My tennis career began at the age of 10 and, within 2 years, I was seriously involved in competitive tennis. During the following 6 years, as a highly ranked Mid-Atlantic player, I competed in several prestigious international junior tournaments including the Orange Bowl, and the Rolex International Junior Championships.
During my college years, I played Division III at Washington College and Division I at the University of Maryland, and for a brief period, also competed on the USTA Amateur Circuit.
In 1989, I completed my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and that summer began what I had intended to be, a temporary tennis teaching position at the Bethesda Country Club. In hindsight, that job was a blessing, because I fell in love with teaching instantly and have been doing it ever since! My five years at Bethesda were spent under the watchful eye of Frank Hatten, my mentor. Frank taught me so much about being a professional, in every sense of the word. His insights about the tennis industry, specifically with respect to “bubbles,” and how best to succeed, were invaluable. Without his guidance I would not be where I am today.
While at Bethesda, Frank encouraged me to become USPTA certified, and I achieved a P-1 professional rating in 1991. This is the USPTA’s highest level of teaching certification.
In 1994, I was offered the Director of Tennis position at the River Falls Swim and Tennis Club. This summer will mark my 22nd at River Falls, and my time there has been an incredible experience! I have had the good fortune to positively impact the lives of many individuals at RF, most especially those of the junior players, and in return, have received tremendous support and encouragement from the membership to continue my work there.
In 2003, I was given the opportunity to become a partner in the Renaissance Tennis Club, with my former Junior Coach, Bob Pass. This indoor facility allows me to conduct clinics throughout the year, and makes them more accessible to an equally appreciative Virginia community.
I still love to compete and to play tennis, but due to a very busy teaching schedule, I don’t get to play as often as I would like. Although I miss tournament tennis very much, I have the good fortune to live vicariously through the play of many of my wonderful junior players, who compete both in USTA tournaments and on their high school teams!
As an avid sailor, I spend much of my spare time sailing my wonderful sailboat the “Faithful Servant” on the Chesapeake Bay. You can find photos of her on this website.