All of our teaching pros are certified teaching professionals.
Erik Jacobsen – Tennis Director/Head Tennis Professional
Erik has been the Head Tennis Professional at the club for 16 years
Prior to coming to KTAC, Erik taught at the Bally’s in Puyallup and Sprinker Tennis Center. Erik played on the Cal State Hayward tennis team for 4 years, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. He also played on the PNW Open Circuit for 8 years.
“The kids respond to Erik,” says one staff member. ”It’s his engaging personality — a very easy demeanor, very approachable and knowledgeable. Erik is a very likable guy who knows when to push the kids a little bit. But he’s not one of those coaches who is overbearing, intimidating, and yells. Erik is great at fostering a competitive, but safe and fun environment for the kids.
“He finds the point of impact for each individual. He doesn’t just coach one way. Every person is different and responses differently, and he finds that point and uses that to get the most out of them.”
Jacobsen went to high school at Evergreen in Seattle where he earned a tennis scholarship, playing two years at West Valley College (Saratoga, Calif., 50 miles south of San Francisco) and then accepting a scholarship to Cal-State Hayward where he played No. 2 singles at the NCAA Division II school.
Arnel Hipolito – Assistant Tennis Professional
Arnel becomes enthusiastic when he talks about teaching tennis. “I try to share the sense of joy I have for tennis. And, that it’s fun to be involved in it. It’s the fun that keeps tennis players coming back for more,” he said checking the tension on a string. “I teach at every skill level and try to teach the techniques that match abilities. For beginners, it’s the basics. For experienced adults it is often the tactical skill sets that make the difference,” he said, tightening another string. “It’s okay to get emotional as long as control is maintained. Ultimately, it is a mental game.”
“I think Tennis offers a lot. It’s a good outlet for a competitive personality. It teaches patience, respect and how to react under pressure. The rewards of regular tennis practice are a body that is responsive and in good shape, and a mind with more clarity,” Arnel explains.
Arnel believes the more successful a tennis player becomes the more the game is enjoyed. He is excited to be involved in the KTAC program because it seeks the best for players of all ages and levels. Last year, KTAC youth players went to South Carolina and placed 10th in the intermediate, and 7th in the advanced grouping. He stepped aside a few moments from his work to have his photo taken and added with obvious sincerity, “The potential is here for the development of outstanding tennis players, and I want to be part of it.”
Derek Hilt – Tennis Activities Specialist
The Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center has a large community of volunteers that contribute their time and expertise to the tennis programs and events, making KTAC home to one of the best junior and adult tennis programs in the Pacific Northwest. Their dedication and commitment to the sport is unparalleled, and for that, we thank you!
Tournament Committee Staff, Jr. Team Tennis Coach, KTAC Tennis Committee Chair
Jr. Team Tennis Coach
10 & Under QuickStart Tennis Coach
Assistant Tennis Professional, Jr. Team Tennis Coach
Tournament Committee Staff, Jr. Team Tennis Coach, USTA-PNW Southwest Jr. Team Tennis League Coordinator, KTAC Tennis Activities Specialist