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Dan Kiernan is from Ebchester, County Durham in the north of England. He has been playing tennis since he was 7 years old and at 14, already being one of the top juniors in the world, he was selected by the LTA to train at the National Tennis Centre at Bisham Abbey. Making the difficult decision to leave home to concentrate on his tennis, he continued his very successful junior career, which included winning 8 different national championships, and the 14 and Under Doubles World Championships. Dan represented Great Britain in all age groups, and competed in junior grand slam events, gaining vital experience travelling the world.
At 18, Dan was awarded a tennis scholarship to Louisiana State University. During his four years there, he was part of one of the most successful college teams in the USA. As well as being ranked number 1 in the nation, LSU advanced to NCAA Tournament play all four years, and reached the NCAA's final four in 1999. Dan also achieved individual success, ranking as high as number 5 in the nation in doubles and 25 in singles, amassing an 84-47 singles record. He was team captain in both his junior and senior years, playing at the number one spot in singles and doubles. Dan was named an All-American, and also earned academic honours, graduating in 2002 with a B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Communication Studies.
Dan then spent three years travelling the world on the pro tour. During that time he won more than 20 professional singles and doubles titles, and competed at Wimbledon. He was consistently ranked inside the top 15 in Great Britain in singles, and the top 700 on the ATP tour. He excelled in doubles, and as well as being former British doubles number 1, he was ranked inside the top 150 in the world.
After retiring from the pro tour in 2005, Dan started coaching at the Edgbaston Priory Tennis club in Birmingham, and quickly made a name for himself as an up and coming coach. While there, the club gained LTA High Performance status and Dan rapidly progressed to Head of Under 12's and Talent Identification for the HPC. He coached several young players up to international level in their age groups, including current SotoTennis access player Lloyd Glasspool, who reached number 6 in Europe at Under 16 level. In 2009 he captained the Great Britain Under 12's team in the European Nations Cup in Italy. He also continued to compete competitively in the German Bundesliga league, partnering Michael Stich in doubles, and coaching top ATP players during their matches.
In May 2010, Dan left Birmingham and moved to Spain to fulfill his dream and set up SotoTennis Academy. Dan is a passionate coach and demands a lot out of himself, and those he trains. He believes in treating each player as an individual and tailoring their program to their specific needs within the Academy set-up. His experience of living away from home from a young age, and travelling the world on the junior and pro tour is proving invaluable to the players he is coaching.
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Nick Morgan - Head of Sports Science
Nick heads up Sport Science for the SotoTennis Academy. This includes physical fitness, nutrition and on-going player monitoring. The long term development of STA players is paramount to Nick’s philosophy and that of SotoTennis, consequently, Nick believes in developing strong functional players who will have the physique to survive and excel the rigours of the professional tennis.
As a junior, Nick competed at a strong standard across the UK, playing all the major national championships. At 18 he decided to take up an LTA scholarship at the University of Bath whilst completing his degree in Sport Science. During this time Nick played in all matches helping Bath take all the major BUSA (now BUCs) titles available. In 2000, he won the BUSA National Students Singles title and subsequently represented British Universities on two International trips. Nick still plays for his county, Northumberland, and uses this strong understanding and empathy of the game throughout his practice.
Nick worked for 3 years as an Exercise Physiologist at the Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre (LSIHPC) providing physiology based laboratory testing, field based fitness testing, on-going monitoring programmes, nutrition support and strength and condition advice. Nick worked extensively with the Premier League Football referees, Nottingham Forest Football Club, The Professional Footballers Associations (PFA), British Canoe Union, GB Speed Skating, British Water Ski and UK Disability Athletics. At the same time, he completed his postgraduate degree in exercise Physiology at the University of Wolverhampton.
