Jamie is our TCSP Tennis Director and played tennis for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). He went undefeated in singles and doubles play his Junior and Senior years at PLU with an impressive record of 48 wins and no losses. He also won the NAIA District Championships in singles and doubles play. Now, USPTA (P-1) and Cross-Fit certified, Jamie brings over 20 years of high level teaching experience to the tennis court.
Jamie was the Boys Varsity coach at Mercer Island High School. During his 3 years as coach Mercer Island won 3 state titles. He was named Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also awarded USPTA Coach of the Year in 2011. His team also received the Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2012.
Jamie has experienced enormous success mentoring players at all levels. Off the tennis court Jamie’s other passion is music. For nearly two decades Jamie has been a member of the nationally acclaimed vocal group “The Coats”. He is also experienced in modern stroke mechanics, core fitness training, cross-fit training, and plyometrics. Several students of Jamie’s have gone on to play college tennis with tennis scholarships.
Jamie’s enthusiasm and ability to build instant rapport with his students combined with his entertainment background makes him a BIG HIT on the tennis court!
Kyle grew up playing tennis in the Pacific Northwest and developed a reputation as one of the toughest competitors in the area. As a junior, Kyle was a successful and hard-working student of the game.
Kyle played at Eastern Washington University (EWU) for four years and helped develop the school into a nationally recognized name for college tennis. Kyle played at EWU as their number one doubles player. During that time, he was ranked in the top 70 doubles players nationally and helped secure a conference championship for EWU.
Described by his college coach as one of the hardest working athletes he’s ever had the opportunity to coach, Kyle brings his experience as a player and coach to the high performing players and athletes of Tennis Center Sand Point.
Kate is a native of Indianapolis and a USPTA certified teaching professional. Kate has been teaching and coaching since 1992. She competed in the NCAA Tennis Division I at the University of Delaware, where she played #1 singles and doubles for four consecutive years and was named both MVP and team captain two of her four years.
Kate spent 8 years teaching at the Indianapolis Racquet Club, a 32-court facility, where she directed the summer junior program which included over 200 students. She received television and media recognition for her outstanding influence on local youth. She also headed up an outreach program for the surrounding Indianapolis neighborhoods. Kate was the club’s summer director for three years, then moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2000.
Since living in Seattle, she has taught at the Edgebrook Club in Bellevue, the Mercer Island Country Club (as the Jr. Tennis Director), the Bellevue Club and the Mercer Island Beach Club (with her husband Jamie). The husband/wife duo have twice earned their way to the USTA National Open Mixed Doubles tournament. They are happy parents of 4-year old son, Eli, and 1-year old son Noah. Eli’s first word was “ball”!!
Jeff has been playing tennis for 22 years starting at the age of 9. He attended Decatur High School in Federal Way, where he became a Washington 4A State Champion in doubles and was ranked in the top 10 of the PNW section in junior competition.
After high school Jeff attended BYU-Hawaii playing tennis all 4 years and helped the team win the NCAA Division II National Championship. He was also awarded the scholar-athlete award 3 times. Jeff graduated from BYU-Hawaii in 2005 earning a degree in Exercise Sports Science with a minor degree in psychology. Jeff has coached with past USPTA president David Porter, and is USPTA certified.
Jeff has been coaching full time since 2005, and served as the head pro of Puyallup Bally’s Fitness Center. Jeff has helped numerous juniors prepare for college tennis in addition to working with USTA teams who have gone on to sectionals and nationals. Jeff most recently coached at the Lakewood Racquet Club. Jeff enjoys teaching and coaching players of all levels, and loves to share his passion for the great game of tennis.
Jerry is a native of Seattle and played as number one seed for four years at O’Dea High School before going on to play Division 1 tennis at St. Mary’s College in California. Jerry has eight years of coaching experience under his belt.
His career started as an Assistant Coach for the Aqua Club in Kenmore, WA. He then coached tennis camps at St. Mary’s College, Nike Summer Camps in Malibu, CA and The Moraga Country Club in Moraga, CA. He also served as the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Team at St. Mary’s College.
Currently, Jerry serves as Head Tennis Coach at O’Dea High School and as the Tennis Director at the Aqua Club in the summer months. Jerry is a P-1 USPTA Instructor and he is very excited to be working in the Pacific Northwest and to be based out of Tennis Center Sand Point.
Nick grew up in the Pacific Northwest and played for Mercer Island High School for three years where he served as team captain his senior year. He then attended Washington State University (WSU) and played on the club tennis team all four years in college. During that time he served as President of WSU’s club team in his junior and senior years. While in college he managed Mercer Island’s Parks and Recreation tennis programs during the summer months.
Nick enjoys working with kids and juniors and after college returned to Mercer Island to coach the boys’ and girls’ high school teams for two years and a year respectively. He also co-managed a tennis camp for underprivileged children at the Atlantic Street Center. Nick also worked as Tennis Coordinator and Pro at the Eastside Tennis Center and is excited to now be a member of the tennis pro team here at the Tennis Center at Sand Point.
