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Meet The Coaches

We are recognised by the LTA as one of the best clubs in Britain for tennis coaching with Performance Club status.

The coaching team is well qualified and Head Coach, Derek Brown, is one of GB’s few Master Performance Coaches and was Tennis Scotland’s Coach of the Year for 2010.

Here are the bios and contact details of our fabulous coaching team. You can also download the latest coaching schedule and booking form.
Derek Brown - Strathgryffe Head Coach (LTA Master Performance Coach Level 5)

Derek Brown - Strathgryffe Head Coach (LTA Master Performance Coach Level 5)

BSc (hons) Town & Regional Planning

30 years of experience in all forms of club coaching, now specialising in junior performance coaching. Working with players at County level through to GB level. Former GB junior national’s player and former South of Scotland Men’s playing captain. Former Tennis Scotland Coach of the Year.

£27.00 for 1 hour
£14.00 for ½ hour
2 players sharing 1 hour lesson - £15.00 each


Call 01505 615 301


James Reid - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Senior Club Coach Level 4)

James Reid - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Senior Club Coach Level 4)

BSc Sport Studies (with sports development)

14 years of experience in all forms of club coaching including tots tennis, mini tennis, junior tennis, adult tennis and cardio tennis. Has run mini tennis tournaments for the West of Scotland County. Plays competitively in West of Scotland leagues and local tournaments.

£24.00 for 1 hour
£12.00 for ½ hour
2 players sharing 1 hour lesson - £13.00 each


Call 07832 350493


Graham Smillie - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Senior Club Coach Level 4)

Graham Smillie - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Senior Club Coach Level 4)

BA Soc Sci

13 years of experience in all forms of club coaching including mini tennis, junior tennis and performance.

Has worked in several clubs in West of Scotland and Bournemouth.

Has run mini tournaments and leagues for West of Scotland County and has worked with Glasgow City Council promoting schools’ tennis. Driver for GB Davis Cup team.

£24.00 for 1 hour
£12.00 for ½ hour
2 players sharing 1 hour lesson - £13.00 each


Call 07707 057573


Brian Knox - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA DCA Coach Level 3)

Brian Knox - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA DCA Coach Level 3)

Former Blue Chip Company Training & Development Manager.

22 years of experience in all forms of club coaching including tots tennis, mini tennis, junior and adult tennis. Knowledge & experience promoting and delivering tennis to mainstream Primary Schools and Schools with Additional Support Needs throughout Renfrewshire and Glasgow. Shortlisted for the 2015 Tennis Scotland Coach award and shortlisted for Tennis Scotland Disability Programme Award 2016.

£22.00 for 1 hour
£11.00 for ½ hour
2 players sharing 1 hour lesson - £12.00 each


Call 07919 060381


Rachel McColgan  - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Coach Level 3)

Rachel McColgan - Strathgryffe Coach (LTA Coach Level 3)

HNC Health, Fitness and Exercise Level 2 Personal Trainer

Experienced in all forms of club coaching including tots tennis, mini tennis, junior tennis and adult tennis. Has gained experience and beneficial knowledge by delivering coaching sessions to local primary schools. Plays competitively in local tournaments and in West of Scotland leagues.

£16.00 for 1 hour
£8.00 for ½ hour
2 players sharing 1 hour lesson - £9.00 each


Call 07808 801255