

I have been teaching tennis for over 30 years. I worked at USC and learned under the legendary coach Dick Leach. I worked for the USTA and the inner city program NJTL. I have also worked my own program for over 20 years and have developed top ranked juniors. 

That is what I enjoy!

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Hawthorne, CA 90250
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36 Reviews


  • Gisselle Vi

    Coach D’s passion for tennis radiated in our very first lesson. He is committed to teaching the right foundations of the sport and will work hard to meet your goals. I am excited to continue learning with him!

  • Amir Mmm

    He’s the best! A true coach!


    My son had tried 3-4 coaches before, and he said he loved working with Demetrius.

  • Syeda Mohsin

    Coach D is very professional, kind and helpful. He clearly cares about tennis and teaching tennis and was great to work with. We went over everything and he was very involved and patient. Thank you, Coach D!

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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.

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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 forehand changed his grip 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 is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

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