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Coaches Workshop Draws Nearly 50 From 5 States

January 27, 2015 11:36 AM

Jonathon Braden
USTA South Carolina

Nearly 50 coaches and tennis professionals from all over the Southeast came to Columbia on Sunday to learn from some of the best tennis coaches in the country.

At the USTA South Carolina Coaches Workshop, held at the indoor courts at the University of South Carolina, five expert speakers shared insight into their particular areas of expertise. And the coaches walked away with pages and pages of notes to digest on their drives home and in the weeks ahead.

“The presenters did a great job,” wrote one attendee in a post-workshop survey. “This is my first USTA workshop and I will definitely be attending more.”

Rita Gladstone, a USTA Master Trainer who lives in Florida, started the workshop by showing participants 10 and Under Tennis drills and how to keep kids engaged.

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Gladstone working with two children at the USTA SC Coaches Workshop.
 

Weslynn Hutto, the boys and girls tennis coach at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, shared how she’s coached high school girls to be competitive during her more than 20 years of coaching high school tennis.

Chuck Kriese, the longtime Clemson men’s tennis coach and now the men’s tennis coach at The Citadel, worked on court with four junior players and showed the drills he does every day with his Citadel student-athletes.

After a break for lunch from DiPrato’s Delicatessen in Columbia, Jorge Andrew, the director of tennis operations at the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, delved into an often-overlooked topic in the tennis business: how to provide stellar customer service. With a video and a PowerPoint presentation, Andrew entertained and informed the audience.

“Repeat business is your only business,” Andrew told the crowd.

The last session of the workshop featured Oliver Stephens, who has taught tennis all over the world, including in Chicago as the Midtown Athletic Club’s junior competitive program director.

Stephens shared specific drills that will help performance juniors improve on a daily basis.

The workshop, which was hosted by the USTA South Carolina Coaches Committee, was open to all tennis professionals, coaches, parents and players. Attendees and presenters were from Illinois, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

For more information about the committee and future workshops, email braden@sctennis.com.

 

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