After playing Division 1 US College tennis for Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), I set out on a mission to become the best coach that I could be.
The first chapter of my career included skill development coaching at all levels, before coaching high-performance athletes, including Australia's world junior tennis teams.
By the mid-2000's I was burnt out and unable to bring out the best in each of my students.
I left tennis and met Natalie Ashdown, the CEO of Open Door Coaching. An extraordinary coach and mentor. Natalie opened my eyes to a whole new way of coaching. My coaching style evolved from 'telling' and directing to listening, asking questions in order to create a better understanding, enabling me to bring out the best in each of my clients.
My definition of coaching shifted from a position of 'knowing all the answers' to;
‘Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn as much as it is teaching them.’
This major shift in my coaching philosophy is the reason that I have partnered with Open Door Coaching to bring the Aussie way of being into the hearts and minds of companies in the USA.
IT WASN'T ALWAYS EASY
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a coach. It wasn't always easy. I wasn't a top-level junior player and I did not play on the tour. I doubted my ability frequently but never lost my curiosity to become the best coach that I could be. In fact, I took my first tennis lesson at 14 years of age and walked off the court thinking this is the greatest job in the world.
I began learning from some of the best coaches around the world and studied under the likes of Nick Bollettieri, Judy Murray, and Patrick Mouratoglou.
I am an energetic and curious life-long learner and have now interviewed over 500 successful sports and business coaches on The Coaching Podcast who have shared secrets as to what makes a great coach.
Watch this space for my up and coming book, 'What Makes a Great Coach?'
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