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If winning begets winning, then this year's crop of IHS tennis players is in for the season of their lives thanks to head coach Dan Linley and his impressive record of success. Coach Linley began playing the game at a very young age, and as his passion for the sport grew, so too did his list of achievements. Dan was a varsity standout in high school, twice earning the MVP distinction (first in singles and then in doubles), and as a senior was named team captain. Although an untimely injury sidelined Dan in college, coaching gave him a way to stay connected with the sport.

Since then Dan Linley has amassed decades of coaching experience, including over 16 years at the Bay Club (formerly Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club) and 5+ years at International. Coach Linley relishes the opportunity to build a team from the ground up. One of his favorite coaching memories comes courtesy of 2012's graduating class, a group of young women whom Dan helped transform from tentative freshmen to tenacious leaders and champions. Dan insists there's nothing particularly mysterious about his success; like many great high school coaches, he encourages students to believe that with hard work, perseverance, and above all else, team chemistry, they can achieve anything. Coach Linley also wants his players to understand that he is a "what you see is what you get" type of coach: brusque and assertive at times, but always respectful and honest.

When Dan isn't coaching, he enjoys reading, writing and kayaking.


Originally from San Jose, CA, Laurence grew up playing tennis since he was 7 years old. He started competing in junior tournaments at 14 and continued competing at different age groups throughout junior and high school. Laurence lettered varsity all four years in high school and focused on playing doubles.  Laurence continued his playing career collegiately, participating in club tennis for the University of San Francisco (Class of 2015), where he continued to enjoy competitive play.
After playing, Laurence started his coaching career. "My coaching is based around solidifying a player's fundamentals no matter what level the player may be. It is important to have a good foundation of basic technique before a player decides to execute a much more difficult shot. I also encourage an optimistic mindset before, during, and after a match and practice."  He believes tennis, much like other sports, is more about mental toughness rather than the physical toughness. By having a positive perspective on a match or practice, it makes it a lot easier for the player to have fun, which in turn, improves the player's performance.
He previously coached at Leland HS (San Jose, CA) and has been a part of America's Next Tennis Stars for a few months.
In his free time, he enjoys the finer things in life.  He claims, "I am such a foodie! My girlfriend and I love to try new places that are featured on TV, the internet, and even Yelp. We also like to cook at home. I also like photography, videography, and ping pong." 
Laurence has beeing coaching at IHS since Fall 2016. 

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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