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Coaching Staff

Coaches' role

Practices are adapted and programmed individually in function of the tournaments.
Being their individual coaches for only 3 weeks, we are very flexible with what the player, the parents and the former coaches want for the players. Depending on each player's situation, we can go from taking charge of the player's game totally to work narrowly with a former coach.

In most cases, and in order to provide an adapted match preparation, it is preferable if we (camp coaches) can be in contact with the former coach of each player. In order to coherently guide the players for each practice, it is important to know what the expectations and the philosophies of the former coaches are.

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Mickaël Sopel

Director of Tennis

Phone: (347) 577-2052

Professional Tennis Coaching Experience

  • Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach, Youngstown State University (NCAA Division I)(Oct. 2012-Present)
    • 2014 Women's Horizon League Champions
      • First conference title in program history
      • Ended UIC 17 years winning streak in the Horizon League
    • In charge of managing all aspects of two NCAA division 1 programs. Duties include but are not restricted to: leading practices, establishing a competitive schedule, budgeting or coaching teams in competition
    • Responsible for recruiting and program marketing
  • Coach and Tennis Professional, John McEnroe Tennis Academy (Aug-Oct. 2012)
    • Coached the "elite group" of the academy
    • Provided players with technical, tactical and mental preparation advice
  • Assistant Men’s and Women’s Tennis coach, Gonzaga University (NCAA Division I) (2009-2012)
    • Achievements:
      • Historic wins against Saint Mary’s College and University of Hawaii
      • Recruited players who significantly impacted the program: Nazal (# 114 ITF), Jamin (-2/6 ranking in France), Chong…
      • Best team GPA (3.6 average for both men’s and women’s tennis – Spring 2012)
  • Director of Tennis, Club Med Serre Chevalier, France (Summer 2010)
    • Responsible for the marketing, organization and management of tennis related activities inside the resort
  • Tennis teaching professional, Spokane Racquet Club (2009-2010)
  • Assistant Director of Tennis, Camp Winadu, Massachusetts (Summer 2009)
    • Assisted director Pablo Montana in planning, organizing, and managing the camp to provide quality coaching
  • Federal Coach Assistant, French Tennis Federation (2006-2007)
    • Assisted National Coach Cedric Raynaud with coaching the top French players

Tennis and Athletic Experience

  • Tennis: Lewis-Clark State College
    • Team qualifier for the National NAIA Tennis Championship (’08,’09) - Ranked as high as #7 in the NAIA (’08,’09)
  • Cross-Country: Lewis-Clark State College
    • Team qualifier for the National NAIA XC Championship (’07/’08) and first team runner in 2008
    • Frontier Conference Champions (’07/’08) - Ranked as high as #4 in the NAIA (2007)
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Myriam Sopel

Director of Tennis

Phone: (949) 220-6622

Professional Tennis Coaching Experience

  • Assistant Women’s Tennis coach, Brigham Young University – Provo, UT (NCAA Division I) (2015)
  • Head Women’s Tennis coach, University of Texas El Paso – El Paso, TX (NCAA Division I) (2014)
  • Head Women’s Tennis coach, University of Idaho – Moscow, ID (NCAA Division I) (2013)
  • Head Women’s Tennis coach, Wagner College – Staten Island (NCAA Division I )(2012)
    • In charge of practices, scheduling, budgeting and coaching the team in competition
    • Responsible for team conditioning: establishes and implements an annual plan to optimize players’ performances
    • Travels with the team throughout the conference
    • Responsible for recruiting and program marketing
  • Tennis Professional, Junior QuickStart program instructor, and Professional hitter, Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club (2011-2012)
  • Tennis Coach and Camp Supervisor, Lin Loring Hoosier Girls’ Tennis Camp, Bloomington, IN (June 2011)
  • Tennis Coach and Camp Supervisor, Jean-Marie Castéra Tennis Academy, Vieux-Boucau, France (Summer 2009-2010)
    • Trained and coached players twice a day from ages 10-18
    • Prepared players for summer tournaments; conducted practice hitting sessions and drills, provided feedback on matches
    • Supervised activities on a daily basis and interacted with the campers

