Hally Cohen’s first love was Tennis. Hally is Tennis! From high school to college sports, coaching to managing the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, Hally has made a career out of that love. Last year she competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel and brought home bronze for Team USA!!! I’m soo proud of her.
Sparkling and spirited, Hally lights up a room. I find her sunny, uplifting disposition and her athletic tenacity to be incredibly inspiring. Here’s a little glimpse of Hally’s career, her goals and her inspirations…
Tam: I love that you have made a career out of Tennis. Take me through that journey.
Hally: Growing up I was intent on getting a college scholarship and playing pro, both of which I was lucky enough to accomplish. Although the pro dream was short lived and a money loss not gain. Wouldn’t trade it for the world though! I played for Purdue, then I coached for Long Beach State for ten years. My girls were amazing! Left there to take the job as General Manager/head pro at Beverly Hills Tennis.
Tam: I’m sure you’ve played with a lot of motivating coaches and promising student athletes. Is there anyone in particular that inspired you, made you really proud?
Hally: I have always been inspired by great athletes, but as I get older, I realize I draw different inspiration from different types of people. My friend Jenny who has coached the Long Beach team to 11 Big West Conference titles in thirteen years, my friend Hollie who quit her job to travel the world, my Dad who can find the humor in any situation, my friend Clare who qualified for the Boston Marathon, my clients who have decided to learn a new sport, my psychologist friend Angela who has been asked to publish a book on the amazing work she has done in the field of cutting, and my friend Tam who literally can’t walk anywhere in this city without knowing at least 20 people!
Tam: (Ha! I think that only happens when I’m with you!) You are such a free spirit, yet you’re so disciplined. What inspires you daily?
Hally: I am a true believer that your physical state directly influences your mental state. I’m happiest when I have a goal in front of me, just so happens most of my goals are physical ones. Plus …I get a good tan!
Tam: Last year it was really cool to hear about you competing for a spot on the USA Team for the Maccabiah Olympics. Once you made the team, you got right to work training and fundraising for the trip. It was so exciting watching you manifest that experience. Was it something that you wanted to do for some time?
Hally: I knew about the Maccabiah Games since I was a junior player but I was on a different path (a more serious one) and I realized about two years ago that I missed competition. The opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it.
Tam: This Spring you ran your fourth marathon. Congrats! I’d imagine it’s nice to take some downtime every once and a while. I also imagine you’re dreaming up a new goal. What’s next?
Hally: Ahh, I’ve been wondering that myself! There are the Pan Am Games in Chile in 2015 that I’m debating trying out for. More than likely I will. Other than that, cleaning my room seems like the most pressing goal that’s in front of me right now. I’m not joking, cleaning my mess is a hardcore work out!
I am a true believer that your physical state directly influences your mental state. I’m happiest when I have a goal in front of me, just so happens most of my goals are physical ones. Plus …I get a good tan! – Hally Cohen
It’s pretty awesome to know this happy, grateful woman who thrives, doing what she loves.
Hally Cohen, I’m soo proud of you!
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