Jeremiah | Head Coach
Ascension was the brainchild of Jeremiah. His primary focus is providing the vision and strategic leadership for Ascension. Through his insights both into people and the world of tennis, he is uniquely positioned to drive the future of this exciting organization. His breadth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled and provides the foundation for success of the programs. Something else…
Although he was born and raised here in Redding, much of his training and experience has come from outside this immediate area. His credentials include 1. Attending the Van Der Meers Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina 2. Being the Head Coach of the Virginia Military Institute Men’s Tennis team making him the youngest Division I Head Coach at the age of 24. 3. Starting a tennis facility management company where he received the USTA National Programming Award for Excellence. 4. Leading the University of Northern Colorado men’s tennis program through the transition to Division I and the Big Sky Conference. 5.. Before returning home to Redding, he was the Head Coach at Southern Oregon University where the team set a new school record for single season win percentage.
Jeremiah is married to Lindsay and the proud father of two young sons, Wyatt and Gradyn.
Jo | Mental Training Coach
Jo’s organizational management experience and commitment to detail is imperative to the success of Ascension. She along with Jeremiah formulated the structure and programs that currently benefit the Ascension players.
Her background is also varied and wide as a psychological clinician. She has spent her career working with individuals, groups, families and organizations to recognize challenges and obstacles, while applying specific strategies and methods to cope with and overcome those challenges. As a member of the coaching staff, she is able to combine her love of athletics and performance with her clinical skills. She brings innovation, energy and a unique insight to her endeavors that yield targeted results and identifiable outcomes.
Jo received her professional training at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, while completing her undergraduate degree in Social Work. She then continued her education at the University of Kansas, School of Social Work as a member of the school’s Advance Standing Master Social Work student class.
Jo is married to Stephen and the proud parents of Shaw and Shaw.
Matt Purdue | Strength and Conditioning Coach
Matt hails from North Carolina. Before coming to Redding, he developed his training background and philosophy through his experience in clinical research, coaching, and business marketing. This philosophy includes a focus on vision, progression, and fun in the training process.
Matt received his degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He continued his education and development in exercise and training with a personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, corrective exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Matt also works as the Head Trainer in the Athletic Department at Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness; coaching and facilitating sport and athletic training programs. His expertise includes a Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Level 1 Sport and Performance certification from the US Weightlifting Association.
Steve Kinder | Tennis Coach
Steve brings a plethora of business management and tennis experience. His tennis playing began in North Virginia and then he went onto play collegiate tennis for two years in Honolulu, Hi, where he was ranked in the Men’s Open Top 100 in both singles and doubles.
Steve was the Head Coach for the Men’s Tennis Team at Leeward College in Hawaii, and subsequently was the Head Coach for the Boys and Girls teams at Foothill High School, in Redding.
His business experience includes being Operations Manager at the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association, Sales and Marketing Manager at Best Western Hilltop Inn/CR Gibbs American Grille and General Manager of Gaia Hotel and Spa and Woodside Grill.
Steve is married to Mindy and the father of two sons, Gabe and AJ