MUSTA Coaching Team

AJ Muscillo

Adrian (AJ) Muscillo
Head Coach

**AUSTRALIAN HOT SHOTS COACH OF THE YEAR 2015
**AUSTRALIAN CLUB COACH OF THE YEAR 2015 RUNNER UP
**TCA VICTORIAN COACH OF THE YEAR 2014
**FINALIST VICTORIAN HOTS SHOTS COACH & CLUB COACH OF THE YEAR 2015/2016

HIGH PERFORMANCE TENNIS AUSTRALIA COACH (HIGHEST QUALIFICATION IN THE COUNTRY)
EXPERT IN DEVELOPING PLAYERS, PROGRAMS & PATHWAYS
RENOWNED FOR FAST TRACKING JUNIORS TO TOP INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS
WORKS WITH MANY SENIOR PROFESSIONAL TOUR PLAYERS 
CURRENT RANKING (ITF 35+): 1 IN AUSTRALIA, 4 IN THE WORLD
 

AJ has been involved in coaching for almost 20 years but has a rich knowledge of the game well beyond his years.  He has coached in over 10 different countries and has been lucky enough to work alongside coaches such as Nick Bollettieri, Ivan Lendl, and Patrick Mouratoglou. AJ has also worked with Tennis Australia and Tennis Victoria for many years and has built a great rapport with them.  

In 2015, AJ was rewarded the prestigious Newcombe Medal Award for Australian Hot Shots Coach of the Year and was Australian Club Coach of the Year Runner Up.  In 2016, AJ is a current finalist for Victorian Hot Shots Coach of the Year & Best Victorian Club Coach of the Year.  In 2014, AJ was also rewarded with the TCA Victorian Coach of the Year award.

AJ’s greatest pride comes in developing players from beginners that establish international rankings under his guidance and on top of this becoming a lifelong friend with these players. He has had the opportunity to work with many professional tour players and top 50 ITF juniors and played extensively on the satellite tour himself.  AJ still plays on the ITF Seniors Tour for 35+ players and is currently ranked #1 in Australia and #4 in the World, and has been lucky enough to represent Australia in the World Team Championships.

AJ spends an extensive amount to time dissecting the modern game to ensure his knowledge is up-to-date and world class and also works closely with his assistant coaches on and off the court to ensure everyone's knowledge is current and the same philosophy and progressions are taught across the board.

AJ endeavours to keep Muscillo Tennis Academy at the forefront of the game, providing every player that comes through the program with confidence, a broad range of skills and knowledge, and a clear understanding of what it takes to become a professional player or to get the best out of your game.
                                                                                                                                           

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Laurence Blackman
Senior Coach

TENNIS AUSTRALIA CLUB PROFESSIONAL COACH
SPECIALISES IN ALL MUSTA PROGRAMS INCLUDING HIGH PERFORMANCE JUNIOR SQUADS, ANZ HOT SHOTS PROGRAM, ADULT CARDIO TENNIS, PRIVATE LESSONS &
IN-SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Laurence has a lifelong involvement in tennis as both a player and a coach, and has over a decade of both Australian and International Professional Tennis Coaching experience (having also spent 8 years coaching tennis throughout Asia).

Laurence is very passionate about designing enjoyable, effective tennis lessons that are tailored to each individual’s needs and performance capability in order to promote a lifelong passion for tennis in his students.

Laurence manages and runs the MUSTA High Performance Junior Squads, heads up the ANZ Hot Shots program and Adult Cardio Tennis classes, delivers private lessons and in-school programs.

Laurence’s experience and understanding of international coaching methodologies as well as his Australian Club Professional qualifications, holds his developmental teaching methods at the highest level. He has a strong passion for continuously upskilling and learning new and innovative coaching techniques and methodologies in all aspects of tennis coaching and is a major contributor to the MUSTA program design and lesson planning.

Laurence provides a very positive and supportive learning environment and is very well respected by his students and fellow members of the club.

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Ryan Draffin
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS, JUNIOR GROUP COACHING & PRIVATE LESSONS

Ryan has been playing tennis since the age of 5 and started competition at the age of 9.  He currently participates in Australian ranking tournaments and has an established very high national ranking. Ryan has a long term family history at Eildon Park Tennis Club having played in three winning Pennant Grand Finals which is an extraordinary achievement since the average person is lucky to win one!  He has also one of eight Victorian players that has been selected to represent Team Victoria this year in the Pizzey Cup.

We are fortunate to have Ryan as part of our Team as he passes on this invaluable experience to the next generation of players.  Ryan has an infectious smile and positive, fun attitude that endears him to all the kids!


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Nick Staples
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS, JUNIOR GROUP COACHING & PRIVATE LESSONS

Nick has been a member at Eildon Park Tennis Club basically since he could hold a tennis racquet.

