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  • "Jaguar Tennis Academy, LLC." was conceived and established in September 2017 from "Jaguar Tennis" fictitious name. The name change was more inline with today's logistics of running a tennis academy. Since then, numerous students have gone through its programs. Numerous students have graduated from the academy's programs into high schools teams (Marissa Herweg, Nika Masuzawa, Tadas Kirkila, Kenden Furuya, Elizabeth Gracey, etc.) and college teams (Isabelle Garvenne, Ignas Kirkila). At the present time there are several aspiring students who will pursue their tennis dreams like Isaac Bucknell, Trevor Herrera-Wilkin, Elyjah Green, 

  • August 2007 to May 2009 when I was working at Loyola Marymount University, I traded my Racquets for Dumbbells. I worked as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator overseeing 20 intercollegiate programs. I have planned/organized conditioning programs specifically for 10 varsity intercollegiate teams. I have assisted teams with in-season stretching routines. Women Water Polo won 2007 WWPA conference. Softball team won 2007 PCSC Conference. Men Water Polo won 2007 MWPA Conference.


  • As an Assistant Coach Women Tennis at Loyola Marymount University (October 2004 - August 2007), I have contributed to improving Program's record. The team finished in 3rd place in the highly competitive West Coast Conference (WCC) at the end of the 2006-2007 season. Team improved to #64 rank nationally because of victories over #70 UC Santa Barbara, #60 University of San Diego, #44 Long Beach State. Also, Pavla Mesterova, team's #1 player, ranked #63 nationally and was named 2007 WCC Player of the Year, a first in the LMU tennis history. The 2005-06 team finished in 2nd place in the WCC and a #65 rank nationally with victories over #55 University of San Diego, #44 University of Oregon, and #52 Boston College. Pavla Mesterova, team's #1 player, ranked #86 nationally in singles, and #52 in doubles with Robyn Baker.

  • Between January 2003 - October 2004, I established "HC Tennis", my own tennis academy = "H" from Hermine, my mom's first name, "C" from Constantin, my dad's first name. My 1984 Greek dream came through.

  • Before Loyola Marymount University, I have also worked as Director of Tennis for OCTMS at Balboa Tennis Center, in Encino, CA and Westwood Tennis Center, Westwood, CA from December 2000 to December 2002. I have supervised a staff of 6 tennis professionals. I have planned, organized and marketed the youth and adult programs. Also, I had the privilege to work with two outstanding professional tennis players: Michael Jessup and Anthony Ross, former Pepperdine University tennis players. Whenever they were "in town" from their ATP schedule, we would train. Michael Jessup played #1 Singles for Pepperdine University team. On the ATP tour, Jessup reached a career high, #374 in singles and #357 in doubles. Anthony Ross played doubles also for Pepperdine University team. On the ATP Tour, Ross reached a career high 134 in doubles.

  • The only job I have held outside California was as Head Coach Men and Women tennis at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (January 2000 - September 2000). I got hired January 5th, and season would start February 5th. I had to hit the grown running. And, we didn't do too bad: Women's team finished 2nd place in the Big Sky Conference with a 15-12 record; Men's team finished in 3rd place with a 16-8 record, best record since 1990. Also, women's team was selected as an ITA All-American Academic Team. 

  • And, now, my first Division I job with a top 20 program in the nation! What a treat to work with some incredible student athletes!

      Assistant Coach Men Tennis at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (August 1998 - December 1999)

      Every day I went to work, I had to pinched myself that everything was real. Assisted head coach Peter Smith in all aspects of running a Division I program. I have          helped the team win for the 30th time West Coast Conference title. Team finished the season with 23-8 record, and ranked #20 nationally. The doubles team of              Kelly Gullett/John Hui reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships, Gillett/Hui were named to ITA All-American team because they finished                in the top 8 teams in the country.

  • My first Head Coach job: Head Coach Men and Women Chapman University (August 1992 - August 1998)

       Fond memories! A lot of trial and error! And, by teaching university Physical Education tennis classes, I came across and met a lot of students/wonderful people.            Hired by Dave Curry on recommendation from Bob Donlan, former Senior Athletic Director at Long Beach State and running partner through my years at Long                Beach State and Chapman University. Started a women program with 1994-95 season. In 1996, Deborah Denio, #1 player, became the first female tennis player            in Chapman's history to participate in a NCAA Championship tournament. Denio finished the season ranked #26 in the nation. In 1997, Denio repeated her 1996            NCAA accomplishment and finished her athletic career at Chapman ranked #19 in the nation.

  • In August 1995 - November 1996, while coaching at Chapman University, I made time to become the Varsity Coach Girls Tennis at Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach, CA. Varsity team qualified for the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) play-off in the fall of 1995. Alison Arvizu won the Sunset League singles titles in 1995 and 1996. Arvizu qualified for CIF Individual tournaments in 1995 and 1996. 

  • September 1990 - My First college job, Assistant Coach Men Tennis - Long Beach State, Long Beach, CA -  Assisted head coach (Peter Smith) in practice and match coaching, recruiting and conditioning. The team had its first winning season in four years with a record 15-11 and finished tied for the 3rd place in the Big West Conference tournament. 

  • January 1990 - My First High School coaching job - Head Coach Varsity Boys - Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA 

      Hired by Frank Doretti, Athletic Director

  • September 1988 - Started to attend CSU Long Beach as a Physical Education major while still working for "Tiebreakers Tennis Shop". My tennis mentor, Paul Xanthos, told me: "If you want to coach at the college level, you need a Bachelor degree". So, I started my journey in order to receive a college degree in United States. The transition to studying was not easy but I had a lot of help from my friend, Grigore Ghica, who was the soccer coach at Golden West College. Ghica has help me all the way to my graduation in December 1993.

  • Summer 1986 - 1989 - My First Tennis Coaching Job in US - Hired by Michael Slypian (partners Marty and Lucy Rose) to teach for "Tiebrakers Tennis Shop" - Beverly Hills, CA on recommendation from Ron McCabe, former owner of Southern California Tennis Club. Here I have came in contact with some amazing Professional players. I was the practice partner for Andrea Temesvari, Hungarian professional player, who won 1986 French Open doubles with Martina Navratilova. I practiced and even played a mixed doubles Round Robin event with Barbara Jordan, American professional player, who won 1979 Australian Open Singles title and 1983 French Open mixed doubles title with Eliot Teltcher.


  • 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.​​

  • June 1984 - Hired as Tennis Professional at Halandri Tennis Club, Athens, Greece. Worked till October 1984 when my application to immigrate to United States through the "World Council of Churches", was approved. 

  • March 1983 - I was terminated as a Coach at School Sports Nr. 2, Constanta, Romania, because I have applied to immigrate to USA. This club has been my club since I was 10 years old when I started to learn and play tennis.  

  • September 1978 - Hired as a coach at Sports School Club Nr. 2, Constanta, Romania because my former coach Gigel Patrichi saved a position for me.

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