Started playing tennis at the age of 11.Was a nationally ranked junior played college tennis at Hampton University.We won the NCAA division 2 title.After college went on the satellite and challengers tours.Played mainly in Europe for 10 years.I played club tennis in Germany for 10 years.After I stopped playing professionally I taught tennis in Germany for a number of years.Fluent in German.Enjoy teaching all types but especially I like working with beginners.
I learned to play tennis at the age of 5 and started to train competitively a year later. I competed in multiple state tournaments in China. I earned the certificate of national second level athlete in tennis when I was 12. Tennis made up a huge part of my childhood life, I’ve devoted every weekday in the afternoon and almost the entire weekends to tennis all the way through junior high in China. I went to America to attend high school, and I was the #1 singles/doubles and the captain of our tennis team throughout my entire high school days.
While attending the University of Iowa, I was provided a tennis instructor position and began to teach at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation complex. I taught both Private and group lessons and trained students from little kids to adults. Applying knowledge I acquired from Exercise Science degree, my focus was to design sports specific training programs that incorporate not only tennis practice drills, but also performance drills designed specifically for tennis such as speed/agility drills, footwork drills, and proper warm up/cool down routines, etc. I kept coaching for a while after college and went on pursuing a master’s degree in Exercise Science at Northeastern University.
Nick Simonelli grew up in Long Beach, California and has been playing tennis most of his life. He started playing competitively at 12 years old and went on to be one of the top singles players in Long Beach and won the Long Beach High School Doubles Championship as a senior. Nick planned on attending Cal State Long Beach after high school but they were without a men’s tennis team so he decided to play 2 years at a community college before transferring. Nick played for Cerritos College which was the number 1 school in the South Coast Conference and was ranked inside the top 5 Community Colleges in California the years he was active. When he transferred to CSULB, Nick started teaching tennis full-time.
Nick has taught at numerous facilities and academies and has worked with all types of players from day one beginners to top ranked juniors, to college players and former college players. Nick taught boys and girls tennis at 2 different high schools and both schools finished 1st place in their respective leagues each year he coached. In addition, Nick has taught at the Ritz Carlton where he ran adult cardio tennis and live ball programs, and at the Seal Beach Tennis Center where he was in charge of a USTA junior tennis team. Nick is making a career out of teaching tennis and is very passionate about what he does. He is currently working on getting his USPTA certification to be classified as an Elite Professional.
Coaching for me is about helping you reach your tennis goals. I believe in improving your performance as a tennis athlete first, with winning being the result of achieving your goals.
Our program challenges our students to strive for improvement in areas, rather than a “winning at all costs” philosophy. We also believe in working together with our students in a cooperative manner in which decisions are collaborative and the training structure is flexible.
You, the student, should feel that the lesson is uniquely tailored to you and taught by a trained professional who enjoys teaching and being on the court with you.