Our new Head Coach Bruce Evans, came up through the ranks in one of Pembrokeshire tennis’s golden eras, a late 70′s period led by Mike Lee at Milford and Brian Hearne at Haverfordwest. He won, regularly, the local Milford and Haverfordwest junior tournaments, and played Langland Bay and the junior Welsh at Cardiff Castle each summer.
He was away from Pembrokeshire for the best part of ten years for his law studies and work, during which time he reached his first Pembrokeshire singles final, which he lost to Chris Perse, in 1986.
He returned to Pembrokeshire, as a PE teacher at Tasker Milward School, in 1992 and obtained his ECA Coaching Award at Swansea in 1993. He won his first Pembrokeshire singles title in 1995, defeating Nigel Hearne in the final. Tasker Milward tennis teams were starting to challenge the dominance of STP in the Midland Bank School tournaments, and Bruce obtained his CCA Coaching Award at Taunton in 1998.
He coached the Pembrokeshire Junior Squads which included Richard Price and Daniel Casey, as well as Emlyn Williams, and Taskers’ teams were regularly winning the Pembrokeshire School Competitions.
His last final, to date, was 2005 when he defeated a young Tom Richards! In 2006 he left teaching to run holiday homes in France and spent this ten year period heavily involved in French tennis, coaching and playing, with many veteran’s titles to show for his endeavours. The majority of his coaching during this period was with individuals, on a one to one basis.
He is now looking forward to getting involved in junior tennis at Haverfordwest LTC and feeding the juniors through into the senior teams.
Bruce is available for individual or group coaching, at £20 per hour, and can be contacted on 01437. 710067 or 07815.926658
Tom Richards UKCC/Level 3 – Tom hales from Pembrokeshire but spends much of his time in Cardiff. Whilst completing his business studies degree (2:1), he took up a part time coaching position at both Rhiwbina and Radyr tennis clubs where he still coaches today and when he is home in Pembrokeshire, he makes himself available to Haverfordwest. Tom has a wealth of tennis experience, having played at all levels through the junior ranks.
Amy Waters UKCC/Level 2 – Amy has been a member of our tennis club since she was 8 years old, she is a committee member, regular ladies team player and has just graduated from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David’s, in Carmarthen with a 2:1 in Physical Education. Amy has secured a position as an LSA in Solva Primary School for September 2014 and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life.
Alison Dixon UKCC/Level 1 – As junior co-ordinator for our club, Alison contributes an enormous amount of her time and energy to overseeing all junior events and activities. She previously worked at Withybush Hospital and has had a long association with the club, with both her talented sons coming through our coaching programmes. Alison is also an LTA R4 tennis referee, represents the ladies team and enjoys her cardio tennis sessions.
Matthew Brady UKCC/Level 1 – As well as being a talented tennis player and 2013 County Doubles Champion, Matthew also has a great interest in the weather and has developed his own weather website: www.matthewbradyweather.blogspot.co.uk Matthew is currently in his first year studying Earth and Ocean Sciences and Marine Geography at Cardiff University. In his spare time he travels to Europe to deliver music to the masses under his stage name DJ Shmole.
Steve Haynes UKCC/Level 1 – New to Pembrokeshire in 2007, Steve brought along his son for coaching, and before he knew it, he was hooked on the game of tennis himself. As a committee member, Steve is responsible for running our very successful singles league, plays regular team tennis and is an active member of the club. When Steve is not playing tennis he is a teaching assistant at Tasker Milward School and also runs the school tennis club activities.
Kate Miller UKCC/Level 1 – Prior to having her family, Kate worked for 10 years for the Environment Agency as a hydrologist. As a parent and governor at Hook School, Kate also coaches the Under 9 Hook Cricket Team. As a full time mum, Kate enjoys nothing more than watching her children’s progress as part of our regular coaching programme and development squads.
Sarah Keogh UKCC/Level 1 – Sarah has been an active member of Haverfordwest Tennis Club for the last 8 years: as ladies team captain, ladies social secretary, Clubmark Administrator, team player and committee member. Sarah has a part-time job at Pembrokeshire College and enjoys doing voluntary work for her favourite local charity, The Paul Sartori Foundation.