Coach in the Spotlight - Yoav Schab
As part of our regular 'Coach In The Spotlight' feature, we are holding a series of short interviews with prominent GPTCA members sharing their coaching success story. We have put Yoav Schab, our National President of Israell and A* level coach in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.
1.What is your current work in progress?
I am currently a Head Coach at the Israel Tennis Center in Beer Sheva with top U14 juniors. I've also been working with future level player Tal Goldengoren, ranked #700. I also started working with the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association as a Head Coach in their top junior camp, and I'm the main speaker at their coaching conferences.
2. How did you begin coaching pro players? How long have you been coaching?
I am a very good friend with Dudi Sela since we were young. When I retired he offered me to travel with him for a few weeks which prolonged to four years. I've been coaching for almost 11 years now.
3. What keeps you motivated to come to work each day and keep coaching through the years?
The first and most important thing is that I love what I do. I am always trying to challenge myself and learn as much as I can every day. Also the kids that I work with are amazing and give me motivation, I learn a lot from them.
4. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?
The first thing that I look for is attitude and a player that is positive. After that, I look for a player with good athletic skills. If he is also talented, it's a bonus. Tennis has become so physical, the "talent" dropped down in the list of what coaches are looking for.
5. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?
I would say that in the first year or two when I was coaching Dudi Sela, the people and the media always said that 'I'm too young', 'not experienced', 'he needs a better coach' and were looking for the bad things. I decided back then that I will ignore all the background noise and will stay focused with the confidence I had in Dudi. Once the results started coming on a regular basis, it got better, but I understood that when he loses there will always be criticism and I was okay with that. It's all part of the sport.
6. What is your most successful coaching moment so far?
My most successful moment was to bring players from #300 in the rankings to #33 and #29. But if I had to choose one moment it is when Alex Bogomolov Jr was named ATP's Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2011 voted by players. It was a great feeling to see that others saw his improvement not only in the rankings, but also in his overall tennis level.
7. What advice would you give to new coaches?
To always ask a question if there's anything they don't know, and not to be shy. You can always learn new things and improve your coaching skills and your players' skills.
8. What inspires your work?
Great question. Many things can give me inspiration. It can be the will to accomplish a target I set to my self, the kids I am working with, a song or a movie. In the last months I get inspiration from my son. I really want him to grow up and watch me still doing well, coaching at the highest levels and to take him with me for some traveling on tour and be there with him when he explores the world.
9. What is your next coaching goal?
I hope to bring one of my juniors to a pro level on the tour. I would also like to coach a top 20 player one day, and of course to be a Davis Cup captain.
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