Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club has secured the services of one of the region’s best known tennis names, Jade Culph, as new head coach in a coup for local tennis development.RACHEAL WILLETT January 7, 2014 3:59pm
Culph will take the reins from retiring Yarrawonga tennis coach Jon Coleman and said he was excited to head down river from his Albury home to work with local juniors.
“I first got into coaching in the United States after my collegiate playing career had just finished,” Culph told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I was a collegiate All American and the Head Coach at my university offered me an assistant role…so I signed on to the role while I finished up my studies.
“I really enjoyed passing on my knowledge of the game to the other players and motivating them.”
Coaching quickly became a passion for Culph, following on the heels of his own successful playing career.
“I started tennis rather late in regards to a junior development standpoint. I had my first private tennis lesson at about 13 years of age,” he said.
“I played all sports really up to that point and was a NSW State representative in many of them including cross country running. I was asked at about the age of 14 by my coach to consider playing tennis all year round including winter as well.”
Culph quickly became an outstanding junior and subsequent mens player, winning a long list of events from 1993 onward before heading overseas to study and compete.
Since 2004, he has played and coached professionally in the USA, Norway, England, Ireland, Wales and Australia.
Most recently, Culph, 35, proved his on-court talents were still impressive with wins in 2013 in the Margaret Court Men’s Open Single, Victorian Grass Court Men’s Open Singles, Victorian Country Week Division 1 Championship and Riverina Men’s Open Singles Championship.
Culph said he was looking forward to working with the local juniors at the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club.
“I’m hoping to bring some professionalism, excitement and buzz to Yarrawonga,” he said.
“I want to get the youngsters on court and develop some talent and produce some players. That is the main goal.
“I want the juniors to have fun because that's what the game is about but I also want them to be competitive, I want them to want to achieve, to get better and to work hard. I have found if you do those things anything is possible.
“It doesn't matter where you are from you can be a success if you have the desire, work ethic and talent. “
Culph will be offering group lessons offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 3.30pm running to around 7pm.
He said the groups would be organised so juniors are a similar level for each hour slot.
Saturday mornings will be the Hotshots program starting at 8.30am as well as the Ready, Steady, Go players who are the next level up.
Private lessons will also be offered and will be planned around the schedule when the program begins.
Elite/High Performance training packages for junior tour players may also be offered. There will be more information on the full schedule in the coming weeks.
For enquiries contact - Director/Head Coach Jade Culph, phone 0432512372 (leave msg) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club go to www.tennisyarrawonga.com.au
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