MEET OUR COACHES
Thanks for checking out Mr. G’s website. Let me take a moment to share a little about myself. I would say the most important thing about me is that I’ve been married to my wife (also known as “Mrs. G” and coach of our Teenie Tennis kids) since 1990 and feel like our relationship is the greatest treasure I have on earth. Besides her, I am blessed to be the father of three amazing kids, Carter, Davis, and Maggie. I love being their Dad.
I started teaching tennis right out of High School, down in San Diego, California. I was teaching private lessons and assisting at the Chula Vista Tennis Center, while studying physical education at San Diego State University. Each summer I was able to find great opportunities to grow as a teacher and coach. My first opportunity came in 1986 when I worked at Pepperdine University for the Allen Fox Malibu Tennis Camp. The training was excellent and I even got to play tennis and hang with Dustin Hoffman, and Barry Williams (Greg on the Brady Bunch).
The next summer I was off to Lake Waramug, Connecticut to be the head summer pro at the Lake Waramug Country Club. It was a great challenge starting the tennis team while also working group and private lessons in the east coast heat. The golf was free and the lake across the street was refreshing.
After college, I landed a job at the Bellevue Athletic Club as an assistant Pro. I was surrounded by experts in tennis and soaked in as much as I could over the 4 years I worked there. Playing tennis with great likes of John Johnson (from the Sonics), K.C. Jones (former Sonics coach), Amahd Rashad (NFL player), and even having the opportunity to play doubles with Aaron Brown who now reports the news nationally.
I should have known that tennis was in my future when in 1982, and continuing each summer until 1984, as a 15-year-old I had the privilege of being a ball boy at the U.S. Open in New York. I love to tell stories about shagging balls for John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Everett, Martina Navratilova, and many more. I sometimes like to share with our campers about some of these experiences.
As I look back over the wonderful experiences I have had, it is clear that I was being prepared for what has become Mr. G’s tennis camp. All of these opportunities are what helped me launch the camp in 1999. The first year we had 67 campers and last year broke a record with just over 300 students coming to enjoy the camp. It is my hope that each and every student will be taught the fundamentals, will have a great time doing it, and will feel encouraged to continue playing the great game of tennis.
Hi, I'm Mrs. G! In addition to being the Administrator and Bookkeeper for our camp, I've been running our Teenie Tennis program since 2010. I have so much fun on the court with these young campers and look forward every summer to seeing their smiles as we introduce tennis, often for the very first time. Safety is my number one priority with these little ones, and after that--FUN! We learn important first steps toward tennis success while having fun with beach balls, sponge balls, water balloons, and a giant parachute. I am honored to say that it is Mr. G himself who taught me how to play the game of tennis when we dated back in 1989. His patience and skill at breaking down the game have played into my own ability to teach young children. When I am not on the court I run my own business as a personal Life Coach and am also a Substitute Teacher with the Tahoma School District.
Hi! I’m Ashlyn Hohn. I started playing tennis my freshman year of high school and played in varsity all four years. I graduated from Tahoma high school in 2018 and now go to school at Bellevue college where I play collegiate tennis and golf. This will be the fourth season I coach for Mr. G’s Tennis Camp, and love it more and more every year. I’m currently studying to be a PE teacher with a minor in coaching, so working alongside Mr. G is something I take a lot of pride in. I love the sport and I love the kids we get to interact with.
Hi! I’m Catherine Dennis. I played tennis all four years for Tahoma high school, and currently play as a sophomore at Washington State University. This will be my fourth year coaching for Mr. G’s Tennis Camp. I am excited for another season and the opportunity to teach kids tennis, and have fun on and off the court.
Hi! My name is Mahiya Moreno. I am a senior at Tahoma high school and have been on the tennis team for three years, along with taking private lessons. I’ve enjoyed being a camper for Mr. G’s Tennis Camp since the age of seven, and have been a coach for several years now. Not only do I love playing tennis, but I love having fun with every kid I meet. I like to make sure every camper feels included and enjoys the camp experience. I’m super pumped to share my learning with all these kids this summer!
Hi! I’m Joshua Shin. I am a senior at Kentwood high school, and have been playing tennis since I was eleven years old. I am a member of the USTA, and Boeing Employees Tennis Club. I am also a state doubles player, and half of the “Doubles Team of the Year” for NPSL. I have coached for the Kentwood girl’s tennis team, Kent Commons, Boeing Employees Tennis Club, and excited to be back for my second year coaching for Mr. G’s Tennis Camp.
Hi! I’m Kenna Coyer. I am a senior at Tahoma high school, and have played on the girls tennis team for two years, having such a blast. I am so excited to be back for my second year, coaching for Mr. G’s Tennis Camp, working with each and every kid who wants to learn a little more about tennis and have some fun. I can’t wait to meet everyone and don’t be afraid to come say “Hi!!”
My name is Myah Bernard. I am a senior at Tahoma high school and I have been playing on the Varsity tennis team for 3 years along with playing at Boeing for the last 2 years. I love the sport whether that be teaching or playing, and I'm excited to be able to share my love for tennis with all the kids coming to Mr.G's tennis camp.