Since being introduced to the game by his parents in the early 1970’s, Alan Walker has been on a life-long journey to play better tennis. Growing up in Akron, he took lessons and clinics at Springside, competed locally in junior tournaments and then at Firestone High School. After Playing at Denison University, he moved to Dayton and continued to play as a “weekend warrior” while working his desk job. Moving back to Akron, he joined the Springside Tennis Staff in the fall of 1999. Now, having taught for over a decade and played competitively for over 35 years, Alan combines a passion for tennis with a love of learning that makes the work of improving your tennis game easy and enjoyable. If you are new to tennis, or have been playing for many years, there is always something that Alan can help you with in your quest to be a better tennis player. In addition to teaching students of all ages and ability levels, Alan works closely with the USTA and NEOTA to coordinate junior tournaments and adult leagues at Springside.
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 the 2005 Midwest Indoor 40’s win with Rocco Cona. 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 Boy’s and Girl’s 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 with the Adult League teams from Springside. He runs numerous team practices at all levels and with several teams competing in the NEOTA and State playoffs.
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.” Or, “Keep doing what is working.” It’s the commitment to constant improvement that keeps Alan playing tennis and working with players who share his zeal.