Clinic Coaches’ Bios

Oded Jacob

Oded volley drill

Oded leads Tennis Canada’s Western National Junior High Performance Program, which provides a world class competitive training environment for our top young athletes. Oded moved to Vancouver in 2011 from Israel where he is still recognized as one of their country’s most successful and influential coaches. He was Israel’s Fed Cup and Davis Cup Captain for over ten years, Olympic Coach for the 2004 Olympics and National Coach for many junior events including Davis and Fed Cups. Oded coached top Israeli players including Shahar Pe’er, Dudi Sela and Harel Levy, and previously competed on the ATP tour.

Russ and Sean Hartley

Russ has been the Director of Tennis and head Tennis Professional at Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club in Vancouver since 1986. Previously he was Head Pro at the Arbutus Club in Vancouver, and before that, Head Pro in his hometown at the Racquet Club of Victoria. Russ holds Tennis Canada’s top coaching certification (Level 3) and has taught students of all ages and levels, from beginner tiny tots to top high performance players. He has also been one of BC’s top players, and still competes in the Seniors Circuit at a National and International level, having represented Canada in world competitions.

Sean has been a Tennis Professional at Van Lawn for over 10 years, holding Tennis Canada’s Certified Coach 2 and Club Pro 2 designation. Sean coaches in both the club's adult and high performance juniors programs. He is also Player Development Coordinator, overseeing the progression and development of the club's recreational, competitive junior and progressive tennis programs as well as running many events and at the club.

Jerome Fournier and Teresa Dobson-Wahl

Jerome Fournier and Teresa Dobson-Wahl

Jerome has been the Director of Tennis at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver since 2002. The Quebec City native had an impressive background as a player, ranking as high as #1 junior in Canada. He represented Canada in Junior Davis Cup and was a two time National Junior Doubles Champion. After graduating from University of Alabama, where he played on the NCAA Division 1 Tennis team, Jerome competed on the (ATP) tour until a back injury forced him to retire as a Professional player.

Teresa has been assistant tennis professional at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club since 1994. In addition to coaching, Teresa runs and organizes many of the club’s junior programs and events. A Vancouver native, Teresa was the number one ranked junior in Canada and represented Canada in the Junior Federation Cup.

She was a two time National Junior Champion, played NCAA Division 1 tennis for Texas Christian University and competed on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour, highest ranking #282. She was the top ranked player in British Columbia in the 90’s and ranked #5 in Canada.

Renata Kolbovic

Coach Renata Kolbovic - Director at Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver

Renata is the Director of Tennis at Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver. Her vast coaching experience includes Assistant Coaching positions at the Universities of Washington (2002-2004) and Cal Berkeley (2009), Tennis Canada Junior Traveling Coach (2005-2008) and Assistant Pro at Jericho. Renata was one of Canada’s highest ranked female players. As a junior, she won numerous Junior Canadian titles, and was a member of the Junior National Team. She also represented Canada in Fed Cup (Winning 8 of 9 matches) and at Pan-Am Games in 1991 and 1998.

Marjorie Blackwood and Peter Schelling

Coach Marjorie Blackwood member of the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame

Marjorie is one of Canada’s treasured female players and coaches and a member of the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame. Her long list of playing accomplishments includes two-time Wimbledon doubles quarter-finalist in 1981 and 1982, French Open doubles quarter-finalist, 1980, and Coach/Captain of the Fed Cup team in 1983. She captured 14 pro tour singles and Doubles titles and was ranked 48 in 1981 on the WTA tour. Marjorie and Peter were Directors at Whistler Tennis Club for 15 years. (See below.).

Peter has been coaching at Salt Spring Island since 2012. He brings to the Island years of experience as a technical and tactical coach, having worked with players of all levels from beginners to high performance athletes since 1980. From 1994-2010, he and his wife Marjorie were Tennis Directors at Whistler Tennis Club and are credited with developing and expanding Whistler’s new tennis community. Their destination camps “The Extreme Art of Doubles” were rated in the Top 10 camps in the world by Peter is an accomplished player and a two time Canadian Masters Champion.