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COACHING STAFF

DAN JAMES / NATIONAL HEAD COACH

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Dan James became a member of the USTA’s national wheelchair coaching staff in 1998 as the assistant coach at World Team Cup. James was the men’s head coach in 1999-2005, 2007-Present.
 
In 2003 he joined the USTA full time as the National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, running the training program for all teams as well as supervising grassroots initiatives. He was the men’s head coach at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, head coach for the 2004 games in Athens, 2008 games in Beijing, as well as the 2012 Games in London. He was also head coach at the 2007 and 2011 Parapan American Games.
 
James is a member of the IWTA Wheelchair Coach’s Commission, former member of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee, was named 2002 Minnesota Pro of the Year by the PTR, was named the 2003 Wheelchair Tennis Champion by Racquet Sports Industry Magazine, 2004 Northern Division Professional of the Year with the USPTA, the 2011 USOC Paralympic Tennis Coach of the Year, and the 2007 and 2011 International Wheelchair Tennis Coach of the year with the International Wheelchair Tennis Association. James resides in Seattle.

JOHN DEVORSS / NATIONAL COACH

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John is a graduate from the University of Oregon where he played four years of collegiate tennis for the ducks and received a B.A. degree in Education in 1999. John has been a USPTA certified tennis instructor for over ten years. He is currently the tennis director at the Salem Tennis and Swim Club. As a member of national wheelchair tennis coaching staff for the past three years, John has served as coach for both the Junior and Quad teams at World Team Cup, coaching the juniors in 2012 and leading the Quad team to victory in 2013.

JASON HARNETT / NATIONAL COACH

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Jason Harnett became a member of the USTA's national wheelchair coaching staff in 1998 as the head coach of the Quadriplegic Team at World Team Cup, Barcelona, Spain. Harnett was the "Quad" coach from 1998 until 2012, with a one year hiatus in 2002. Now, Harnett is the World Team Cup Men's Coach.
 
Harnett has coached the Quad team successfully to 7 World Championships starting in 1998 (Barcelona) followed by 2003 (Sopot, Poland), 2005 (Groningen, Netherlands) and 2006 (Brasilia, Brazil), 2007, 2010, and 2011. He has coached 5 former and current world No. 1 players: Rick Draney, Brian Hanson, Chris Studwell and most recently David Wagner and Nick Taylor.
 
Harnett was named Assistant Coach at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Paralympic Games. Harnett is a member of the USPTA and was named the 2000 and 2007 Wheelchair Coach of the Year for the Southern California/USPTA Section. He is currently the Head Professional for the City of Mission Viejo, Calif., where he has taught since 1996.
 
Harnett has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, 1994, where he also played tennis for the Huskies for 4 years, finishing as captain in in his senior year.

PAUL WALKER / NATIONAL COACH

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Paul Walker is a 1986 graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. He is a PTR Professional and was named PTR Wheelchair Professional of the Year in 2003. As a player, Walker reached a career high of No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 31 in the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis Rankings in 2005. That same year, he played in the inaugural wheelchair tennis match at the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Walker has been the Head Coach for the USA Women's National Wheelchair Tennis Team from 2005-2012, and will now be the national Juniors coach. In his tenure as the Women's coach, the team twice finished No. 4 in the world and was consistently in the top five of womens programs worldwide.
 
Walker is in his 12th year of coaching at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland. As the head coach of the girls tennis team, he led the group to six straight District Titles from 2004-2009 and he has twice been the coach of a Florida High School (3A) individual state champion. In 2005 and 2006 he was named the Polk County Florida High School Tennis Coach of the Year. Walker regularly coaches for the USTA and ITF at both national and international wheelchair tennis camps. He has made several Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund trips for the ITF to work with developing players and coaches.
 
Walker is a great supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project and has a great passion for working with and teaching the sport of tennis to injured service men and women around the country. A retired Army officer, Walker has been married to his wife, Terri, for 18 years. They have two boys, Jake (14) and Daniel (7).

In 1998 the United States Tennis Association assumed responsibility for wheelchair tennis in America from the National Foundation for Wheelchair Tennis. Since then the USTA has become the first National Governing Body of both Olympic and Paralympic tennis governing Paralympics, ParaPan American Games and World Team Cup events.
 
The USTA remains dedicated to providing top-flight programming and developmental opportunities to wheelchair athletes of all ages and backgrounds willing to learn the sport and have fun.
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