Laurie took up a tennis coaching career at the age of 34 after playing A grade club tennis for several years. Prior to coaching he was employed in various roles and companies in the manufacturing industry.
He is currently a Tennis Australia Master Club Professional Level Coach, completing the course in Dec 2011 after being a TCA Level II Qualified Coach for 12 years and On-Court Assessor for TCA for 5 years.
Laurie has coached tennis in the Camden area for the majority of his 25 year career. From 2000-2003 however, he was appointed Head Coach/Manager of the Norfolk Island Tennis Centre (Cheryl Tennis Club), coaching the N.I. Tennis Team for the 2001 South Pacific Mini Games, as well as touring with their elite juniors through Fiji and Australia.
His teaching philosophy is to coach students at any age using the most up to date techniques for; strokes, fitness, footwork and psychological fundamentals so that they have the best possible chance to achieve their playing potential and enjoyment of the sport he loves.
During school holidays Laurie doesn’t escape the tennis court, as he is also a qualified Tennis Official and enjoys getting out there to call the shots for the professionals. He has officiated at 18 Sydney International Events, 17 Australian Opens at Melbourne Park, including 3 x Men’s, and 5 x Women’s Finals. He has traveled all around Australia for numerous tournaments and Davis Cup ties, as well as traveling to the USA to officiate at the 2013 US Open Tennis at Flushing Meadows and France in 2016 to umpire at Roland Garros (French Open).
Ben started playing tennis as a youngster at around 8 years of age. Growing up with his father, Laurie, as his coach, tennis became his main focus during his teenage years until at 16, a severe shoulder injury forced him away from the game for almost 12 months and ended any aspirations he had of possibly playing at a higher level.
Upon completing his HSC in 2004, Ben began coaching tennis with Laurie and completed his Tennis Australia Junior Development Level Coaching (TCA Level 1) qualification in late 2015. He has been coaching continually on a part time basis since then.
With 11 years of experience, Ben’s youthful energy and rapport with the students are his strengths. He has an excellent understanding of how the HotShots™ program operates and how important it is to be teaching kids not only how to hit the ball, but how to play the game as well.
He is also experienced in running the *NEW* CardioTennis™ Program which Laurie has introduced over the past 18 months and has a good understanding of personal training/fitness, as he has completed the first stages of a Personal Trainers Course (Cert. III Fitness).
Between 2003-2013, Ben also immersed himself in the Tennis umpiring scene, calling lines for all the top tennis players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Serena Willams and Lleyton Hewitt to name a few. The highlight of his umpiring career was calling lines with Laurie in the Men’s Singles Final at the Australian Open in 2013, between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.