Private, semi-private, and small group lessons are an excellent way to learn tennis from one of our talented tennis professionals. Private coaching gives you 100% of your coach’s attention for the full duration of your lesson, so you can focus on whatever elements of your game need assistance. Private lessons can be scheduled at a time convenient to you (subject to court and instructor availability). Call us at 702-229-2100 to schedule with one of our professionals below.
Jeff Foley – Director of Tennis
Originally, Coach Jeff came to Las Vegas to play tennis for the UNLV Tennis Team. After graduation, Jeff became the Assistant Men’s and Women’s tennis coach for two years. It was here Coach Jeff decided he wanted to make teaching tennis to youth and adults his career. Jeff has been a USPTA Level 1 Certified Tennis Professional & High Performance Coach for more than 20 years. Jeff was Director of Tennis at Red Rock Country Club from 1999-2008. Afterwards he became the Director of Tennis at Anthem Country Club working to develop their adult and junior programs. Currently, Coach Jeff is Director of Tennis at the Darling Tennis Center. In 2011 Coach Jeff also became the Head Coach of the Faith Lutheran Girls and Boy’s Middle School and High School Tennis Team.
John McCauley – Head Teaching Professional
John wants to help grow Tennis in the Las Vegas community and enjoys sharing a high level of instruction with students that wasn’t available to him when growing up.
Niclas Paalzow – Director of Adult Beginner Tennis
Coach Nic is the Director of the Adult Beginner Program at Darling Tennis Center. He was born and raised in Sweden and later moved to the US and played his collegiate tennis at Vanderbilt University. Nic settled in South Florida in 1992 where he was a tennis professional and ran his own club for 20 years. Darling Tennis Center welcomed Nic to its team in 2017. He’s USPTA certified and instructs all levels of players from beginners to advanced and all ages from juniors to adults.
Saad Ashraf – Director of Junior High Performance Tennis
“My Philosophy is not just to teach kids to play tennis at a high level and reach their goals but to empower them with the tools they’ll need to fully succeed in life”. Coach Saad is a former Div 1 Collegiate coach and former Director of the USTA Intermountain Regional Training Center. Saad has developed several juniors who’ve won Sectional Championships and received Division 1 college scholarships including Gabby Smith (USC), Brian Foley (Boise State), Rohan Gupte (Tufts University) and many others. In the last 2 years coach Saad has developed 6 sectional #1 ranked players.
Brian Wilson – Associate Director of High Performance
Brian Wilson was ranked #1 in Southern California in the juniors before he attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship. In 2003 Brian was the NCAA doubles champion and the team went undefeated and won the NCAA team championship. In 2004 he was ranked #1 in the NCAA in singles. He played on the ATP tour for five years and won over 15 titles in singles and doubles. Brian played in the main draw of the US Open and Australian Open. While playing World Team Tennis, he had wins over Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter. Since Brian started coaching in 2008, he has been involved in two of the most successful and acclaimed tennis centers in the country, Darling Tennis Center HP Coach 2008-2012 and was Director of Junior Tennis at Northwest High Performance Tennis from 2012-2018. Was USTA Faculty Coach for Lead NorCal and Northern Section Team USA Camps and was also on the PNW Coaches Commission and Junior Competition Committee. Brian rejoined the Darling Tennis Center in 2018 and we are very fortunate to have him back.
Mike Fitzpatrick – Director of Senior Tennis
Coach Mike played High School Tennis in Las Vegas just around the corner at the Meadows School (1997). He later attended UNR and graduated in 2002. After returning to his Las Vegas roots Coach Mike starting playing recreationally. Wanting to be a more active part of the game Mike took a job at the Darling Center in 2012 teaching beginner level juniors and Seniors. Coach Mike continues in this role and is also the head racaquet stringer at Darling. In 2017 Coach Mike was recognized by the USTA as Junior Team Tennis Coach of the Year.
Janessa Wilson – Director of Junior Development
Tyler Burt – Teaching Professional
Tyler is a Las Vegas native who grew up on the tennis courts. He started teaching at a very young age working with children in a developmental camp setting. Tyler played competitive tennis until early high school then pursued a career in baseball. He played collegiate / semi-professional baseball prior to returning to the tennis courts.
“My goal is to bring a different style of High Level training to the table by emphasizing on the strength of a team to help players push each other to greater limits!”
Keith Fridrich – Teaching Professional / Facilities Manager / Tournament Director
Coach Keith is PTR Certified, teaching all ages and ability levels since 1995. In 2018, he received the USTA NV High School Coach of the Year. In 2004, he received the Lorain County Coach of the Year (Ohio). In his own coaching track record, he had an undefeated Conference Record as a Senior at Baldwin Wallace College (1994). Coach Keith’s lessons are fun, functional, a great workout, & help players improve right away, while also working on long term goals.
