Meet the Coach - Matthew Mathes
Church: Southeast Christian Church
School(s) Attended: High School Tennis/Golf (Male High School)
Sports Played/Coached: Indiana University Southeast (tennis)
Family: Wife, Lindsay; Daughter, Caitlin; Daughter, Avery; Son, Blake; Daughter, Gentry
How long have you been coaching tennis? I have been coaching tennis for 18 years.
How has tennis, coaching or playing, impacted your relationship with Jesus? Tennis has allowed me into the lives of many kids and has put me in a position to help them reach their potential. Each relationship has made me grow as a person and as a Christian.
How do you create a team-like atmosphere with a sport that a lot of time lends itself to individual success? In practice, we will have many competitive games and drills in which teams will be the focus. Getting them to cheer for each other and picking up down teammates will create a FUN team environment.
Do you have any hidden talents you’d like to share? I love to sing...(but only my kids have heard me so it's a secret).
In your opinion, what is the best Wimbledon matchup of all time? 2008 Wimbledon. Federer vs Nadal. I will never forget watching it with 15 International tennis players I was travelling with in St. Marteen. We skipped practice that day to watch it in our hotel lobby. A few of those kids have moved on to play Wimbledon.