Top coach lauded for his lo­cal tal­ent de­vel­op­ment

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS -

COFFS Har­bour ten­nis coach Tony Po­lack has won one of the top hon­ours at the an­nual Ten­nis NSW Awards.

Po­lack, who has coached for 30 years in Coffs Har­bour, won the Coach­ing Ex­cel­lence Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment Award.

This was recog­ni­tion for the 18 years he served as the head coach of the North Coast Ju­nior Squad guid­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion’s best ju­nior play­ers.

“I wasn’t plan­ning on go­ing to the awards but had a call from the state team coach to say I couldn’t miss it,” Po­lack said.

“It was great, the award was most un­ex­pected.”

Po­lack found him in the com­pany of some of the greats of the game, in­clud­ing Ken Rose­wall, Todd Wood­bridge, John Alexan­der, Sam Groth and Casey Del­lac­qua.

He has been back at Eng­lands Park Ten­nis Club for seven years and also coaches at Nam­bucca Heads and Valla Beach de­vel­op­ing play­ers from 10 to 18 years for state and na­tional level com­pe­ti­tion.

“Ten­nis Aus­tralia now goes through all the state win­ners and in­vites a short list of four coaches to the John New­combe Medal na­tional awards in Mel­bourne in late Novem­ber,” Po­lack said.

Some of the tour­na­men­twin­ning star achiev­ers un­der his men­tor­ship in­clude in the eight years Alex Rad­ule­sco and Reece Leg­end, 10 years Si­enna An­der­son and Madi Jones, 14–16 years Alanna Harrison, Tianna McGarvie and Ash­ley Al­man and 16–17 years Krystal and Corey Clarke.

Photo: Trevor Veale

GREAT HON­OUR: Coffs Har­bour ten­nis coach Tony Po­lack has been recog­nised by Ten­nis NSW for his ser­vice to the game.

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