UTA team throwing balls in the air
UTA team throwing balls in the air

Meet the team

Your Coaches

We’re powered by a great team of people who all share the same values and passion for our sport.

Junaid Hossain
Director and Head Coach

Junaid is the Director and Head Coach of University Tennis Academy. His 30+ years in the sport, encompassing his extensive playing and coaching background in multiple countries around the world, sees him bring a vast amount of experience and coaching methodology to lead the team. Junaid is highly certified and has a strong working background in Strength & Conditioning, creating programs and training high level athletes across multiple sports.

Fun Fact: Junaid developed an electronic filter which is in space!

Karina Jarlkaganova
Elite Coach

Karina is a highly experienced and certified coach and a former Fed Cup representative for Kazakhstan. She was a top junior and travelled the world playing many pro level tour tournaments before heading to the states for Division #1 college tennis. There she played in the top of the line-up winning the vast majority of her matches and making the All American Team throughout her career, graduating with the highest of honours in Accounting/Finance.

Fun Fact: Karina has travelled and played in over 40 countries during her junior playing career.

Weitao Li
Assistant Coach

Weitao (Victor) has more than 5 years of coaching experience. He is a physiotherapy student and brings that biomechanics background into his coaching. Victor is a former varsity tennis player and won the Ontario University Association championships 2017, 2019 as well as Canadian National Championship 2017! Victor can teach in Mandarin!

Fun Fact: Victor has more abs than you

Kevin Zhou
Assistant Coach

Kevin Zhou has a number of years of playing and coaching experience in multiple countries and has a Level 1 Tennis Australia coaching certification. He is 2nd year BComm student always open for conversations and is passionate about sharing his tennis knowledge and advice! Kevin can teach in Mandarin!

Fun Fact: Kevin's father runs a tennis club in Shanghai!

Mohit Suresh
Assistant Coach

Mohit is a passionate and dedicated coach who comes from a high level tennis background and is ready to share his analytical insights of the game. He has played and coached internationally with an impressive competitive resume. Mohit is a national level team player and is a Data Science major. He has a soft and calming personality and is excited to be part of the UTA team.

Fun Fact: Mohit has "indian hands"

Shen Yi Ling
Assistant Coach

Shen is a masters in psychology student and has a passion for playing and teaching tennis. Shen is a national level team player and she brings her past coaching experience from Malaysia under the National Team Coach to our academy. Shen's friendly personality will go a long way in making you feel at home.

Fun Fact: Shen's favourite words are "Thank You"