Coach Jack Newman is known in Texas and across the country as one of the finest junior development coaches. He inspires leadership on the court and beyond. He motivates individuals to strive for nothing short of excellence in all aspects of life.
Coach Newman is Austin Tennis Academy’s Head Coach and CEO. He has achieved the distinction of Master Professional, the highest level of coaching education. He is also one of America’s first High Performance coaches. Coach Newman is a primary coach to Academy players, but also takes on the larger role of leading practice, planning the optimum tournament schedules and logistics. His time is also devoted to optimizing training and competition plans on a personal level for each player. These competition plans include short and long range goals, which often lead to NCAA Division I scholarship awards.
Coach Newman’s former students are also prospering at the highest collegiate level. In fact, three of Coach Newman’s former players have been selected as captains of their teams: Matthew Bain at Texas A & M University, Brent Werbeck at Boise State University and Adam Slagter at Penn State. In his last year of junior tennis, Slagter was ranked 200 in Boys 18s in the U.S. He now plays top 3 singles and #1 doubles in his sophomore year for his team. Lindsay Pereira is a perennial starter at the University of Virginia. All of Coach Newman’s recent former students are scholar-athletes who play key roles in their Universities’ success.
Coach Newman’s current students are excelling. Jeffrey Offerdahl won two 16’s Super Championship Major Zones in ’08, and finished third in the 2009 Copper Bowl in Boys 18s. Jeffrey is currently ranked in the top 20 of both the 16’s and 18’s divisions. Since being coached by Coach Newman, Chase Curry captured the 2008 Texas Sectional champion in boys 16’s, won the San Antonio Super Championship Major Zone in the 18’s in January, and finished second at the Texas Open in boys 16s. Curry is currently ranked #1 in boy’s 16s and #10 in boy’s 18s in the state. Chris Dale reached the final of the November College Station SCMZ in the 16’s, and has moved up the rankings from #60 to #16, a testament to player commitment and Newman’s training plans. As a 10 year old in 2008, Jake Berber moved up to SuperChamp 12s and played on the Texas USTA 12s Zonal team.