USPTA Professional Stacey Cohen is celebrating 25 years as a tennis-teaching pro in Los Angeles. She is self-employed and teaches out of Weddington Golf and Tennis in Studio City, Calif. She also teaches at private courts in the area.
Stacey started playing tennis at age 9 and started competing heavily when she was 10. She played junior tournaments and was a high-ranked player in Southern California between 10 and 16 years of age. She also played high school tennis but then decided to take a break from the game. "I wanted to experience other things in life for a while," Stacey says. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.
After college, Stacey picked up tennis again, playing satellite tournaments. She started teaching again full time after college. "I started teaching because I feel that I have a true knowledge of this game, and I am able to communicate and help my students understand how to play it," she says. "I think what I enjoy most about this profession is seeing people smile and have success on the tennis court. I feel that it is a challenging, yet fun-filled day, and I wouldn't want to do anything else. "My greatest accomplishment is when I can communicate to someone how to do a particular stroke and it clicks. I love seeing the outcome of that."
Stacey is proud and grateful that she has consistent and loyal students. "I enjoy watching my long-term students continue to get better over time. It's a real joy to see," she says.
Outside of tennis, Stacey is a certified Egoscue Therapist who helps people get out of chronic pain. When she's not teaching or playing tennis, she enjoys painting, watching movies and eating great food.