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Longtime Brock Tennis Coach Joins Southlake Tennis Center

Aug 23, 2016 07:54AM ● By Kevin

Southlake Tennis Center's Kevin Folse. Photo courtesy of Kevin Folse.

Southlake Tennis Center announced the addition of former Brock High School tennis head coach Kevin Folse in June. He will be replaced by Greg Joy, who was Folse's assistant from 2007 until 2014. Folse, along with his wife and most recent assistant head coach, Andrea, leave the program in light of the new opportunity.

"When I was offered the opportunity to be part of this academy, I jumped at the chance," Folse said, "and I believe I bring great experience to the club, as well, with more than 30 years of coaching tennis, including coaching six players to Texas state high school titles. I also enjoy working with the amazing staff - all of whom have collegiate playing experience."

Folse said Southlake Tennis Center has one of the best tennis training programs in Texas. He further explained that the academy employs cutting-edge tennis instruction, similar to the training employed by the most elite tennis players in the world, and applies it to the local players in an individualized way.

"My children have trained at STC for years and they have bought into the training system," he said, "and the results speak for themselves: STC has produced many high-level tennis players since 1999 - many of whom have played at the collegiate level or higher."

Folse referred to the academy's director of tennis Stephen Poorman as "one of the best tennis teachers around."

"He not only has an amazing record as a player himself, but he is unsurpassed in developing high level players," Folse said. "I am honored to be working with someone of his caliber."

Coming in, Folse has aspirations to partner with area high school coaches and help them develop their players to the highest possible level. While some programs focus on coaching a large number of players, Folse said the academy is different in that the focus there is on a more select group of athletes to ensure the best quality of coaching is provided.

To do that, Southlake Tennis Center's coaches continually attend ongoing education programs so they can bring the best practices to their players. The academy encourages its players to play at both the high school level and at USTA tournaments in order to gain the benefits of varying types of competition.

"As a parent, I understand that parents want to give their children the best quality tennis program at a permanent facility with excellent coaches who parents can count on," Folse said. "We provide that and our results speak for themselves.

"In addition, we also see tennis as a means to help individual players gain confidence, self-reliance and a sense of accomplishment, regardless of their level. These are all skills that players will carry with them long after their junior tennis careers. I am proud to be part of the tennis community that is the hallmark of our program."