Northwest High Performance Tennis
Dan Willman, Founder/Coach
Brian Wilson, Director,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 and is the lead RTC coach for the PNW.
Brian Wilson was ranked #1 in Southern California in the juniors before attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship. In 2003 Brian was the NCAA doubles champion and the team went undefeated and won the NCAA team championship. In 2004 Brian was ranked #1 in the NCAA in singles. Brian played on the ATP tour for five years and won over 15 titles in singles and doubles. He played in the main draw of the US Open and Australian Open. While playing World Team Tennis Brian had wins over Pete Sampras, and Patrick Rafter.
Since Brian started coaching in 2008, he has been involved in the most successful and acclaimed tennis centers in the Intermountain region. The Darling Tennis Center was chosen as one of the first Regional Training Centers in the country and Brian has coached in over a dozen of the USTA RTC camps. Recently, Brian was promoted to Senior RTC coach for the PNW and has facilitated training for the 3 day camps as well as help communicate the USTA teaching/coaching philosophy as NorCal National Coach for under 14's.
Along with HP, Brian directs Red and Green Ball at Eastside Tennis Center and runs Early Development Camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Mark Hanson, Director,Coach
Mark Hanson is a USPTA Certified Pro 1 with 24 years of high-level coaching experience. A former coach at several colleges, including Seattle University & University of Washington, Mark has developed numerous collegiately and nationally ranked players.
He coached main draw players at all 4 grand slams and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells such as Marie- Eve Pelletier, Julie Ditty, and Amir Hadad, and travelled to national and international junior tournaments with elite junior players like Mitch Stewart, Phillip Deaton, and Noah Shachter.
Mark has also been recognized by the USTA with an awards for his superior tournament organization, service and coaching excellence. Mark directed Big Game Academy in Tacoma for over 10 years and has been one of the senior coaches for numerous USTA Regional Training camps.
Along with HP, Mark directs Orange Ball, Green Ball, and Excellence programs at Eastside Tennis Center, and runs Early Development Camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.