Meet the Coaches

 
 
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Bobby Mahal

Director of Tennis

ATI Academy Owner since 2014
- Personal full-time coach of Sumit Nagal for 6 years 2008-2014. Sumit went from a Top 10 Under 14 Indian National ranking in 2010 to the Under 14 and Under 16 Indian National Champion in 2011 and reach a career high Junior ITF ranking of #23 in the World. Nagal would go on to win the Junior Wimbledon Doubles Title in 2015.

- Director of Coaching for the Apollo Tyres Program in India. Headed by Former ATP World #1 Doubles Player Mahesh Bhupathi, the program was designed to identify the top junior talent in the country.

- 2005-2007 Bobby had done coaching and consulting and helped develop programs in Canada, the United States, India, Dubai, Bahamas and Belarus.  

- 2001-2004 - Tennis Analyst, Producer and commentator for Rogers Sportsnet as well as the world tennis feed.  

- 1993-2000 Bobby had an ATP Men’s Singles and Doubles Ranking. Bobby is one of a few people who has competed, coached and commentated at the Rogers Cup.

- 1994 Bobby received a full scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree. He played in the #1 spot in Singles for three of the four seasons, and played in the #1 spot in Doubles all four seasons. 

- Won three Canadian National Junior Championship titles and four Ontario Junior Closed Provincial titles. Between 1991-93 he was part of Canada’s World Youth Cup and Sunshine Cup Teams.

- Certified Tennis Canada Level 3 Coach. In 2006, Bobby was inducted to the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame.

Contact Bobby:

bobbymahal@gmail.com or info@advantagetennis.ca

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Bill Cowan

Performance Coach

- A certified Coach 4 and Club Pro 2, Cowan joins the ATI team and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He has a long history of working with high performance players, going back to 1989 when he started working with Rene Simpson as she hit the Top 100 rankings. Cowan has assisted players like Peter Polansky, Daniel Nestor, Maureen Drake, Gloria Liang, Carol Zhao, and Brayden Schnur. Most recently, he worked with Sofiya Babych who was crowned both U12 indoor national champion and U14 outdoor national champion in 2014.

Contact Bill At: Cowantennis@sympatico.ca

Daniel Kang

Performance Coach

-        B.A. Economics (Indiana University, Purdue University – Fort Wayne (IPFW), Fort Wayne, IN 2014)

-        Former NCAA Division I Tennis Player at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana

-        Former IPFW Men’s Tennis Team Captain (2013, 2014) and MVP (2013, 2014)

-        Summit League All Conference Tennis Player (2013, 2014)

-        Former Provincial, National and ITF ranked junior

-        Previously trained at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, FL (2008 – 2010)

-        Coached at Evert Tennis Academy (Summer, 2012)

Contact Daneil At:
dankang2@gmail.com

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Dean Coburn

Performance Coach

-Coach 3 Tennis Canada - Former long time coach of Peter Polansky (ATP ranked 110) - National Coach Tennis Canada 2010-2017 - U12 Tennis Canada National training camp leader 2010-2017 - World Junior Tennis captain- U14 Canada (Girls) 2010-2017 - Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence award recipient 2002, 2004, 2005  -Tennis Canada Coach of the year 2009.

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Dr. Zack Godwin

Strength And Conditioning Consultant

Dr. Zack Godwin received his degree in Kinesiology at Western University in London, Ontario in 2013. He holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, having graduated in 2017. He completed his certification in Functional Integrated Acupuncture in 2017. Zack is passionate about sports. With an extensive athletic background, he played Junior A hockey in Markham, ran hurdles as a junior for Team Canada and Western University, and played provincial level soccer throughout high school. He is also a member at Bayview Golf and Tennis Club in Toronto, Ontario. With extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of sport, Zack has worked with athletes at the provincial, national and professional levels in sports such as soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, hockey and track and field. Zack’s approach to health care is based on addressing and correcting biomechanical asymmetries, maladaptive motor patterns, and encouraging long term rehabilitative solutions. His goals in practice focus on optimizing and maintaining quality movement. When working with his clients, Zack seeks to maximize performance, with the fundamental goal of achieving efficient and sustainable return to play.

Contact Zack At:
zgodwin88@gmail.com

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Spencer Delisle

Mental Performance Coach

Spencer Delisle is a mental performance coach who for the past ten years has been teaching empirically validated breathing, yoga, and meditation techniques for hundreds of people across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked with various athletes from different sports, members of the European Parliament, Army, Marines, Special Forces from the US Military, top business executives from organisations such as IBM, SAP, and the Government of Canada, as well as institutions such as McGill, Western, University of Toronto, and La Sorbonne. Spencer was awarded a bachelor of science from Mount Allison University, graduating the president of his class. Formerly involved in academic research at Mount Allison, and McGill University in the fields of oncology and, cardiology respectively, he has also worked on the corporate side of science in marketing with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. 

As a youth learning the game of tennis at Queen’s Quay Tennis Club in Toronto in the late eighties, Spencer fell in love with tennis from a young age. Tennis was a place to compete, a channel for his disciplined spirit, a time to take a break from the stresses of life and enter a place where for those few hours nothing else existed except the freedom of giving your 100% in the moment. Spencer then transitioned to focus on track and field, and basketball. In track and field Spencer was ranked in the top 5 in the 800 meter division in Metro Toronto and in basketball competed for North Toronto Collegiate Institute facing hard nosed teams like Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute and their star Jamal Magloire, who would later go on to play in the NBA. After focusing his university extracurricular time in his first three years in the scientific laboratory, in his final year Spencer played a short stint on the 1999/2000 ACAA Mount Allison Mounties but left the team after breaking his wrist in the preseason. 

In 2015 Spencer was the master of ceremonies inaugurating the first UN International Day of Yoga at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City where international ministers, elite athletes, senior UN representatives and heads of industry came together to recognize the benefits of Yoga. In 2017 Spencer was one of the master of ceremonies for the World Culture Festival, close to 4 million people from over 155 countries gathered together in New Delhi India demonstrating the power of unity and peace, celebrating the benefits of yoga, breathing techniques and meditation in sport, business, politics, and with the general public.

Spencer is currently involved on behalf of the Art of Living Foundation, in scientific research studying the effects of breathing, yoga and meditation techniques on anxiety, depression, impulsivity, and post traumatic stress. The research is in partnership with the London Health Science Center and The Schulich School of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.

Contact Spencer At: Spencer@spencerdelisle.com