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The Darling Tennis Center boasts some of the best instructional staff in Nevada. Whether you have a junior seeking to train at a national level or you’re looking for an adult league, we have a program that’s right for you. Here is a list of our coaches. Feel free to meet with them or join one of their group clinics to check out their style.
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
Coach John is a Texas native who reached the final of his High School State Championship competing against eventual pro player Richie Renneberg. John went on to play tennis for UNLV. After graduation Coach John became the Director of Tennis at the Flamingo Hilton for 17 years before joining the management team at Darling.

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 he was 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 Division I 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 4 years coach Saad has developed 8 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 racket 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
Janessa is one of the original junior coaches at DTC. She has been working at DTC since it opened in 2006.
She was born and raised in Las Vegas and grew up competing in junior tennis in the Intermountain region.
Janessa is considered to be one of the best developmental coaches in the region.  She is an expert at stroke production and possesses exceptional motivational skills all while keeping the sport fun for the kids. Janessa has a history of developing some of the best juniors coming out of Vegas.
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).

Coach Keith is also currently a coach at Faith Lutheran High School, with 9 (Girls 7, Boys 2) state tournament berths as a team in the last eight years, with one State Championship (2014) and three State Runners Up finishes.
His private lesson clients include a former D1 college player from Cleveland State, collegiate D2 and D3 Conference Champions, six players that have qualified for respective High School State Tournaments, including three that were State Runners Up, and several All-District (Ohio) and All-Regional (Nevada) award winners.  He has also coached two Ohio Athletic Conference Players of the Year in the collegiate ranks.
Jeff Rice – Teaching Professional
Coach 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, which 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 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.

Rick Piliwale-Wilson – Teaching Professional

Coach Rick is an experienced coach who enjoys making tennis both fun and informative. He has worked with players from beginners to college level. His tennis roots are from the Pacific Northwest. However the last fourteen years he has worked in some of the finest tennis courts in Hawaii from Ko Olina Resort to Mid-Pacific Institute. Coach Rick understands the importance of being a versatile coach both technically and tactically. His range includes coaching for Chaminade University as well as helping local High school programs. As a Coach he has been selected and represented both the PNW and Hawaii for national level Zonal and JTT competitions. As a former USPTA Hawaii division president he collaborated with the Hawaii Open to offer one of the 1st ever junior clinics where the juniors played and then watched the pros such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. Coach Rick is industry recognized as well for outstanding tennis coaching and volunteerism. He was awarded the USPTA / USTA Pro of the Year. USTA Arthur Ashe Kids Day Coach. USTA All American Team for the west region. He also was a major part of his facility receiving the USTA Facility of the year award. Coach Rick is looking forward to helping grow the game, networking, and overall making Darling Tennis Center the best it can be.

Myles Brooks-Tiffany – Fitness & Teaching Professional

Fitness Trainer and Tennis Coach: American Council of Exercise certified. PTR certified. Onnit Fitness Academy Foundations certified. Focusing on building strong, stable and durable athletes through tennis specific workouts that revolve around bodyweight exercises as well as strength training using kettlebells, steel clubs and maces. Worked alongside the University of Washington tennis program and other tennis clubs in the PNW. Also, previously trained in Eastern Tennessee before moving West. Well versed in the demands that sports ask of athletes’ bodies. Myles competed in tennis(15yrs), wrestling(13yrs), soccer(10yrs), lacrosse(4yrs) and basketball(3yrs). Still an active athlete himself, Myles’ goal is to make sure everyone that trains with him gets physically healthier, technically better, and is able to play whatever sport they fancy for as long as possible.

Courtenay Cavett – Teaching Professional

Courtenay was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended high school at The Ursuline Academy of Dallas where she played #1 Singles and Doubles. She was voted MVP & became Captain of her team. Courtenay was highly recruited out of high school and chose to attend Stonehill College, as an NCAA Scholarship recipient. She transferred to the University of Kansas in her Junior year and was President of the Club Tennis Team. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. Courtenay moved to Las Vegas from Kansas City, Missouri in April of 2021. 

Ytai Abougzir – Teaching Professional

Ytai was born in Be’er Sheva, Israel. He moved to Florida in 1991 and went on to rank #1 in the nation for the Boys 14 and Under by 1997. That same year, he won 3 of the biggest tennis tournaments: Easter Bowl, National Clay Court and Hard Courts. By 2001, he won the Australian Open Doubles Title and became #1 in the world in the ITF Ranking (International Tennis Federation) in singles and #5 in doubles.  
He turned pro at the age of 18 and played professionally for 3 years before deciding to attend Florida State University on a full scholarship in 2004. At FSU, his team made it to the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament and to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournaments – both were firsts in the school’s history. They ended up ranking 9 overall – also a best at the time.  After graduating, he decided to teach tennis. He has been teaching tennis in the Summerlin area since 2014. He has a wife named Mary and a beautiful baby girl named Ziva Olive.

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