As much as I love tennis my favorite sport memory is… still a soccer memory. I will never forget the day that I scored a near impossible goal from midfield that tied the game against a rival school.
Coach DeVries grew up in Kinnelon, New Jersey. His first sport passion was soccer, but at the age 12 he discovered tennis. As his early sporting life was consumed by soccer, he always played tennis for the love of it and never took private lessons as a junior, but as a competitor and as an athlete he always found ways to grow his tennis game.
As a high school soccer player he was a first team all state and top 5 goal scorer who was recruited to Rowan University for his soccer prowess. His love for tennis always remained and after his sophomore year he began competing in tennis on a regular basis. In the summer of 2017 he began playing UTR tennis tournaments and reached a personal best 11.5 UTR in 2018.
By the age of 17 the pull for tennis drove Coach DeVries to become a summer instructor at a local tennis club in Green Pond, New Jersey. It is this experience at Green Pond that he feels really seeded his love for the game, not just instructing others, but at every opportunity challenging the more established players at the club to a match and learning to relish the competition.
Currently Coach DeVries is working on his USPTA teaching certification.