Our Coaches & Staff

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Bob Pass

Founder & Co-Owner

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Bear Schofield

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

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Octavio Delasobera

Co-Owner & Director of Business and Development

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Steve Miguel

Co-Owner & Tennis Program Director

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Aaron Gomez

Tennis Professional & Director Invitational Program @ McLean

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Albert Bello

Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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Deb Dager

Web Master, Adult Program Coordinator, Office Staff

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Erik Ningard

Site Manager Sport & Health Mclean VA

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Enrique Llerena

Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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Fred Delasobera

Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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Gilbert Chen

Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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Hannah Pass

Director of Summer Camp Sport & Health Mclean VA Head of Marketing and PR

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Ivan Pizarro

Tennis Director @ Tuckahoe

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Jim Shepard

Director of Juior Super Nationals @ McLean

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Kwame Owusu

Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

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Lee White

Assistant Tennis Director @ Bullis, PSTC

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Leif Bjelland

Tennis Professional @ McLean

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Marty Hublitz

Tennis Professional @ McLean

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Mehdi Garma

Director of Tennis @ YMCA-Arlington

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Mike Gee

Tennis Director @ YMCA-BCC, Tennis Pro @ Bullis, PSTC

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Nima Golshen

Tennis Director @ PSTC

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Raul Irarte

Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

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Robin Crider

Tennis Professional @ McLean

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Sach Khieu

Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

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Scott McIntosh

Tennis Director @ YMCA-Arlington

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Steve Martin

Co-Director of Adult Programming @ YMCA-Arlington

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Tatsiana Uvarova

Tennis Professional @ McLean

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Zack Shane

Tennis Professional @ PSTC, YMCA-Arlington

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    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.

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      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.

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        Octavio Delasobera

        Co-Owner & Director of Business and Development

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          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.

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          Aaron Gomez

          Tennis Professional & Director Invitational Program @ McLean

          • Played at VA Tech on a top 15 NCAA team
          • Top 30 Junior in National Boys’ 18s and 16s
          • #1 in Mid-Atlantic in Boys’ 18s and 16s
          • 4 Star Tennis Academy alumnus

          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.

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            Albert Bello

            Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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            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.

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            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.

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              Enrique Llerena

              Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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              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.

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                Gilbert Chen

                Tennis Professional @ YMCA-Arlington

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                  Hannah Pass

                  Director of Summer Camp Sport & Health Mclean VA Head of Marketing and PR

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                  Ivan Pizarro

                  Tennis Director @ Tuckahoe

                  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.

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                  Jim Shepard

                  Director of Juior Super Nationals @ McLean

                  • Winningest Player at Towson University
                  • 3-Time East Coast Conference Singles Champion
                  • Inducted into the Towson Hall of Fame (2013)
                  • D1 Collegiate Coach
                  • USTA High Performance Coach
                  • Coached a USTA Mid-Atlantic Zonal Team•Coached numerous #1 ranked Mid-Atlantic juniors
                  • Coached several players who played the ATP tour

                  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

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                    Kwame Owusu

                    Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

                    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.

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                      Lee White

                      Assistant Tennis Director @ Bullis, PSTC

                      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.

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                      Leif Bjelland

                      Tennis Professional @ McLean

                      • America East Scholar Athlete (2003)
                      • M.A. in Economics from GMU (2011)
                      • 15+ years of tennis coaching experience
                      • Junior Team Coordinator at FRC
                      • Head Professional at Mantua Swim & Tennis Club

                      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.

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                      Marty Hublitz

                      Tennis Professional @ McLean

                      • D1 Collegiate Player at GWU, played #1 Singles
                      • Played Satellite Pro Tour
                      • Voted VA State Coach of the Year (2019, 2014)
                      • Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year (2014)
                      • Coached D1 GWU, 2 Conference Championships
                      • Coached Potomac School, 12 Conference and 4State
                      • Championships
                      • Coached 18 juniors to D1 & D3 Colleges
                      • USPTA Pro Level 1 Certification

                      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.

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                        Mehdi Garma

                        Director of Tennis @ YMCA-Arlington

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                        • 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.

                        Mike Gee

                        Tennis Director @ YMCA-BCC, Tennis Pro @ Bullis, PSTC

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                        Nima Golshen

                        Tennis Director @ PSTC

                        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.

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                          Raul Irarte

                          Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

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                          Robin Crider

                          Tennis Professional @ McLean

                          • Played #1 Singles at Long Beach State
                          • Top 15 seed in NCAA (1976)
                          • Played on the Avon & Virginia Slims Circuits
                          • Played Wimbledon, US Open & Family Circle Cup
                          • Highest WTA ranking: 130
                          • 40+ years of tennis coaching experience
                          • D1 Collegiate Coach
                          • High School Coach
                            • Robin loves introducing the game to all - from tots to seniors. Robin is a great believer in developing technical skills and tactical knowledge through repetitive drills and competitive play.

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                            Sach Khieu

                            Tennis Professional @ Bullis, PSTC

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                              Scott McIntosh

                              Tennis Director @ YMCA-Arlington

                              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.

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                                Steve Martin

                                Co-Director of Adult Programming @ YMCA-Arlington

                                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.

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                                Tatsiana Uvarova

                                Tennis Professional @ McLean

                                • 2006 NCAA All-American
                                • Won 63 matches as #1 Singles player at VCU (2006-2008)
                                • Highest WTA singles ranking: 222
                                • Highest WTA doubles ranking: 201
                                • Played for Belarus at the Fed Cup (2004)

                                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.

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                                Zack Shane

                                Tennis Professional @ PSTC, YMCA-Arlington

                                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.

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