Stephen Diaz

Stephen, a native of Dorado, Puerto Rico, is the founder of the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy which started in 1996. Through hard work, dedication and commitment to his students, he has been building junior tennis champions at one of the most respected junior tennis academies in the southern region.

He began his coaching career in the Atlanta area in 1991. He is a USPTA certified instructor with a rating of Professional 1 for the past 19 years. Stephen currently focuses on the overall development of highly competitive players that are looking to maximize their potential and become successful tennis players.


Coach Diaz is also a USTA High Performance certified coach since 2003 and a USPTA specialist in competitive player development. With over 23 years of coaching experience with advance players, Stephen’s coaching skills, wealth of knowledge as a player and coach has helped many juniors become some of the best players in the nation. Coach Diaz has been selected by the Georgia Tennis Association to be the coach for the Georgia junior Southern Cup winning team from 2007 to present. He is currently coaching top Southern/US players and 2015 Orange Bowl champions McCartney Kessler & Emma Kurtz  among other top juniors and spent many years coahcing top players since their early stages of  their development. Among them, Coach Diaz has developed the likes of:

  • McClain Kessler (Florida Gators 2015) Boys 18 & under top 15 USA in 2014 Southern # 1

  • Elliott Orkin (Florida Gators) Boys 18 & under top 10 USA in 2012 Southern # 1

  • Hunter Reese (Tennessee ) Boys 18 & under top 10 USA in 2011 Southern # 1 (2014 NCAA's doubles champion)

  • Megen Cochran (South Carolina) Girls 18 & under Southern # 2 in 2014

  • Sophia Kurtz (Tulane) Girls 18's top 5 Southern in 2015

  • Michael Kay (Georgia Tech) Boys 18 & under top 40 USA in 2014 Southern # 3

  • Daniel Yun (Georgia Tech) Boys 18 & under Southern top 15

  • Austin Bates (Florida Gulf Coast) Boys 18 & under Southern top 30 in 2014

  • Ryan Smith (Georgia Tech) Boys 16 & under top 10 in US and Southern top 5

  • Jennifer Meredith (Tennessee) Girls 18 & under top 20 in US and Southern top 5

  • Jaime Cox (Penn State) Boys 18 & under top 80 in US and Southern top 10

  • John Watts (Washington U.) Boys 18 & under top 100 in US and Southern top 5

  • Lauren Meier (Kentucky) Girls 18 & under top 50 in US

  • Zachary Dunkle (Sanford) Boys 18 & under top 10 in Southern

  • Carl Abalos (Sanford) Boys 18 & under top 10 in Southern


As a player, Stephen spent his junior career in Puerto Rico where he was a top player. He went on to play #1 singles & doubles for NAIA powerhouse Auburn Montgomery, were he became "singles and doubles All-American" and reached a top 4 national singles ranking in 1989. After college, Stephen went on to play competitively in Europe and also became a member of the Puerto Rico Davis Cup  in 1993-94 & 2000. In 1992 he was became Puerto Rico National Professional Singles Champion and honored as Puerto Rico Tennis Federation "Player of the year" and P.R. Olympic Committee "Athlete of the year". Now in his 40's, Stephen still competes randomly in Atlanta Pro & AA-1 ALTA leagues. Stephen has been married to his wife Wendy for 12 years and is the father of three rookies, Dominic, Derek & Isabelle.


 

Jason

Jason has been with SDTA for over 10 years now, he has been involved in coaching at all levels at our program and is the co-director of the academy.  He played on the DeKalb College tennis team during their 1997-98 championship season and was a highly ranked junior in Georgia.

He has been a USPTA-certified instructor with a rating of Professional 1 for 8 years, and also certified by the American Sport Education Program. Jason has also been a USTA High Performance certified coach for 5 years. Jason's long time working experience at SDTA has helped many juniors develop the proper fundamentals and has been an important part of the development of many juniors over his career at SDTA.

 

Peter

Peter is a USPTR certified instructor and brings 20 years of coaching experience to SDTA. Peter began his tennis coaching career up in the Northeast were he work as an assistant coach at Cresmont Country Club and also as coach at the Asims All Star Tennis Academy in New Jersey, which was home to many top juniors in the Northeast region. When he arrived in Georgia, he assisted in the Junior Program at North Fulton Tennis Center in Sandy Springs. He has taught students of all ages and abilities, from beginners to nationally ranked juniors.

As a player he competed in prize money tournaments in the men’s open division in the Northeast. Peter is married to Jenny and has two kids both of whom are excellent tennis players and are currently playing division 1 college tennis at University of South Alabama. He is excited and honored to be part of a great and well recognized program in the southeast at SDTA.

Aaron

Coach Aaron is a USPTA certified instructor and has been with SDTA for the past 5 years.  Aaron was a tennis scholarship athlete at University of South Alabama. He has become a very valuable asset at all levels of our program from beginners to our most advance national level players.  He currently works with coach Diaz with our elite level Peak Performance High Performance  group.