Noel Callaghan (born Noel Michael Callaghan May 16, 1955) is an Australian born tennis player and coach. Following the success as a touring player himself, Callaghan is more recognised globally for his decades of international accreditations as a world class tennis coach.
Epitomizing the Aussie swagger with his tough yet highly respected charmful demeanor, Callaghan's unrelententing perserverance of hard work and inspiration leaves gratitudes expressed by many a player.
Born in New South Wales, Australia, Callaghan was the youngest of five siblings growing up in the North Western Suburbs of Sydney, his Father Ronald William Callaghan (1913 - 1986) was a World War II Veteran, Barrister, NSW Commissioner for Trade Practices and President of The North Western Suburbs Tennis Association. His Mother Marie Genevieve Pauline Dubois (1919 - 2014) was a devoted wife and loving Mother who was always on hand to cheer on her talented children with their tennis.
Callaghan started his illustrious tennis career at the ripe old age of six in the shadows of his four brothers and sisters, but it wouldn't take long before the talented youngster would emerge into one of the Country's best juniors.
Noel Callaghan became the New South Wales No. 1 Junior from the age of 11 to 17 winning 25 Metropolitan, State and National Titles. Transitioning into professional tennis, Noel toured on both the ATP tour and the money tournament circuit for 10 years which included five Wimbledons.
Man, Myth, Legend
Initially gaining a reputation as a player, Noel commenced his coaching career in Germany where he played, coached and competed in the prestigious Bundesliga Teams’ competition for six years, where he was appointed as Head Coach for the well respected Weiden Tennis Club in Cologne. At the twilight of his playing career, Noel represented Australia in the World over 35’s Italia Cup Teams Events in Italy, Argentina, and Germany and was crowned the victors with Paul McNamee, Peter McNamara and Rob Casey in Melbourne in 1991. Upon Noel’s return to Sydney he was appointed as New South Wales State Coach as well as New South Wales Institute of Sport Head Coach.
Noel has coached and worked with numerous top 100 world ranked players including top 4 players Mary Pierce, Jelena Dokic and Sam Stosur. Noel Callaghan, the masterful tactician of tennis is complimented with successfully managing the commercial side of Australia’s Iconic White City Tennis Club for over 15 years before moving to the NSW Academy of Sport on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for seven years where he was the active Director of Tennis.
Noel has both played and coached at the highest level throughout the world with his resume reading like a who's who of blue chip tennis mastery across the globe. As a coaches coach and motivational speaker his expertise has also led him to accomplish the running of successful tournaments, Directorship on various Tennis Academies, a valued board and committee member with State and National Bodies, State Coach, Iconic White City Tennis Club - Director of Tennis, Head Coach six years in Germany as well as Head Coach for the New South Wales Institute of Sport.
Noel Callaghan, a renowned humanitarium served on the Tennis Board of the Starlight Foundation where he held popular charity day events in order to lend his support in brightening the lives of terminally ill and hospitalised children. Noel also was responsible for raising the desperately needed funds for Motor Neurone Disease in Queensland to honor his great friend and former ATP CEO, Brad Drewett. Noel's tireless efforts were well rewarded when his Charity Day raised more funds for QLD MND than any other single event held in the State.
In 2014 whilst on court Noel experienced what he described as “a tightness” in his chest. He had two blockages from the main artery to his heart, this resulted in the swift action of two stents and within two weeks, better than new, Noel was back on court doing what he does best. See Noel's Story from the Heart Research Institute of Australia.
Noel Callaghan, the humble little boy who has grown up devoting his life to the sport he loves. As both a player, a coach and an historian, Noel continues to be in demand from all sectors of the globe for his exceptional knowledge, expertise and talent as a world-class coach helping and developing many a player onto the world stage.