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.
Nim Mohan, Tennis Program Director:
Nim Mohan attended Miami University (OH), where she played on the varsity tennis team for four years and received her undergraduate degree in Finance. Prior to graduating, Coach Nim became a volunteer assistant coach for the Miami University Women’s Tennis team, and quickly made a positive impact.
Following her tenure as volunteer assistant coach, Nim worked for Lagardere Sports as a Special Events Associate in 2017. During this time, Coach Nim worked tirelessly, overseeing and executing Citi Open’s first-ever week-long junior summer camp, along with supervising various other tennis clinics and special events before and during the tournament.
Phone Number: 301-887-3116
Angela Davis, Director of Operations and Player Experience
Angela Davis is the Director of Operations and Player Experience at ProsToYou Tennis. Angela has been in the customer service industry for 15 years specializing in the needs of the clients in the communities which she serves with a focus on positive and resourceful resolutions and always maintaining a personal touch along the way. She has over 7 years of tennis teaching experience in the 10 & Under age group. Angela creates a fun friendly atmosphere on the court while also ensuring that each student learns and develops proper stroke techniques in the enrichment program. Angela has a passion for students’ success both on and off the court and brings a lifelong connection to students to keep tennis in their lives for the long haul!
Phone Number: 301-887-3116
Damiisa Robinson, Director of Player Development:
Damiisa has been coaching in the DC Metropolitan area for the last 13 years. In 2012, he became the Director of Tennis at The Southeast Tennis and Learning Center for The Department of Parks and Recreation in Washington, DC. He also worked in a variety of different roles at various private clubs, including Sport & Health in Bethesda, MD and Mclean, VA; Jack Schore Tennis in Potomac, MD and Germantown, MD; Fairfax Racquet Club, and Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club in New Jersey.
Damiisa has worked with every kind of student; from tiny tots to seniors, and even beginners to internationally ranked players. Coach Damiisa’s years of competitive experience paired with his many years of coaching allows him to hone his player’s skills, as well as draw out their full potential as a tennis player.
Zach Pine, Head Coach:
As a junior tennis player, Zach Pine was ranked number one in the state of Virginia, 1st in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section, and 50th nationally. Zach also played 4 years of high school tennis for Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, leading the Huskies to three state championships. During his high school run, he earned recognition as a two-time Virginia State Player of the Year, and as two-time Washington Post “All-Met” First Team honoree. Coach Zach would go on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2012, where he played D1 tennis for 4 years, while working vigorously achieving an ITA team ranking of 16th in the nation. As a coach, Zach has 9 years of coaching experience with players of various different ages and skill levels, and is recognized as a USPTA certified Elite Professional.
Steve Gershman, Tennis Coach:
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.
Mike Nicholson, Tennis Coach:
Coach Mike has previously coached at the Blue Ridge Tennis Academy and as a lifelong tennis enthusiast has played competitive tennis both on teams and in tournaments for many years.
Coach Mike’s philosophy is all having fun on the court, and getting grounded in the fundamentals of this great sport. He believes it is important to respect yourself, your tennis partners and the game by giving your best effort. His approach is to accentuate the positive on the court, and build on these successes. His goal is to get the students to fall in love with the game, improve, have fun and come back looking to play more.