Alex Shek, Director of Tennis:
Coach Alex has been coaching tennis in the DC-Metropolitan area for over fifteen years. Alex is in his 13th year as the Director of Tennis at Poplar Heights. He has built PHRA to become one of the strongest adult and junior programs in Northern Virginia. He also worked as a Coach of the McLean High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team. In this capacity, he helped guide the McLean Girls to their most successful season in the history of MHS tennis (winning the Liberty District championship, Northern Region title and placing 2nd in the state of Virginia). Coach Alex has trained hundreds of tournament level players, high school varsity level players (12 HS Varsity #1’s) and 5 NCAA Division I, II and III student athletes. Coach Alex is a certified USPTA professional.
Coach Alex has a lifelong passion for the game of tennis and enjoys contributing to the development of his players through a holistic approach. He seeks to develop his players’ confidence and character with clear communication, fundamentals, technique, strength and conditioning. When he is not on the courts, he is blessed to enjoy time with his beautiful wife, their three kids (and future grand-slam champions) and their two German Shepherd Dogs.
Coach Tommy has been working in the tennis industry for the past ten years. Tommy played varsity tennis at George Mason high school where he earned 5 state championships. He finished his 4 years on varsity with 99 wins.
Coach Tommy believes in creating a positive environment where all students can improve their game and push the limits of their physical performance. He enjoys sharing the game with players of all ages and level through instruction, games and competition. As Director of Sports Performance, Tommy specializes in off-court training that aides to the overall development of the athlete and maximizes their potential. Tommy is a certified USPTA professional and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) trainer.
Steve coached the boys and girls tennis teams at Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. Steve is a lifelong tennis player and is Professional Tennis Registry certified.
Coach Steve’s philosophy is simple. Children play sports to have fun and to be with friends. His games and drills are organized to improve skills and introduce small disciplines, always encouraging, never criticizing. Games can be competitive, but the focus is not on winning, but on improving the development of each child. The result is to leave them feeling at the end of each session with the desire to come back for more.
Graduated from George Mason High School as a state champion and was a top 25 player in the Mid-Atlantic section. Goetz has a decade of teaching experience with students starting at 3 years old all the way up to their late 80s. Tim studied Professional Tennis Management at Methodist University and was a senior staff member at Sea Colony, a top 10 resort rated by Tennis Magazine. At Sea Colony he was class director of junior and adult programs but specialized in Cardio Tennis and QuickStart Youth Program. Tim also coached a Special Olympic Champion who won gold in singles and silver in doubles in 2014.
Tim is also certified to coach High Performance which includes mental training and athletic development; he studied in California at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) West Coast training center. Tim is also a highly certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine with 4 Specializations and has been through the Master Trainer program which is the top 1% of the fitness industry along with other focuses in mental toughness, And life coaching.