Rise Ascot

Beck Meares

Beck Meares

Head Coach
Having a passion for instilling the love of the game in each of her students, Beck is known for her record developing complete players.
Josh Barber Rise Tennis

Josh Barber

Coach
Josh is a student at Kelvin Grove State College and the Tennis School of Excellence. Josh has played tennis since the age of 8 and he competes regularly on the Australian Tournament circuit. Josh has several Junior titles to his name, such as the 2015 Champion of the HEAD Queensland State Age Tournament. Josh holds an Australian Ranking of 301. Josh will be commencing the Level 1 coaching course later this year.

Sam Riley

Coach
Sam began playing tennis at the age of 10. He grew up playing competitively throughout Queensland, competing in Local and State tournaments. While playing high school tennis, Sam developed a passion for coaching, in particular Junior Development. While completing high school, Sam devoted his time to gaining his coaching qualifications and coaching juniors for four years. After high school, Sam went on to become a US College athlete. He represented Ventura College (California) where he played number 4 and then transferred to Cornerstone University (Michigan) where he played number 2 on the roster. While playing College Tennis Sam majored in Marketing Communications with a minor in Sport Coaching. While in the US, Sam was coaching adults and juniors at MVP Athletic Complex Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sam combines his wealth of tennis knowledge and passion for the game to maximise players potential out on the court. Sam has a strong desire to coach tennis at all levels and help players develop and enjoy the game.

Rise Southport

Kaden Hensel

Kaden Hensel

Head Coach
As a Grand Slam player and winner of 12 professional titles Kaden draws on experiences from the highest echelon of tennis and is dedicated to sharing these experiences and knowledge with his students.

David Jeflea

Coach
David Jeflea brings a wealth of tennis experience and knowledge to Rise Southport. He is a former A.I.S. scholarship holding athlete who competed at the highest level of world junior tennis and then made his way up through the professional ranks on the ATP tour. He won numerous Australian junior tournaments and as well as a national title while also emerging victorious in many junior international events around the world. Jeflea reached the highest level of world junior events, competing in the French Open and Australian Open where he made the doubles final. By the age of 18, David had worked his way into the men's professional ranks and was ranked in the top 1000 men worldwide on the ATP tour. During his junior and senior playing career David notched up wins against many current or former top 100 players such as Marinko Matosevic, Damir Dzumhur, Kevin Anderson, Radu Albot, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Sam Groth. After David’s playing career he turned to coaching and became the traveling coach for Daniella Dominikovic. He had a major impact on her career, taking her from unranked to a career high of 120 on the WTA tour. From there David joined Meriden Anglican College in Sydney as a high performance tennis coach and strength and conditioning coach, coaching all levels and ages from K - 12. He played a large role in coaching the team that Won the World School Tennis Championships in 2014 and holds a 7 season Tildesley shield winning streak. Another asset of David's is his education in the fitness industry where he has achieved his Personal Trainer Certificates III & IV, Olympic Lifting level 1 and Strength and Conditioning Level 1

Conor Sloss

Prep School Head Coach
Hailing from Goondiwindi, Conor grew up playing Junior Masters tournaments throughout Queensland from the age of nine, before heading to Brisbane Boys College, where he continued his tennis with GPS. He then travelled to Belgium for a year with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. After returning home, Conor completed his Development and Advanced coaching courses with Tennis Coaches Australia, earning an award for high distinction. He has been coaching ever since, also becoming a provider of the Hot Shots Program, travelling to rural areas and promoting the sport of tennis. Now with over ten years of experience coaching players of all ages and levels, Conor has an abundance of knowledge, specialising in developing young players. His communication skills and patience help to instil a love of the sport, while building an excellent foundation of technique and tactics to prepare for competitive play.

