Jonathan This is currently celebrating his one-year anniversary since being the Assistant Women’s tennis coach at St. Thomas More, a private Catholic high school in South Dakota. Thie helped coached the women’s team to 6th place at the 2011 South Dakota State Tournament. Currently, Thie is the Head Coach for the men’s tennis team at St. Thomas More.
“I’m still proud of those women,” says Jonathan Thie. “2011 was a great tennis season for them. They played hard, practiced hard, and their efforts paid off. Also, I’m glad to still be coaching at St. Thomas More so I can keep in touch with my old players.”
This adds that in addition to being a great coaching experience, “it was also a great learning experience for me. As a coach,” he says, “you really want to figure out what works and what doesn’t. It’s all about motivating and instructing properly. While you can figure out some of that stuff on your own by trial and error, it’s nice to have another head coach – a go-to – who you can learn from, bounce ideas off of, et cetera.”
Jonathan This is proud to be celebrating one year since he departed from the women’s team. He remembers it fondly as a great learning experience for both the girls and himself. Thie believes that he wouldn’t be the coach he is today for the men’s team if it wasn’t for the experiences he had as an Assistant Coach on the women’s team.
In addition to having coaching experience with St. Thomas More, Jonathan Thie has taught tennis at the amateur level for three years. He’s been the coordinator for a middle school tennis program and a junior team. He also has three years of experience in instructing tennis players ages 10 and under. Additionally, Jonathan Thie has experience in teaching autistic children the game of tennis.