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.
Hello, my name is Aiden! I graduated from Tahoma High School in 2022 and am attending the University of Washington hoping to double degree in Biology and Law, Societies, and Justice, with a minor in Bioethics. I greatly enjoy working with kids: coaching tennis, tutoring math, or playing instruments. I have played tennis for most of my life and been coaching with Mr. G for the past 3 years.
Hi, I’m Megan. I am a senior at Tahoma High School and I have been on the high school team for the past two years. I was a camper at Mr. G’s tennis camp as a kid and it has been so fun to now be a coach! I am excited to be back for another year of coaching this summer :)
Hi! I'm Kallen. I've been playing tennis for as long as I can remember. It first started with my family introducing me at an early age and then continued year after year at this very tennis camp every summer. It has been such a cool experience to have been inspired by the Mr.G all those years ago and having the opportunity to be able to work with him now to inspire the next generation of tennis players. I'm looking forward to not only teaching tennis this summer but to help create fun memories that will last a lifetime.
Hi! I’m Paxton. I am a Sophomore at Tahoma high school, I have been playing on the tennis team for 2 years. This will be my second year coaching at Mr. G’s camp, the very camp that taught me how to play! I love teaching kids games and having a fun time with you all. Often I can be found at the tennis courts teaching my little brother how to play! Can’t wait to meet all of you kids this summer!
Hi! I am Cole. I will be a 2023 graduate of Kentlake High School. I am a 4 year varsity letterman, 3 year Tennis team captain and a 3 year MVP. I was the #1 seed in the 3A NPSL tournament in 2022.
I started playing tennis at Kent Swim and Tennis Club when I was 8 years old and continued playing all through my school years, as well as doing classes and camps at Boeing Tennis Club. I am currently a member at Boeing Tennis Club and enjoy taking classes.
I am looking forward to my second-year of coaching at Mr. G’s tennis camp and having fun with the kids!
Hi! My name is Emily. I am a senior at Tahoma High School and have been on the tennis team since freshman year. I have been a camper at Mr. G’s tennis camp since I was 8, and I am so excited to be given the opportunity to coach now! I love helping these kids learn how to play tennis while having an awesome time with their friends. Between water balloons, popsicles, and fun prizes, I love how this camp allows everyone to have fun! See you on the courts!