Bob Pass

Founder & Co-Owner

Bob Pass has been a tennis coach and a mentor to more than 600 USTA/MAS ranked junior boys and girls, including 45 players ranked #1 and over 200 ranked in the top ten in their age division in the MAS section. Two of his students have won USTA scholarship awards for the Most Improved player in the Nation. Five of his players have achieved top 10 National rankings from the USTA and many more have achieved top 20 rankings.

The Bob Pass 4 Star Tennis Academy started with just 12 girls in 1973. Today it is the largest and most successful junior tennis program in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Bob has served on, and, or chaired the MAS Junior Competition Committee for 12 years, and also served on the USTA Junior Competition and Training Committee for 2 years as well as serving on the Board of the Washington Tennis Foundation for 4 years. Since 2001 Bob has coached the Bullis High School girls tennis team.

Bear Schofield

Co-owner & Director of Tennis VA & Director of Supernational Program

Bear joined the 4 Star staff in 2000 to help develop top nationally ranked juniors. In 2002 and 2003 he was also the assistant coach of the American University Men’s tennis team. During these 2 years AU reached it’s highest ever ITA ranking at #68 in 2003.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia, with a degree in psychology, Bear was the #1 singles player and part of the #1 doubles team on the Cavalier tennis team. He was a two time All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and captained the team in his last two seasons. He also was the recipient of the Dan Lehman Doubles Award in 1996.

In his junior tournament career Bear earned the #1 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association (MATA) in Boys 18’s and was ranked as high as #25 nationally. He was also part of the #4 ranked team in the country in 1994.

Octavio Delasobera

Co-Owner & Director of Business and Development

Steve Miguel

Co-Owner & Tennis Program Director

A former 4 Star student, Steve graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991. He played in the top 3 positions on the men’s tennis team for all 4 of his years. In 1988, Steve was chosen for the Big Ten All Conference Team, he was also honored as a member of the “All Century Men’s Tennis Team” at The Ohio State University.

Steve is a certified teaching Professional from both the USPTA and USPTR. For over the past 20 years, Steve has worked with many nationally ranked junior and collegiate players.

Steve is the Tennis Director for 4 Star at Bullis and 4 Star’s Supernational Program. He is also the coach of the Bullis School boys high school tennis team.

Deb Dager

Web Master, Adult Program Coordinator, Office Staff

Deb is responsible for website development & maintenance, adult clinic development & administration, adult event planning & administration, marketing & communications, office & facility automation, and registration & payment administration.

Erik Ningard

Site Manager Sport & Health Mclean VA

  • D1 Collegiate Player at Arizona State University
  • Top 30 Junior in National Boys’ 16s Singles
  • Top 10 Junior in National Boys’ 16s Doubles
  • Winner of Virginia State and MATA Championships
  • 20+ years of tennis coaching experience
  • Coached a USTA Mid-Atlantic Zonal Team
  • Coached and traveled with top 50 ITF and top National Junior boys and girls

Erik has an overall love for the game and receives a pure sense of fulfillment in helping players achieve their goals and becoming the best players and people they can be.

Fred Delasobera

Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

  • Top 4 Junior player from Paraguay
  • Toured all of South American as a Junior player
  • B.A. in Management Information Systems from University of Central Florida (2000)
  • 20+ years of tennis coaching experience•Assistant Coach and hitting partner for RollinsCollege (1998)
  • USPTA Certified Professional (2002)
  • Coached numerous nationally ranked and collegiate players

Fred’s main focus is technique. He believes that this is the fundamental foundation for all tennis players. Then he moves onto footwork, strategy and mental toughness. Fred believes that every student can become a great tennis player with this approach.