Meet our returning Pro for the 2017 season!
Jack grew up in the West Island of Montreal and has been teaching tennis full-time for almost 20 years. From a young age he discovered that tennis was going to be more than just a game for him, his passion for the sport and personal goals as a player led him to an exciting and rewarding career. As a junior player, Jack appeared in several Canadian National Championships, including winning the U-14 Quebec Games, and by the age of 20, he was playing ITF professional tennis events. It was on a return train trip from one of these events in Edmonton that he decided to stop in Calgary to investigate the tennis program at the renowned Glencoe Club. The head pro there at the time was Kevin Page, a former West Islander, who offered him a position teaching in the junior program, his first coaching job. The program had a wealth of young, talented players from all over the west coast of Canada and the U.S. It was at this point that Jack decided to shift his career towards coaching. After nearly 3 years teaching at the Glencoe Club, Jack returned home to Montreal to be closer to family and friends. He continued his career coaching high performance juniors at Nun’s Island Tennis Academy where he had a tremendous impact on the Sport Study Program. His accomplishments as a coach were many with several students winning national championships; such as Marianne Jodoin, Eric Chung, Konrad Gasiorek and many others earning full tennis scholarships at NCAA Division 1 schools such as Duke, Florida, Arizona State, Tennessee and UCLA. The excellent results of Jack’s students did not go unnoticed and it was not long before Canada’s top players began seeking him out as a coach. In 2007, one of Canada’s top female players, Valerie Tetreault, a 6 time national champion and ranked #845 on the WTA, hired Jack to work with her full time. Within the first year of coaching, Valerie reached a career high ranking of # 325, and the following year reached the pinnacle of women’s tennis reaching a career high ranking of #114 in the world. Jack was soon working with other top Canadian women such Stephanie Dubois, Rebecca Marino, Eugenie Bouchard… to name a few! He went on to coach players to 5 ITF titles in all 4 Grand Slams. He also had the privilege to work with Canada’s Federation Cup squad on 3 occasions, which was an experience second to none in in his career. It was at this stage that he won Tennis Quebec’s award for top Canadian coach on the international scene. He traveled to various countries over 5 continents with top players to ITF, WTA and ATP tournaments; including all four Grand Slams, Indian Wells, Key Biscayne and Federation Cup. In 2010, Jack took on the role as High Performance Director at Club Sportive CDL, as well as continuing to work with more established players. The mandate of the HP Director was to develop young athletes between the ages of 10 to16 who aspire to gain university scholarships or a career as a professional player. Working with younger athletes developed into a very rewarding experience as it allowed Jack to have an even greater impact: he developed 5 players who are now part of Tennis Canada’s national program. Tennis is a way of life for Jack and his commitment to teaching is truly amazing. He goes beyond technique and strategy by also highlighting the importance of gaining mental and physical strength to develop a better game. Each player is different and he develops teaching methods in line with individual goals. Jack takes pride in being a teacher and his passion for tennis is contagious as he is eager to find players who are willing to challenge themselves and test their limits. While good results are always rewarding, Jack believes that qualitative improvement is the ultimate measure of success. Jack currently lives in Ile Perrot and is looking forward to forward to a great season working with the members at the ROTC.
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