- Teaches students:
- Ages 1+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2007
Please note I'm available at the North Natomas & Curtis Parks Mon-Fri from 8am-1pm and at Davies Park from 3pm-8pm. On Saturdays I'm at Davies Park from 8am-3pm. Please contact me before booking for current openings.
Coach Cole has been teaching, playing and coaching tennis for 17+ years. During this time he has served as a High School Tennis Coach, Nike Tennis Director, Head and Associate Tennis Professional & College Coach. He has developed students in Oregon and California who are now winners on the court and off the court.
Coach Cole is an avid basketball player and golfer. While in college, he had the opportunity to become a multi-sport athlete, however due to time constraints he dedicated his life to tennis and education.
Chronological Professional Achievements:
• District Tennis Champion 1998-2002
• Oregon State Singles Tennis Finalist 2001
• Academic All-American Division 1 2003
• Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Ranking #23 Division 3 2003
• Academic Dean’s List Division 3 2006
• Bachelor of Science Education Linfield College 2007
• Specialization Physical Education Linfield College 2007
• Developed Juniors & Adults into Top Rankings 2007-2014
• United States Professional Tennis Association Certified in 2009
• Specialization Applied Behavior Analysis National University 2014
• Masters of Arts in Teaching National University 2014
Titles & Positions Held:
• Head Tennis Professional
• Assistant College Tennis Coach
• Assistant High School Tennis Coach
• Assistant Tennis Director
• Associate Tennis Professional
• Tennis Business Owner
Teaching Juniors and Adults of all ages and ability levels the game of tennis through group and private instruction.
Professional certifications for teaching students tennis
Certified in 2009, this organization is the official leader in Tennis Education and Certification.
Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including on-court liability insurance, health insurance assistance and a retirement plan. USPTA offers unequalled opportunities for tennis-teaching professionals to improve their teaching skills and increase their business knowledge. Today's tennis teachers are expected to assume a variety of business and social responsibilities in addition to their traditional job functions. USPTA helps prepare its members to meet these challenges.+ Read More
Cole Shelton has brought a fresh, enthusiastic approach to the clinics. I have participated both in his Saturday morning clinic and two of the classes he offered on a particular stroke. I appreciated the fact that he came prepared to each type of “lesson,” often bringing written material on the stroke/strategy to be covered that day and always having a plan for the day. He initiated drills that I had never participated in before and which really helped me retain the concept he was explaining. Because he explains well and has a very positive approach in dealing with people, I signed my daughter, Nikki, up for a private lesson with Cole over the last Christmas break; unfortunately, it rained the entire time she was home. However, when she comes home in July, I plan on signing her up again. I am sure she will come away from that lesson(s) with a great attitude about tennis as well as improved strokes. Often while I am waiting for a court or am playing on the court next to a junior clinic he is giving, I watch how Cole interacts with the young players. He is patient and provides activities that keep them engaged. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend him to anyone—child, teenager, or adult—looking to learn tennis or enhance their game.
Also, I would like to mention that Cole went out of his way to ensure that my son, Michael , and I could play mixed doubles 8.0 together. After the numerous calls/e-mails to Norcal USTA that we made with no results in getting Michael’s rating changed, Cole helped us out and made the call that led to the rating being changed and our being able to play matches together. Before he became involved, we lost almost 2 months .
Cole is an invaluable asset.
I have been a member of the club for over ten years and have had the opportunity to take several lessons and clinics with your various resident professional tennis instructors. My tennis experience goes back from high school to my present senior tennis status. Over the years I have worked on improving my game through one on one professional lessons where my budget would allow.
When I’ve gone to the pros for help, my goal is the get the instructor to give me some useable feedback to how I can improve my game. One usually gets a least one thing from the session to takeaway and use. I’ve been collecting and using them over the years.
I recently engaged Cole Shelton for help with my serve, which had lost its consistency over the last USTA season. Cole was not recommended by anyone but I decided to take a chance that he could help me out. I was extremely satisfied with the session. There was email correspondence before hand to establish goals and to get acquainted. The session started on time and his demeanor friendly and non-condescending. What most impressed me about Cole’s teaching style was the use of the latest technology to impart and emphasize the points of the lesson. An Apple ipad was utilized to capture my form and make a comparison to correct technique. The ability to actually see what I was doing right and wrong during the lesson was invaluable. The video capture of my serve and a series of form points were emailed to me for reference. This is a tennis instructor that has given me a welcome perspective on how to improve my game.
I would have no reservations in recommending Cole to anyone who needs help with their tennis game. His approach to instruction was refreshing and innovative.
This letter is to acknowledge, recognize and commend the services provided by Cole while teaching me over the last few months. My goal was to get back into tennis, after not having played for over 20 years, and Cole has been of tremendous help.
He clearly understood my intent, helped me to gradually catch up, physically and technically, adjusted the teaching depending upon my needs, and was also very flexible in terms of availability (which is of high value given my work schedule).
Getting back into a sport one has not practiced for a long time is not easy and Cole was extremely helpful and supportive to bring me back into the game.