Hickory Hill has been very fortunate to have Coach
Stephen as our Pro Tennis Coach for many years.
He is a USPTA and PTR Certified Tennis Professional
and owner of Stephen Sayoc Tennis.
He has many years of experience coaching, programming
and managing facilities. During his time
coaching, he has worked with every age and ability
level and has experience working with national and
international players. He has developed many of
the area's top players, and has helped numerous
students (including three from Hickory Hill) achieve
their goal of attaining an athletic scholarship.
Coach Stephen has also led the OPHS Girl's Varsity
Tennis Team and OPHS Boy's Varsity Tennis Team.
He has coached Section Six High School Teams at the NY
State Championships held at the US National Tennis
Center in Flushing, NY.
As a player, Coach Stephen has competed in local,
national and international level competitions.
He also plays professional Beach Tennis and held a
career high ITF world ranking of 27 in 2014. He
has been very involved in the promotion of the sport.
Coach Stephen has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
from UB and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology
and Education from the University of San
Francisco. He has worked as a middle school
counselor in San Francisco and most recently as a
guidance counselor at the East Aurora High School,
before becoming a full time tennis professional.
Coach Stephen and his wife Lisa grew up in Orchard
Park and are the parents to three children. They
are very involved in the community and have been
members of Hickory Hill for many years.
We are proud to have some of the most talented
staff available in the Southtowns!