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Email: coachBoerica@gmail.com, El Segundo, CA, USA

Coach Sergiu's Experience

  • Unofficially started teaching and coaching when I was 14 years old, by occasionally substituting for my Coach when he was out of town, Constanta, Romania.

  • September 1978 - Officially hired as coach at Sports School Club No. 2, Constanta, Romania. Established junior programs for girls who were under represented in the club. This was the club where I started to learn and play tennis as a young child. 

  • March 1983 - Was let go from my coaching position at Sports School Club No. 2, because I began the process of immigrating to the United States of America.

  • June 1984 - Hired as a tennis instructor at Halandri Tennis Club, Athens, Greece. During my time there, my family and I applied for political asylum through "World Council of Churches" to immigrate to the United States.

  • December 1984 - Was an independent tennis coach around Hollywood, San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles areas. Played some small Southern California tennis tournaments. 

  • June 1986 - Earned the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Certification. Advised by my mentor, Pierce College Hall of Fame coach Paul Xanthos, a USPTA member as well.

  • Summer 1986 - Hired by Michael Slypian (his partners were Lucy and Marty Rose) to work for "Tiebrakers Tennis Shop" at the La Cienega Tennis Reservoir, with help from my good frienc Ron McCabe.

  • September 1986 - Here is where my claim to fame happened: I was the hitting partner/trainer for Andrea Temesvari, Hungarian Professional Tennis Player, who won the 1986 French Open doubles with Martina Navratilova. I practiced and even played a Mixed doubles Round Robin event with Barbara Jordan, American Professional tennis player, who won 1979 Australian Open Singles title and 1983 French Open Mixed Doubles title with Eliot Teltscher. 

  • September 1988 - Started to attend CSU Long Beach as a  Physical Education major while still working for "Tiebrakers Tennis Shop." My mentor, Paul Xanthos, told me, "If you want to coach at the college level, you need a Bachelor degree." So, I started to hang out around the men's and women's tennis teams. The transition to studying was not easy. Luckily, I had help from Grigore Ghica who was the soccer coach at Golden West College my mentor throughout my college years until my graduation in 1993.

  • January 1990 - Hired as Varsity Boys Tennis Coach at Los Alamitos High School by coach Frank Doretti.

  • September 1990 - Hired as Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Long Beach State under coach Peter Smith, thanks to Will Moravec. Unfortunately, in June of 1991 the program was dropped because of budget cuts in the CSU system. 

  • August 1992 - Hired as the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Tennis at Chapman University by Dave Curry, thanks to Bob Donlan. Bob was the Senior Athletic Director at Long Beach State and my running partner at 6 am in the morning through my years at Long Beach State, Chapman. What a Journey that was! While ​at Chapman University, I coached many student athletes. However, one of them stood out, Deborah Denio. Ms. Denio came to Chapman University for the Physical Therapy program it's renowned for. Deborah Denio qualified twice for NCAA Championships, Singles competition, a first in Chapman's Women's Tennis history. Denio ranked #26 in 1996 and #19 in 1997 nationally. Denio was also inducted in Chapman University Hall of Fame in 2008.

To Be Continued>>