Alex Shek  ( Founder & Director of Tennis

Coach Alex has been directing C.O.R.E. Tennis since its inception twelve years ago. He has been coaching tennis in the DC-Metropolitan area for over fifteen years. Before founding C.O.R.E. Alex was Co-Director of Programs at nearby Tuckahoe Recreation Club, where he managed their adult and junior programs and teams. He also worked as a Coach of the McLean High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team. In this capacity, he guided 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). At C.O.R.E. 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 enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, their three kids (and future grand-slam champions) and their two German Shepherd Dogs

Tommy Weber, Tennis Pro and Diretor of Sports Performance  (

Coach Tommy has been working with C.O.R.E. Tennis as a coach 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 Gershman, Tennis Professional for 10 & under  (

Coach Steve has been with C.O.R.E. Tennis for the past 5 years. Before joining C.O.R.E. 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.