Our Coaches & Staff
Bear joined the Pass Academy 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.
Steve Miguel has been with Pass Academy for over 30 years as a student and then as a coach. A graduate from The Ohio State University where he played top seed for all 4 years. Steve was chosen for the Big Ten All Conference Team and was honored as a member of the “All Century Team”.
At Pass Academy Steve is responsible for developing nationally ranked junior and college players. “Steve has a unique ability to coach at all levels, a high level of understanding of the game, an aptitude to help improve any player regardless of play style", Justin Shane UVA. Steve has been fortunate to have coached the 2015 Men’s NCAA Champion, All-Americans in Division 1 and Division 3 in the NCAA. Some of these players have competed at the professional level. With a love for tennis and a passion for coaching Steve enjoys working with kids and adults of all levels.
"Steve Miguel has a special love for the game and it shows in his coaching”, William Szamosszegi Bucknell
Deb is responsible for website development & maintenance, adult clinic development & administration, adult event planning & administration, marketing & communications, office & facility automation, and registration & payment administration.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.