Meet the Team...
Mr Jonathan Hayes (Director of Tennis)
I first held a racquet at the age of three and was soon addicted to the sport. From there I went on to represent my county, Kent, aged nine. Growing up, my favourite player to watch was Andre Agassi and it is still my dream today to meet him in person and even play against him. At 18 years of age I was one of five players to be selected to train in the PTR National Tennis Academy. For three years I travelled the world playing in British Tours and Futures events. My playing career ended having reached a national ranking of 88.
Since then I gained my coaching qualifications with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). I have worked in many different club and school coaching programmes and coached all abilities from recreational to performance players. I was the individual coach of a player for five years who now has a national ranking of 87 and an U18 national ranking of 18. At the same time I worked with our club's U14 Boys' and Girls' teams who went on to become the Aegon National Champions in the same year. I joined St Mary’s Calne in 2012 and I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this school environment. I currently hold my Club Coach Award (CCA) and Coach Licence with the LTA which includes First Aid Training, Child Safeguarding, DBS and CPD.
I started my coaching career at David Lloyd in Raynes Park where I had the privilege of working with Andy Murray on three separate occasions. In 2002 aged 17, I qualified with the Association of British Tennis Officials (ABTO) and went on to umpire at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships. This is one of my proudest and fondest memories in my tennis career.
Mrs Dawn Riley
Married with two children, I live in West Wiltshire. I have been coaching tennis for over 25 years, having been given a tennis racket for my birthday at the age of seven. My coaching career began as a volunteer at my local club, I then went on to attain LTA qualifications, USA qualifications and Spanish qualifications.
I have developed and implemented coaching programmes at several tennis clubs in Somerset and Wiltshire. For the previous nine years I was the assistant Head Coach at Chippenham Tennis Club. While there, I assisted in the development of a mini tennis programme, worked with the 14 & under County Girls squad, County 8 & under Boys squads, as well as beginner/improver groups for children and adults. I have several years' experience delivering disability tennis: blind tennis and learning disability tennis. I am also a tennis referee and run LTA-sanctioned tournaments.
Mr Jonathan Hamilton
I am an LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach with approximately 20 years' coaching experience. During this time I have worked with all ages and abilities from beginners to high level performance players. I have also run coaching programmes at several clubs and recently worked for the charity Tennis For Free. For several years I was the Senior Performance Coach at the Oxfordshire Health and Rackets Club where I worked regularly with top county, national and international juniors.
As a player I represented Oxfordshire County for nearly ten years and was the County Champion in 2008. I also played regularly on the British Tour for several years in which time my highest national ranking was 130. I have played collegiate tennis in America and represented two universities. I still enjoy competing and play first division club tennis during the summer season.
I recently took a break from full-time coaching to complete a BSc and MSc in Psychology. During this time I continued to coach part-time and maintained my LTA coach license by attending courses to stay up to date with the latest coaching techniques. I chose to study Psychology because I find it interesting and it’s highly relevant to tennis coaching. My other interests include: fitness, yoga, mindfulness and walking, amongst other things. I’m very excited to be part of an exceptional school such as St Mary’s Calne.