Meet the team

The National Academy programme will be led by a team of world class coaches, sport science/medicine practitioners and performance lifestyle and education experts

Nick Cavaday

National Academy Head Coach

Nick took up his role as Head Coach of the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy at the start of this year.  Nick has previously overseen the progress of ATP players such as Aljaz Bedene and British Davis Cup winner Dominic Inglot. He has also enjoyed great success with British players across the whole pathway in singles and doubles at both senior and junior level.

In his time working with Bedene, Nick oversaw a number of career firsts for the 28 year old. Bedene reached two ATP world tour finals and reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon for the first time, defeating Ivo Karlovic 8-6 in the 5th set in the opening round. During the clay court season, Bedene embarked on a 16 match winning streak, culminating in an appearance in the final of the ATP 250 event in Budapest. In their time working together, Bedene reached a career high ATP world ranking of number 43.

In Nick’s time working with Dominic Inglot, the British Davis cup winner reached the US Open semi-finals, represented GB at the Olympics and reached a career high ranking of world number 18. Inglot also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, defeating the world number 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan in straight sets in round 3.

Nick is an LTA Master Performance Coach with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  In his role as Head Coach of the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy, he will be delivering an innovative and exciting, pro level training environment which nurtures the person, performer and the tennis player to excel on the international stage.

Nathan Miller

Academy Manager/Head of Performance Support

Nathan has moved to the Academy from Loughborough Sport, where he held the position of Head of Performance Support, leading the provision of support to performance athletes and programmes.  This multi-sport role primarily involved leading the interdisciplinary support to Loughborough University athletes in seven different areas of expertise, spanning Performance Analysis, Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, Physiology, Performance Nutrition, Performance Lifestyle and Psychology.  Nathan has learned from, and worked alongside, coaches and support staff from all sports and disciplines to enhance performance, developing effective interdisciplinary teams that function to best serve the athlete, and aligning coaching to sports science and medicine to achieve targeted performance goals.  He was also responsible for the development of staff, where he organised and led programmes to enhance the quality of support provided to our athletes.

Previous to his role across all disciplines, Nathan provided physiological support to various programmes across Loughborough Sport.  This support included preparing athletes for major competition through heat or altitude acclimatisation, leading physiological testing to support optimal training, and delivering sport-specific conditioning sessions in a number of team, racquet and individual sports.  Nathan has also spent his time at Loughborough working with the team to help educate athletes in a number of fundamental areas useful to developing a career in elite sport.

Nathan joined Loughborough University from St George's Park (the FA's National Football Centre), where he worked alongside an interdisciplinary team of experienced practitioners to help set up and establish the sports science and medicine provision for visiting teams, athletes and organisations.  Nathan led the sports science provision to the PFA Injury Rehabilitation Scheme which helps professional football players recover from long-term injury. This role included delivery of conditioning sessions, monitoring of training load and enhancing recovery to accelerate return to play of national and international players.  Alongside this, Nathan provided support to visiting national and international teams in many areas including environmental physiology, training load monitoring, recovery strategies and performance testing.

Nathan has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Sports Science and Physiology, as well as a coaching background.  He has spent time, alongside his role at Loughborough, working with England Futsal, supporting the teams during national and international tournaments.

Jocelyn Rae

National Academy Coach

Joss turned pro at the age of 17 and played professional tennis for 10 years during which time she reached a career high ranking of 67 on the WTA doubles tour, as well as competing in all 4 Grand Slams.  She reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon mixed doubles event in 2017 and is a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist.

After retiring in 2017, Joss embarked on a performance coaching career, teaming up with the LTA and working with the under 12, under 14 and under 16 National teams and players, helping them to achieve success on the international stage.

Joss was a playing member of the Great Britain Fed Cup team from 2011-2017, playing alongside Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter and Anne Keothavong to name a few, and since retiring has moved into the Fed Cup coaching team.

Joss is also part of the BT Sport commentary team, staying abreast of the latest developments and what it takes to win at the highest echelon of the sport.

In June of this year, Joss will have completed the Senior Performance Coach Level 4 qualification.

Having been a player, Joss has experienced many of the challenges and opportunities our players will/have faced, this is invaluable to the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy and Joss brings a huge amount of enthusiasm, care and commitment in all that she does.

Dario Gioffre-Bertoni

National Academy Coach

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dario started his coaching career in South America after finishing his degree in Sports Science and High Performance Tennis Coaching.  Dario brings a wealth of international experience to the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy, having worked in numerous well established and renowned tennis programmes around the world, including the Shanghai Racket Club working with the top Chinese WTA and ITF players, and at the American Club Hong Kong overseeing the development of some of the best juniors in Asia.

He has also enjoyed great success with international players across the whole pathway in singles and doubles at both senior and junior level.  Examples of his strong coaching background are found in the work he has done with such players as Anna Blinkova, Tatiana Bua, Tamara Zidansek and Zhou Yimiao, who all represented their countries multiple times in Fed Cup besides their impressive performances on the ITF and WTA tours.  Dario was also responsible for forming and leading the first Curacao National Team attending the 2015 Orange Bowl.

Dario has completed coaching qualifications with the International Tennis Federation, Italian Tennis Federation and the PTR in the USA in addition to being an LTA accredited coach.

James Langford

National Academy Coach

James joined Loughborough as a National Academy coach after previously working with international junior players on the ITF junior circuit and working with professional doubles players on the ATP circuit.  James is from Kent and represented GB at under 12, 14 and 16 level, and competed at Junior ITFs before moving to the US to play college tennis at Texas A&M Corpus Christi while earning a degree in Finance and Economics.  After finishing his degree, he went on to be assistant coach for both the Men's and Women's at Texas A&M Corpus Christi whilst coaching at the Corpus Christi Country Club.

