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 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.
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.
Aaron works primarily with competitive players. He helps his students identify their playing style based on their strengths. He also teaches them the value of hard work to improve their strengths. Aaron believes that when his students combine discipline and commitment to playing with a purpose, they can achieve excellence.
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 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’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.
Ivan holds a professional level certification in Junior and Adult Development with USPTR, a certification in teaching Cardio Tennis, a high performance certification from Bolletieri IMG Tennis Academy, and a Provisional Sports Psychology certification from California Southern University.
He has been coaching for 15 years, 13 specifically in the Northern Virginia area and currently, Ivan serves at the middle and upper school tennis coach for The National Cathedral School and The Potomac School. Prior to professional coaching, Ivan played NCAA Div. II. tennis at Salem International University where he obtained his Bachelor degree in International Business.
Jim tries to figure out how each of his students best processes information and learns. He tailors his approach to each student, focusing first on technical and then progressing to tactical. Jim is demanding but knows the value of humor to keep his students engaged
Kwame hails from Accra, Ghana where he started playing tennis as a child. Kwame has been teaching in the Potomac area for many many years and has worked with several hundreds of students who he has all helped become their best.
Lee got his start playing tennis at Bullis at age 12. While attending Sandy Spring Friends School, he played the first doubles position and all singles positions on his varsity tennis team. He graduated from the University of Colorado a bachelor’s degree in Economics. At Colorado, he was a member of the club tennis team three out of his four years there.
Lee’s coaching career also started at Bullis, where in the summer of 2003 he started working as a summer camp counselor. After graduating from college, he returned to the area to start coaching full time. Lee is a member of the USPTA(P1) and the USTA.
Leif places a strong emphasis on stroke and foot work fundamentals. He focuses initially on technique, then progresses to footwork and movement patterns. With more advanced players, Leif will work on positioning,shot selection, tactics, and mental strength. Leif takes pride in his energy level and patience on court.
Marty works with what his players have instead of changing them to fit a mold. He emphasizes footwork,weight transfer, and rhythm to help overcome other flaws. He helps prepare for the physical demands of high level tennis. Marty also teaches the importance of mental strength.
Michael hails from New York City. He began playing tennis at the age of 5. At the junior level, Michael enjoyed a distinguished career as one of the best players on the east coast and in the Nation. He was ranked top 10 nationally in the U12, and U14 singles age groups. He was also ranked top 15 nationally in singles in the U16 age group, and acquired a junior world ranking while playing on the International Junior Circuit.
At the collegiate level Michael received an athletic scholarship to Clemson University where he started both singles and doubles, helping the team reach a top 15 NCAA ranking. After transferring to Howard University, Michael garnered All-MEAC Conference 1stTeam honors, and was also named two time MEAC Player of the Week, while playing #1 singles and doubles. Since then, Michael has coached and taught players on every level including professional tour players, as well as college players and nationally ranked juniors. As a tennis coach, Michael has chosen a career path that allows him to teach others to learn and play a sport to experience the same joy that the game has brought to him.
Nima has many years of teaching experience in developing players of all ages and skill levels. He has trained and worked at several top tennis clubs including IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL., 4 Star Tennis Academy at Four Seasons, and Chesterbrook Swim & Tennis Club.
Nima played 4 years of varsity tennis leading his team to district, regional, and state championships. He is currently a USPTA certified instructor.
Nima’s coaching philosophy is to create a fun, positive, high-energy learning environment that encourages the player to develop both on and off the courts. His passion and love for the game is evident in his coaching style.
Scott has been teaching tennis since 2005. He played for Bishop O’Connell high school and at Ohio University. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry for coaching Adult Development and 10 & Under programs. He specializes in coordinating and directing junior tennis programs and camps and also enjoys teaching adult clinics and lessons.
Steve’s tennis career began in the early 80s as a junior player in the 4 Star Tennis Academy. Steve was ranked top #6 in the Mid Atlantic section throughout his junior tennis career. Steve went on to graduate from Hampton University on a full tennis scholarship.
In 1991, Steve decided to join the 4 Star Tennis Academy as a USPTA full time tennis coach. Steve felt a deep desire to share his experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge in helping junior and adult tennis players take their game to the next level. Steve also spent time as a hitting partner for Stacey Martin while she was on the pro tour.
Since 1991, Steve has trained numerous MATA ranked and nationally ranked junior tennis players who went on to receive tennis scholarships to college.
Tatsiana believes that a strong technical foundation is critical to proper player development. Once the basics are in place, she works on strategy and mental strength. Tatsiana adapts her coaching to each student in order to achieve the best development.
Zack loves teaching tennis and seeing the improvement of his students.. In high school Zack was the MVP on his tennis team his junior and senior years and had the best win loss ratio. Zack also played tennis at the University of Lynchburg.