Faculty & Staff
Alan Walker joined the St. Vincent-St. Mary coaching family in 2019 as the Head Tennis Coach for the Boys team. A successful first season ended with the team posting a 10-5 record and two players qualifying for Districts. The Girls season is underway with 19 students participating.
Since being introduced to the game by his parents in the early 1970’s, Alan has been on a life-long journey to play better tennis. Growing up in Akron, Alan, competed locally in junior tournaments and then at Firestone High School. Competitive success came early for Alan, winning his first Akron District Tennis title in 1975. Several junior tournament wins led to success on the high school level highlighted by trips to Columbus for the State Championships and setting the record (since broken) for wins in a season with 35. While playing at Dennison University, Alan was a four-year letterman on teams that won the conference titles all four years including the 1987 team which he captained. Adult tournament success was highlighted by winning the 2005 Midwest Indoor. In the USTA Adult Leagues Alan has captained many playoff teams including the 2002 NEOTA 5.0 League winner and the 2003 5.0 team that won the Ohio State Championship, the Midwest Championship and qualified for the final 16-team Nationals.
As a coach, Alan assisted the Boys’ and Girls’ teams at Walsh Jesuit from 2001-2008 with Girls teams winning State Championships in 2002 and 2006. While working with these student-athletes, several of the players qualified for District and State competitions. Alan continues to work full-time as a Professional Tennis Instructor working through Springside Racquet and Fitness and as Tennis Director at Fairlawn Swim & Tennis.
If you spend any length of time around Alan, you’ll probably hear his say something that links a tennis lesson to a real-life situation. Something like, “It often doesn’t matter what you choose to do but how committed you are to what you choose.” Commitment to improvement in all parts of life is what keeps Alan playing tennis and working with players who share his zeal.