Noel Callaghan - The Coach
Der ehemalige australiche Ranglistenspieler Noel Callaghan, auch beim Wimbledon-Turneir ais Dopplepartner von Terry Saunders bekannt, widmet sich seit der jetzt beginnenden Hallensaison der Tennisjugend des DTV 1847. Unser Foto zeigt das heute beim TC Weiden aktive Tennis-Asbeim ersten training in der Tennishalle Schirp.
Former Australian ranked tennis player Noel Callaghan, well known for participating in WImbledon Doubles with Terry Saunders is now engaged helping the junior players from DTV 1847 since the beginning of the indoor season. Our photo (above) shows the tennis Ace conducting his first training session at TC Weiden.
Above: Noel lent a hand at the Newcombe/Roche Tennis Camp in the late 70's. These camps were incredibly popular for youngsters who travelled from all over the Country as well as internationally to take part which helped put Armidale on the map. Newcombe and Roche were always so pleased to have young touring pro's such as Noel to help out at camps whilst having a break from touring.
Above: Jack Jones, American pop idol singer and actor, (winner of two Grammy Awards) and famous for performing the theme song for TV's "The Love Boat", acquired a little help from his friends in making one of his internationally syndicated TV variety shows. Noel was his hitting partner during a comical skit which aired across the globe in 1977.
In 1976 at the age of 21 Noel got his first taste as a Tennis Coach. Sydneysider Graeme Thomson asked Noel to replace him for a six month stint in Solingen, Germany, a nice town not far from Dusseldorf. Students soon found Noel had a natural flair for coaching which beckoned more players lining up in Germany to be taught by the talented young touring player.
Over the next few years Noel would sign annual contracts in Germany as both a player and a coach, this meaning he would represent the Club where he was coaching as a player. This enabled Noel to play Money Tournaments and obligated Club Matches. Noel went on to coach in Aachen, a beautiful town bordering Germany, Holland and Belgium, this club had over 1000 members at the time. At this stage Noel was the No.1 ranked player in the State of Central Rhine which placed him in high demand.
Noel was approached by Tennis Club Weiden in Cologne in order to improve their status so they could elevate to the prestigious 'Bundesliga', the highest Division for Club Tennis in Germany, which they did by recruiting Noel. Noel's club defeated Leimen, who at the time had a very talented teenager by the name of future Grand Slam Champion and World No. 1 Boris Becker. Weiden boasted the most amazing 12 outdoor clay courts, 10 indoor carpet and around 2000 members making Noel popular for his coaching prowess.
After six years of successfully coaching and playing in Germany at the highest level Noel decided that coaching would then become his career and felt it was time to come home.
In 1984 at the age of 29 Noel was offered the position of Head Coach in Warwick Farm, Sydney Australia by friend and Australian Open Champion Mark Edmondson. The partnership proved so successful that Noel, Edo and fellow Australian great, Brad Drewett, set their sights to find their own Tennis Centre in an impressive area of Sydney's Upper North Shore. Noel had been working with Brad towards the end of his playing career where he reached the eschalon of World no. 34 in singles and 18 in doubles.
Noel's sister Paula would run the Pro Shop with the three Masters of Tennis making the newly established 4 court Boutique Primrose Park Tennis at Neutral Bay one of the most sought after and respected Clubs in Sydney. At this time Noel started coaching Wally Masur (career high ATP 15) and shortly after Johan Anderson as he transitioned from a top junior onto the World Stage reaching a high of 90 on the Mens Tour.
In 1991 Brad Drewett and Noel won the prominent position of Managing the tennis side at the famous and iconic White City Tennis Club at Paddington in Sydney. The beautiful 30 grasscourt Club ranked high on the World Tennis Stage as playing host to numerous Australian Open Championships, home to the NSW Open event as well as hosting some massive Davis Cup ties including the 1954 World record Davis Cup tie with over 25,500 spectators.
Brad and Noel's successful partnership at White City spanned over a 14 year period.
During this 14 year period Noel donned his cap to prepare Mary Pierce for one week at White City for her 1995 Aussie Open Campaign. A great student who worked hard which was followed up by taking out the Aussie Open Crown beating Arantxa Sanchez comfortably in the final.
Over the next few years Noel assisted Tennis Australia with their junior touring teams.
In 1996 Noel prepared the 16/u Boys World Youth Cup Team spearheaded by the talented youngster Lleyton Hewitt who won the event , Noel also managed The Australian 14/u and 16/u Teams throughout Asia and Europe.
In the late nineties Noel was the NSW Assistant State Coach and one year later became State Coach as well as NSW Institute of Sport Head Coach. During these years Noel would work with Jelena Dokic who became World No.1 junior followed by World No. 4 WTA and No.10 in doubles.
In 2000 Noel obtained Australia's highest accreditation in coaching - a Level 3 High Performance Certificate. Upon an invitation to Indonesia, Noel also conducted four prominent coaching seminars throughout the Country.
In 2004 Noel began coaching the talented 20 year old Aussie Samantha Stosur. During their time together Sam was Runner up in the Australian Hardcourt Championships, Runner up in the Sydney International Singles and won the ladies doubles with Bryanne Crabb followed by a win in the Australian Open Mixed with Scott Draper. Sam also won the doubles at Amelia Island (with Bryanne Crabb), her ranking improved from the 60s to the 20s.
After leaving the glory days of Sydney's Grandest Club, White City, Noel partnered with Akos Pandurics and G Henshaw to head up Sydney Academy Tennis on Sydney's popular Northern Beaches.
Still dabbling in what he does best, during his time at the Academy of Sport in Narrabeen, home to Sydney Academy Tennis, Noel remained touring with Pros including Sophie Ferguson (best ranking 109) and James Duckworth (who was recently top 100). Noel also travelled frequently to Serbia to work with some of their male Pro's in Belgrade.
After a short stint on the Gold Coast it was back on the road again touring around the Globe with young hopefuls wanting to make a name for themselves on the world stage.
Over the years Noel Callaghan has coached more than 5,000 pupils, he has worked with many top 50 and 100 world ranked players. Continuing to be in high demand for his incomparable knowledge and expertise around the globe Noel continues to work with players who's hopes and dreams are to become that next future champion...