Daniella Jeflea

Coach
Daniella Jeflea is a huge asset to the TSS program. She is a former AIS scholarship holder who competed at the highest level of world junior tennis. Daniella then made her way up through the professional ranks on the WTA tour. She won numerous Australian junior tournaments and as well as a national title while also emerging victorious in many junior international titles around the world. Daniella reached the highest level of world junior events, competing in Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open multiple times where she reached semi finals and played against the likes of Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki. By the age of 17 Daniella had worked her way into the women's professional ranks and was ranked 320 in singles on the WTA tour and in the process won multiple events on the women's circuit. Daniella has been a part of 6 Australian Opens in her career and has played the likes of Amelie Mauresmo, Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Ash Barty, Lindsay Davenport, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sania Mirza, Shahar Peer, Nadia Petrova and Kirsten Flipkens. By 2011, Daniella had reached a career high ranking of 127 before retiring from professional tennis in 2012. After Daniella’s playing career came to an end, she turned to coaching, joining Meriden Anglican College in Sydney as a high performance tennis coach, coaching all levels and ages from K - 12. She played a large role in coaching the team that Won the World School Tennis Championships in 2014 and the 7 season Tildesley shield winning streak. Over the last few years Daniella’s love for kids saw her transition into grassroots hotshot coaching resulting in her directing the Hot Shots tennis program at Meriden and she has thrived over the past few years with teaching tennis to prep school kids as well as mentoring less experienced coaches. We are very privileged to have Daniella lead tennis development in the prep school!

Cole Smith

Coach
Cole Smith started playing tennis at the age of 8 on the Gold Coast. At 14 years of age, Cole made the decision to take up tennis full time. At the age of 19 Cole started playing on the professional futures circuit for 6 years. Cole reached a career best ranking of top 200 in Australia. In 2013 Cole transitioned into being a hitting partner on the WTA tour and has worked with the likes of Angeliuqe Kerber, Coco Vandeweghe, Alize cornet, Garbine Muguruza and Elena Vesnina . At the 2018 Australian Open, Cole was coach and hitting partner for Bernard Tomic. Cole has an abundance of knowledge to share with his players and some of his strengths include his passion, motivation and sharing his knowledge and past experiences with the upcoming players today.

Rise Yeronga

Jake Howe

Head Coach
With experience at every level, Jake is the perfect coach for any player looking to maximise their game.

William Peden

Coach
Will Peden started playing tennis at the age of 6 at his local school. Throughout his schooling, Will played multiple competitive fixtures and currently has an Australian ranking of 250. He also played for multiple years in the Brisbane Grammar School "Firsts" tennis team, which he went on to Captain in 2017. Will brings an abundance of knowledge, passion and motivation to the court.

Jake Nicholson

Coach
Jake grew up on the Sunshine Coast and began playing tennis at the age of 6. He now competes regularly on the Australian Tournament circuit. Jake completed his Junior Development Course in 2017 and looks to use his knowledge and passion for the game to motivate players to develop their tennis skills.

Melissa Hay

Coach
As a student studying Physiotherapy, with a love for sport and helping others improve, Melissa looks forward to encouraging and developing tennis skills in young players.

Will Smith

Coach
In his third year of study at the University of Queensland, Will is working towards a degree in Exercise Physiology. Will has been passionate about sport as long as he can remember. Amongst his favourites are cricket, rugby and tennis. Our players can't wait to get onto the court for a lesson with Coach Will.

Sam Riley

Coach
Sam began playing tennis at the age of 10. He grew up playing competitively throughout Queensland, competing in Local and State tournaments. While playing high school tennis, Sam developed a passion for coaching, in particular Junior Development. While completing high school, Sam devoted his time to gaining his coaching qualifications and coaching juniors for four years. After high school, Sam went on to become a US College athlete. He represented Ventura College (California) where he played number 4 and then transferred to Cornerstone University (Michigan) where he played number 2 on the roster. While playing College Tennis Sam majored in Marketing Communications with a minor in Sport Coaching. While in the US, Sam was coaching adults and juniors at MVP Athletic Complex Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sam combines his wealth of tennis knowledge and passion for the game to maximise players potential out on the court. Sam has a strong desire to coach tennis at all levels and help players develop and enjoy the game.
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