Coaches Workshop

IHSTCA WINTER WORKSHOP          Download: Brochure


Friday, January 31, 2020
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Vaughan Center – Aurora

IHSTCA Presenters

Dave Fish:   As the Head Coach at Harvard, Fish amassed a 702-319-1 (.687) overall record, including 21 Ivy League titles. On four separate occasions, Fish was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Coach of the Year, while leading the Crimson to 25 NCAA Tournaments, including 16 tournament victories. In 2014, Fish was the first ITA coach to win the 2014 Meritorious Service Award presented by Conant Leadership.  He is now very instrumental with UTR.

Butch Staples:   Butch is the National Tennis Director for Midtown Athletic Clubs. He began his 16-year career with Midtown as the Tennis Director in Weston, FL followed by six years as the Tennis Director in Chicago. Butch is a PTR International Master Professional who was named the 2010 PTR Pro of the Year. He is also actively involved in coach education as a Net Generation lead trainer with the USTA.

Tad Eckert Tad Eckert is the 1989 Illinois State Singles Champion and a two-time Team State Champion in 1987 and 1988 at New Trier High School.  He played collegiately at Notre Dame where his 1992 team finished second in the NCAAs.  In his 12 years as the Boys Varsity Coach at New Trier, he has amassed 11 Team Trophies, including 3 Team State Championships.  He also coached two-time State Singles Champion, Robert Stineman.  Most recently, Tad has coached his step-son’s Northwestern Junior Tennis Team to Midwest Sectional titles in the 10’s, 12’s, and 14’s.  Tad has been coached and mentored by some legends of the game including Jerry Karzen, Jack Sharpe, John Schneiter, Bob Bayliss, Brian Kalbas, and Tom Fitzgerlad.  In June of 2019, he also attended the National High School Combine at the USTA National Training Center in Orlando.

Matt Bulman:   Matt Bulman has been working as the Head Girls Tennis Coach for St. Charles East HS for six seasons. Before his time as a head coach, Matt, worked as the JV coach for both the boys and girls teams for a combined 12 seasons. In those 12 seasons, the lower levels went an astounding 147-25 in dual match play, racking up a combined 8 conference championships. Under his leadership, Matt has grown the no-cut program from barely fielding three levels of play to an incredible 91 girls this past season. Matt is married to his wife, Katie, and has two small children, Henry and Lucy.

We look forward to recognizing our exceptional coaches during the awards banquet: Century Club, Longevity, Regional Coaches of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year, Head Coach of the Year, and the IHSTCA Hall of Fame.

We expect to have 20 vendors again this year along with our breakfast and registration gifts.