Northwest High Performance Tennis
Dan Willman, Founder/Coach
Mike Calkins, Founder/Coach
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About Northwest High Performance Tennis
A USTA Regional Training Center, Northwest High Performance Tennis hosts programs at the Eastside Tennis Center. Founded as the High Performance Morning Group at Central Park Tennis Club, NWHPT is focused on developing young players into future champions on and off the court. Respecting the game, their peers, parents, environment, and coaches, our players are coached to not only become great players, but hard-working, self-sufficient individuals.
The past 6 years NWHPT have been partnering with local organizations to impact the sports & tennis community, develop grass roots tennis, and provide opportunities for financially challenged kids, as well as high performance kids in the area to earn a tennis scholarship to University. NWHPT helped fund- raise 90 percent of the money for TOPs(Tennis Outreach Programs) to construct the Eastside tennis Center in Totem Lake, Kirkland. The Eastside Tennis Center has completely changed the local environment, providing a much needed home to the tennis community. A wide range of programs are offered from grass roots(beginner, red, orange, and green ball) to high performance programs, USTA youth and adult teams/leagues, and an abundance of USTA sanctioned tournaments.
Originally from New Zealand, Dan was ranked # 1 in the country, played Davis Cup and reached a high of #285 on the pro circuit.
Dan has coached players throughout the world from the junior to professional level. In 2005-2006 he was the New Zealand National Under 12s and Under 14s Coach and Selector. Dan traveled internationally with the teams and in 2006 coached the New Zealand Under 14’s Team to a 4th Place finish in the World Junior Davis Cup in the Czech Republic.
Dan has also been involved in reshaping local and national junior federations, managing facilities, running national training camps and has implemented two high performance academies. He founded and directed the High Performance Program at Central Park Tennis Club. In 2010, Dan received the Olympic Committee USTA Developmental Coach of the Year award.
Following an extremely successful career in juniors, Mike made history at the University of Illinois where he still holds the record for most career wins for singles and doubles. Mike finished his senior year with an undefeated team season and an NCAA Championship in Doubles and Team competition.
Mike was an assistant coach for the University of Illinois and Michigan tennis programs and, after a brief stint on the circuit, Mike traveled as a touring pro coaching numerous players including Amer Delic (former ATP top 60).
Mike moved full time to Seattle, Washington in 2007 to co-run one of the most successful junior programs in the country at Central Park Tennis Club.