JJ Mahony

Bio

With over 23 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

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

 

Sasha Boskovic

Bio

Sasha grew up playing tennis and further pursued his passion of the sport by coaching other dedicated players. As a junior, he competed in provincial and national tournaments. Now he is coaching other junior players and helping to develop national players. Before his position at the UBC Tennis Centre, Sasha was the High Performance Director at the Arbutus Club in Vancouver for 7 years. He also was a High Performance Coach at Sportstown in Richmond for 4 years. Sasha is excited to continue his coaching career at the UBC Tennis Centre, teaching both youth and adults.

Results

2004-2006 – Played for College of the Desert, California

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 2
  • Tennis Canada Certified Coach 2
  • 15+ years of high performance coaching experience
  • UBC Tennis Centre High Performance Director

Godwin Yu

Bio

Godwin began learning tennis at the age of 9 in his birthplace of Hong Kong. At age 15, he took his mother’s advice to certify as a tennis instructor and never looked back. Godwin can be seen keeping 5-year old participants busy and laughing as well as challenging junior athletes in fitness training. His over 10,000 hours of experience instructing children has allowed him to be the lead for U10 development at UBC since 2011. He is the founder of the current UBC Thunderbird Sports Club Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams. In 2012 and 2013, he coached both teams to qualify for the Canadian National Final Four. Godwin’s philosophy for developing young athletes is a healthy mind first, a desire to always do better, and a strong body. Godwin’s passion includes leadership psychology, photography, languages and the outdoors.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Club Pro 1
  • Tennis Canada Wheelchair Certified Coach
  • BCRPA High Five for Sport
  • Canucks Autism Network Training for Recreation

 

Aneesa Heatherington

Bio

Aneesa fell in love with tennis at the age of 5 and went on to compete in university tennis, while earning a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria. She then moved to Vancouver to coach at UBC and graduated from the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Program. Aneesa is thrilled to work in sports broadcasting at TSN 1040, the Odlum Brown VanOpen, and with the UBC Thunderbirds. She is motivated to help tennis players of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential while enjoying tennis as a sport of a lifetime.

Qualifications

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

 

Greg Macken

Bio

With 6+ 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 year round. With a passion for the sport and working with children, Greg specializes in our Junior Progressive Programs but has experience coaching players of all ages. Greg is currently studying Psychology at UBC and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. He is excited to continue teaching the game to both new and experienced players in a fun and engaging way.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • 7+ years of coaching experience
  • UBC Tennis Team 2014/15

 

Josh Martin

Bio

Student by day, tennis coach by night. Josh is currently a Political-Science major here at UBC who will be graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree. When Josh isn’t studying or writing papers, you can find him coaching individuals of all ages here at the UBC Tennis Centre. His experience in playing tennis since an early age has correlated with giving back to the community by coaching, which he absolutely loves. Josh is also in charge of designing and creating our monthly Adult Newsletters. He also has a background in theatre and has a passion for writing that he incorporates into his work.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • UBC Tennis Centre Adult Newsletter Coordinator

 

Dana Radivojevic

Bio

Dana completed her B.A. in French from the University of British Columbia in May 2018 and is currently pursuing her B.Ed. in French Immersion and French Core at the Secondary Level. Dana was involved in a variety of sports growing up, but she decided to have tennis as her primary sport at the age of 9. She competed successfully in the junior circuit for a number of years until she made the decision to take a step back from tennis. However, she decided to pick up her racket again after completing her instructor certification in 2013. Dana is excited to continue pursuing her passion for fitness, health, teaching and tennis at the Centre as a Junior Development Coach.

Qualifications

  • Tennis Canada Certified Instructor
  • UBC Tennis Centre Volunteer Coordinator
  • 5+ 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
  • 12+ years of coaching experience