With 22 years coaching experience, Liz has successfully developed a large number of juniors in tennis, who have represented their respective national teams, played international tennis events (including grand slams French, Wimbledon and US Open), earned important scholarships to colleges and high schools in Europe and USA, and gained WTA/ITF ranking.
A qualified PTR Professional, Clinician and Tester, and former professional player, Liz was Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team, Kenyatta University, 1983 – 1986, and one of the top seeded ladies in tennis in Kenya, having won many national, and university awards.
A former director at top sports club (Sadili Oval) in Nairobi, with experience in running training sessions, camps and tournaments. As a high performance coach, she has developed players for tours, to national team positions, WTA/ITF ranking, junior grand slams (French, US and Wimbledon) and more than 20 players into Division I College tennis scholarships.
Head Pro at Karen Country Club (Nairobi) has experience running adult tennis leagues, full junior academy programs, club programming, and national tournaments. Currently a member of the North Carolina Tennis Association Junior Tournament Committee and keynote speaker for 2017 USTA North Carolina Community Tennis Development Workshop in Greensboro.
Liz now lives in Durham, NC, has worked as a Tennis Professional at Cary Tennis Park, and is now an independent professional.
Liz was celebrated as a ChangeMakeHer, one of the world’s most influential and inspiring women of 2011 (Ashoka ChangeMaker). Liz has also developed a tennis after-school education project in partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), which earned her an honorary USTA-NJTL membership.
Dr. Odera and her team received the reward of the Spirit of the Land of the Olympic Games of the Salt Lake City in 2002, the G-ForSE in Japan in 2003 and the Humanitarian of the Year in 2004 in South Carolina (PTR)
Liz recently published her first book, Sports For Life (Amazon) with Greg Moran (author of Tennis Beyond Big Shots) , offering skills to be successful in life through sports.