I consider myself a Tennis Mechanic because I have the knowledge to find minor tweaks, complete a major overhaul, or a complete build from scratch no matter your age or level. I have coached beginners up to the professional ranks and have over 20 years of teaching experience.
What sets me apart from other professionals is to simply look at the certifications. Having the experience to understand students and tailor the information to what the client needs cannot be understated in its importance. Below are a few of the certifications that I have:
- USPTA Elite Professional + Accredited Professional Coach - PTR Professional - Adult Development, 10 & Under, Performance + 5A (highest earned education possible) - HPI Mental Toughness Training Coach - Elite Etcheberry Certified - ITPA Tennis Performance Trainer - USPTA Competitive Player Development Specialist - USPTA Sport Science Specialist - USPTA !0 & Under Specialist - USPTA Facility Management Specialist - USTA Level I & II Sport Science Exams - And more - Over 700 hours of conferences and seminars - Articles published at all levels - Speaker at numerous conferences and seminars - Industry Excellence Award, Program of the Year, Facility of the Year, Director of Year, Top Education Earner USPTA, PTR Professional of the Year and other awards
So when I tell you that I have spent the time and continued to master the craft of tennis teaching I am serious that I can help you reach your tennis goals no matter what age or level of player that you are. I have taught kids aged 3-86 and every level from beginner and up.
The thing that I enjoy the most is working with new people all of the time. Everyone is different in what they need and are looking for in their tennis game. My enjoyment is helping players find the answers that work the best for them.
Ian is an awesome coach and I liked how easy it was to search for a coach to meet your requirements on the tennis mechanic.
I have been taking lessons from Ian for the last 3 years. He is an excellent tennis pro and has really helped my overall game. I am a 4.5 player and he knows what it takes to compete at that level. He is able to pick up on certain flaws and help me with minor corrections and tips to remind me what to think about.
So I had never picked up a racket before hitting with Ian. I was not sure what to expect because I really just wanting to get some exercise. I have been taking lessons for a couple months now and my game has improved to the point that I feel I can go and play on a ALTA team. Ian has a genuine care to want you to get better and reach your goals. He is also not kidding in his knowledge and understanding of the game. He is also realistic in what needs to be done to get to the next level and what to expect.
The first lesson is a chance to get a feel for each other. Understanding your goals and seeing where we are starting at is the most important part of the process. You cannot find answers without seeing where the starting point is. It is also important to make sure that the lessons with me is something that is worth continuing.
I grew up in a tennis family and have been a tennis player my entire life. I was helping kids at my academy that I played at early on and continued to learn and grow as a tennis professional.The game is evolving and the only way to find the methods that will work with each student is continuing to learn. Every student is different in their needs and goals for playing tennis so knowledge of the tennis professional is important.
Yes, my lessons are $65/hr for privates and $70/hr anything 2 or more people.
A funny story actually how I feel into teaching tennis. I used to help the pros when I was in high school teaching summer camp and working with players in my academy. When I was in college going to study accounting I worked in a tennis shop to make money. One of the tennis professionals just quit one day and did not tell his lessons he was leaving so 4 ladies showed up for their tennis lesson. The Director told me to go and teach the ladies their group lesson. When we finished they immediately told the Director he had to hire me. I was offered a job as soon as they left and had my first weekly standing lesson when I accepted.
I have worked with every student you could think of from a total beginner to professionals on tour. I have always enjoyed every student no matter the level or ability because of the new challenge each student presents in helping them meet their goals.
I really enjoyed working with Special Pops and being able to help the athletes get better and enjoy the sport of tennis. The love of the game that they have cannot be measured.
A true tennis professional that understands the game and the service that is being offered will have 2 traits that you cannot mistake.
1. They will want your feedback and look for the common ground in making your game what it needs to be. (Professionals that only understand one method of teaching will want you to stay in one box. If you are able to do that you will be successful. If you cannot figure out the method that they are teaching or another player learns to combat that method you will not be successful.)
2. You cannot fake passion and joy for the game. True passion will allow you to see an immediate improvement in your game. (No matter what a person has taken on there has to be improvement seen quickly for people to want to continue doing it. Making changes that become 2nd nature do not happen overnight.)
What are goals for the game?
Are you wanting to improve certain areas?
Just looking for a workout?
Wanting to play with family members?
Trying to play in middle school, high school, colleg, or pros?
What do you expect from your tennis professional?