Coach Tina Samara with her former player, Lauren Chypyha - Passion & Patience are common keys to what makes a great coach

Season #3 Episode #54

Lauren Chypyha was a former student-athlete for the Women's Wisconsin tennis team where Coach, Tina Samara, had the fortunate experience of being her coach and an excellent coach-player relationship in helping Lauren maximize her athletic and genetic potential.

At a glance, some of Lauren Chypyha's playing and career highlights include:
- 4th winningest singles player in Wisconsin women’s tennis history - 3 time all big ten - Career-high NCAA ranking of 32 - WTA points in singles and doubles - 2 years of coaching between Wisconsin days and law school - Graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020 - Called to the Ontario Bar in June 2021.

Thank you, Lauren, for being on The Coaching Podcast and we wish you all the success in transferring your tennis mindset skills over to the legal world.

Coach Tina Samara played both professional tennis and semi-pro golf herself, she understands what is required to become a champion. On the WTA tour, she reached a career-high ranking of 223 in doubles and played in the US Open Singles in 1994 and 1995. During her US College playing days, she won three NCAA National Team Championships and was the #1 ranked NCAA doubles team for the University of Georgia in 1995. Following her sporting achievements, Tina went on to coach Division 1 women's college tennis for 11 years and was known for her practical, empathic and direct approach to the holistic development of both the person and the athlete. In addition, Tina also competed as a semi-pro golfer for three years winning the New York State public links event in 2003.

Tina privately coaches and mentors many teenage athletes to help them transition from high school into college by pursuing their sporting goals and dreams. She is the owner and founder of Transition Coach 4 Athletes. This service helps student-athletes navigate the often challenging world of balancing study and maximizing sports performance as well as helping find US College Scholarships. Her website is: