I am excited to become a part of your community this year and help continue the great tennis tradition at VRSTC! I believe that I know many of you already, but look forward to meeting all the members of VRSTC very soon. For those of you that do not know me, here is a little background about me:
I started playing tennis at the age of 9 and grew up playing in the Pacific West tennis club system that dominated the 80s and 90s in the south Puget Sound region. I attended Decatur High School in Federal Way, where I won a Washington 4A State doubles title and was ranked in the top 10 of the PNW junior section.
The sunny and warm climate of Hawaii was calling me after high school, so I attended BYU-Hawaii playing tennis for them all 4 years. The pinnacle of my college career was helping the team win the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2003 which was an incredible experience. I graduated in 2005 earning a degree in Exercise Sports Science with a minor degree in Psychology.
After a fun and rewarding college stint, I jumped right into coaching full-time after graduating and eventually became the head pro of Puyallup Bally’s Fitness & Tennis Center. I have been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and have been an accredited tennis coach with the USPTA for many years. I have also coached in Olympia and the Tacoma area and have helped numerous juniors and adult teams prepare for college and national events.
Seven years ago, I moved my wife and two boys and took a chance on Tennis Center Sand Point and have enjoyed being a part of this great community. I have coached all levels of juniors from the red ball program to the performance program. A big part of coaching for me is the relationships that are created on the court. I have really enjoyed the bonds created in the huge adult community at TCSP, which some of you here at VRSTC are a part of too. Whether a pure beginner or an advanced adult player, I appreciate being a part of everyone’s journey and helping problem solve their game.
I am really looking forward to spending the summer months with everyone here at VRSTC and hope that I can provide a great experience to everyone that comes to the programs and lessons. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or feedback at any time to help improve and provide you what you need.
~ Coach Jeff Rice