Tributes paid to tennis coach Kevin

Kevin Hoey
Kevin Hoey

Tributes have been paid to a young tennis player and coach who died this week after a stroke.

Kevin Hoey, 32, who died suddenly on Tuesday, was the performance programme manager at Corby Tennis Centre.

He also coached at Medbourne Tennis Club, played for Kettering Tennis Club and represented the county.

Friend and fellow coach at Corby and men’s county captain and player Mark Taylor said: “Kevin was larger than life. Always happy and always on the go.

“He was honest and loyal to his mates.

“Kevin coached to a very high level and was one of the most respected coaches this county has ever had.

“His death is a tragedy that leaves a massive void in Northants tennis.”

Mr Taylor said Kevin had moved to Corby to live about a year ago from Kettering.

He had also been offered a position at SotoTennis Academy in Sotogrande on Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Mr Taylor said: “Kevin had a stroke when he was 17 or 18 but he had got over that.

“He lived for his girlfriend, his work and the young people that he coached. He will be greatly missed.”

Kevin moved to England from Grenoble in France about seven years ago.

He worked with numerous clubs in France, as well as in Switzerland, Ireland and the UK.

In 2010 he was nominated for Corby Sports Awards coach of the year.

He coached hundreds of young tennis players at Corby Tennis Centre as part of holiday schemes and sessions.