Coach Profiles

Head Coach: Hugo Nurse-Strang

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching professionally for over 12 years and worked as a trainee prior to that. Over the years, It's been a rewarding experience creating a player pathway and a strong junior programme at Te Kura. I've also enjoyed travelling with juniors to regional, national and even international tournaments. Perhaps my favourite aspect of coaching is that we share the excitement players get as they progress. I feel my main strengths as a coach are my energy and motivational skills as well as adapting to individuals' characteristics and their stage of development. 

Playing Experience:

I have been playing tennis since I was 9 years old, and still enjoy competing. As a coach it's a great help in understanding things from a players' perspective. It was great being part of a successful Te Kura Hagley Park Premier Men's team in 2017-18, especially playing alongside our younger players who have made their way up through the junior ranks.  Other playing highlights for me have been playing interclub in Germany and picking up a silver medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland in 2017. 

 

Assistant Coach: Beth Williamson

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching part time for the past 8 years. I pride myself in being enthusiastic and having the ability to change my coaching style based on the students needs.  My favourite part about being a tennis coach is helping players build confidence and character, on and off the tennis court. In 2017, I worked as an assistant college coach and as a community sports assistant in America. Along with these jobs, a highlight of my coaching career is working with the South Carolina Special Olympics to help inspire people of all skill levels to play tennis. Tennis is a sport anybody and everybody can enjoy

Playing Experience:

I hit my first tennis ball when I was 5 years old. Since then, I have represented Canterbury, winning several national titles. In 2013, I went on to play tennis at a collegiate level in South Carolina in the United States. During my college career, I was individually ranked as high as #25 in the nation for Division 2, and helped my team win a conference title. In total, I have belonged to TKHP for 5 years.  This year I hope to help the women’s premier team win the competition!

 

Lee Harborne: Assistant Coach.

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching tennis part time for the last 5 years. I first took up coaching after school in my home town of Blenheim and helped train the Marlborough rep team. I have been coaching at Te Kura Hagley Park for the last 2 and a half years while attending University of Canterbury. I am a coach who likes to make training a fun time for players as well as making sure they are progressively improving on their game. I ensure my sessions are adaptable and based on the players’ abilities and needs. I am in my third year of study towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching majoring in Sport Science and look forward to being a full time tennis coach after I graduate.

Playing Experience:

I started playing when I was 6 years old with my friends at school and played my first tournament when I was 8. I’ve represented Marlborough, Tasman and also Canterbury in the National Teams Event as well as competing in Nationals. My highest national ranking was 10th in NZ for my age. I currently play number 1 for the premier tennis league in Marlborough. I have also represented Marlborough in soccer and table tennis and am a keen rugby follower, but tennis has always been my favourite. 

 

Lee Harborne: Assistant Coach

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching tennis part time for the last 5 years. I first took up coaching after school in my home town of Blenheim and helped train the Marlborough rep team. I have been coaching at Te Kura Hagley Park for the last 2 and a half years while attending University of Canterbury. I am a coach who likes to make training a fun time for players as well as making sure they are progressively improving on their game. I ensure my sessions are adaptable and based on the players’ abilities and needs. I am in my third year of study towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching majoring in Sport Science and look forward to being a full time tennis coach after I graduate.

Playing Experience:

I started playing when I was 6 years old with my friends at school and played my first tournament when I was 8. I’ve represented Marlborough, Tasman and also Canterbury in the National Teams Event as well as competing in Nationals. My highest national ranking was 10th in NZ for my age. I currently play number 1 for the premier tennis league in Marlborough. I have also represented Marlborough in soccer and table tennis and am a keen rugby follower, but tennis has always been my favourite.