Head Tennis Gear and Blue Chip Tennis Academy announce exclusive partnership: Starting in January 2018, the entire Blue Chip Tennis Academy staff will feature Head products Head-To-Toe on court while training some of the Mid-Atlantic States’ Next Generation young stars.
Tim Bainton is the Founder for all Blue Chip Sports Management (BCSM) subsidiaries at all locations. He oversees all areas of Blue Chip Tennis Academy’s teaching and programming; assuming the role of Executive Director.
Tim is widely regarded as a pioneer in the industry for his achievements in building and sustaining the success of tennis clubs. His work has created jobs in the tennis industry and he is focused heavily on the professionalization of the tennis teaching industry as a whole and creating algorithms that can maximize the cost per square footage of a tennis court.
Tim is certified at the highest levels, including being a USTA High Performance Coach, a USPTA P1 and PTR Professional. He holds a Merit Rating of 5A from the Professional Tennis Registry (awarded December 2013) and is the youngest person to hold this designation in the United States. Tim was also awarded USTA Mid Atlantic Teaching Professional of the Year – 2010, USTA Virginia Teaching Professional of the Year – 2011, USPTA Mid-Atlantic Virginia Teaching Professional of the Year – 2015, and the PTR Virginia Pro of the Year – 2016.
Under Tim’s directorship Mount Vernon Athletic Club has been awarded the USTA 2011 Mid-Atlantic Facility of the Year and USTA Virginia 2012 Club of the Year. Tim is also a part of the Wilson National Team and serves on their National Speakers Bureau along with legends such as Chris Evert, Todd Martin and Tom Gullikson.
Tim has coached extensively at the junior ranks. Tim has developed solely or been involved in the development of over 20 #1 ranked sectional juniors since 2008. He has been zonal, intersectional, Junior Fed Cup, and Nike Junior Tour coach for the Mid-Atlantic. Tim also captained the 2015 Church Cup Team for the Mid-Atlantic. He has also coached with the USTA HPCE at Davis Cup and the US Open and ITF World Conference. He is a regular speaker at conferences across the country and specifically focuses on the following topics:
- Tennis Entrepreneurship (was featured as a Webinar for USPTA in 2015)
- Synergistic Relationships in the Tennis Profession
- High Performance Parameters
- Creating, Sustaining, and Leveraging Partnerships in the Tennis Industry
Originally from London, England, Tim accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend George Mason University. This was after a very successful junior career that included matches in numerous ITF events throughout Europe and he became both a State and National Champion. While at George Mason University, Tim was four time CAA Scholar Athlete and former #1 singles and doubles player. Tim graduated with Honors from George Mason University with a degree in Economics. He also has a graduate degree from Georgetown University.
Jason Wnuk is the Regional Director for Blue Chip Tennis Academy. Jason has ran and managed clubs as the Director for Sport and Health for 13 years. He has developed programs from the ground up at Woodbridge and has gained a significant following. Jason then moved to Annandale Sport and Health to further develop new programs and adult and junior tennis and then moved to Worldgate to redevelop the adult and junior tennis program to a new level of growth and continuity.
As a junior he played numerous tournaments and was top ranked in the New England tennis area. He then went on to play for George Mason’s Men’s Tennis Team from 1995—1997 where he graduated with a degree in political science.
Jason is USPTA certified and is very active with USTA tennis leagues. Jason has successfully coached adult teams and players as well as junior teams and players (ranked and un-ranked) to regional and sectional USTA championships.
Albert Asiedu-Ofei was born and raised in Accra, Ghana.
He attended Hampton University and played tennis on a full scholarship. He also served as the assistant coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Hampton University for two years after he graduated. He has played in many tournaments with his highlight being the NCAA Div. 1 national tournament in 2003.
Albert is a USPTA certified tennis pro with 15 years of teaching experience. He just ended his contract as Adult Tennis Director at the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion in Ashburn, VA. He has also taught at various tennis camps, resorts and clubs across the nation, some of which include the Linda Rosensweig tennis camp in Scarsdale, NY, the New England Tennis Holidays (ranked as the #1 tennis resort in the US and Canada), Worldgate Sports and Health in Herndon, VA and Loudoun Golf and Country club in Purcellville, VA.
