Woodside High School Boys Tennis Team
Welcome to the new Head Coach of the Woodside Tennis Program, Umesh Gadasalli!
Umesh Gadasalli’s tennis experience spans 3 decades. After competing in high school and college, Umesh participated in ‘OPEN’ level adult tournaments and USTA leagues. Over the past 26 years, his dedication and passion for the game has enabled him to teach tennis to beginners, intermediate juniors/adults, high school/college, and tournament level players.
As a USPTA teaching professional, Umesh utilizes an athlete centered, collaborative coaching style. His knowledge about the game, ability to communicate analytical concepts to players of all abilities, utilizing multiple learning/teaching modalities, and his patient, encouraging coaching style keeps his sessions fun and interactive. Umesh’s coaching methodology was honed by working directly with USPTA Master Professional Mike Van Zutphen and USPTA Professional John Huebner. He is formally trained in the Principles of Coaching and in Coach Effective Training program (CET, a cognitive-behavior approach), is an accredited Interscholastic coach by National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), and is a member of Wilson Sports Advisory Staff. As a result, Umesh’s students gain self-confidence, develop positive character traits, and experience a constructive sports outcome, and develop overall self-efficacy.
Previously, Umesh was the private lesson specialist for Lifetime Activities, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA. He completed coaching assignments at 3 private high schools (Harker School in San Jose, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, and Mercy High School, an all girls school in Burlingame). In addition, Umesh was a head instructor with Arizona Tennis Association and was an assistant professional at Mesa Country Club and worked with Master Pro Mike Van Zutphen. Umesh graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics and studied Finance at U.C. Berkeley. His other interests include astronomy, business/finance, gastronomy, natural history, nature photography, international travel, World Affairs Council, and volunteering with at-risk youth, at the Presidio Native Plant nursery, and at Point Reyes National Seashore.
The entire coaching staff is excited to continue our tradition of excellence in developing YOUR student athletes. It takes a lot of resources to execute a quality program for student athletes and we thank you in advance for your support.
2017-2018 Team Contribution
Below is a suggested family contribution that will keep the coaching staff focused on Tennis, rather than fundraising. This suggested donation is NOT a requirement for participation.
We are hoping you will help the team and your Athletic Boosters Organization (ABO) by making the following team contribution:
|Equipment (tennis balls, sweeper, hopper)||$ 30|
|Athletic Booster Donation||$ 50|
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THE ABO BUDGET PROCESS
The ABO works with our coaches and the Athletic Director to consider the team’s proposals, and to allocate funds to approved requests. Most teams receive some or all of their allocations at the start of the fall term (and for some fall sports, the prior May) so they can initiate the purchase process for long lead-time items. This often happens before donations are requested from players’ families.
Then, at the start of the subsequent terms, budgets for Winter and Spring are proposed or revised as needed.
Athlete of the Week
Athletes of the Week December 4th, 2017
According to senior Jade Jones, “The team set out to get a bid to nationals at one of our competitions, and we did at our first one.” Clearly the team aimed high and successfully placed 4th, earning their spot in Nationals. Their new coach, hard working Jaymie Guillena, has played a massive role in the team's success as she stepped up and coached both teams, demonstrating her love for cheer. Without Coach Jaymie, the cheer team wouldn’t have come this far and they are very happy to have her as their coach. Additionally, one of their best performances thus far includes the Sequoia performance because both teams performed as one and clearly had a blast, as pictured above. Clearly the cheer team has risen to a whole new level and their success is unmatched, congratulations to the Girls Varsity Cheer team and good luck at Nationals!