At sixteen Steve left St. Gregory’s school to start a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) which allowed him to attend the Georgeson Tennis Academy at the National Training Centre, Bisham Abbey. He trained Monday-Thursday and competed weekends throughout Europe and the UK.
At 18 he was awarded a tennis scholarship to Vincennes University, Indiana, US where he became an All-American. He then transferred to University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) where he majored and graduated in Kinesiology (The study of body movement)
On his return from America he set up SPJ Strings, a re-stringing business and began to work as a coach at three clubs/centres throughout Kent. They were Edenbridge (West Heath Tennis Centre), where Steve worked closely with Helene Jackson to help develop the centre into the biggest pool of County Development players in Kent, Park Langley, which at the time was voted best club in the UK and he was also director of Tennis at Mountains Health and Leisure.
In 1996 he was head hunted for the position of Head Coach at the TW Indoor Tennis Centre which at the time was run by the council. During this year Steve was awarded the Captaincy and Coach of the Kent U18 Boys, a position he held for 12yrs during which time the team were National runners up 6 times and National Champs in 2004.
Steve won a successful tender in 2004 to take over the coaching commitments at TWSS and JTS was born. The player base has increased due to Steve being able to recruit the staff/coaches he wanted who bought into his philosophy and attention to detail.
Since 2004 he has maintained a loyal group of adults, produced two top 10 U12 National players, 2 players who have played at Junior Wimbledon,
1 National U18 finalist, 10 National players. and was awarded Kent Coach of the Year 2006.
Director Of Tennis
Qualification: LTA Level 4