Marc Howard Siegel - Coaching Tennis
Marc Howard Siegel grew up playing tennis and developed into a fine player. He was recruited by coaching legend Nick Bollettieri to provide tennis coaching and instruction to Fortune 500 clients, and was skilled enough to make the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Team at Stetson University, where he earned a degree in economics.
From Nick Bollettieri he learned what it means to be a great tennis coach. He knows that the success of every player depends on the quality of the coaching that they receive, and Nick Bollettieri coached some of the biggest names in the game, including Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. So it is safe to say that he learned from the best.
One of the most important traits of a good tennis coach is passion for the game, and Marc Howard Siegel has that in abundance. As he knows, passion is what makes the difference between a coach who has the best interests of the players at heart, and who doesn't care much beyond whether or not he or she is going to be paid.
Part of that passion goes beyond the tennis court, though. A really great coach is going to be a mentor to their players, someone who the player can watch and study and learn, as much through their deeds as through their words. Each coach may have a different emphasis when it comes to, say, racquet grips or swing paths. That's the sort of information that is out there anyway, and as accessible as a YouTube video. A mentor brings the intangibles to the table – or to the court, as it were. If one of the students just isn't getting it, it's the coach who can identify the issues and work with the student to correct them and keep progress moving forward. And if the student is lacking confidence as a player then it is the coach that should do what it takes to get that confidence rekindled.
A coach also has to have the background and skillset and the certifications that come with it. All of these qualities in a coach is a very good sign and will increase the likelihood they will be able to reach their players.
A good tennis coach is also going to get an idea of what the players' goals are. Do they want to learn enough tennis just to have a good game? Or do they have aspirations of entering tournaments, and maybe even of turning pro? Not all tennis coaches keep up with all of the rules changes that are imposed by the United States Tennis Association, or have the time to guide their players into developing a tournament schedule. It's a time consuming task and many coaches leave that to the player or to his or her parents.
In the final analysis, it is the way the student responds to the coach that is going to determine whether all those lessons are paying off. Some young players come away from their coaching experience like Marc Howard Siegel, and aspire to be coaches themselves. And that may be the single greatest measurement of a tennis coach's influence.