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Our Coaches

Anita O'Neill

Anita O'Neill

Coaching experience

  • Qualified Level 1 1981. Coached at weekends in Kilkenny LTC.
  • Set up first Junior Programme there. Returned to coaching in 2008/09. Re-took the new Level 1 exams.
  • She has coached both adults & children of all levels both privately & in groups at Donnybrook, St. Mary's, Mt. Pleasant & WestWood in the past number of years.
  • Qualified Cardio Tennis coach & have run Cardio Sessions in Donnybrook & WestWood.
  • Tennis Ireland Licensed Coach & hold full insureance, I am Garda Vetted & Child Protection certified.

Playing experience

  • Playing since the age of 10.
  • Won numerous Junior Open tournaments U12,14,16 & 18, including the South of Ireland Girls singles.
  • Played Junior Interpro for Munster.
  • 1981 to date; Has represented Donnybrook in all competitions up to Premiership.
  • Selected for Leinster Veterans Interpros on two occasions.

Coaching philosophy

  • To instill a love of the game - no matter what level you play at.
  • To help each individual to be the best player they can be is the basis of my coaching. To help them understand that while winning is important, tennis is for life!
  • To make learning enjoyable & fun, especially for younger children, while ensuring each player - no matter what level they are at or aspire to - is challenged & makes progress.

Specifications

TCI: Level 1
Mobile: 087 983 23 57
Hourly Rate: € 40

Colin O'Brien

Colin O'Brien

Coaching Experience

  • Coached 3 Fitzwilliam Singles National Championship Winners
  • Coached Georgia Drummy to the Australian Open Juniors in 2016
  • Works with the Top Irish Seniors and Juniors at the National Tennis Centre

Playing experience

  • Played professional tennis for 4 years
  • Achieved ATP rankings of 599 in singles and 331 in doubles
  • Reached the final of 3 professional events in singles
  • Won 9 professional doubles events, including 2 Irish Open doubles titles at Fitzwilliam
  • Represented Ireland in 5 Davis Cup ties, winning 4 matches
  • Won numerous domestic titles including the Irish Close and the National Indoors
  • Played US college tennis from 2003-2007
  • Captained college team to its highest national ranking in history

Coaching philosophy

Colin's coaching philosophy focuses on all aspects of the development of the player. He has a great knowledge of the game and assists all players with the technical, tactical, physical and mental elements of tennis. Colin has experience coaching individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. He uses a variety of fun and professional games and drills with the ultimate goal of helping every player improve so they can further enjoy the sport.

Specifications

TCI: Level 1
Mobile: 087 4141 957
Hourly Rate: € 60

Lesley O'Halloran

Lesley O'Halloran

Coaching experience

Coaching tennis at all levels for past 15 yrs, Individual and groups from beginner to top ranked National players.

  • Irish 4 Nations U14, U18 & Senior
  • Irish World Student Games Team
  • Leinster Squads & Teams
  • Qualifications: BA Physical Education, NCEF, TI Level 2, Sports Injury & Rehab Therapist (Institute of Physical Therapy) Adv Sports Psychology, Cardio Tennis Trainer, TI Licensed
  • Coaching tennis players, all levels, ages and abilities, for the past 20 yrs. Individual, group, squad and teams from beginner to top ranked National players

Playing experience

  • Member of Irish Team 1981 - present : Junior, U21, Senior, Fed Cup 87 - 99, & O35s
  • Professional Tour player 1987-90
  • WTA Career high ranking doubles 113, singles 402
  • Wimbledon doubles 2nd Round Main draw 1989, 1/4 final Virginia Slims, Houston
  • Winner of 12 Professional Doubles tournaments Worldwide

Senior tour  2007-2012

  • World No.1 Singles & Doubles year end 2012
  • Winner ITF World Senior team C'Ships, San Diego 2012
  • ITF World Senior Doubles Champion 2007, 08, 09, 10& 12

