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 Head Coach: James McGregor

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching professionally for four years with four years of voluntary coaching prior. It is now my full-time occupation. I still thrive on coaching players right from those who haven’t picked up a racquet before to those pursuing a career in the sport. One of my coaching highlights would have to be assisting Hugo in Brisbane in 2017 coaching some of our top juniors at the prestigious Rod Laver Tournament. Above all, however, I simply enjoy watching players improve and develop both as players and people. I feel my main strengths as a coach are my attention to detail both in terms of technical analysis and also getting to know the individuals I coach. 

Playing Experience:

I have been playing tennis for 13yrs and currently compete in Premier and Division 1 men’s interclub. I have also been fortunate enough to train with those in the top echelons the sport. In 2017 I spent a month training at the Justine Henin Academy in Belgium as part of the Beltenis program. This gave me a valuable insight into the training routines of ATP ranked players. Perhaps even more importantly it gave me a reminder of what it is like to be coached.

Assistant Coach: Tuscany Hamel

Coaching Experience:

I have been coaching tennis for over 6 years now. I've enjoyed playing an integral role in the junior  development programme at Te Kura over this time. I've seen our players gain in confidence and build their technical skills. It's great to see how far players can come with some positive guidance and especially with their own application. I feel my main strengths as a coach are that I'm friendly and relateable and I'm able to draw on my experience as a competitive player and apply those technical, tactical and mental skills to help my students.

Playing Experience:

I was a Canterbury representive player all the way through the junior age groups and went on to play for New Zealand. I have won a national title and been runner-up multiple times as well as having acquired a world junior ranking from travelling the world playing ITF tournaments. Another highlight from my tennis career was the opportunity to play at the amateur Australian open at the age of 18. Tennis has always been a massive passion for me, having dedicated my younger years to training and competing at a high level. I love that I can carry this passion into my coaching.

 

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!