The ITA Coach Masterclass collection of courses includes various topics — from fundraising to building your facility to team culture.

Coaching Roles & Transitions

College coaches will face several transitions and play different roles throughout their college coaching career. Although these transitions create a lot of excitement for the individual coach and the college program, they are not without their challenges. How coaches navigate these early transitional moments can help set themselves up for success for years to come.

The coaches in this chapter share their experiences to help you transition smoothly to your next role. They also provide many other coaching insights that you will find useful even if you have been coaching for several years.

How to Become a College Tennis Coach

The first transition a coach makes is from college or another profession into the college coaching world. There are numerous pathways to becoming a college coach, and each coach has a story. You can learn more about becoming a college coach by clicking on the “How to Become a College Coach” article in the resources section of this chapter. Darnesha Moore (Head Men’s & Women’s coach at Alcorn State University) began her career as a volunteer coach.

How to Become a College Tennis Coach with Darnesha Moore

ITA Coach Masterclass: How to Become a College Tennis Coach with Darnesha Moore

Transitioning From Assistant Coach to Head Coach

Sean Maymi is the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Nebraska. He spent 11 years as an assistant coach at several programs before moving to a head coach role in 2018.

ITA Coach Masterclass: Transitioning From Assistant Coach to Head Coach with Sean Maymi

The Role of the Assistant Coach

Georgia Rose is the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Washington. She has also served as an assistant at the University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois. She concluded her playing career at Northwestern as a four-time All-American.

ITA Coach Masterclass: Role of an Assistant Coach with Georgia Rose

Head Coach of Both Men’s & Women’s Programs

Chase Hodges has led the Men’s & Women’s Tennis programs at Georgia Gwinnett since the program’s inception in 2013. He has coached at Drake, Georgia State, UNC Asheville, and Longwood. Chase has led the programs at Georgia Gwinnett to 11 NAIA National Titles and has been named the NAIA Coach of the Year 11 times.

ITA Coach Masterclass:  Coaching Both Genders with Chase Hodges

Transitioning from Assistant Coach to Head Coach at the Same Program

Jordan Smith spent three years as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Kansas State University. In 2018, he was promoted to head coach after the previous head coach left for another university.

ITA Coach Masterclass: Transitioning to Head Coach with Jordan Smith

Transitioning from Male Player to Women’s Coach

Drake graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011. In 2012 he was named the women’s assistant coach at the University of Alabama. After one season, he returned to UGA as the assistant coach and, since that time, has been named ITA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year three times and has helped lead the program to a 159 – 35 record.

ITA Coach Masterclass: Men's Player to Women's Coach with Drake Bernstein


About the ITA Coach Masterclass

The ITA Coach Masterclass is a crash course on everything a coach needs to know to excel at their job. Coaches can look forward to various topics, from fundraising to building your facility to team culture. Each chapter contains a Masterclass video, related ITA podcasts, webinars, past ITA Coaches Convention sessions, and articles.

  1. The ITA & Coach Governance
  2. Coaching Roles & Transitions
  3. Fundraising *
  4. Marketing & Community Engagement *
  5. Recruiting *
  6. Building a College Tennis Venue *
  7. Budgeting *
  8. Team Culture *
  9. Player Development *
  10. Strength & Conditioning *
  11. Sports Psychology & Mental Performance *
  12. Mental Health *
  13. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  14. College Doubles *
  15. Broadcasting & Live Streaming *
  16. Sportsmanship & Ethical Decision Making *
  17. Managing & Recruiting Large Rosters *
  18. Camps, Clinics, & Community Hubs *
  19. Coaching Philosophy *
  20. Practice Planning *
  21. Developing a Relationship with Your Sports Supervisor *
  22. Running a Successful Tournament *
  23. ITA Rules *
  24. Name, Image, Likeness *
  25. Wheelchair Tennis *

* An active ITA Team Membership is required to access the ITA Coach Masterclass courses on the Coaches Resources website. Sign-in is required.

See also: ITA Center of Coach Education

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