Our Coaches

We are fortunate at the Western Tennis Academy to have a team that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is relatable to all ages and levels. Our focus is on teaching the “love of tennis” and creating a pathway to both social and competitive match play.  This is achieved through varied and unique programs that align with Tennis Australia and the personal experiences forged by many parts of the world.
Dianne Smith
Shannon Cox
Director/Head Coach
Shannon first picked up the racquet at the age of 6 years. His inspiration came from his Aunty, one of the highest ranked players of her time. His love of tennis and drive to succeed, took him to the court every day. Private tuition, sheer determination and passion for the game, assisted Shannon in playing regular tournaments in SA and interstate there was never enough tennis in a day! His successes included; top 200 Junior Ranking, Coca-Cola development squad, K-Swiss National Tennis Team and playing pennant competition in SA.   He became the Coach at the Hamilton Island Sports Club in QLD, for top juniors and holiday makers. With a taste for travel and adventure, he progressed to workingon a Private Yacht, travelling the world coaching tennis at Stopovers.  Upon his return to SA he completed the Tennis Australia Coaching Course, whilst  being mentored by, world-renowned tennis player Todd Perry.
Tennis in the Smith family was the number 1 sport. As a junior, Dianne was Association Junior and Open Champion at the age of 14 and held the title for four years. As Dianne achieved success in all areas of athletics, she hung up her tennis racquet for a Scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for Netball. Her passion and talent for a variety of sports and recreation became her career path - designing and coaching programs for tennis, soccer, netball, SCUBA Diving, Kayaking, sports development and health & fitness, for children and adults throughout Australia and Overseas. Dianne has worked in Recreation Management for more than 20 years, in SA, QLD, Indonesia and Egypt. She now contributes to the Western Tennis Academy as the Coach of the “Little Tackers”, and acts as administrator for the business.
Josh Weston
Jacinta O'Laughlin
Jacinta joined West Lakes Tennis Club 13 years ago. Her love for tennis has grown through the caring community of the club, and the friendships that she has created along the way.  During this time, Jacinta has developed her abilities as a tennis player.  One of her greatest achievements to date is playing at Junior State level, and training with the SA State team.   From age 10, Jacinta started to enter tournaments making it to a ranking of 950 in Australia. Inspired to give back to tennis and the club, her natural progression moved towards coaching.  Jacinta became the first qualified female tennis coach at West Lakes in 2019, after completing the Tennis Australia Junior Development coaching course.  Now into her 3rd year, Jacinta brings her bubbly nature and big bright smile every time she steps onto the court.
Tennis has been a passion for Josh as long as he can remember. It has provided him with successas a past pennant player, and in tournaments around Australia. Josh has been most fortunate in playing competition and coaching in Germany, fuelling his love of the game and diversifying his skills.  Over the past decade Josh has coached many players of all ages and levels. He enjoys being instrumental in a player’s progress, development of tennis skills and their love for the sport, just as the learning of tennis gave so much to him.   Josh has studied Sports Management at university and completed a Tennis Australia Qualification. Overall, Josh is a much-loved coach at the Western Tennis Academy by both colleagues and students, bringing fun and variety to the court.
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