is a Master Professional and PTR National Tester
and Clinician. He was awarded the 1993 PTR Pro
of the Year. Louie travels extensively throughout
the world conducting numerous tennis workshops.
He played the European Circuit in the 60's. In
addition to his lengthy teaching & playing
career, Louie has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and
has completed 40 consecutive Boston Marathons.
has been the Director of Tennis Operations for
Van Der Meer Tennis and a Head Professional since
1983. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe
and Asia conducting tennis workshops with Dennis.
Steve is a graduate of Elon College.
traveled the world training coaches and
players with Dennis and Pat Van der Meer,
and helped launch the VDM Academy as a
travel coach on the WTA Tour. He has developed
and coached 5 top 40 WTA players, including
the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Champion,
Melanie Oudin. He joined Dennis Van der
Meer in being honored as US Olympic Development
Coach of the Year in 2008. He was named
USPTA Southern Touring Coach of the Year
in 2010, and is PTR and USPTA certified
as Professional, in addition to holding
IPTA, USTA High Performance, and USTA
Sports Science certifications.
former WTA player, Elizma competed in
tournaments such as Wimbledon and French
Open. Having been based as a player at
VDM Academy, she launched her coaching
career after taking the TennisUniversity
course with Dennis Van Der Meer. Elizma
played NCAA Div 1 and graduated from United
States International University, San Diego,
Born in Namibia, she also competed for
South Africa as a Junior Springbok player
and was ranked #1 in u/14 to u/18 age
groups. President of the Namibian Tennis
Association (NTA) - 1996 to 1999, Elizma
is also their Fed Cup Captain and Junior
Fed Cup Captain. She has coached and managed
many national and international teams
worldwide since 1996.
A certified ITF Level 3 High Performance
Tennis Coach (highest coaching qualification
in the International Tennis Federation)
she worked with many top Spanish tennis
academies and players such as David Ferrer
(ATP#3) and his team. As the ITF International
Touring Coach she worked with the best
European, Asian and African players such
as Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) - ATP#23, Junior
Wimbledon & U.S Open champion (2008)
Ruth is the Fitness Director and a Head
Pro who has been at Van Der Meer Tennis
Academy since 2014. She played NCAA DII
tennis at Clayton State University, reaching
the Sweet Sixteen and Final Four in 2010
and 2011. She was ranked #2 in NCAA for
doubles resulting in being an All-American.
She graduated in 2012 with a degree in
Health & Fitness Management. Katie
has fitness certifications with Etcheberry
Fitness, and also with the International
Tennis Performance Association as a Tennis
Performance Trainer and as a Certified
Tennis Performance Specialist.
"Great camp and as always - wonderful staff.
All the Van Der Meer people I have met are so nice,
helpful, polite & personable as well as being
the best instructors. I have recommended all their
camps to all I meet."