Back in the UK James worked at Bromley Tennis Centre with regional, national and international tennis players before moving on to work individually with players competing at Junior Grand Slams, top ITFs and on the ITF/ATP tour.  James was the individual coach to Anton Matusevich from 2016-2019, in which time Anton reached a career high ITF ranking of 12 and won the US Open Doubles Junior Championships. Alongside his time with LUNTA, James currently works with Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar, who as of September 2021 are number 10 in the ATP Doubles Race to Turin.  Behar and Escobar have achieved career highs on the ATP Doubles rankings of 47 and 44 respectively. The pair reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon 2021 and both represent their countries in Davis Cup.

James is an Accredited LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach.

Alex Bailey

Performance Lifestyle and Education Manager

Prior to taking the role at the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy,  Alex worked as a Performance Lifestyle Advisor for the English Institute of Sport for nearly 5 years working across 3 different Olympic and Paralympic programmes in both the Rio and Tokyo cycles. Working as part of the multi-disciplinary team in British Swimming, British Weightlifting & GB Wheelchair Rugby; his role focused on supporting athletes on the World Class Programme with a person-first approach to enable an ability to manage the commitments of an elite lifestyle whilst effectively planning for post-sport careers and performing at the highest level.  Most notably, this included being part of the sport science and medicine team that helped contribute to British Swimming’s most successful Olympic performance since 1908; achieving 6 medals at Rio 2016.

A qualified executive coach, Alex previously worked in higher education where he spent time at 2 different universities managing the sport scholarship and TASS programmes and delivering performance lifestyle support for student athletes. These roles involved supporting athletes in the pursuit of academic and sporting success and successfully implementing a recruitment strategy to improve each university’s BUCS performance and sporting profile.

Alex has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in Sports Development whilst also being a qualified hockey coach and recently graduating from GB Hockey’s Advanced Coach Programme. Alongside his work in performance lifestyle, Alex is Assistant Coach to Loughborough Men’s Hockey Programme; one of the leading performance hockey programmes in the U.K, and has previously helped to support and mentor developing coaches within the GB/England Hockey pathway.

Kamlesh Sodha

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kamlesh is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) who joined the Academy from Loughborough Sport.

Kamlesh is a product of the Loughborough Sport volunteer pathway where he was awarded Performance Support Volunteer of the year in 2016.  Prior to this, he worked at Scarlets Rugby and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) with the senior men's squad during their preparations for the Six Nations, 2015 Rugby World Cup and summer tour to New Zealand against the All Blacks.  Kamlesh was invited back to work and travel with the WRU U20's squad during the 2016 Rugby World Cup as their Sport Scientist.  He was responsible for monitoring the players' fitness and fatigue and advising on squad rotation during short match turnarounds.

After achieving a first-class BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Loughborough, he worked with Leicester Tigers senior squad as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach before returning to Loughborough Sport.  He has spent the past three years leading the strength and conditioning provision for performance programmes including Men's Rugby Union, Women's Hockey and Triathlon.

As the Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy, he spends most of his time on court with the players as well as leading their delivery in the gym.  He creates individualised physical development plans for each player to meet their on-court movement and technical needs using his wealth of experience from across a number of sports.

Andrew Shepherd

Sport Nutritionist

Andrew is a Sport and Exercise Nutrition registered (SENr) performance nutritionist with 10 years' experience in providing performance nutrition support to athletes.  He has previously held performance nutrition roles at Sheffield Hallam University and has further experience as a Sport and Exercise Nutritionist for Swim England, in a number of different disciplines including swimming, synchronised swimming and British Diving.

Prior to beginning his performance nutrition career, Andrew had a successful athletic career of his own which included national medals and international representation.  Over the last decade, he has supported athletes who have represented their country at Junior, European, World, Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games across a variety of sports.

In addition to holding a BSc and M.Dip from Sheffield Hallam University, Andrew also holds a Level One Anthropometrist (ISAK Level 1), Level 2 certificate in Food Safety and the UKAD Accredited Anti Doping Advisor Certificate.

Lewis Chapman

Performance Analyst

Tennis has always been a passion for Lewis, throughout his education and sporting life. He was a member of the youth team in one of France’s top 15 clubs and was captain of St Marys University BUCS team.

Dissertations for both his BSc in Sports Science (St Marys University) and MSc in Sports Biomechanics (Loughborough University) were focused on tennis.  His BSc research was on tennis tactics in elite level tie-breaks, alongside his job as performance analyst for the tennis teams. His MSc project focused around the biomechanics of the serve for elite level wheelchair tennis players. Throughout his education he has mastered gathering data and presenting it to players and coaches in an efficient manner to help enhance performance.  In addition to his role at the Centre, Lewis is working with the LTA and Loughborough University towards a PhD centred on biomechanics in tennis.

Andjelka Grubisic

National Tennis Academy Administrator

Andjelka joined the Tennis Centre at Loughborough University in July 2018 as an Administrator, providing support to the team with all aspects of university tennis provision, in particular the Mini Tennis Programme.

Andjelka has over 20 years of administrative experience with Midlands Electricity plc and Next plc, primarily within Learning and Development.  While at Midlands Electricity she was also responsible for Graduate Recruitment and Training, and during her time at Next plc she supported the Retail Apprenticeship Programme for three years.

Andjelka’s involvement in tennis started with her sons playing as juniors, and led to her taking up the sport herself and joining her local club where she is also the fixture secretary.