Our Team

Gareth Dowdell


Email: garethdowdell@atlantictenniscentre.ca

Qualifications: Tennis Canada Certified – Club Pro 3 and Coach 2

Gareth moved into coaching permanently in 2007 after a successful junior career which saw him represent New Zealand at the World Youth Cup. He accepted a full scholarship at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was ranked in the top 25 of both singles and doubles in NCAA Division II. Gareth has experience at all levels of coaching in New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. It is his desire to continue to grow the game of tennis in Nova Scotia and provide a clear pathway for players of all levels to learn, play, socialize, and compete.








Steve Mahar


Email: stevemahar@atlantictenniscentre.ca

Qualifications: Tennis Canada Certified - Coach 3 and Club Pro 3


Steve has recently moved back to Atlantic Canada after a 7-year stint in Toronto, where he held various roles within high performance academies and private clubs, as well as working with some of Ontario's top U12 and U10 players in the OTA provincial matchplay program. Steve has coached several former Atlantic Champions, travelled to 8 national championships as the Atlantic coach and was the Tennis Newfoundland Technical Director and Head Coach before moving to Toronto to complete the Coach 3 and Club Pro 3 course in 2012. As a born and raised Newfoundlander, and now one of Tennis Canada's highest certified professionals, he is very excited to be back in Atlantic Canada to help the promotion and facilitation the growth of our region's tennis development from grassroots tennis to top national-level competitors, and to improve all adult tennis experiences from social to competitive play. 




Andrew Irving


Email: andrewirving@atlantictenniscentre.ca

Qualifications: Tennis Canada Certified – Club Pro 2

Andrew has played competitive tennis all his life, being a top 10 player in New Zealand and gaining a scholarship to play Division I tennis at the University of Texas – Pan American. During the summers he worked and trained at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy. After college, Andy ran successful programs in Vermont, Florida, and New Zealand before moving to Halifax.

Andy has a passion for the game and is always interested in passing on his knowledge to players of all levels.


Stefan Hall


Email: stefanhall@atlantictenniscentre.ca

Qualifications: Tennis Canada Certified – Club Pro 1

Stefan had a successful junior career with various highlights including winning several Atlantic Championships and representing PEI at the 2009 Canada Games. In 2010, he accepted a combined academic/athletic scholarship to Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee to play Division II tennis. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015, Stefan returned to Atlantic Canada to coach full time. His goals include growing a stronger base of junior players at the recreational level and helping top level juniors compete at a national level.