In 2017 and 2018 I coached adults to national championships. I coached a high school to league and conference titles. I coached juniors to be starters on their high school teams and state champs. I build the athlete, the tennis player and the individual into a real competitor. I grew up playing basketball everyday of my life. Then football and baseball. In high school I was injured. Freshman year of college, I picked up a Prince racquet and now I am sponsored by Babolat. Tennis is more than a game. It is the sport of a lifetime.
Tennis is the sport of a liftime. Everyday I am on the court to make sure someone learns how to play it well. When they do, they learn too that it is a sport of their lifetime.
For juniors it is a journey they will never forget as the game teaches you about yourself every time you hit the court. The money spent on tennis lessons IS NOT an expense. It is an INVESTMENT in your child's future.
Shelby has not just been a tennis coach for my son; he’s also a friend, mentor, and older brother to my son. My son is an only child and we have a very small extended family so having Shelby in these other roles has been a boon to us. In terms of the tennis, Shelby has coached my son for about 6 years I think, initially in group lessons. My son was so frustrated by a couple of years that we spent in France where a different grip (I think) is taught that he was ready to quit. Shelby got him over those humps and another his senior year (this year) when my son was ready to quit because he didn’t think he was good enough for his school’s team. Their team ended up winning the state championship, and my son was able to contribute to that overall win by winning his matches. Shelby has been a stable presence in my son’s life for many years and an enduring relationship has been forged that will help my son through the ups and downs of attending an out-of-state college and beyond.
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