About Coach Thorpe

Coach Thorpe Talks to Laguna Blanca Team after Victory over Rio Mesa Tennis

Teaching Philosophy:

My philosophy utilizes a gradual progressions system, which focuses first on technique, then movement, and eventually bringing the two together to create fluid motion. I make a point of learning my students’ personalities and interests. This allows me to use the right methods and examples to help them learn most efficiently.

I also believe firmly that my responsibility extends far beyond feeding balls. Good instruction is about building the steps to proper form and then testing that form with live and varied rallying and point-play. For my intermediate and advanced students, I also seek to develop strategies for successful competitive play, such as: short-term and long-term goal setting, point construction, point and opposition analysis, mental and physical preparedness, nutrition, and hydration.

Tennis is a beautiful and challenging game. It can be played for many reasons, at many levels, and with many strategies and game-styles. As a tennis professional, it is my job and my passion to help players achieve the level they desire by giving them the technical, physical, and mental skills required to become successful tennis players.

Tennis Biography:

Growing up in the tennis town of Palm Springs, I spent a good portion of my adolescence out on the court, playing with friends and heading off to USTA tournaments on the weekends. In high school, I led Palm Springs High School to four straight CIF Division 2 appearances, was named to the Desert Valley all-league team each year,  and qualified for the CIF Individuals tournament and the Ojai Invitational three times each. Meanwhile, in tournament play I reached a Southern California 18 and under junior ranking of #85 and was ranked as high as #400 in the country for my recruiting class. In addition, I also received the SCTA Sportsmanship Award.

Recruited by several liberal arts colleges in Southern California, I joined the Redlands University men’s tennis program in fall of 2005. I was part of two NCAA Division Three playoff teams and our team was ranked as high as #7 in the nation in 2006 and #10 in 2007. From 2005-2008, I spent part of my summers coaching at Nike Tennis Camps at Claremont McKenna College, and it is there I discovered a passion for teaching the game of tennis. In spring of 2009, I received a B.A. in Political Science with minors in History and Physical Education.

In 2009, I began teaching tennis in Santa Barbara and became a certified USPTA tennis professional in 2011. I am currently head coach for girls’ tennis at the Cate School and boys’ tennis at the Laguna Blanca School, teach private lessons throughout the Santa Barbara area, and direct the Laguna Blanca Middle School Program and Summer Tennis Camp.cate-coach

 

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