Coach Sam (Former Professional Player, USPTA/PTR Certified Instrcutor)

Coach Sam (Former Professional Player, USPTA/PTR Certified Instrcutor)

5.0 (11)
5 hires on Lessons.com
6 employees
22 years in business

About this pro

With an outstanding background as a professional player and over a decade of teaching experience and USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified instructor, Sam Tofighi brings both his passion and his expertise to the court, helping you believe & achieve! He breaks down his teaching techniques in an easy and enjoyable method to make sure he creates a fun, yet productive environment for all his players. During his professional career as a player in Europe, he attended two of the most prestigious tennis academies worldwide; ISP Tennis Academy (Cannes, France) and Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy (Barcelona, Spain) for eight consecutive years. He trained with several of world’s top coaches including Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez, which allowed him to have a wider perspective of both the mental and physical aspects of the game. Now, as a full time USPTA professional, Sam Tofighi incorporate all his experiences into his instruction techniques to make sure his players meet their full potential and achieve their goals.

Seeing my students improve every single lesson give me a great deal of satisfaction as it resembles my hard work.

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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Linda Chhan

    My son has a great time with Coach Sam every lesson.

  • Nadia K.

    From the very beginning coach Sam has been extremely professional. He’s very patient & quick to respond to any questions I have. It’s so obvious that he genuinely enjoys what he does. He’s always on time to our meets & makes sure to constantly push me to better my skills and learn new useful techniques. I have trained with a few other instructors that had a lower hourly rate but coach Sam is incomparable to them. I’m extremely happy to have had the opportunity to train with him & I would with out a hesitation recommend him.

  • Jeffrey Yip

    Coach Sam is a great coach to have, whether it be 1 day to 4 days a week he will always manage you in a spot where you feel confortable and have a better performance each lesson!

  • Kayo Kaku

    Coach Sam is awesome! He is very professional and he always knows exactly what my son needs to work on and how to do it. My son has improved so much and plays a lot better in tennis matches. Coach Sam strikes a perfect balance between strict and fun, so my son has a lot of respect for him but still enjoys working with him so much. He takes three lessons a week but can't wait for next lesson every time. Coach Sam is also very patient, supportive, and encouraging. I highly recommend him anyone at any age and level!


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FAQs


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

After completing the full assessment, I go over the created personalised plan and discuss their short term and long term goal. This will help both the player and I to have a clear understanding of what we want to achieve.


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

- USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified professional.

- "Real Federación Española de Tenis" (Royal Spanish Tennis Federation) certified instructor.

- Over 25 years of experience in the tennis.

- Attended ISP Tennis Academy (France) for 2 years.

- Attended Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy for 7 years.

- Have played more than 40 ITF tournaments worldwide.

- Have played more than 50 international tournaments.

- "Real Federación Española de Tenis" (Royal Spanish Tennis Federation) certified instructor.


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

1. New players will receive a complimentary full assessment where I evaluate their level and go over their personalised plan.

2. Hourly rates are 1.5X higher if lessons take place at your tennis courts or requested location.

3. Full payment is due PRIOR to start of first lesson or package.

4. Packages expire 90 days from purchase date.

5. Cancellations require a 24 hour notice by text, voicemail, or email.

6. Once payment for a package or lesson is received, no refunds can be issued under any circumstances.

7. Packages are not transferable to other players.


How did you get started teaching?

I started coaching when I decided to end my professional career as a player. Tennis has always had a huge place in my heart and for that reason I intend to continue my work and help other passionate tennis players to achieve their goals.


What types of students have you worked with?

My players age from 4 to 72 years old, although, they're not all in the same levels. I train all levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We just finished our fall tennis camp in partner with Portola High School in Irvine, training 60 players in different skill levels. Our summer camp was truly a success and according to our survey at the end of the camp %96 of the players and parents were satisfied with the program. We’re looking forward to continue our group lessons with an after-school program in late August, so stay tuned!


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

Make sure you like the coach/instructor you're going to train with. Its very important! You're relationship with them will definitely affect your training session and long term progress.


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