He has coached a women’s USTA 3.0 team to third place in the 2012 national tournament. He also coached a girl to the number one ranking in the girls 12 and under division in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2004.
Albert is married to his wife Beverlyn and they have a 22 month old daughter Bella. He can be found doing birthday parties, weddings and other social events when he is not on court teaching. He also plays soccer, ping pong and squash.
Patrick Escalambre is the Blue Chip Tennis Academy Tournament Director and a Senior Tennis Professional at Mount Vernon Athletic Club (MTVAC). His skills within that capacity led him to be named the 2011 USTA Virginia Tournament Director of the year. Patrick also works with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as an Adult League Coordinator.
A long standing coach with MTVAC and Blue Chip Tennis Academy, his role has grown to encompass administrative and tournament responsibilities. Patrick organizes competitive tennis play for members at many different levels. In addition to his work at MTVAC, Patrick is the Head Coach at Waynewood and is an Assistant Coach at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. Patrick is certified by the USPTA.
Prior to joining MTVAC, Patrick spent two years as a Teaching Professional at Burke Racquet and Swim Club as well as spending time as Head Coach at Cottontail Swim and Racquet Club. Patrick has been an integral part in the growth of Blue Chip Sports Management from its inception.
Patrick graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Global Affairs and a concentration in international development.
David Bryan is a Resident Tennis Professional at our newest acquisition at Worldgate Sport and Health. David is also a USPTA certified tennis professional.
From Mount Vernon, Alexandria, David has been a lifelong tennis player. In college he anchored the EMU men’s team at the number one singles spot. He also carried the number one doubles spot. He is an integral part of the Blue Chip family and a key member as we grow our organization.
Daniel Myers is a highly experienced tennis player who recently transferred his talents into this coaching arena. Playing on the Orange County High School varsity team all 4 years, Daniel was at the number one position in both singles and doubles and was an all area selection.
After high school, Daniel went to Radford University and played on their nationally ranked Division 1 tennis team.
Recently Dan attended the the USTA High Performance Coaching Program held in Carson, California. Not only was this seasoned tennis pro one of only 48 coaches that are selected to attend every two years, but he is also the youngest coach to be accepted into the program! This elite tennis coaching program’s goals are to provide opportunities to help coaches develop the next generation of American Tennis players. The USTA Coaching Education Department established this educational component in cooperation with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
Dan Myers joins a very small and mighty group of Blue Chip Tennis coaches who have trained in the USTA High Performance Program. Coaches from all over the country are chosen for this training, and we’re proud to have three of them right here at Mount Vernon!
A love of tennis and the desire to continue to be active in the sport brought Daniel to coaching. He was previously a tennis professional at Culpeper Sport and Racquet Club in Culpeper VA. Daniel is PTR certified.
DJ Albergottie Played the #1 and #2 positions at J.E.B. Stuart High School and was able to be play with Ryan Shane (NCAA Champion at the University of Virginia) and now joins the Blue Chip Tennis Academy (BCTA) team as a Resident Teaching Professional.
Albergottie was introduced to the world of teaching at Annandale Sport and Health where his passion for tennis led him to pursue this as a career and join the Blue Chip Tennis Academy. Albergottie is PTR certified and is currently pursuing an Engineering Degree at George Mason University. DJ has an exceptional skill in fostering young kids love of tennis and has been instrumental in growing and developing our QuickStart programs. Tim Bainton, our founder, has been extremely impressed by his application to teaching techniques and is looking forward to a long and tenured career teaching tennis.
Andres (Andy) Stecher joins the Blue Chip Tennis Academy (BCTA) team as a Resident Teaching Professional. Stecher hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he trained at one of their top tennis academies. He received a scholarship to the University of St. Francis where he received numerous awards for his accomplishments on the courts. He was the recipient of the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete for two years in a row as well as the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men’s At-Large Team. He has trained players in Argentina as well as in Spain and is ready to share his knowledge with our Blue Chip players. Andres also holds an M.B.A. and will bring significant playing, coaching and management experience to Blue Chip.
Carol Molesky resides in Reston, VA where she has lived and worked for 25 years. Carol currently teaches at Worldgate Sport and Health where is the Junior Team Tennis coach. She also coaches the girls’ varsity tennis coach at South Lakes High School in Reston. She has coached the girls’ varsity team for 5 years and was assistant coach to the boys’ varsity team for one year prior to that. Carol was also a Junior Tennis Coordinator for Reston Tennis. While at Reston Tennis, she was certified and trained in the program Coach Youth Tennis.
