Talor Wain Named Youth Tennis Provider of the Month
Over the years, Bianca Rademacher has been instructed by many different tennis coaches. But there was one who she always stuck with, because he pushed her harder, taught her that it’s more than just a game and became a good friend all at the same time.
“Talor is not only a coach who has a magic cure for any tennis issue, but also a coach who truly cares about his students,” she said. “Talor worked to make me love the sport as much as he did, and I owe so much to him. If not for him, I would be nowhere near the player I am today.”
Rademacher is playing Division One tennis at Wichita State University, in large part due to Talor Wain’s influence. She is one of his many students who went on to play at the collegiate level over the years. Wain is the USTA Missouri Valley Youth Tennis Provider of the month. He is the Head Pro at Woods Tennis Center in Lincoln.
“I don’t base my highlights on the results of my players,” he said. “If they win, they win, if they lose, we lose. Either way we get back to work. I really base my highlights on the long term involvement of my players.”
Originally from Australia, he grew up in the town of Albury, which he calls “tennis mad” because there are close to 100 courts in a town of 100,000.
He started teaching when he was 14 years old and never stopped. After briefly considering playing college tennis in the U.S., he knew his future was better suited as an instructor.
After receiving a degree in Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong, he moved to Fiji where he was the head coach at an ITF Regional Training Center, one of only three in the world.
Photo 1: Wain with Rademacher; Photo 2: Wain with Bianca, his wife, Caitlin, and two daughters, Tilly and Poppy.
“This center took players from around the Pacific Islands and housed them all together to study and train full time with the aim of achieving a world junior ranking and potentially one day an ATP or WTA ranking,” he said.
Later on, he traded the warmth for winter and moved to Nebraska ten years ago. He enjoys the process of working with kids at all levels and understands they all have different starting points, and eventually will take their own paths.
“I think what I enjoy most about working with kids is their little victories on a variety of fronts,” he said. “Not just winning a match or a tournament, but mastering a new skill or tactical option or seeing them gain some self-confidence and independence. Everyone has different goals so being a part of this process is always fun.”
Rademacher always had big goals for her future. Not only did Wain help her achieve those goals, he also helped her see what lies beneath the surface, and it’s not just about wins and losses.
“Talor instilled the love he has for the game into me, and changed my view on tennis,” Rademacher said. “Too often we only see sport as a competition, and look for reward only in wins. But, there is so much more to tennis. Once you find that passion for the game, your game improves by miles.”
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