Since its inception in 1997, Niagara Academy of Sports has been developing more than tennis champions in Vineland, Ontario. Our unique family environment and well-balanced academic and athletic structure continues to attract student-athletes from all over the world. This year is no exception. We are welcoming students from Bolivia, China, France, Mexico, and of course Canada. We are excited to the arrival of the new members to the NAT family and welcome back our returning student-athletes.
Last year we had another successful year on and off the courts. Our graduates obtained academic and athletic scholarships to compete for their respective universities in USA and Canada. On court, our students were challenged all year round competing in OTA events in Ontario and USTA events in New York State. Many of our students competed at Provincials and Nationals, while also showing well at international junior events. We are very excited about the upcoming year as we are expecting even stronger athletes at all grade levels this year. We look forward to helping our students maximize their potential while reaching their personal goals in a shorter period of time.
I am entering my 16th year as a staff member and my 9th year as academy’s Assistant Head Coach and I am feeling as excited as I did during my first year. As usual, my role will be to program the calendar year and its technical, tactical, physical and psychological structure. In addition, I will oversee the daily training and coordinate the competitive schedules for all academy students. This year I will be joined by a very strong coaching team, Doug Carter (Tennis Director), Walter Garcia (touring coach and ITF, ATP and WTA consultant), Julio Murch, (touring coach), Daniel Gonzalez (Jr program coordinator) and coaches Soner Ariburnu and Dave Boland.
Our support team is composed of fitness head coach, Duane Butler, who’s in charge of programming and delivering the academy’s fitness programs. Mr. Butler is also our certified nutrition consultant. Our sports psychology team is formed by consultant Vietta (Sue) Wilson, Ph.D., Sports Psychology, program director, Philip Sullivan. Ph.D. Sports Psychology, and program coordinator Mathew Marini, Ph.D. student Sports Psychology. Our students are extremely lucky, as we have an amazing sports medicine team lead by Dr. Timothy Prince and his team of physiotherapists.
The specifics regarding our annual plans, training methodologies, information regarding fitness, tournaments and more will be posted on our website shortly after the start of the school year. I can also send it by email at your request. Thank you once again for allowing us to work with your children. Feel free to contact me by telephone at 905 562 0683 during office hours or via email at [email protected]