Castaic High School Tennis Coach and USPTA Pro 1 David Schwartz began teaching tennis to support himself and turned his love for the game into a career. Previously, he spent time as a salesman for Athletes Foot and as the front desk manager for the Spectrum Health Club. He finds that this experience has aided him in communicating more effectively with his students and understanding their needs in a healthy environment. "Selling shoes allowed me to understand why a tennis shoe is important and why a running shoe is dangerous," he says. "Good support and a good fit will make for a comfortable lesson."
Coach Schwartz utilizes an efficient way to verbally and physically communicate and demonstrate the game so his students can learn more easily."Without a doubt, I enjoy that 'ah-ha' stage when my students look up with these big eyes and say, 'Wow, it really works,'" Coach says.
As a player, David was a member of the John F. Kennedy High School championship tennis team in 1989 and 1990, and played for Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, CA, where he received an Associate's Degree. He is a 15-year member of USPTA & USPTR, a life member of the USTA and a member of the Team Prince Racket Sponsorship and Oakley sunglasses. Also a member of USRSA, he is soon to be a master racket technician.
Mastering communication with his students is what Coach is most proud of as a tennis professional. He uses a particular saying for teaching ground strokes: "Lock it, leave it, brush it, breathe it.”
Off the courts, Coach has finished two Los Angeles marathons, both in under four and a half hours. Coach David, his wife Jean, their two young daughters Sydney and Cameron, and son Jacob reside in Santa Clarita, California. They enjoy soccer, golf, Pilates, gymnastics, skiing, hiking, rollerblading, running and biking... basically any sport!!!