AFTER SCHOOL TENNIS COACH
NAMED BEST OF
March 1, 2019
USTA Mid-Atlantic after school tennis program coach, Noe Vasquez, was voted “#1 Tennis Instructor,” for Loudoun County, Va., as part of the Loudoun Times-Mirror “Best of Loudoun” awards. The annual “Best of Loudoun” recognizes Loudoun’s favorite people, places, business and more. Winners are featured in a special section of the Loudoun Times-Mirror out March 1, 2019.
Noe is a head coach for the USTA Mid-Atlantic’s after school tennis program in Loudoun County and also coaches as part of a newly created middle school program to help players get prepared for high school tennis teams. Since 2016, USTA Mid-Atlantic has been serving Loudoun County with after school and summer tennis enrichment programs to help introduce more children to tennis. The program focuses on fun and allows kids to not only learn tennis fundamentals but also develop positive character traits too. ADVERTISEMENT Sessions are held in local schools right after the school day and all equipment is provided.
As a coach for the USTA Mid-Atlantic’s after school tennis program, he sees first-hand the positive impact that the sport has on children.
“Children are learning how to play tennis while having fun and it’s important to have fun because it helps build confidence and self-esteem,” Noe says. “My students learn that perfection is not the goal, but rather to just do your best and be your best self.”
He says the best part about coaching for him is being able to give students the opportunity to learn a new skill and feel confident about themselves as they become more proficient.
Noe started playing tennis when he was 10 in his home of El Salvador. He began his tennis career as a ball boy with Primera Raqueta Country Club catching the magic of tennis and moving up through the ranks. Noe began competing in tournaments, realizing that he wanted to make tennis his career. In 1998, after completing training, he became a certified tennis instructor and worked for eight years at the American Embassy in El Salvador. In 2008 Noe made the decision to come to the United States and continue to share his love of tennis by helping to develop youth and adult players of all levels. Noe has been a part of the Loudoun County community, helping to improve players and work on player pathways for the Ida Lee Park Tennis Center in Leesburg, Va., where he coached for eight years. Most recently, he is the Head Tennis Pro for Stoneleigh Country Club, in Round Hill, Va.
When asked about being named the number one tennis instructor in Loudoun County, he had this to say, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this award; I love what I do and it is tremendously rewarding to know that the community thinks I am making a difference in their lives. I am truly grateful for all who have trusted me to become their coach. Every day I learn something new - as much as I teach children and adults, they help me learn just as much.”
Noe is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), as well as USTA and has completed seminars from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).