Brian is the Director of the High Performance Program at TCSP. As a former eight year owner and director of an academy in Southern California, Brian coached over 30 players who were ranked top 100 in the nation.
Brian has trained and placed over 40 players to prestigious Universities like UCLA, University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Amherst College, Air Force Academy, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Claremont McKenna College and many more.
Brian traveled the world playing ITF Juniors and professional tennis for two years. He then received a full scholarship to Brigham Young University Hawaii and helped lead the team to win its first NCAA Division II title in the 2002 season. Brian achieved a national ranking of 7th in singles and 2nd in doubles. After playing college tennis, Brian’s passion led him to study the mental aspect of game which he considers most important.
Brian received a Masters’ Degree in Applied Sports Psychology from California State University Fullerton. During his graduate study, he was mentored by Dr. Ken Ravizza a guru of sports psychology. For his Masters’ project, Brian created a mental skills training program for elite tennis players and has been applying the program to all his students. The results have been outstanding.
Jake is a Seattle native and graduated from Nathan Hale High School. He is our most seasoned tennis pro, with many years of coaching under his belt. He served as coach for Roosevelt High School, Blanchet High School and Seattle University. Back in the day as coach for Roosevelt he sought shelter for his team during those rainy days and started using the hangers at Magnuson Park, this was the impetus for Jake’s involvement in the construction of the Tennis Center Sand Point!
Jake’s positive approach to tennis brings the fun factor onto the courts! He likes to emphasize hitting great shots and moving those feet! This philosophy is apparent in Jake’s very popular early morning class “Ball Machine with Jake”.
Off the court, Jake loves hitting the ski slopes and has 40 years of experience in the industry. You may recognize his face and voice through the ski industry. Jake was one of the founding members of Powder Magazine established in 1972 and served as the voice of the Cascade Ski Report on radio stations throughout the Northwest.
Jake is thrilled to call Tennis Center Sand Point his new “tennis home”.
Jason is originally from Los Angeles, CA and started playing tennis at the age of 11. In all four years of high school, he played as the #1 and #2 seed in singles on the Varsity Team Tennis Team. In college he played tennis for Glendale Community College where he received the MVP award.
After college he became a tennis instructor for the Warner Tennis Center at Topanga Canyon, CA. He also trained junior level and college players in Southern California.
Jason is a USPTA instructor and has been teaching for nine years. He is currently one of the coaches for the University Prep Varsity Tennis team and helped the team take 2nd place in the 2011 WIAA season. Jason’s coaching and training experience includes work with numerous tennis camps in the Greater Seattle and with players of all ages and of different abilities. He has also served as instructor of cardio tennis at different Tennis Centers throughout the region.
Jason brings great energy and passion to the sport of tennis. His favorite tennis topics include stroke technique, footwork, positioning and strategy. Jason likes to have fun on the court and provide the necessary tools for students to be successful players. We’re excited to have Jason with us at the Tennis Center Sand Point.
Scott is a USPTA certified teaching professional and has taught in the Seattle area for over ten years. He has directed programs for Seattle Parks and Recreation and has been on the teaching staff at both Amy Yee Tennis Center and the University of Washington's Nordstrom Tennis center. He has served as Director of Junior Tennis at the University of Washington for over five years. Scott also served as head coach at Lakeside School in Seattle and was the 2006 Metro League coach of the year.
Scott is committed to coaching excellence at both the junior and adult levels. He has coached juniors ranging from beginners to highly ranked Champs players. Many of the juniors he has worked with have played high school tennis in the Seattle area and some have gone on to play college tennis at the Division I, II, and III levels.
Scott also coaches adults, both individually and through USTA League Tennis. His USTA League teams have competed at the 3.0-4.5 levels and have qualified for competition at the Local, Sectional, and National levels--winning eight Local titles and four Sectional titles. In 2005 and 2013, Scott coached USTA League teams to National Championships; his teams have placed in the top four in the country multiple times.
Scott currently resides in Seattle with his wife Nancy and daughter Viv. When he is not taking his daughter to tennis tournaments, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, eating great food, and resting up so he can get back on the courts! Scott is excited to be part of the fantastic teaching staff at Tennis Center Sand Point.
Dea is a native of Indonesia and grew up playing as a representative of her country at the age of 12. She competed in international tournaments and team platforms including the World Junior Team Tennis and Fed Cup. She reached the top 50 singles and top 20 doubles in the ITF World Junior Rankings. She also played in the Junior Australian Open where she reached the quarter finals in doubles. Dea also played in the WTA tour for a year, reaching #557 before she decided to accept a college scholarship.
She was heavily recruited by the University of Washington (UW) which at the time was ranked in the top 10 NCAA Division 1. While playing at the UW she was ranked #5 in singles and #3 in doubles in Division 1 of the NCAA. She is also a two-time All American award winner in 2003 for singles and 2004 for both singles and doubles.
Dea has over 20 years of experience combined as a coach and an athlete. She enjoys coaching and teaches skills from hand-eye coordination to mental toughness and game strategy. Her upbeat and positive teaching style makes her one of the most popular tennis coaches in Seattle.
