THE most experienced tennis coach on the Coffs Coast has returned to the court in a full-time capacity.
Tony Polack has taken on the role at Englands Park Tennis Club and can’t wait to get stuck into the job.
“I love the sport and helping juniors or adults reach their full potential,” Polack said.
“That level of potential is obviously different for everyone but if they are taught properly and are receptive and motivated anyone can reach that level.”
Polack’s resume is extremely impressive and he can boast coaching or training more national or state top 10 ranked players than any coach in the region.
For the past four years he has been working with the North Coast Academy of Sport as head coach of the North Coast junior tennis squad and this year Polack was selected by Tennis Australia as a talent development coach meaning the top brass in the sport recognise him as someone they believe well equipped to help develop the 11 years and under age group and take them away to national events.
While Polack will be coaching both junior and senior players at Englands Park, he admits that seeing an increase in the number of junior players participating each weekend will be one of his main goals.
“A dozen years ago there were 250 juniors playing Saturday morning competition and we had around 10 to 12 juniors who were close to the top 10 in NSW,” he said.
“Now there are 30 juniors playing junior competition and small numbers playing on a Friday night around the town.
“One or two juniors would be close to the top 10 in the state in their age group.
“Currently Sawtell has their 12 courts full most Friday afternoons with more than 65 juniors playing in a comp, so it is possible for Coffs to have many more juniors playing competition and performing better.”
The experienced coach says that he can help in this goal by taking plenty of new juniors under his wing including beginners.
“I have to start from scratch as I have been coaching very few juniors,” he said.
“I will be offering quality programs for juniors aged four to nine to get them started with the right technique early.
“Juniors will naturally progress from there into various levels of squads, right up to taking kids away to national titles.
“Two boys I currently coach will be going to nationals next year.”
Some may question Polack’s choice to link up with the Englands Park club but the club’s new coach said that the decision to link up with them was a simple one to make.
“Apart from it being the only major centre without a coach, they have a very progressive committee who run the club as a tennis club,” he said.
“Consequently they have the best facilities (court surfaces and lights) in town, as they budget to renew their court surfaces and fencing every eight to 10 years, with mostly their own capital outlays.”
Anyone interested in acquiring Polack’s services for coaching should contact him on 6652 5626 or 0428 454 928.