Coach Chuck Kriese interviews Vesa Ponkka, 2011 USOC National Coach of the Year and the Director of Tennis at the Junior Tennis Champions Center of College Park, Maryland. This extraordinary interview touches multiple aspects of what it takes for a player to make the journey to Champion. Ponkka, along with Frank Salazar, has been responsible for the development of 27 US national champions during the past 13 years and has developed the top training program in the United States and perhaps the world. His work is a no-nonsense and total-player development process that develops players from the inside-out. He gives the A-Z approach to mentoring for long term development and talks passionately about the importance of coaching inspiration in the player education process. This very informative interview is thought-provoking and gives great insights to what is necessary for parents/coaches/players to know about the entire journey and process of seaching out excellence. A fantastic interview.