Nick has experience coaching young athletes in many different fields including tennis, swimming and in the gym, and he takes a lot of pride in seeing his players improve and grow in confidence.

At MUSTA Nick is heavily involved in our ANZ Hot Shots Program across all levels, he also plays a major role in our yellow ball groups and high performance squads (for players that are in club comp and tournaments) and he has been teaching private lessons for over 3 years.

Nick is loved for his enthusiasm and positive manner that he has with every student.

Nick has an outstanding knowledge and ability for teaching the game of tennis, well beyond his years, and he has been a main contributor to MUSTA winning awards such as Australian Hot Shots Program of the Year in 2015 and Victorian Club Coaching Program in 2014.

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Peter Le Noury
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS, JUNIOR GROUP COACHING & PRIVATE LESSONS

Pete has been playing tennis from the age of 4 years old and has competed in numerous national ranking tournaments.

Pete has a strong passion for sport and skill acquisition having studied a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement and Psychological Studies at Victoria University, as well obtaining his Certificate 3 in Fitness.

Pete has a strong passion for sport and skill acquisition having studied a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement and Psychological Studies at Victoria University, as well obtaining his Certificate 3 in Fitness...

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 Nessa PrattNessa Pratt
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS COACHING & JUNIOR GROUP COACHING 

Nessa currently plays full time and competes on the AMT and satellite tournaments and is hoping to develop her tennis game to play at the professional level. She has trained under AJ Muscillo for over 6 years and through this has a very clear understanding of the MUSTA teaching philosophy.

Nessa is a part of EPTC’s highest Women’s Victoria Pennant Competition team and you can see her in action most Saturdays down at the club.

Nessa also studies Exercise Science at Victoria University and has a huge love and empathy for animals.

Nessa has a fantastic attitude with all of the kids and is a valuable member of Muscillo Tennis Academy.

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YiPing WangYiPing Wang
Assistant Coach
SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS COACHING & JUNIOR GROUP COACHING 



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Alana Parnaby

Alana Parnaby
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS COACHING, JUNIOR GROUP COACHING & PRIVATE LESSONS

Alana has been playing tennis for 12 years and is currently ranked 43 in Australia and 1228 in the World.  Alana competes on the international Satellite circuit and in 2014 was named Pennant Player of the Year.  She has also represented Victoria (2011, 2012) at the School Sport Australia Pizzey Cup Championships.  

Alana has 5 years coaching experience. 
Alana specialises in FUNdamental and Red Stage Hot Shots coaching and is renowned for providing a fun learning environment for her students...
 

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Alana ParnabyBen Jones
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS COACHING,  JUNIOR GROUP COACHING & PRIVATE LESSONS

Ben has been playing tennis since the age of five and has won numerous tournaments and competitions including the 2010 Hudson Bond Manningham Championships, an Australian Money Tournament in doubles and was runner up at the 2010 Victorian Junior Claycourt Championships.  Currently at University studying Sport Science, Ben wishes to keep developing his tennis skills and continue to become a better tennis player and pass on any gained knowledge to the next generation of juinor players...

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Michael Mattschoss

Nathan Ponton
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS & JUNIOR GROUP COACHING

Nathan is one of the Clubs strongest competition players representing Eildon Park TC in the current Grade 1 Pennant side.  He has had outstanding tournament results including winning the prestigious Schoolboys tournament in Under 16s in 2011 and this year qualified and reached the quarter finals of the main draw in an international junior event. This has given Nathan an International World Ranking of 1135. These results have also seen him represent Victoria on many occasions.

Nathan is an accredited Tennis Australia Level 1 Junior Coach.  Nathan has been coaching tennis for many years and is well liked amongst the kids and enjoys passing on the modern learning techniques...


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Alana Parnaby
Chris Wickenton
Assistant Coach

SPECIALISES IN HOT SHOTS COACHING &  JUNIOR GROUP COACHING 

Chris started playing tennis at the age of 8 years old after playing the video game "Top Spin" on his XBox, and it is now a major part of his life.  

Chris studied at Mazenod College and led the tennis team as Captain to 6 consecutive ACC Premierships from Year 7 to 12 and acheived the MVP award for Mazenod College senior tennis in 2012 and 2013.

Chris has been ranked in the top 30 best juniors in Victoria.  He has had success at many tournaments including winning doubles tournaments U/16 Vic Junior Hard Courts 2011, U/16 Eastern Region 2011 and U/16 Frankston Summer Classic 2012.

Chris is currently completing his Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University.

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MEMORIAL PAGE:

Michael Mattschoss 

Loved by all & Dedicated Assistant Coach (R.I.P 2015)


2015 TCA VICTORIAN ROOKIE COACH OF THE YEAR!!