Read about some of our staff below, or better yet, come meet them at the Club!
Gregory Martin, a Washington native, attended the University of Virginia. He has been teaching tennis to adults and juniors in the Potomac area for almost 30 years. Previously head pro at Bullis Tennis Center, Greg now serves as Director of Tennis for Potomac Swim and his members' wide range of skill levels and has remained committed to providing a high standard of instruction. Greg is extremely energetic and his programs are exceptional, particularly with his youngest players. His engaging approach to the game makes it easy for the kids to stick with tennis and to make it a sport to enjoy for life. Greg's unique approach focuses on the physics and technical aspects of the game. Many consider Greg one of the best technical instructors in the region.
Coach Christopher Schlegel started swimming at age five in Silver Spring, MD. His coaching career began at Potomac in 2007. Chris brings an emphasis on sound fundamentals, hard work, progressive stroke mechanics, and most importantly having fun. He is most known for his ridiculous meet outfits, over the top enthusiasm, and leading his favorite cheer "is this not the swimming pool".
Outside of Potomac Chris works year round as an age group coach for All Star Aquatics. There he has coached multiple swimmers some of the top 10 and unders in the country. He's also the head coach and creator of the Rising Stars program, having spearheaded its substantial growth over the past several years.
Ted Mattheeussen returns to PSTC for another season both teaching on the tennis courts and helping to run many of the clubs' programs. Ted brings his skill in teaching, his love of tennis, and his great demeanor to the courts. He also brings his business degree from Virginia Tech to help manage our operation.
Alex Gauvin, Head Dive Coach
Alex Gauvin has been coaching diving since 2005. He has coached summer league, high school, USA Diving Junior Olympics, and NCAA Division 1 teams. He is currently the head diving coach for Montgomery Dive Club at Germantown. Alex began his diving career at a pool very similar to PSTC, when he was seven years old. He is super excited to be joining the staff at PSTC and can’t wait to get outside and have some real fun!
Austin Cole, Assistant Head Swim Coach
Austin Cole started swimming at the age of five in Italy. After moving back to the states, he swam for Inverness Forest in MCSL before deciding to swim club with ASA. Austin attended Winston Churchill and swam all 4 years, with his last year as team captain. Austin made All-Met 3 times with one first team and two second team appearances, as well as holding the state record for the 200 free relay. Austin continued onto the University of Kentucky where he swam for a year and played club water polo for another before coming back to Maryland. As a 15-18, Austin helped coaches with group lessons and private lessons with children of all ages. As Summer 2015 rolled around, he was officially an Assistant coach.
He is currently attending school at Montgomery College majoring in physical therapy. He is extremely excited to be coaching at the club where he swam for years and can't wait to help develop new swimmers.
Nicole Menkart, Assistant Swim Coach
Nicole Menkart learned to swim when she was 3 years old and joined swim team when she was 8 years old. She joined the Potomac Swim and Tennis Club when she was 10 years old where she swam until she was 18. During her time as a swimmer at Potomac, she also worked for the tennis office and as a lifeguard. Throughout these summers, her love for the pool and the people who attended it led to Potomac Swim Club becoming her primary home while her real house served simply as a place to sleep in at night.
Nicole has just finished up her freshman year at Boston College where she is studying to be a Physics major and a Spanish minor. She is excited to return home this summer and help coach the kids that she has come to know and love.
Noah Pereles, Assistant Swim Coach