David Sammel, a former professional tennis player, began coaching in Holland as Head Coach of de Metselars club (1985-87), before taking the role at Matchpoint in Manchester (1987-96) after which he joined the LTA as a tour coach (1996-2002). He was then made Head Coach of an LTA National Academy (2002-2006) before leaving to form the Monte Carlo Tennis Academy (MCTA).
He says “Tennis coaching is a team sport – coaches facilitate the team around a player which helps them achieve, so I claim an influential part in these players success with the rider that many others over years contribute to a players success, with the spoils often unfairly lavished on the incumbent coach, who even then is part of a team, that includes parents.”
Apart from the current TEAMBATH-MCTA players, these players reached career highs and/or were selected for Davis Cup when he led their coaching – Great Britain (Barry Cowan, Miles Maclagan, Andrew Richardson, Jaime Delgado, Arvind Parmar and Martin Lee), Finland (Henri Kontinen) and South Africa (Wes Moodie, Chris Haggard and Robbie Koenig) plus an Olympics (Barry Cowan, Sydney 2000). He has coached numerous GB National Champions including 2007 Wimbledon Jr semi-finalist Anna Fitzpatrick. Having coached at major tournaments around the world, from world-class juniors to pros in all the Grand Slams, he recently helped Liam Broady’s ranking climb from 346 to 174 and brings this vast experience to Bath. He is most proud of leading the TEAMBATH-MCTA coaching team since 2010 creating a culture where winning internationally is normal. There is an ethos of appreciation for the responsibility and privilege of working with young people in sport.
His expertise in mental skills has led to talks; presentations; workshops and consultancy work in both tennis and other sports including England Rugby, Chelsea, Bolton, Hull and Fulham Football Clubs.
His expertise in mental skills has led to his first book Locker Room Power: Building an Athletes Mind being published to excellent reviews.
University Tennis Co-oridinator
Director of Tennis
Barry became Director of Tennis at Team Bath in September 2007. During this time, his vision has transformed the Team Bath Tennis Programme from a High Performance Centre to an International accredited programme. In collaboration with Dave, Barry saw an opportunity of combining the MCTA and TeamBath resources to strengthen the junior programme and form an elite touring team operating from the Bath base.
Barry competed on the Junior ITF and Senior ATP Tour before studying a Coach Education and Masters degree at Bath University. Barry has worked with some of Britain’s leading junior players and in 2009 his coaching accomplishments were recognised by the LTA who awarded him 2009 Coach of the Year.
Academy Performance Coach
Craig is an Academy Performance Coach and deals with all aspects of coaching with particular emphasis on the Junior Programme.
Craig is a former Avon player who before joining was Coach at the Lansdown club here in Bath.
He has coached several national standard juniors and continues to pass on his expertise to our Academy juniors.
Academy Tennis Coach
Eve is a PCA Qualified coach with a strong tennis career, having achieved a Junior and Senior World ranking. She joined TeamBath Tennis in 2002 and during that time has produced Junior ITF and World ranked players. She has captained numerous LTA Great Britain Junior Teams and was the 2009 Women’s Coach for the medal winning British University Team at the World Student Games.
Academy Tennis Coach
Melanie’s successful tennis career saw her reach career high WTA rankings of 99 in singles and 120 in doubles. Through her professional career from 2004-2013he had wins over Grand Slam Champions Francessca Schiavone( at Wimbledon) and Petra Kvitova ( in LA), she also went on to make the Quarter Finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Melanie has been working with some of our top juniors in the country over the last year including the 16s National Champion. Melanie still enjoys playing competitively through club and county team events. She is currently completing her level 5 coaching course.
Tennis Operations Manager
Pete is the Tennis Operations Manager and Academy co-ordinator for TEAMBATH-MCTA
He has worked in tennis for the last nine years and has a wide range of responsibilities connected to the tennis programmes operating at Bath.
Pete’s main focus is managing the administration, education, accommodation, logistics and travel arrangements for the Academy, Touring Players and Coaches.
Club Coach- Lead on Schools Outreach
Having achieved a 1stClass (Hons) degree in Exercise Science from the University of Leeds, Tom went into grass roots coaching. Over the past years he has been involved in coaching and developing sports ranging from tennis, cricket, fencing and target shooting.
Tom have taken the role of University Tennis Coordinator with the intention of improving the ‘Student Experience’ by involving more recreational players in the tennis club. Tom has overseen the start of regular coaching classes for a variety of standard player feeding into the BUCS performance squads.
Tom will also be a lead coach on the Mini Tennis and Junior Development Programmes and specialises in the under 6 area of the programme getting players to learn the basics of the game in an active and fun way. In his spare time Tom is studying for a MA in Coach Education and Sports Development.
