#115: Lane Evans - You need to have the WILL, the TALENT and the SKILL

Season #5

Tennis and fitness coach, Lane Evans, has dedicated his life to being a continuous lifelong learner. He believes that regardless of someone's age and ability, anyone who has the WILL can unlock their TALENT thanks to the SKILL of a great coach! Lane (and his wife, Lori) are die-hard Oklahoma fans and they attend every football game. Lane instils a love for tennis, health and well-being everywhere he goes and you can often see him wearing his trademark cowboy boots and hats at every coach education conference available.     

Take a deeper dive into this episode here;

  • Best coaching moment 2.59
  • Worst coaching moment 5:09
  • Sliding Doors: 10:04
  • What makes a Great Coach? 14:00 (Listener, skill and patience)
  • When you see a player for the first time, what is the first thing that you look for? 17.40
  • TALENT is a unique gift and it needs to be assessed by multiple sources 17.57
  •  You need to have the WILL, the TALENT, and the SKILL 18.32
  • How has tennis coaching evolved over the decades? 19.12
  • We have to get club managers to buy into the educational standard needed to become a tennis professional 22.20
  • "You always need to give some back to make some." 23.26
  • How can we help our clients find their passion? 24.10
  • When you see a player for the first time, what is the first thing that you look for? MOVEMENT! 28.46
  • How do you balance your time? 14:59
  • Background behind his playing career 18.18
  • It's normal to feel anxious when you are competing. 19.48
  • Hear what is inside Uros' book, "Mine" 21.45
  • The road of life isn't straight. 22.27
  • Coaches - what are the common things that you are repeating? 24.53
  • How to be present 25.51
  • Confidence and belief 26.35
  • The power of positive reinforcement (learning from mentors) 29.46
  • Excuses are for losers. 30.54
  • What makes a great director of a club? 34.22

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Lane Evans Bio

Lane Evans is a lifelong teaching tennis professional.  He is a USPTA Master Professional living in Norman, OK with his wife Lori.  He has been in the tennis-teaching profession for almost 40 years, almost 35 as a USPTA member.   He spent 22 of those years as a Club GM and a Fitness & Wellness Director as well.

In 2020, Lane completed his USPTA Master designation.  He also completed his Master Trainer designation with the International Sports Sciences Association with certifications in 6 different protocols. 

Tennis Positions held:

  • Director of Tennis-Old Town Club-Winston-Salem, NC
  • Director of Tennis & GM-Country Oaks Racquet Club-Woodland, CA
  • General Manager-The Big C Athletic Club-Concord, CA
  • Director of Tennis & Wellness-Champion Hills Club-Hendersonville, NC
  • President-Lane Evans Tennis & Golf Performance

Lane served one term on the USPTA National Board of Directors.  During his tenure, he chaired the USPTA National Pickleball Committee and the USPTA National Past President’s Committee.  He also chaired the Wellness & Fitness Committee, where he and his committee wrote the curriculum for the USPTA Specialist Degree in Tennis Fitness.  Lane was also responsible for brokering the new agreement with the IFP(International Federation of Pickleball).  

With over 2,000 USPTA Education Credits, Lane has been recognized by the USPTA Southern Division and the Missouri Valley Division for education merit.  He completed 2020 with 304.5 credits. Lane is at Level 4(the highest) of the USPTA education achievement levels. 

He is a Master Tennis Performance Specialist with the iTPA(International Tennis Performance Association).  He is also certified by RacquetFit.  He assisted in writing the curriculum for the certification.  He is also certified by TPI(Titleist Performance Institute) at Fitness Levels 1 & 2 and Super Speed Golf at all three levels.  He works with several high performance golfers, two of which qualified for the US Open Senior Championships.  He recently completed his certification by the Kovacs Institute as a Serve Specialist.

Lane is currently the President of Lane Evans Tennis & Golf Performance and is an Associate Teaching Professional at Westwood Tennis Center in Norman, OK where he works with all levels of players.  His ladies 55-over, 8.0 team finished 2021 as the Nation’s fourth ranked team.  (This is a good story)

He also volunteers time at First Serve of OKC, First Tee of OKC and Moore High School where he has served as Assistant Coach.

Lane was recognized by the USPTA Missouri Valley Division as their 2021 Professional of the Year and then was named Alex Gordon National Professional of the Year for 2021.  Lane is one of a rare few that have been selected as Division Professional of the Year in two different divisions.  (Southern and Missouri Valley).