JJ Mahony

Bio

With over 25 years of experience, JJ came to UBC in 2011 from the North Shore Winter Club, where he was the Tennis Director from 2003-2011. JJ has been passionate about the game of tennis since he started the game when he was 7 years old. He competed in junior provincial, national, and international events and recently represented Canada in the world championships for the 35 division in New Zealand. JJ is very excited to bring his playing and teaching knowledge to UBC and to keep growing the sport of a lifetime.

Results

2011-Present – Tennis Director UBC Tennis Centre
2003-2011 – Tennis Director (North Shore Winter Club)
2000-2002 – Head Assistant Pro (Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club)
1989-2000 – Assistant Pro (The Arbutus Club)

Qualifications

  •  National Coaching Certification Program Level 3
  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach
  • 25+ years of coaching experience

Pete Grimsey

Bio

Pete was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent the last 10 years at the Hollyburn Country Club. He has coached a variety of players, but was specifically involved with developing the U10-U18 High Performance program. Pete has assisted with player selection and training for Tennis BC Provincial Training Camps for over 6 years and has taken the top U16 BC players to compete at Canadian Nationals since 2016. He has been involved with different tours, including “Little Mo” (California & Florida), a Tennis Canada U12 National Camp (Montreal 2018) and Vancouver J3 ITF (2019). Pete is excited to take on the High Performance Director role at the UBC Tennis Centre and bring his knowledge and expertise to the Centre.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Coach 3
  • UBC Tennis Centre High Performance Director
  • 10+ years of coaching experience

Steve Moore

Bio

Steve started playing tennis as a teenager and began his coaching career back in 2005 at the UBC Tennis Centre, where he coached until 2011. Steve then went back to school to complete his business degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Steve coached at the Arbutus Club from 2012 to 2017 and was the Head Pro at a seasonal club in Crescent Beach for the summers from 2015 to 2017. Steve is thrilled to be back at UBC, sharing his passion for the game.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 2
  • 14+ years of coaching experience

 

Bob Exell

Bio

With over 35 years of experience, Bob came to UBC in the summer of 2014 from the North Shore Winter Club where he was a Tennis Pro (2007-2014). Bob fell in love with tennis in his late teens and started to play tennis and trained with some of the top players in the world, such as Grant Connell. Within a few years, Bob was ranked in the top 10 in BC for both men’s open singles and doubles. Bob has competed nationally and internationally as a senior player for many years and in 2005 was ranked No. 2 in Canada for men’s 45 singles and doubles. In 2006, Bob was the captain of the men’s 45 national team that competed at the ITF World Team Championships in Durban, South Africa. Bob is also proud to have been involved in the development of Filip Peliwo who reached the No. 1 combined junior world ranking in July 2012.

Results

Represented Canada on Men’s National 55 team in Helsinki, Finland (2016)
Ranked #1 in Canada Men’s 55 Doubles (2015)
Ranked #1 in BC Men’s Singles and Doubles (2015)
Won all 3 BC Senior ITF tournaments Men’s 55 singles (2015) – VanLawn, BC Provincials & Hollyburn
Oldest Player to win the men’s open singles at the New Brunswick Open at age 42
Quarter-finalist in Men’s 50s doubles ITF World Senior Individual Championships (2013)
Represented Canada on Canadian National teams Tony Trabert Cup (Men’s 40s), Dubler Cup (Men’s 45s), Fred Perry Cup (Men’s 50s) & Austria Cup (Men’s 55s)

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • USPTR Professional
  • 35+ years of coaching experience
  • Tennis Director at both a public and private facility
  • Ball Crew Manager for Odlum Brown Vancouver Open
  • Former BC Men’s Representative – Tennis Canada Senior National Committee

Jason Hilliard

Bio

Jason started tennis at the age of 6. He started his coaching career at Hollyburn Country Club and later joined forces with JJ Mahony at the North Shore Winter Club. He was drawn to UBC’s new facility and the opportunities that UBC Tennis has to offer. Jason has a passion for coaching people of all ages, but takes pride in coaching entry-level players and introducing kids to the sport. He also has a vast entertainment background where he uses his magic to entertain children of all ages.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach
  • 15 years teaching tennis at Hollyburn Country Club, North Shore Winter Club and now at UBC
  • 15 years sales experience with Volkl Tennis and representing Prince Tennis for British Columbia
  • Official UBC Racket Stringing Technician

 

Aneesa Heatherington

Bio

Aneesa began playing tennis at age five and went on to compete in Canadian University Tennis while earning her BSc is Biology from the University of Victoria. She then moved to Vancouver and graduated with distinction from the BCIT Broadcast and Media Communications, and Broadcast and Online Journalism Programs. In addition to coaching, Aneesa works in sports media with TSN Radio, the UBC Thunderbirds and the Odlum Brown VanOpen. She is motivated to help tennis players of all ages and abilities reach their full potential while enjoying tennis as a sport of a lifetime.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • UBC Tennis Centre Competitive Programs Leader
  • 10+ years of coaching experience

 

Tanja Stanisic

Bio

Tanja grew up playing tennis at her local outdoor club in Cambridge, Ontario. She recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Political Science. She looks forward to building her career at the UBC Tennis Centre as the Private Lesson Coordinator and the Fundamental Programs Leader. By incorporating various coordination training activities and a lot of point play opportunities, Tanja hopes that her students will fall in love with tennis by feeling improvement in each lesson.

Results

2017-2019 – Assistant Tennis Professional at the Arbutus Club
2009-2012 – Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association Mixed Doubles Champion

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • UBC Tennis Centre Private Lesson Coordinator
  • UBC Tennis Centre Fundamental Programs Leader
  • Tennis Canada for Ages 3-5 – Le Petit Tennis

Greg Macken

Bio

With 8+ years of coaching experience, Greg’s interest in tennis began at a young age where he grew up in a family of renowned tennis professionals. He played as a junior, in high school and at the university level, and currently plays Open Level tournaments. With a passion for the sport and working with children, Greg specialized early in our Junior Progressive Programs but has experience coaching players of all ages. Greg now specializes in Junior Development and High Performance and has supported many tournament players in BC. Greg has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UBC and he is excited to continue teaching the game to both new and experienced players in a fun and engaging way.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • 8+ years of coaching experience
  • UBC Tennis Team 2014/15

 

Simon Danyluk

Bio

Tennis has been the sport of choice for Simon since he was 10 years old. He has been extremely passionate about the game ever since he picked up a racket. Simon has played competitive tennis for most of his life, from Junior Provincial tournaments and high school tennis, to the NCAA Division 1 level. He is excited to spread his love of the game to others and is happy to be a part of the growth of tennis here in BC.

Results

Competed for the University of North Dakota (NCAA Division 1)

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • 4+ years of coaching experience

Levi Chapman

Bio

Levi grew up playing tennis from a young age at different local clubs in BC. He recently graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a BA in Political Science. He has 10+ years of coaching experience and currently plays tournaments each year. With a passion for sport, fitness and health, Levi is a large proponent of living an active lifestyle and inspiring others to do so too. He can’t wait to help tennis players of all ages improve their game while staying healthy, active and happy!

Results

2012-2018 – Tennis Coach at Crescent Beach Swim Club
2015-2020 – Tennis Instructor at the Arbutus Club
2018-2020 – Head Tennis Coach at Crescent Beach Swim Club

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach