The 2017 NETH Team
Our NETH Team averages over 17 years experience and some have been with us for most of our 29 years
Walter Eksteen was born and raised in South Africa and has been playing tennis since the age of 8. Walter played competitive junior tennis as well as university tennis while completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement Science and Psychology at the University of Port Elizabeth. He completed the South African National Tennis Instructor qualification in 1994 and moved to the United States in 1998 where he filled various roles such as Player Development Coach, Director of Fitness and Conditioning and Director of the After Schools Program at Palmer Academy in Tampa. Walter also worked at Saddlebrook Tennis as Player Development Coach.
In 2002 Walter moved to Atlanta where he started his own tennis school, Allabout Tennis, and started working with adults and juniors of all levels whilst playing ALTA AA1 league. He also qualified as a Professional Tennis Coach with the USPTR and completed the USTA’s High Performance Coaching Program. In 2007 he moved back to South Africa where he has been Master in Charge of tennis, Natural and Life Science Teacher, Head of Life Orientation and Deputy Housemaster at St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as a certificate in Leadership Development at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Walter is a tennis lover, a teacher, life coach and a faithful, devoted family man.
We are delighted to welcome Paul Gerken to our staff this season.
Jon carried a top ten status in the USTA New England rankings from 1982 to 1991 in singles and doubles. He established the Kennett High School tennis program as a dominant force in New Hampshire High School tennis. During his twenty-eight year coaching career at the school, he led the Eagles to 23 consecutive play-off appearances, winning four state titles, finishing runner-up four times, and winning the Northern Division Championships four times. Many of his players went on to play and star in college tennis programs around the nation. He was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame in April of 2007 and elected to the Kennett High School Hall of Fame in September of 2010. His 362 wins rank him third all-time in the State of New Hampshire. He holds USPTR and USRSA certifications.
He has been on staff with the New England Tennis Holidays for more than twenty-eight years where his main emphasis has been on group instruction and stroke analysis through the use of video.
Dave played his competitive tennis in his native San Diego before moving to Vermont 19 years ago. Since being here he has served his winter's as Director of Tennis at Top Notch at Stowe as well as a 12 year stint at central Vermont's largest indoor facility.
When not helping with the NETH winter program, Dave can be found on the slopes of Sugarbush. This is Dave’s 18th season with New England Tennis Holidays.
Chris Chaffee played tennis at Fryeburg Academy from 1999 - 2003 and was ranked alternately #1 and #2 in singles. He was named MVP all 4 years of and was also named All Conference Player for 3 consecutive years. He was ranked #1 Boys 18 and under player in the state of Maine in 2002.
Chris went on to play tennis at the University of Southern Maine and won his singles flights in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He was named LEC player of the week in 2004 and 2006. He also contributed to USM winning the Little East Conference Titles in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He continues to play competitive tennis and is a USPTR certified tennis instructor. Chris coaches the Fryeburg Academy Girls Varsity Tennis team.
A passionate tennis player and pro, Justin Chaffee played at the University of Southern Maine, where he helped them qualify for the NCAA tournament. Justin coached the Fryeburg Academy Varsity tennis teams from 2010 to 2014 and has coached at the Onteora Club in the Catskills, Cranmore Fitness in North Conway and returns to New England Tennis Holidays for his fourth year.
Justin’s twin brother, Chris also works for New England Tennis Holidays and both Chaffees share a teaching goal of helping students improve their game by instilling a simple yet progressive approach, while also making sure they have fun.
Taught by Gene Primm in Florida (Wendy Overton’s coach), Warren has coached both high school and college tennis.
Ross played tennis at Natick High School from 1997-2000. He was named MIP and MVP during his 3 year varsity run. He was named Bay State League All-Star for his senior season in which he and his doubles partner set the school record for wins in a season.
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