The Langley Club Tennis Committee is pleased to announce the return of TopNotch Tennis and locally renowned pros Mani Barajas-Alexander (founder of TopNotch Tennis) & Zach Pine, to kick off the club's 2018 season! TopNotch Tennis has some exciting new program offerings and socials planned for the Langley members this season and are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the courts this Spring!
Director of Tennis: Mani Barajas-Alexander, USPTA, USPTR
Mani is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and has been coaching for 15 years at some of the area’s premiere tennis clubs. He was a top-ranked junior player in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section and was nationally ranked. Mani played Division 1 collegiate tennis at Longwood University in Virginia where he was a 4-year starter, singles and doubles MVP and team captain. In 2012, he helped coach the McLean Boys Varsity team to an undefeated season and earned a District Championship. He is currently the Boys & Girls Varsity Assistant Coach at The Potomac School. In 2014, he helped lead the Potomac Boys Varsity team to a State Championship. Mani is also a certified professional with USPTA & USPTR.
Mani’s coaching philosophy in tennis is a mixture of learning and fun. He strives to help develop a player’s stroke production, technique, mental and physical toughness, and court strategy. He is very passionate about tennis and enjoys teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Mani believes that personal goals can be achieved with the combination of hard work, focus, commitment, and self-discipline. He creates a learning environment that is educational, fun, and high-energy and works to build relationships through a communication style that is positive, clear, and respectful. Mani believes tennis offers many skills that support the development and reinforcement of valuable life skills.
1:1 ratio | Cost: $75 members & $85 non-members
2:1 ratio | Cost (per pair): $80 members & $90 non-members
Head Tennis Professional & JTT Head Coach: Zach Pine, USPTA
Zach has 6 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 where he played Division I tennis for 4 years and achieved an ITA team ranking of #16 in the nation. At the junior tennis level, he achieved a ranking of #1 in the state of Virginia, #1 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section and #50 nationally. Zach also played 4 years of high school tennis for Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, leading the Huskies to 3 State championships while earning recognition as a two-time Virginia State Player of the Year and a two-time Washington Post, “All-Met” First Team honoree. Zach is a USPTA certified Elite Professional.
Zach's coaching philosophy is to understand the goals and aspirations of each individual, work with the individual in creating a development plan, and maximize potential in order to meet and exceed his/her goals. As a lifetime tennis player who competed at a national junior and a D-1 Collegiate level he wants to ensure the players are learning the competitive and technical aspects of the game while having fun in this lifelong sport.
1:1 ratio | Cost: $65 members & $75 non-members
2:1 ratio | Cost (per pair): $70 members & $80 non-members
Tennis Professional & JTT Assistant Coach: Nima Golshan, USPTA
Nima has 7 years of teaching experience in developing players of all ages and skill levels. He has trained and worked at other top tennis clubs in the including 4 Star Tennis Academy at Four Seasons and IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. He 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.
1:1 ratio | Cost: $65 members & $75 non-members
Tennis Professional & JTT Assistant Coach: Marijke Boers, USPTA
Marijke is a Quick Start certified instructor with 5 years of coaching experience teaching all ages and levels. Marijke is an Honors College student on academic scholarship at George Mason University (class of 2017) where she also plays Division I tennis on athletic scholarship. She consistently starts for the Mason Patriots at the #2 and #3 spots for singles and #1 and #2 spots for doubles. Marijke led her team with the highest winning record for both singles and doubles her sophomore year. Before joining the TopNotch team, Marijke worked as a tennis instructor and counselor at Tamarack Tennis Camp in Franconia, New Hampshire and coached at the Bolles School after-school tennis program prior to that.
Marijke believes every player must be taught uniquely because every player learns uniquely. Marijke is well studied in various topics and theories on effective teaching and learning methods, including Harvard Professor Ellen Langer’s Theory of Mindful Learning. Marijke incorporates this knowledge into her teaching philosophy by adapting the way she teaches based on the learning behavior, personality, goals and needs of each student. By designing a custom program for each individual student, Marijke teaches efficiently and effectively, ensuring “deep learning” and player transformation. Marijke’s teaching philosophy and constructive methods maximize player development beyond basic technical repetition and habit to improve stroke mechanics, strategy, and mental-toughness. Marijke focuses on creating dimensional players and positive results, all while having fun and helping students develop a deep love for the game!
1:1 ratio | Cost: $50 members & $60 non-members
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