Meet Your Tennis Department
Jeremiah Walsh-Director of Tennis
Jeremiah Walsh brings his experience in tennis coaching and programming experience to Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness as our Director of Tennis. Walsh is a Redding native and grew up playing tennis at Sun Oaks. He relocated back to Redding from Colorado in the summer of 2007.
Prior to accepting his position at Sun Oaks he was the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Southern Oregon University where the team set a new school record for single season win percentage.
In 2001 he received a scholarship to train and coach at the Van Der Meer tennis academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Later that year he was hired as the Head Coach of the Virginia Military Institute Men’s Tennis team making him the youngest Division I Head Coach in the country at the age of 24. Following his coaching stint Walsh moved to Colorado where he went on to start a tennis facility management company. In 2003 he received the USTA National Programming Award for “Excellence in Tennis Programming”.
In 2004 Walsh was hired as the Head Coach of the University of Northern Colorado where he led the Men’s tennis program during their transition to Division I and the Big Sky Conference.
Steve Kinder-Head Professional
Steve Kinder grew up playing tennis in Northern Virginia as a youth and went on to play collegiate tennis for two years in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was ranked in the Men’s Open Top 1OO players in both singles and doubles. In 1982, his second year at Leeward College, Steve became Head Coach for the Men’s Tennis Team. Steve later graduated from the University of Hawaii, at Manoa in 1984.
Before taking the Head Professional position, Steve had been the Boys’ & Girls’ Head Coach for Foothill High School as well as an Assistant Professional at Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness.
Married to Mindy with two sons, Gabe and A.J., Steve enjoys teaching tennis with juniors and adult players alike. Steve is passionate about spending time with his family as well as serving others around him to achieve their personal goals. He loves the ocean, camping, hiking, kayaking and building business relationships in the local community.
Austin Kische grew up playing multiple sports in Yreka, CA. In high school he focused on tennis and eventually spent his summers in Redding training at Sun Oaks to prepare for college competition. He received a scholarship to Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and finished his college career at Montana State University Billings, in Montana. He worked his way up the ladder from number 6 singles to eventually number 2 singles and number 1 Doubles. Upon graduating he moved to Redding where he teaches and coaches full time with players of all levels from beginners to college athletes.
Eric Allen-Staff Professional
Eric is an enthusiastic and experi-enced USPTA Master Tennis Professional, who has been teaching tennis at clubs across the U.S. for the last 13 years. Most recently, Eric was the Regional Director of Tennis & Athletics for ClubCorp, a company that owns and operates over 160 business, tennis and golf clubs throughout America. As Director of Tennis & Athletics at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, Eric was awarded the USTA’s 2009 Tennis Facility of the Year, which was presented at the USTA National Breakfast during the 2009 US Open.
During his tenure at Mission Hills, the club played host to the 2006 Davis Cup Tie versus Chile, an annual USTA $50k Ladies Challenger event, a National USTA sanctioned Wheelchair tournament, as well as the largest USTA Adult Tournament in the U.S. with over 750 participants.
Prior to Mission Hills, Eric worked as a teaching professional, Head Pro and Director at three distinguished clubs in Austin, TX after graduating from the University of Texas in 1997. Eric was a college standout for the Longhorns, achieving Big 12 All-Conference honors, Academic All-American honors, an NCAA National Sportsmanship Award, and two appearances in the NCAA Team Semi-finals. Eric also competed on the USTA Satellite & Challenger circuits for several years getting professional experience against some of the best players in the world.
Eric is passionate about tennis as well as his family and friends. He is married to his wife Lauren and has five beautiful kids. He loves music, the outdoors, and building relationships in the local community.
John Kelley-Assistant Professional
John Kelley grew up playing tennis in Northern California and went on to play NAIA collegiate tennis at Cedarville University in Ohio. During his career there, he amassed a singles record of 49-1.
John holds a USPTA developmental coach certificate and has experience coaching junior high and high school players, including Grant Middle School and Foothill High School locally.
Currently, John teaches Group Tennis here at Sun Oaks. These clinics are designed to introduce the game of tennis to brand new adult players, about which John is very passionate.
Married to Cindy with twin daughters, John enjoys playing and teaching tennis with players of all levels and abilities.
Toby Osborn-Assistant Professional
Toby Osborn grew up playing tennis in Massachusetts and was a Top Ten ranked junior in New England. He went on to play at Pepperdine University and after graduation played team tennis in Germany for two years. Toby holds a Master of International Business degree from Pepperdine, and worked for 7 years for adidas Basketball in Portland, OR, where he traveled the globe creating, developing and selling basketball shoes.
After hanging up the racquets for quite a few years, Toby has rekindled his love for tennis and is hoping to spread his passion and knowledge throughout the local tennis community.
Additionally, Toby is an ardent sports geek who enjoys competing in just about anything. He is a competitive runner, enjoys backcountry skiing, is an avid golfer, a mean ping pong player and a die hard Boston sports fan (Go Pats, Celts, Bruins, Sox)!
Married to Lara (a local real estate broker) and a father of three teenagers, Lexi, Abbi and Triston, Toby enjoys spending time with his family traveling, camping, boating, and exploring the North State.