ProsToYou Tennis is excited to expand our racquet sports division with the addition of Pickleball!
For more information or to schedule a private, semi-private, or group lesson, please email email@example.com.
MEET OUR COACHES!
Kenny Roy: Kenny is originally from Washington DC and attended DeMatha HS where he was an All American Football and Basketball player. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park on a Football and Basketball scholarship and earned All American Honors in Football, and then playing professionally for the New Orleans Saints. As a lifelong athlete, Kenny also had a love and knack for racquet sports, playing tennis and racquetball at a high level. He started playing Pickleball three years ago and has quickly achieved multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, in various local and national tournaments across the country including most recently in the 2023 Masters National Tournament in Rancho Mirage California. His love for Pickleball and its community has now grown into his passion of teaching and seeing others grow and enjoy this great game. Spending his winters teaching in California’s Palm Desert Resorts, he is excited to be here during the outdoor season to teach Cattail’s members!
Forrest Bankston: Forrest is a certified pickleball professional and also rated at the highest UTRP level (P4 – Expert/Pro). His recent tournament success has enabled him to earn a senior professional ranking. Forrest has his sights set high not only for his professional ranking but also for each student he comes across. He looks forward to sharing his skills with so many others within the YMCA community! As a tennis player, he is also a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional and former NTRP 6.0 and Division I collegiate player and instructor with 20+ years experience, playing competitive juniors (8-18 yrs old) while maintaining high top state, regional, and national rankings in singles and doubles. He also served as a former member of the Junior Tennis Development Committee for the Georgia Tennis Association and partner in providing programming for the YMCA in Atlanta.
Scott Nilsen: Meet Scott Nilsen, a seasoned pickleball coach with a passion for the sport that spans decades. With a career in the tennis industry that began at the young age of fifteen, Scott has honed his skills and expertise to become a highly respected figure in the world of pickleball.
For over ten years, Scott served as a junior coach and USPTA instructor, sharing his knowledge and love for the game with aspiring players of all ages. His dedication to teaching and mentoring has helped countless individuals improve their skills and reach their full potential on the court.
In addition to his coaching prowess, Scott is also a professional stringing Racquet Technician, ensuring that players have the best equipment to enhance their performance. His attention to detail and commitment to quality have earned him a reputation as a trusted expert in equipment maintenance and customization.
But Scott's talents don't stop there. As a professional pickleballer, he has achieved an impressive ranking of 45 on the senior world tour. His exceptional skills and competitive spirit have allowed him to compete at the highest level, earning him recognition among the best in the sport.
With Scott Nilsen as your pickleball coach, you can expect a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of the game, and a genuine passion for helping players succeed. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics or an advanced player aiming to refine your technique, Scott's expertise and guidance will undoubtedly take your pickleball game to new heights.
Ross Porter: Ross is a certified coach with the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). Over the past five years Ross has dedicated himself to helping players of varying ability to understand and practice basic pickleball fundamentals, improve their techniques and learn the most up to date game strategies. He has a passion for the game and truly enjoys watching his students move to the next level in their pickleball journey.
Fabricio Galvan: As a bilingual speaker in both English and Spanish, Fabricio is skilled in teaching players of all levels and backgrounds. With a strong tennis background for over 15 years, achieving 2 back-to-back National Championships of Collegiate Tennis, Fabricio’s on-court skills are world-class. It comes as no surprise that he would soon find success in pickleball, quickly finding himself among the most advanced of players in the area with his recent tournament play. Fabricio’s passion for sharing his expertise in both pickleball and tennis drives him to give his very best to each and every student.
Greg Klein: Coach Greg grew up playing and teaching tennis at the highest of levels in Los Angeles and now finds himself (like many others) also immersed in playing and teaching pickleball! His success as a coach in both tennis and pickleball comes from three simple words he often reminds himself and his students…”watch the ball!” Coach Greg is excited to share his passion for tennis and pickleball with the YMCA community, where he has been a part of for the last seven years!
Tara Hodge: Coach Tara has been a pickleball player, ambassador, and certified PPR coach, with years of experience teaching players of all backgrounds along with her competitive play at local and regional tournaments. From the beginner level and beyond, she enjoys seeing each of her students continue to improve each day on court. She looks forward to continuing helping to grow the game for all ages and levels!
Barb Silva: Barb Silva is a certified teaching professional through the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). She has taught hundreds of students both privates and groups in various levels of play working to increase their knowledge and playing skills. She currently teaches for Parks and Recreations in Arlington, Vienna, Alexandria, Falls Church, Virginia and Montgomery County, MD. She is a nationally certified Paramedic and a current American Heart Association CPR Instructor.
Stephen Ross: Stephen has been instrumental in growing the game at the county level through his leadership on the pickleball court, most recently as an instructor for Montgomery County Parks and Recs. With a focus on teaching the newest of players, he takes great pride in seeing each new player build the confidence on court to eventually play in a tournament or competitive format. Stephen looks forward to continuing helping new players find their way on the pickleball court!
PTY now offers private, semi-private, and small group (create your own) lessons at the following locations:
- Highlands Swim & Tennis Club
- Langley Swim & Tennis Club
- Mount Vernon Park Association
- Hollin Meadows Swim & Tennis Club
- Chesterbrook Swim & Tennis Clubs
- Poplar Heights Recreation Association