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 for a complimentary class.
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 & Hi 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 Tennis 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.
Marko Babac – Director of Adult Beginner Tennis
Peter Nguyen – Assistant Tennis Professional
“To me, the best part about teaching tennis is seeing the difference I can make in a student’s game and life”.
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.
Sten Van Beurden – Associate Director of High Performance
Coach Sten, a native from Holland, was a top player in Boys 18s. After completing a college career at top 10 ranked University of Alabama, Sten trained on tour with Richard Kraciek. After a Team Tennis stint with the Dutch National Team Sten began his coaching career at Georgia State where in 2002 he was voted Atlantic Sunbelt Coach of the Year. Sten later became a Coach at #2 ranked Baylor University where he met and coached young German player Benjamin Becker. In 2004 Baylor won the NCAA team title with Becker as singles champion. Upon graduation Becker joined the ATP tour and at times Sten had the opportunity to work with him. He ran his own academy in Argentina before joining the Darling Tennis Center as our Associate Director of Junior High Performance. Sten has developed champions at all levels and defines success as personal growth on and off the tennis courts.
Lew DeLeon – Tennis Professional
Wes Hancock – High Performance Professional
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.
Tyler Burt – Director of Operations / DTC Tournament Director
Coach 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!”
Jeff Rice – Tennis 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 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 joined Darling Tennis Center in 2016 and works with players of all ages from juniors to adults.
Niclas Paalzow – Tennis Professional
Coach Nic was born and raised in Sweden. He 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.