Tennis Experience

  • Four-year starter, Indiana University varsity women’s tennis team (2007-2011)
    • Team qualifier, National NCAA Division I Championship (2008, 2010)
    • Best national ranking: #23 team
    • Played #1 doubles and #4 singles
    • Best doubles ranking: #31 (with teammate Leslie Hureau)
    • Gathered 16 singles and 20 doubles wins over the 2011 season; posted a 16-9 mark when pairing with Leslie Hureau, including a flight championship and 4-0 record at the North Florida Invitational
    • Senior team captain and team representative, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • High-level tennis student-athlete, French Tennis Federation, Yvelines and Midi-Pyrénées, France (2000-2003 & 2005-2007)
    • French ranking: 0 (top 30 national junior ranking)
    • Competed in French National Interclub Championships
    • Competed in the French national championships and “Circuits Nationaux des Grands Tournois” tournaments; ITF qualifiers (Saint-Gaudens, Mont-de-Marsan)
    • Competed in national junior tournaments (Nike Junior Tour); international junior tournaments (Les Petits Princes, the Derby Cadets, the Mondial Paris Cadets)
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Jean-Marie Castera

Tennis Professional

Professional Coaching Experience

  • Brevet d’Etat de Tennis (Fédération Française de Tennis) - French Federal Tennis Teaching License (since 1983)
  • Retired school teacher
  • Coach for the French Federation (Ligue CBBL)
  • Coach at the club of Oloron for 25 years
  • More than 100 college level players came at some point under his umbrella
  • Most remarquables players coached by Jean-Marie Castéra:
    • Cédet Hélène born in 1965 and n°14 French in 1985;
      • Qualified for the French open
      • Played for the French team « Coupe A Soisbault » ;
      • Team champion at the French championship with Saint-Tropez
    • Galou Reda (born in 1966)
      • 267 ATP
      • N°1 player for Algeria Davis Cup team

Administrative Staff

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Myriam Sopel (Founder)

Director of Marketing

Phone: (801) 318-7119

email: myriamsopel@odysseytennis.com

Education:

  • Master of Science in Organizational Learning and Leadership, University of Idaho (Jan. 2012-Present)
  • Master in Business Administration (concentration in Marketing), Wagner College (Aug. 2012-Dec. 2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Double-major in Journalism and Spanish, Indiana University (May 2011)

Professional Marketing and Communications Experience:

  • Public Relations, Corporate Division, M Booth & Associates (Sept. 2011-June 2012)
    • Represented a wide variety of clients such as American Express OPEN, the small business of American Express, Foursquare, General Electric, TrueCar, Turnstone, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kauffman Foundation and CSC
    • Developed the "Small Business Saturday" campaign with American Express OPEN
  • Production assistant and logger of football games (NCAA College Football and NFL Sunday) and basketball games (NCAA College Basketball), CBS Sports (Oct. 2011-Apr. 2012)
    • Covered remote basketball game at Madison Square Garden as a Broadcast Associate assistant
    • Transcribed football and basketball game plays and collected data for the half-time highlights package and the post-game show
    • Gathered game information and coordinated the production of sports video packages with the writer and the associate director
  • Live-Match Reporter – 2011 US Open, Videographer, Video Producer and Website Editor, World Team Tennis (partner organization of the Tennis Channel) (June-Oct. 2011)
    • Performed live-coverage of tennis matches, filmed match plays and interviewed top 25 players and coaches
    • Worked with Billie Jean King (co-founder) and Ilana Kloss (CEO and commissioner)
    • Produced and edited video package and commercial for WTT Smash Hits (charity event co-hosted by Billie Jean King and Elton John)
    • Incorporated the new interactive media player “NeuLion” to the company’s website
  • Reporter, Indiana University Student Media (2011)
    • Wrote stories for “campus” and “sports” sections of award-winning Indiana Daily Student newspaper
  • Production Assistant, sports TV programs “Stade 2” and “Tout le Sport,” “France Télévisions,” Paris, France (Aug. 2009)
    • Produced sports package entitled “Le Zapping”
    • Organized images, sound-bites and prepared scripts; created short packages and performed voice-overs
  • Sports Anchor Assistant, “France Télévisions” – Roland Garros (Tennis French Open) (May-June ’08; ’09; ’10) & Beijing Olympic Games (Aug. 2008)
    • Supported French commentators Lionel Chamoulaud, François Brabant and Amélie Mauresmo
    • Participated in players’ press conferences, researched and prepared statistics, players’ biographies and records

