Read about some of our staff below, or better yet, come meet them at the Club!
Nitin Deodhar (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Director of Tennis at PSTC, leading Bethesda Tennis Academy and its operations at the Club. Nitin’s playing background includes: top 10 player in the Mid Atlantic as a junior, top #100 national junior ranking, and scholarship tennis player at Division 1 Towson University. His teaching background includes being a U.S.P.T.A. Elite professional, current Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Catholic University, Junior Tennis Director at Bullis Tennis Training Center, Head Professional at Bethesda Country Club, and NCAA I Division Collegiate Coach at Towson University. Over his career, Nitin has developed numerous collegiate, nationally, and sectionally-ranked juniors.
Bruce Goldstein is our General Manager and also a lead tennis pro at PSTC. Bruce has served as the General Manager of the East Potomac Park Tennis Center and the Director of Tennis at 3 local Country Clubs. His experience includes 18 years in sales, including as Business Sales Manager for T-Mobile for Washington DC and Virginia and the Sales Director for Darwin Networks for Washington DC.
In addition, Bruce is a certified Charter Member of the Professional Tennis Registry, certified by the USPTA, a former National Tester for Prince, and played professionally on the USTA/Penn Circuit. He trained with the pre-eminent trainer of coaches, Dennis Van der Meer and he has taught with the Van der Meer Traveling Clinic multiple times.
As an instructor, Bruce is highly regarded as an expert in training players in technique and sound biomechanics through a unique understanding of both the game and people. He has managed one of the top junior programs in the entire country, taught thousands of people and coached hundreds of teams over the years, including the ladies and junior teams at PSTC in the 1980’s.
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.
Justin Reid is a lead Tennis Professional at PSTC. Justin has extensive involvement in competitive tennis, including participation, administration, and teaching. A USPTA Certified Instructor, Justin was an All District Champion in High School in Singles and Doubles in Newport News VA with a top 20 MATA ranking in juniors. He played competitive Division I Tennis at North Carolina A&T State University and was 1 or 2 singles/doubles all 4 years. Justin has a deep knowledge of stroke development, conditioning, sportsmanship, strategy and goal setting and enjoys using these five key elements as he works with his students. He works with all age groups and skill levels. JustinReidTennis@gmail.com
Nicole grew up in Chevy Chase, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, and spent summers diving for Rock Creek while training full time with Montgomery Dive Club. Nicole's coaching career started at Rock Creek first as an assistant and then as head coach. Nicole has nearly a decade of summer league coaching experience. She competed for BCC once she entered High school and was fortunate enough to win a Metros title in her senior year. Nicole continued training and competing for Montgomery Dive Club until she graduated and moved on to dive at the in college at the University of Louisville. Since college, Nicole has worked full time on cruise ships as a sports director and is currently overseas in Japan but is excited for the opportunity to coach at PSTC this summer!
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 Inverness coaches with group lessons and private lessons with children of all ages. As Summer 2015 rolled around he was officially an Inverness 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.
Lizanne Pissaro began her competitive swimming career at age six when she joined the Connecticut Belair Gators. Three years later, she joined Rockville Montgomery Swim Club where she continued to swim through high school. She attended the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington where she competed as a Tartan. In addition to pool swimming, Lizanne also enjoys participating in open water swims. For the last five years, she has been involved in Swim Across America Baltimore, a fundraiser for cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Her longest swim was 5 miles around Gibson Island. Lizanne continues her swimming career in college at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg where she is on the Division 1 team. She is excited to start her coaching career at Potomac Swim Club this year.