Eric M. Striesfeld, USPTA
The Striesfeld Group, Owner
Striesfeld Sports and Entertainment, Owner
Eric brings to Beaumont Tennis Academy a high energy, passionate approach to teaching. Eric has taught in the greater Houston area for nearly 20 years. As Owner of the Bay Area Racquet Club since 2009, Eric has developed hundreds of champ and super champ level players with dozens of players going on to earn NCAA College scholarships! Eric’s companies (Striesfeld Sports and Entertainment and The Striesfeld Group own and manage tennis clubs, junior academies, municipal complexes, and provide the finest quality of tennis programming in Beaumont, Clear Lake, Houston, Pearland, League City, Friendswood, and growing everyday)! Eric was at the JCC in a Director role from 2002-2009 and lead the agency through two exciting tennis construction projects during his tenure. The program has grown into one of the finest in the city and is benchmarked by JCC’s across the nation on how to run a tennis operation. As Head Coach of the Emery High Tennis Team, Striesfeld built and guided the program to five consecutive Texas T.A.P.P.S. State High School Boys Team State Championships from 2005 to 2009. Eric was selected as a 2007 & 2011 U.S.T.A. National Team Coach for Team Texas. Striesfeld earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from Sam Houston State University graduating magna cum laude, and is a former nationally ranked collegiate tennis player at San Jacinto College finishing his freshman season ranked #19 nationally in doubles and #48 nationally in singles.
Head Tennis Professional
Scott brings a blue collar, diverse tennis background to the courts. Scott served in the United States Army and has college coaching experience as Assistant Coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and Head Coach at The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Scott will share his knowledge and leadership by being actively engaged in the Beaumont Tennis Academy Junior Tennis Academy programs, tournament direction, and is available for private lessons. Scott is the finest stringer in SE Texas and will take care of all stringing and racquet repairs.
Yanick Shearron-Hawkins, USPTA
Head Academy Professional
Yanick brings a highly competitive playing background to the staff team. As a standout at NCAA Division I Alcorn State University Yanick thrives in the pressure moments. Yanick works well with all levels of players and has a great high performance playing background that creates instant connection to the tournament players. Yanick is committed to ongoing education and has earned his four year college degree in 2016. Yanick lived in Beaumont, Texas as a child and is excited to develop players in the SE Texas community! Yanick will lead the Academy training programs and camps and will help take your game to the next level!
Sue Simcox has been playing and teaching tennis in her native Southeast Texas for over 50 years. Sue has shared her passion and continues to instill enthusiasm for the sport with literally thousands of students in every age group, from grade school children to people in their 80s. Sue was the first tennis teacher of Van Barry, the current Executive Director of USTA Texas, who returned to Beaumont in September of 2015 for the Grand Opening of the facility that now houses the Beaumont Tennis Academy. Barry’s keynote speech honored Sue and her influence on his career in tennis, as well as on the greater tennis community of Beaumont. Sue’s career started in Beaumont in 1966, in response to requests from other players who wanted to have the skill and finesse she had with a racket. As the demand for lessons grew, Sue taught wherever she could find a court, most often the public courts at Roger’s Park. In 1971, Sue was hired as Director of Tennis at the new YMCA. Sue’s leadership as the Director of Tennis for 33 years was amazing- she taught lessons, coached junior tennis teams, and ran local and USTA tournaments. In 1980, Sue was given a “Key to the City” to honor her contributions in bringing the community together through tennis. In 1991, the USTA Texas awarded her the Lloyd Sessions Educational Merit Award for her outstanding contributions in building junior tennis. Sue also had a talent for attracting new players to the game and getting them into USTA Leagues. Many of her students continue to be active league players and team captains. Sue often says, “My favorite thing is to teach ladies that were never involved with sports before. Then they get so into it that’s all they want to do. They can’t get enough of it!” And neither can she, apparently: Sue “retired” from the YMCA in 2005 but soon found herself again teaching as she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share the sport with anyone willing to pick up a racket. Sue is happy to be teaching as a part of the Beaumont Tennis Academy.