While I was away on vacation, I received an email from the office manager at the club where my son trains. It seems the head coach of the tennis program has sold his ownership in the club to my son’s primary coach and one of the other coaches there. I assume he decided it was time to move on to the next phase of his life, to attend to some health matters, and to spend more of his time fishing and enjoying his grandchildren – after all, he has been at this tennis thing for many, many years, helping hundreds of young players reach their goals both on and off the court. There may be more to the story than that, but, frankly, it’s of little consequence to anyone except those directly impacted.
But, this new wrinkle means it’s once again time to evaluate my son’s coaching and training situation, and, given the timing (summer vacation and all that), it seems the best course of action, at least for now, is to wait and see. Wait and see where the other players land. Wait and see what coaching staff is added (or not). Wait and see what changes the new owners will implement.
My son is heading down to South Florida for a week of tennis camp after the July 4th holiday. Then, it looks like more travel is in his immediate future (I’ll elaborate in a future post). That means we don’t have to make any decisions right now. We can let the dust settle a bit over these next several weeks, and, in the meantime, my son can keep hitting with his coach and the other players who are in town, continuing to work on his game and his fitness.
Once my son is back in town for a while, we’ll need to ask some tough questions of ourselves and of the coach. I’m hoping that these next few weeks will give all of us time to devise those questions and come up with some answers. We’re hoping the answers lead us right back to Olde Towne and Coach Julius – as I’ve written many times before, my son (and his parents) loves his current coach and would really like to keep things as they are now. For those of you who have been through a recent coaching change with your child, I would love to hear the questions YOU asked – please share them in the Comments box below.