Awards

  • 2009 National Coach of the Year (Tennis Coach Ireland)
  • 2010 Maunsel Trophy for exceptional contribution to Irish Tennis
  • 2012 European Player of the Year O.45
  • 1984 & 85 Membership of All American Collegiate Team

Qualifications

(after)TI Licenced (Garda Vetted, Child Protection) CPR, Sports First Aid, Miss Hits, Nutrition

Coaching philosophy

To coach and encourage all my students to achieve their full potential as tennis players. To keep myself up to date on all aspects of coaching and playing tennis. To promote and instill in all my students a love and respect for tennis, enabling them to experience the lifetime enjoyment this sport can bring.

Specifications

TCI: Level 2
Mobile: 086 813 5057
Hourly Rate: € 60

Owen Casey

Owen Casey

Coaching experience

  • I have been coaching all ages and standards since 1997.
  • Davis Cup and Fed Cup Captain (2001 - 2006)
  • Coached 23 winners of Junior Fitzwilliam (also 19 runners up).
  • Coached 20 players to US Collegiate Scholarships.
  • I have coached a National Champion every year from 1998-to date.
  • Fully licensed Tennis Ireland Coach.
  • Certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation 2008.
  • Certified by Irish Sports Council in Child Protection 2013.
  • Garda Vetted 201

Playing experience

  • Represented Ireland at 3 Olympic Games-Seoul '88 Barcelona '92 Atlanta '96
  • The only Irish Player to have a ranking for 15 years on the ATP Tour (1987-2001)
  • ATP Career High: Singles 228, Doubles 210
  • Irish number 1 for 13 years (1988-2000)

Davis Cup

  • Debut against Greece 1988
  • Retired from Competition with most wins - 33 (Singles 21,Doubles 12) and most ties played - 26.
  • Competed in Wimbledon and French Open Qualifying in 1996
  • Winner of all (10) Senior Domestic Tournaments 2000
  • First Irish winner of ITF Futures event in Dublin 2000

Junior career

  • ITF world ranking of 54. Competed in Wimbledon and US Open 1987 - reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon.
  • Won US Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Championships (NJCAA) 1987 and 1988 with Anderson Junior College
  • Won US Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 1989 with Clemson University

Awards

  • Received Tennis Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tennis 1999
  • Received Tennis Europe Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tennis 2008
  • Received ITF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Davis Cup 2013.
  • Presented to only 190 players worldwide.

Playing philosophy

My philosophy is learner centered in a fun and safe environment. My goal is for every student, adult or junior to reach their potential.

Specifications

TCI: New Level 3 (2011)
Mobile: 087 290 3161
Hourly Rate: € 80

Jenny O'Brien

Jenny O'Brien

Coaching Experience

I have been coaching for 20 years. I have coached 12 national champions, and I have worked with children and adults of all abilities.

Playing Experience

Played for Ireland over a ten year period. Played Federation Cup in Japan and Junior Wimbledon.

Playing Philosophy

The 3 components of my lessons are exercise, education and entertainment.
I believe every student has different strengths and skill sets, and everyone learns in a different ways. I develop a course of innovative instruction that inspires my players to develop their tennis and enjoy a game for life.

Specifications

TCI: Level 3
Mobile: 086 854 2446
Hourly Rate: € 60

Jimmy McDonogh

Jimmy McDonogh

Jimmy is a qualified Tennis Ireland Performance Coach. He also holds the Professional Qualification from the British LTA and the United States Professional Tennis Registry. He is a tutor involved in coach education with Tennis Ireland.Jimmy has previously held the positions of Director of Sport at WestWood, Leopardstown and Director of Tennis & Squash at Fitzwilliam LTC. He has represented Ireland at o35 level and the International Club of Ireland at o45 level. He is a founder member and past chairman of the Tennis Ireland Coaches Association.
Jimmy coaches players of all levels and adopts an inclusive and encouraging approach to learning and playing tennis.

Specifications

TCI: Level 3
Mobile: 087 959 22 73
Hourly Rate: € 60

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