He was on the coaching staff at BW when they received their first two national rankings in program history (2002 and 2003).
Jeff Rice – Teaching Professional
Jeff was born and raised in Las Vegas and started playing tennis at 8 years old. He later went to Bishop Gorman High School and played on their tennis team that over a three year span went 33-0 and won three consecutive state titles. Jeff stayed true to his Las Vegas roots and attended UNLV where he played his collegiate tennis. Currently he is the coach of The Adelson Middle School and High School Tennis Teams. Jeff is USPTR certified and joined Darling Tennis Center in 2016 and works with players of all ages from juniors to adults.
Trevor James – Teaching Professional
Trevor played Division I tennis at the University of Arizona, graduating in 2016. Since graduation, Trevor has provided coaching to many high level juniors in the area, as well as teaching lessons at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Recently out of college, Trevor feels he has a “fresh and contemporary perspective on tennis and knows what college coaches are looking for in players”. Trevor is still in great playing shape and attributes that in part to his emphasis on fundamentals, which he instills in all his lessons. “I see a lot of players with bad habits on the court that could be fixed with simply revisiting some basic concepts they learned long ago. My goal is to help players improve with very simple and easily executed advice”.
Treasure Nyame – Teaching Professional
Coach Treasure was a high school State Qualifier from Desert Pines high school and has gone on to become an excellent teaching professional.
He teaches all ages and levels.
He currently attends UNLV where he studies Kinesiology.
Treasure is one of our youngest teaching pros and became PTR certified at 16.
Brendan McClain – Teaching Professional
Brendan was ranked as high as #1 in the Boys 18’s in Southern California, and as high as #8 in the nation for Boys 18’s.
He attended Boise State on a full ride scholarship, studying business. Won MVP of the Blue Gray college tournament as a freshman. Also, went 22-3 his freshman year in the Mountain West Conference.
His favorite tennis player is Roger Federer. He would someday like to meet Quentin Tarantino.
Brendan has spent 2 years coaching juniors and adults of all levels at the Pierpont Racket Club. We are very fortunate to have Brendan join the Darling team
Sheryl S. Bon – Teaching Professional
Sheryl was one of Coach Saad’s OG students before he joined DTC in 2007. She was a highly ranked player in Nevada, Intermountain, and in Southern California. She was homeschooled during high school to pursue tennis.
She received numerous college scholarships, including offers to Syracuse and Liberty University. She decided on Azusa Pacific University where she played at the #1 singles and doubles positions all 4 years, serving as team captain for 3 years. She received her masters in Social Work.
During her collegiate career, she achieved 2 time All-American and was recognized at the U.S. Open, where she received the ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, handed to her by Patrick McEnroe. She coached high school tennis at Pasadena Polytechnic and coached at various clubs and facilities, coaching all levels and ages (as young as 3 years old) ever since she was 16. She is PTR certified. Sheryl is also one of our social media managers.
Joaquin Castruita – Teaching Professional
Joaquin was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Citrus Valley High School and played on their varsity tennis team all four years. Each year Joaquin won a league champion title in either singles or doubles. He was rated as high as #105 in California based on Tennis Recruiting.
After graduating high school, he decided to leave his hometown to attend UNLV where he received a degree in Finance. Joaquin is currently #1 in the Intermountain Men’s Open division and actively competes in local and interstate tournaments.
His philosophy is: “Fundamentals make the player, so learning them as soon as possible will grant you the most fun and success on the court.” Some of Joaquin’s hobbies are playing ping pong, investing in stock derivatives, and reading.
Michael Shabaz – Teaching Professional
Michael has an extensive and impressive list of personal tennis achievements, as well as accomplishments as a coach.
Michael was the 2005 Wimbledon Junior Boy’s Doubles Champion. A 2x NCAA Doubles Champion at UVA. He holds 4 singles titles on the Futures professional level. He has been a finalist on a $50,000 professional Challenger event. He’s secured wins over Nishikori, Harrison, Guccione, & Kendrick, along with several top 100 wins.
He became a top 30 ITF player and held the #1 doubles ranking in the world. He was a 5x All-American during his time at the University of Virginia. Welcome to the team Coach Michael!
Matthew Mims – Teaching Professional
Matthew is one of our tallest teaching pros (6’7″). A San Diego State alumni, he went off to become the assistant college coach for a top 20 NCAA team.
He has been the private coach for a top 10 NCAA player, as well as a personal hitting partner for an ATP professional.
Coach Matthew is available to coach all levels and ages. When he’s not on the court, you can find him in the modeling world represented by Sky Worldwide.
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