Director of Tennis
Franco brings 20 years of coaching experience with him and has developed all levels of players from total beginners to athletes that have reached the pro ranks. During his employment at various clubs, he had the opportunity to work in different positions providing instruction on clinics and private sessions and also organizing tournaments, leagues and many other events, including working at Rancho Valencia Resort and recently The Santaluz Club in San Diego, CA.
Castejon started as a coach in his home country of Venezuela in 1996 working with both junior and professional players. Following his work there, he directed a high-performance junior program for the Rancho San Francisco Tennis Club in Ecuador while traveling with the players during several tours of the COSAT circuit in South America. Additionally, he accompanied juniors and professionals to ITF tournaments and coached players who participated in futures tournaments on the ATP and WTA circuit.
In the summer of 2013 as a Head Coach, Franco conducted a large tennis program in Sunriver, Oregon with over 400 players; running clinics, tennis socials, tournaments, and private and group lessons for adults and children. Franco has also worked as the personal coach for junior players nationally ranked in the U.S. and has extensive experience in national and international USTA and ITF events.
As a coach he has ascertained the ITF level 2 International Certification, the USPTA Certification, a Masters of Tennis Management, Teaching and Training from the Valencian International University in Spain (2012) and attended multiple world and regional tennis conferences, including the 2013 ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference in Mexico and the 2016 USPTA World Conference in Indian Wells, CA.
As a player, he participated in the junior South American tennis circuit "COSAT", capturing a world ranking and competing in many countries. As a professional player he entered several future, satellite and challenger events achieving a career ATP ranking in singles and doubles. He won the collegiate national championship in both singles and doubles as a freshman in 1996 in Venezuela and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering.
In 2016, Franco competed with great success in the 35+ division obtaining a gold ball in singles in USTA National Category I Tournaments. He achieved the year-end top position in the National Singles Ranking and 3rd in doubles. Internationally, he claimed titles at the ITF Grade A Championship in Mexico City in both singles and doubles. He finished the year top 15th in singles and 26th in doubles in the ITF world rankings. In 2017, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the ITF Young Seniors World Team Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. In March 2017, he was awarded "Player of the year" by the USPTA San Diego division.
Franco is very excited to join Del Mar Country Club and help out to grow the tennis program. He is looking forward to meet all of you at the tennis courts.