She has been the Director of Tennis at the Sand Point Country Club since 2008. Dea is also on the teaching staff at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. We are very excited to have her on the coaching staff at TCSP.
Jeff Richards brings a unique blend of instruction and dynamic drilling to TCSP, a quality that very few instructors possess. His passion for developing players and teaching people how to love the game of tennis has inspired hundreds of players over his 20 plus years of coaching.
Jeff is a native of the Pacific Northwest and attended Decatur High School in Federal Way where he went undefeated with a record of 44-0 as a Varsity Singles player. As a college player, Jeff won the NWAAA State Title his junior year.
His teaching career began in Japan, where he taught overseas. He then became an elementary school teacher while coaching tennis. Jeff was named Coach of the Year while teaching at Todd Beamer High School. He also served as Director of Tennis for the Mercer Island Shore Club and worked as a lead instructor for 6 years at the Mercer Island Beach Club.
As a certified Cross Fit instructor, Jeff helped to create the dynamic Boot Camp tennis workouts as well as TCSP's Cardio Tennis programs during his time at the temporary Sand Point tennis facility, the Racquet Training Center, from 2009 - 2012. He also serves as a firefighter for the Redmond Fire Department and is responsible for keeping his fellow comrades in shape through rigorous Cross Fit workouts.
Mark Ball is a Pacific Northwest native. He was a junior player on the tennis circuit for many years and competed through his high school years. He played # 2 singles and advanced to the State Tournament each year as a doubles player for Clover Park High School in Tacoma.
During his college years he chose to play water polo learning other variations of mental toughness and how to endure hard physical competition. Mark played in various regional tournaments including the Centennial and Goodwill Games.
Mark is USPTA certified and has coached a variety of sports including soccer, swimming and baseball for many years. Tennis though has always been his passion and he has been playing for nearly forty years. Mark teaches both juniors and adults here at TCSP and he is also Manager of the Cloud City Cafe. Mark is an awesome addition to the TCSP team.
Mike Ball, like his brother Mark Ball, is a native of the Pacific Northwest. His tennis career started in Tacoma, WA where he played #1 seed singles and doubles for Clover Park High School for 3 consecutive years.
His success in high school helped him to achieve the #1 seed in both singles and doubles at the University of Oregon, where he maintained a winning record.
After college he worked at the Lakewood Racquet Club as a pro with a focus on developing junior players. He also served as the first pro at the Fircrest Tennis Club in Tacoma where he developed a successful junior and USTA program with an over 80% participation rate among the club’s members.
Mike is also a USTA certified chair umpire. He continues to play competitively and plays on several 5.0 league teams. Mike plays an integral part of developing the Junior Tennis Team League here at TCSP.
Mindy is a native of California and graduated from the UW, and has called Seattle her home since graduation. She is ACE certified in Group Fitness and holds a Sports Conditioning Specialty Certification, as well as a certificate in Tabata, Barre, and TRX training. She is an avid tennis player and recently competed with her team in the 2013 USTA National Championships placing 2nd overall.
What she loves most about teaching is the chance to touch people's lives each and everyday. Mindy leads the TRX portion of the TRX tennis class and her classes are high energy and upbeat. She is grateful for this opportunity to teach and looks forward to sharing her passion with her classes and the TCSP community.
Nick Bass grew up in the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix, where he played junior tennis and placed #1 in all age categories through his middle and high school years. He then played Division 1 tennis for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY for two and a half years where he played as the #1 doubles and #4 doubles.
Nick represented his native country, the US Virgin Islands, four times in the Davis Cup. His tennis pro career started at the age of 16 where he started as an assistant teaching pro for the Buccaneer Hotel in the US Virgin Islands. He has also worked as a pro for the Amy Yee Tennis Center and the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Nick also coaches many USTA men's and women's teams from the 2.0 - 4.0 levels. He has successfully coached teams to USTA Nationals and Sectionals. Nick is PTR certified and he has helped start up TRX tennis here at TCSP. Nick's enthusiasm and focus on personal development makes him a great addition to the TCSP Team and we're excited to have him on board.
Steve Walters graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in business. He is USPTA Pro 1 certified and has extensive experience training junior players at various junior academies around the nation including service as a pro for Saddlebrook International Tennis Center in Florida, John Newcombe Tennis Ranches in Vermont and Texas, and as Director of the Junior Program at the Pacific West/Bally Tennis Center in Puyallap and Federal Way.
Steve specializes in helping intermediate and tournament level juniors elevate their game to the next level of play. He also coached junior player Jared Palmer on the pro tour who was ranked #1 in the US boys 16 and under age bracket and reached the second round of the Junior US Open.
As a player, Steve has more than 200 wins in the men's open singles in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Midwest Sections. In 2012, 2007, and 2002, he was the PNW sectional men's doubles champion. In 1985 and 1986, he was the PNW's mixed open doubles sectional champion and has been ranked as high as #1 in the men's doubles and mixed open doubles in the PNW.
We are very pleased to welcome Steve to our team of pros here at TCSP.