is a Master Professional and PTR National Tester
and Clinician. He was awarded the 1993 PTR Pro
of the Year. Louie travels extensively throughout
the world conducting numerous tennis workshops.
He played the European Circuit in the 60's. In
addition to his lengthy teaching & playing
career, Louie has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and
has completed 40 consecutive Boston Marathons.
has been the Director of Tennis Operations for
Van Der Meer Tennis and a Head Professional since
1983. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe
and Asia conducting tennis workshops with Dennis.
Steve is a graduate of Elon College.
Richter is a former Top 50 ITA player
who has been working with the Van Der
Meer Tennis Academy since 2009. He also
works directly with our older Academy
players preparing them for high-level
tournaments, college tennis, and pro circuit
events. Originally from Germany, Thomas
was an All-Big South Conference athlete
at Birmingham-Southern College before
transferring to Indiana University, where
he was named to the 2008 All-Big Ten team.
There, he received his Bachelor's Degree
in Business Administration followed by
his Master's Degree in Sports Marketing.
Shimada is a former ATP tour player currently
working with the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy.
He has been working with the Van Der Meer
Tennis Academy since 2008, and he previously
trained here as a player for nearly ten
years. Tom reached a career high ATP world
ranking of #40 in doubles, represented
Japan in Davis Cup competition for over
ten years, won 3 career ATP doubles titles,
recorded doubles wins over the Bryan brothers,
Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick, and was
a 2000 Sydney Olympic participant. After
his playing career, he graduated from
the University of South Carolina with
a degree in Finance and Real Estate.
is a head professional for Van Der Meer
Tennis. As Director of Product Testing
for Head® Sports since 1993, he oversees
the U.S. testing site based at Van Der
Meer Tennis Academy. Vince also served
as a USTA Area Training Center Coach for
North Carolina where he coached many top
juniors. Vince played his collegiate tennis
while attending Murray State University.
He continues to work on court with many
former WTA player, Elizma competed in
tournaments such as Wimbledon and French
Open. Having been based as a player at
VDM Academy, she launched her coaching
career after taking the TennisUniversity
course with Dennis Van Der Meer. Elizma
played NCAA Div 1 and graduated from United
States International University, San Diego,
Born in Namibia, she also competed for
South Africa as a Junior Springbok player
and was ranked #1 in u/14 to u/18 age
groups. President of the Namibian Tennis
Association (NTA) - 1996 to 1999, Elizma
is also their Fed Cup Captain and Junior
Fed Cup Captain. She has coached and managed
many national and international teams
worldwide since 1996.
A certified ITF Level 3 High Performance
Tennis Coach (highest coaching qualification
in the International Tennis Federation)
she worked with many top Spanish tennis
academies and players such as David Ferrer
(ATP#3) and his team. As the ITF International
Touring Coach she worked with the best
European, Asian and African players such
as Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) - ATP#23, Junior
Wimbledon & U.S Open champion (2008)
Ruth is the Fitness Director and a Senior
Staff coach who has been at Van Der Meer
Tennis Academy since 2014. She played
NCAA DII tennis at Clayton State University,
reaching the Sweet Sixteen and Final Four
in 2010 and 2011. She was ranked #2 in
NCAA for doubles resulting in being an
All-American. She graduated in 2012 with
a degree in Health & Fitness Management.
Katie has fitness certifications with
Etcheberry Fitness, and also with the
International Tennis Performance Association
as a Tennis Performance Trainer and as
a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist.
"Great camp and as always - wonderful staff.
All the Van Der Meer people I have met are so nice,
helpful, polite & personable as well as being
the best instructors. I have recommended all their
camps to all I meet."