In this episode I talk with Gary Stickler, founder of LifeTime Tennis in Australia. Gary was my first coaching mentor and set me on the path of seeing tennis as a vehicle to teach life skills. In this episode we talk about his time with Former #1 Pat Rafter, John Millman, his start in Rockhampton, and his coaching philosophy.
Speaking with Tennis Coach Dale Avery we learn about how Dale started his tennis journey in South Africa and how it landed him in Canada. Dale also shares his experiences with Triathlons and how tennis prepared him mentally for that sport and how his various experiences and those he has worked with have shaped the coach he has become.
Guest host Michele May joins me in interviewing her big brother Jamie Barresi. Jamie began his coaching career in Happy Valley at Penn State during the Joe Paterno years. From there he had coaching stops at University of Florida, Wake Forest, CFL Teams such as BC Lions and Hamilton TigerCats while also in coaching University of Ottawa most recently. Tonight Jamie talks about those early years at Penn State and shares his experiences from an incredible football journey.
Marc Assaraf is a San Diego based Tennis Coach who coached around the world many top 100 ATP, WTA and ITF players. He runs Players Edge Tennis and speaks with me in this episode about sugar addiction, pickle juice for battling nerves, and much more. Marc and I go back to the early 2000's where he along with Bill Cowan ran Players Edge Tennis in Toronto Canada.
Burke is Head Football Coach at Barrie North Collegiate HS, where he also coaches Rugby. After playing college Football at Carlton University as an undersized (5'8") defensive Linemen, Burke embarked on an extraordinary teaching and coaching career, and along the way joined a rock band, and joined the theatre while marrying his college sweetheart and having two daughters. This chat is one of our best to date about The Big Picture to coaching philosophy. Enjoy!
Today I speak to Dave 'Coop' Cooper from MLSPORTS about his path and journey to becoming a mental conditioning sports coach and business consultant. After teaching tennis around the world Dave returned to Canada where he has created workshops and tools to help players reach their potential.
Alex was born and raised in Brazil where he grew up risking his life on skateboards, go-carts, surfboards and motorbikes. He met and married Stephanie, a Canadian, and moved to Canada where he figured out how to turn the Great Lakes into a surfing playground. They have 3 wildly disciplined children, he practices a strong faith that keeps him optimistic, positive and a powerful force of a human being.
Candice Combdon trains at Barrie North Winter Tennis with coach Michele May and in a few short years has gone from being a complete 'non athlete' (her words) to the 6th ranked female Wheelchair Tennis player in Canada. With her sights set on representing her country at The Paralympics Candice has fallen in love with the sport of tennis and has formed a special bond with her coach.
Episode #5 I speak to my bud Steve 'Old School' Benson who started playing tennis in The Toronto Beaches in the 70's, riding the subway as an 11 year old to tournaments and becoming one of the nation's top ranked juniors on just 3 private lessons a year. He then went on to play Top Tier Division 1 NCAA Tennis at Georgia Southern University where he played against players like Paul Haarhuis former ATP #18 in singles and #1 in doubles. You will love hearing Steve's story.
Episode #4 we talk to 16 year old Skyhawks #1 player and captain Sam Burke. Sam shares his story in tennis, how he is keeping in shaping during Covid 19, what his biggest influences have been and what he's learned from ramping up his fitness routine.