Director and Head Coach

Stephen is the Head Coach of Heathmont Tennis Club and director of Zenith Tennis Academy. He is a Tennis Australia Level 2 Club Professional coach, and is experienced in coaching players of all ages and abilities.

Stephen thoroughly enjoys seeing players develop a keen love of the game and a strong drive to improve, and derives great satisfaction from seeing beginners grow in confidence and skill while developing goals. He is also passionate about working with performance-based juniors who are actively striving towards creating life opportunities with their tennis.

After an extensive playing career, which included representing Australia in the Junior Davis Cup, achieving an ATP singles and doubles ranking, and playing NCAA D1 College Tennis at the University of Illinois, Stephen returned to Melbourne to begin his coaching career. Stephen’s playing experience gives him a strong insight into the types of physical and mental challenges that junior players go through when learning the game, as well as how to best navigate those obstacles.

Stephen’s greatest motivation in coaching comes from his knowledge and personal experience of how much tennis can benefit someone’s life, whether it be day-to-day enjoyment from playing, or the pursuit of life-changing opportunities and the lessons learned from being committed to a goal.

As the director of Zenith Tennis Academy, Stephen is committed to developing opportunities and clear pathways of progression for each player, and works closely with the other coaches in creating programs that foster the development and enjoyment of all players.