Coaches Profiles

Doug Smith, Head Coach:
Doug Smith hails originally from South Africa (explains the funny accent – so if you don’t understand – just ask again!!). He has been playing tennis since he was 10 and actively coaching for 30 years. He currently plays AMT circuits and is ranked 409 in Australia (not bad for such an old fella!) He is very passionate about tennis and its development. Tennis is a fantastic medium for meeting new friends, whilst also providing the opportunity to improve health and fitness. Our aim is to help and encourage children and adults of all ages to learn tennis in a fun environment. He is a registered Cardio Tennis deliverer, Head Coach for All-Stars Tennis , MLC Hotshots deliverer, TOAV Court Supervisor, TOAV grade ‘B’ Linesperson, Northeast regional Tournament Director and MJDS tournament Coordinator.



Olivia Corso:
I have currently been coaching Hot Shots for close to 3 years I have a large passion for tennis. I play tennis also. I play around Victoria and NSW regularly. Currently, finish school. Excellent with kids


Mark Brown: 




Daniel Smith:
Currently studying Year 12. He is an excellent player and a fantastic coach. I have a large passion for tennis. I also play tennis competitively. I play around Victoria and NSW regularly.


Sam Allen: 

Georgia Allen:


Ben Croome: Assistant Coach 

Hi I’m Ben and I have been playing tennis for 30 years. Having completed my community tennis coaching course I am now working towards my Junior Development accreditation this year under the guidance of head coach Doug Smith. Born and bred in Beechworth,  I also have a diploma in education I am excited to help the next generation of tennis players grow their love for the game.

Meet Dr. Sue-Anne Stuart. Sue began playing tennis at age 8 and lives a short distance from the Wangaratta Lawn Tennis Club. Sue plays tennis several times a week and is always looking to improve her game. Sue enjoys helping keen youngsters get into tennis and helps many adults to keep playing in their senior years. Sue is a highly qualified and experienced industry professional with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Diploma in Education, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sue is also a qualified Community Coach and Junior Cycling Coach, and rides regularly to maintain her agility and fitness for playing tennis.

Josh Vlcek:josh

I have been currently been coaching Hot Shots for close to twelve months. I have a large passion for tennis. I play tennis also. I play around Victoria and NSW on a regular basis. My favourite tennis player is Rafael Nadal and I aspire to be like him in the future. I hope to continue with my coaching on a larger scale as i get older and hope to do Sports Management as a career. Josh has moved to Canberra to further study Sport management.


In 2008 I became a qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development coach.  I currently play Section 1 mens competition in Albury involving singles and doubles.  I am a student of the game… always learning, always improving and always hoping to improve more.  I strongly believe in the benefits of fitness.  I share this journey and passion with my students.



I am 16 years old and have been playing tennis for  over 10 years. I started playing tournaments at age 11 and started helping coach kids for the past year. To help me develop my coaching skills I took part in the active after-schools coaching course. My main highlight of coaching is when I see that a student can achieve success out of what I have taught them.


Annie is a 16 year old student in high school. She has been playing tennis for three years and has been a lifelong fan of the professional side of Tennis. Her favourite player is Rafael Nadal and she loves going to the Australian Open every year. Annie loves coaching and working with the kids during Hot Shots Lessons. She thinks it is very important to make sure the kids are having fun and being included, while learning important tennis skills, at all times.


Jo Maples:jo
Jo Maples has been playing tennis since the age of 6 years and has been coaching for over 10 years, with a Tennis Australia Junior Development Qualification. She has travelled around Australia playing tennis as a junior and played several AMT tournaments in Queensland in 2007.  She lived on the Gold Coast for 3 years, studying Sport and Event Management and played tennis at University, representing Griffith Uni at the Australian Uni Games. She is passionate about tennis and providing juniors in the area with the opportunity to play tennis, learn and have fun.