Interests:

  • Sports in general
    • National level in France in tennis (best national ranking: 0)
    • Participated in junior national championships in track and field and cross country, and competed in gymnastics
    • Reporting
  • Writing songs and news articles
  • Traveling
  • Learning new languages
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Mickaël Sopel (Co-Founder)

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (347) 577-2052

email: mickaelsopel@odysseytennis.com

Education

  • Master in Business Administration, Gonzaga University (May 2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Lewis-Clark State College (May 2009)
  • Bachelor in Exercise Science, University Paul Sabatier III, Toulouse, France (June 2007)
  • Brevet d’Etat de Tennis (Fédération Française de Tennis) - French Federal Tennis Teaching License (June 2007)

Professional Marketing and Managing Experience

  • Marketing Intern, SprinkleBit (June 2012 to Oct. 2012)
    • Assisted in coordinating the launch of the website alpha version
    • Wrote, presented and implemented marketing plans to specific target markets (college students, sport fans…)
  • Marketing and Recruiting Specialist for the Men’s Tennis Program - Gonzaga University (Aug. 2009 to July 2012)
    • Responsible for program marketing and international recruiting
    • Identified the best uses of technology to promote the program domestically, and internationally
    • Successfully recruited new student athletes from the US, Canada, France, Malaysia, Spain, Serbia, and Chile
  • Graduate Assistant in Management and Marketing – Gonzaga University (Aug. 2010 to May 2012)
    • Assisted Dr. Bozman, PhD. in Marketing with his research, grading, and class work organization
    • Marketed Verde Energy, a startup that will produce enhanced wind turbines using a patent from the DOE
    • Finalist of the Flow Energy business plan competition in California Institute of Technology
  • “Station chef,” VVF-Belambra (family vacation village)(Aug. 2010)
    • Managed a team of four cooks and supervised activities for the appetizer and salad stations in the kitchen

Interests

  • Passionate for sport in general - actively practices tennis, running, soccer, surf, and bodyboard
    • National level in France in tennis (best national ranking: 0)
    • National level in France and in the U.S. in cross country
    • Participated in junior national championships in track and field and cross country
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Colette Masson

Director of Logistics

Professional Experience

  • Audiovisual Project Executive, Contracts and Copyrights, French Society for Drama Authors and Composers
    • Responsible for signing contracts for new authors and composers
    • Representing multiple French and French Canadian authors and composers
    • Oversees a team of 8 people; assigns responsibilities in the protection of copyrights and payment of royalties to authors and composers

Interests

  • Traveling
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Jean-Baptiste Cuvelier

Designer

Education

  • National Graduate School of Design (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré), Paris, France
  • Advanced Technician Certificate in Visual Expression

Professional Experience

  • Artistic Director, Designer, Storyboarder, Illustrator, Cartoons and Comic Books
    • Works in collaboration with color artist Philippe Duchene
    • Responsible for realization, storyboard and design of feature full-length films, short films and cartoon TV shows for leading
    • cartoons in France such as Garfield and Titeuf

Interests

  • Drawing
  • Traveling