Tom coordinates tennis sessions away from the Univeristy at Saltford Tennis Club, Wellow Valley Tennis and Monkton Prep School.
As a licensed coach Tom works on the club programme within the University of Bath also working across all ages and abilities.
Alongside qualifying to work in tennis, Tom has got an Undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a Postgraduate degree in Coach Education.
Junior Academy Head Coach
Jim and Dave have worked together at various times for over 20 years and share a tennis vision. Jim did not hesitate to join Dave from Bolton where he was Head Coach (2002-2010) in the TEAMBATH-MCTA project, definitely strengthening the team and becoming part of the leadership alongside Barry Scollo and David Sammel.
Jim has had great success with International juniors; the list of ITF tournament winners and National Champions is so numerous as to constitute dozens. He has not confined himself to juniors having guided the early pro career of Wimbledon doubles Champion Jonny Marray and David Sherwood to Davis Cup selection that led to a doubles victory over Israel with Andy Murray. Chris Llewellyn made the Jr. Wimbledon doubles semi-finals and in 2014 he coached Michaela Gordon (USA) through qualifying to the singles quarterfinals. He has also an accredited LTA tutor and conducted several coach education courses.
Jim has been coaching full time for over 30 years, starting at Bramhall Park Tennis Club in South Manchester in the 1980’s and running the Cheshire County Performance programme. From these initiatives came world class players like Simon Dickson, Mark Hilton and Daniel Belcher.
In 2001, Jim became Director of Tennis at Bolton Arena running a full time training squad that included 8 of Britain’s top 20 male players, including Jonathan Marray the 2012 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion.
In 2010 Jim was delighted to move to TeamBath-MCTA where he is responsible for taking our best juniors into Professional tennis. Since Jim joined TeamBath-MCTA our players have won over 40 International titles and 10 National Championships.
Club Coach - Lead in junior tennis
Academy Tennis Coach
Ian is a level 5 LTA Pro coach. Following a two-year position at Millfield, one of Britain’s leading Sports Schools he joined TeamBath Tennis as an Academy coach. During his time at TeamBath, Ian has produced two Junior Wimbledon and Team AEGON players. Ian was a top 8 National Player and is a BA (Hons) graduate in Sports Management from UWIC University.
“Macca” has been very involved with the success of all the senior players at TEAMBATH-MCTA and works alongside Dave and Bob Smith.
BA (hons) degree sports management.
3 years coaching at Millfield school
In my 9th year at Bath
Level 5 Master Performance Coach
Working with the full time professionals based at TeamBath. These players range from futures level to ATP/WTA tour level. I have worked with players who have won at all levels of pro tennis and who have won matches at grand slams.
I also coach the university first teams who compete in the BUCS national premier division.
Mini Tennis Performance Coach
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Bob joined the MCTA in September 2012 after spending 4 years working at Loughborough with the England & GB hockey as well as the University mens’ and womens’ sides. He also has experience of working with athletes in a number of Olympic sports with junior international athletes. Bob’s main remit with Team Bath is to oversee the physical development of players throughout the academy. While his main responsibilities for programming lie with the older players, Bob will have a significant role in the development of the younger age groups as well.
Bob graduated from UWIC, Cardiff with a BSc(hons) Sport and Exercise Science in 2006 and from Loughborough in 2008 with an MSc Sports Science. Bob is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) through the UKSCA and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA
Jon is a Club Coach within the University Tennis programme. He gives individual and group lessons to adults and juniors as well as assisting on some Mini Tennis, schools outreach work and junior development lessons.
He was formerly a Tennis Coach at the Delta Centre in Swindon and previous to that was Head Coach at Pewsey Tennis Club in Wiltshire.
Jon was a former Wiltshire County Player with a 3.1 Rating.
Head of Club Coaching
Matt Smith joined Team Bath in 2012. As a Level 4 LTA Senior Club Coach, he manages the whole of the Club Programme, including mini tennis, junior, adult, competitions and schools outreach – from club through to performance level.
Previously he was Head Coach of Epping Tennis Club in Essex, and, after transforming their club programme and local development tennis, he received AEGON LTA British Coach of the Year 2011 – awarded at the O2 ATP world Tour Finals (Andy Murray winning player of the year). This led to him being nominated by the LTA for SportsCoachuk ‘UK Coach of the Year’ 2011.
He attended Loughborough University in 2005 where he represented the tennis teams and went on to win his colours for commitment to the sport. His experience ranges from working in County High Performance Centres and training in Australian Academies, through to local community outreach programmes and all-inclusive cardio tennis sessions.
Strength & Conditioing Coach
Academy Tennis Coach