In 2005, Nick took up a position at the Lucozade Sport Science Academy, starting first at Sport Scientist and most recently as Head of Sport Science. Nicks work includes working with all key relationships in Football (19 of the 20 Premier League football clubs), UK Athletics, LTA and British Boxing to name a few. These relationships include research, sport science support, providing education and writing extensively in specialist press. Nick is also frequently providing expert opinion on TV and radio on key issues such as nutrition to the altitude debates around the recent Lions trip to SA and Football World Cup – also in SA.
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Nathan Rooney - Head Coach
Being involved in high performance sport from an early age has given Nathan the tools to be successful in his career to date, both as a player and coach.
After gaining a full Tennis Scholarship to an American University, Nathan played as a professional ATP Ranked Tennis Player, competing full time in tournaments around the world.
Alongside this, Nathan is an experienced and qualified performance coach with part One and Two (DCA/CCA – LTA Coach Education Department) of his coaching badges. He joined STA in August 2011, as Senior Coach, quickly moving up to Head Coach. In September 2011, he secured a place on the LTA Masters Performance Course.. Nathan has a wide range of coaching experience including Programme Management, Individual player management (both junior/senior level) and tournament/training scheduling for full time players on the ITF/ATP/WTA circuits.
Nathan has a genuine 'love for the game' and relishes the opportunity to help players maximise their potential - whatever that may be.
Luke Passman - Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning
Luke has worked in strength and conditioning at a high performance level for several years. Along the way he has worked with collegiate, professional, national, international and Olympic level athletes in a variety of sports.
Luke is a ‘proud’ Londoner but moved up to the north east of England to complete his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees, after which he took up a position at Teesside University where he began his strength & conditioning career. While at Teesside, Luke worked with the universities elite, national and international level athletes, where he gained experience of working with a variety of sports such as: Middle distance running, Greco Roman Wrestling, Rowing, Boxing, Rugby League, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Football, Table Tennis and many more. Luke also has experience of working within Rugby Union at a National and Professional level with the Scottish Rugby national youth squads and with the Newcastle Falcons Professional Rugby Union Team for the 2010/2011 season, working with the 1st team on their strength & conditioning programmes in gym and out on the pitch.
Alongside this Luke has lead the Strength & Conditioning support for the two time Paratriathlon European and World champion for the last two years, prescribing all gym and bike sessions and most recently overseeing the implementation of the Strength & conditioning programmes from afar.
Luke is an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach with the UKSCA and NSCA and is currently enrolled on the BASES sports scientist supervised experience programme. Luke writes and delivers all of the Academy’s fitness programmes as well as providing nutritional education and monitoring of training loads for all of STA's players.
Rob Chave - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Rob has worked in sports science positions at an elite level for the past two years in a variety of different sports including cricket, rugby and football.
Originally from Surrey, Rob completed a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and MSc in Sports Performance at University of Portsmouth. Whilst undertaking his undergraduate degree he gained applied experience completing a strength and conditioning internship at Sussex County Cricket Club, assisting the lead strength and conditioning coach with their academy, county and international players. Having gained valuable experience in cricket, Rob then moved to AFC Bournemouth as the Lead Academy Sports Scientist for the 2011/2012 season where he was responsible for a multidisciplinary approach to sports science on the pitch, in the gym and in the labs at Southampton Solent University, providing expert conditioning and monitoring strategies for football training. As part of his MSc dissertation Rob also closely focused on heart rate recovery after submaximal exercise as a determinant of fitness and hopes to develop the area during his career.
Rob has spent time working at Worthing Rugby Football Club as a strength and rehabilitation coach for their 1st team and development squads, including former Heineken Cup and AVIVA premiership standard athletes. Always keen to maintain an academic interest in his sports science provision, Rob currently lectures on the applied aspects of sports science on the undergraduate course at University of Portsmouth, as well as providing their scholar athletes with strength and conditioning support. He works closely with three Team GB development squad athletes in sailing and boxing.
Rob is currently a Probationary Sport and Exercise Scientist with BASES and assists Luke and Nick with the delivery of sports science at SotoTennis Academy.