She currently plays in several competitive women’s USTA leagues in the local area for the Worldgate Sport & Health GWTA and NOVA teams. She has also played for the local Reston and Hidden Creek tennis teams in both the ICL and GWTA tennis leagues.
Carol is married to her husband Alan Miller and they have two children in college, Jacob and Erin. She also enjoys golf, where she is either coaching the boys’ varsity golf team at South Lakes or playing in a VSGA golf event. She is an avid part of the community and been a multisport athlete from running to golf and tennis. Prior to her tennis coaching, Carol ran a large youth running program for Reston Runners for many years. She was the captain of the women’s tennis team at Hidden Creek Country Club for 5 years.
Kelly Sykes joined the MTVAC family in 2011 as a rising young tennis star. Prior to becoming a member, he taught for seven years at the Lee District Recreation center and was instrumental in providing expert tennis instruction for both their seasonal camps and year round clinics. In addition, Kelly offered private lessons to all ages and all skill levels.
Kelly attended Edison High School in Alexandria, VA where he played tennis all four years and made it to the semi-finals of the district tournament his senior year. He was voted overall MVP (athlete of the year) for the 2012-2013 school year and was ranked fifth in the district for tennis. Accepting an academic scholarship to Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, Kelly played in the top three seeds since his freshman year. His love of coaching prompted him to obtain a position at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA as a Resident Tennis Professional. He is also a part of the Fredrick County Parks and Recreation tennis coaching staff where he helped instruct juniors for the Paralympics.
In Spring of 2017, Kelly was an instructor at Gainesville Tennis Academy (Under Former ATP Player Michael Oransky). He coached performance adult intro Challenger Series Tournaments in Florida, and at the Junior Elite Tennis Academy (with one Junior going to NCAA Division I University of Southern Florida Bulls Women’s Tennis). He also was a 2017 Special Olympics Gold Medalist Professional Coach for Red Ball 2: Unified Doubles and had a National Games Gold Medalist, State Game Gold Medalist and a Nationals USA Special Olympics Qualifier for 2018. He also coached three Performance Juniors, currently ranked top 50 in Florida in their age divisions (helping through J.E.T.A).
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certifications include: 10 and Under, 11-17 Junior Development, Performance, Adult Development, and Wheelchair Development Specialist Professional.
A return to Virginia enabled Kelly to come home to MTVAC and to coaching with the Blue Chip Tennis Academy (BCTA) team as a Resident Teaching Professional and in February of 2018 to be named the PTR Young Tennis Professional of the Year.
Michael Cable was a three year starter at Bridgewater College on Academic Scholarship and played at Robinson Secondary School under noted Mid-Atlantic coach, Paul Fisher. Michael went on to teach for Paul Fisher at Burke Center Tennis Association.
After a move to Arizona, Michael became the Lead Tennis Professional at SMASH TENNIS Academy in Chandler Arizona. Excited to be back in Virginia, he recently joined the Blue Chip Tennis Academy staff at the Mount Vernon Athletic Club location.
Michael is a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) and is certified by the United States Racquet Stringers Association. MRT’s must prove their excellence and dedication by passing a comprehensive written exam and rigorous practical exam. He is happy to answer your questions and help with all of your tennis racquet stringing needs.
Michael Cable is a PTR Professional Rated Performance Professional, Master Racquet Technician and a PTR Performance Coach, USPTA.
Greg Donabedian started playing tennis when he was 8 years old. He attended Falls Church High School and was the number one singles and doubles player while there. At 16 years old, Greg received a scholarship to Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina where he subsequently taught tennis.
After receiving a full tennis scholarship to UNC in Asheville, North Carolina, he transferred and played for GMU. Greg then moved to California where he worked he prestegious Chira Tennis Academy in Poway, CA.
During his time in California he coached top nationally ranked juniors such as Brandon Nakashima who is currently #1 in the nation and recently played at the qualifiers for Indian Wells. Greg also worked with Alafia Aayeni who made it to #35 in the world.
Greg is PTR certified tennis pro with several years of high level teaching experience. He recently moved back to the area and is available for private lessons.
Patrick Breuer is a Resident Tennis Professional at Blue Chip Tennis Academy. Breuer played NCAA Division I tennis for the University of South Florida (singles and doubles) after competing on the ITF Junior circuit in Europe in the under 14 and 16’s groups. He went on to play team tennis in Germany throughout the mid 80’s & 90’s and was hitting partner for Bundesliga, division I & II women and men.
Breuer moved to Germany in 1999 and played for TC Blau Weiss Leimen as both player and instructor where he coached children’s clinics (of all ages). During his time there, he developed various hand-eye coordination drills to improve balance and coordination and implemented tactics and strategies for both singles and doubles. Breuer also created training plans for juniors, women and men players and he created interval training routines for advanced and tournament level players.
From 2009 to 2010, Breuer taught at the Alaska Club in Fairbanks, Alaska where he independently coached high school players in both singles and doubles in their junior and senior years. He led 2 players to state doubles championship and instructed 3.0 – 4.5 caliber women, traveling with them to competitive tournaments. Patrick is a USPTA-Pro certified tennis instructor.
Paul Fischer is a consultant to Blue Chip Sports Management and Tennis Emeritus in the areas of Expansion and Tennis Professional Program Development.
Paul hails from Hershey, PA, where he was a four year High School tennis starter and then went on to start on the Carnegie-Mellon University tennis team. After graduation, he continued to pursue tennis while in the USAF, playing on USAF Tennis Teams, in service tournaments, and participating in the All USAF Ten
nis Camp. During those years, he became involved in the Burke Centre tennis community. He served as head of the Burke Centre Conservancy’s Tennis Committee from 1979-1987. In 1987, he helped to form the Burke Centre Tennis Association and assisted the HOA in building and renovating courts, hiring pros, and setting up programs for all residents; he has been an officer ever since. Paul has directed the BCTA Junior Tennis program since 1989.
In 1993, he joined the Robinson Tennis Team as coach and discovered his passion–coaching high school tennis. His Boys teams have won 18 district titles in 19 years as well as 7 regional titles with 14 trips to the state tournament, reaching the state finals in 2001 and culminating in three consecutive state championships in 2006–2008. As Head Coach of the Rams Girls Team, he led the ladies to 4 district titles in 11 years as well as a regional championship. Many of his players have gone on to play at the college level, including several All-Americans and NCAA Doubles Champions.
Between 1995 and 2010, he served as Tennis Director of Burke Racquet & Swim Club where he administered all tennis programs. Paul has also been on the staff of Springfield Golf & Country Club, he is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry and is a Master Racquet Technician with the United States Racquet Stringers Association. Email: email@example.com
Among his numerous awards:
- People’s Choice Award by the Robinson PTSA, 2011
- Washington Post All-Met High School Tennis Coach of the Year, 2010
- Champion of Character Award by the Fairfax County Athletic Council, 2007
- Professional Tennis Registry’s National High School Tennis Coach of the Year, 2007
- USTA/Virginia’s State Tennis Coach of the Year, 2006
- Named Virginia’s State High School Tennis Coach of the Year, 2005
- Northern Region Coach of the Year, 2001 & 2005
- Voted District Coach of the Year in several seasons
Dimitris Kollaros is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Blue Chip Tennis Academy. Dimitris’ goal is to help young athletes
develop their talents so that they may recognize and reach their full potential. Dimitris does not believe in just the physical development of athletes and emphasizes the psychological aspect of sports so that players are more conscious of how they prepare, train and perform.
Dimitris went to New Mexico State University where he played rugby and earned his bachelor degrees in Kinesiology and Sociology. He was the head strength & conditioning coach to a minor league baseball team, college dance team, and various high school football and basketball teams. He has also been an assistant strength coach for the football and women’s softball team at New Mexico State University.
Dimitris has owned and operated his own training and performance company in New Mexico for over 12 years. Some of the awards his clients have earned over the past year include: All State linebacker (high school football), Runner up player of the year and tournament player of the year (high school basketball) First Team ALL SEC (south eastern conference, women’s college volleyball), 2 time player of the week SWAC, south western athletic conference, college basketball).
All Teaching Professionals are Wilson Advisory Staff Members