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Darius Firousgar

Darius Firousgar played #1 and #2 singles and doubles for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and #1 Singles for Montgomery College from 1989-1990.

After playing in college, Darius was consistently ranked among the top 15 in the men’s Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Open Division (1990-97).  In 1997, he finished ranked fourth in the men’s open rankings for the Mid-Atlantic, and was tied for first in the midseason of that year.  Darius also placed third in the National (Amateur) Open division championships in 1990.

In addition to competing locally and nationally, Darius played on the men’s tour semi-professionally on and off for five years from 1991-95.  He has been teaching full time for almost ten years, and believes in teaching individuals of all levels the most modern techniques.

 

Eugen Potorac

Eugen was born in Chisinau Moldova in Eastern Europe.  He started playing tennis when he was 13 at the tennis school of Chisinau, and went on to win the Moldova Open in 2000.  Eugen played for the Moldova team for 4 years, and also participated in many tournaments in Eastern and Western Europe at the Future-Satellite level.  He was also involved in organizing the Davis Cup tie between Moldova and Turkey in 2001.

Eugen later moved to France for two years, living in Paris where he received coaching from the father of former top 25 ATP player Hicham Arazi.  Eugen remembers this period as one in which he gained significant experience in tennis and life skills that would help him in the future.

Eugen came to the United States in March of 2005  and is happy to have found employment at the McLean Racquet and Health Club, which he likes for its family-friendly environment.  He has extensive experience instructing children and adults.  He is especially interested in teaching kids, because sees them as representing the future of tennis.  He believes that the way we teach tennis to students at an early age is crucial to their growth and development as tennis players later on.

Eugen is also available for adult lessons.  His tennis philosophy is “to discover the pleasure of the game and to spread this pleasure to everybody who is willing to join him in this adventure.”

 

Casey McClure

Having been a kid once himself (some claim he’s now on his third childhood), Casey spent his formative years in the mid-1970’s learning to play tennis at the McLean Racquet & Health Club.

At Langley High School, he played varsity tennis, and his team went on to win the Virginia AAA championship.  Unfortunately, they did so one year after Casey had graduated.  Undaunted, he ventured to Ohio State University, where he played varsity tennis and his team went on to win the Big 10 Championship.  Unfortunately for Casey, this, too, occurred one year after he had graduated.

Having come full circle, Casey returned to McLean and joined the teaching staff at MRHC in 1991.  When he’s not off visiting some far-flung corner of the globe, he can usually be found on one of the five courts teaching kids and grown-ups the game of tennis, and having way too much fun in the process.

 

Griff Lamkin

Griff Lamkin was an outstanding local player from 1966-1972, earning a No. 1 ranking in Virginia in both singles and doubles, and a No. 1 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic in doubles in 1971.  He turned his local achievements into a college scholarship at the University of South Florida, where he played four years for a team that was ranked as high as #33 nationally.

During his years at the University of South Florida Griff taught tennis during the summer and, following his graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Economics, settled in to teach at McLean Racquet and Health in February of 1977.  At this time, Griff also earned his US Pro Tennis Association Teaching Certification (he is currently rated Professional-1, the highest coaching rating).

By June 1977 he was the head pro, and in 1984 he became the Club’s Tennis Director.  Griff organizes a wide variety of special events throughout the year including Tennis Exhibitions, Club Tournaments, Tennis Trips, Brunches, Parent-Child, Member-Guest, and Century Tournaments.  He also manages an outstanding staff of pros, and supervises maintenance of the five indoor tennis courts.  He provides member assistance, arranging matches and personal assessments for all new members.

After nearly 35 years of working at the club, Griff still loves teaching and maintains a 30+ hour weekly teaching schedule, instructing students from 5 to 90 years of age.  If you haven’t met him or you need any help, please come up and say hello!

 

Barbara Wilhelm Lamkin

Barb has over twenty years of tennis playing and teaching experience.  She has two tennis teaching certifications: the first from the United States Professional Tennis Association, earned in 1998, and the second from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, earned in 1987.  She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1986.

Barb’s playing background includes Division 1 experience and competition in 14 years of sanctioned tournaments at the state and regional levels.  She has earned rankings as high as #8 in Maryland and #14 in the Mid-Atlantic.

Barb taught elementary school from 1987 to 1994, teaching tennis over many summers.  Her favorite summer job was being Head Tennis Pro at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard Island over the summers from 1989 to 1990.  She first worked as part of the MRHC staff from 1994-98 and very much enjoyed teaching as one of the club pros.  She has continued teaching and coaching here at the club on and off since 1998.

Barb is happily married to Griff Lamkin.  Together they have an eight year old son, Bradley, who is also a tennis enthusiast!  Barb combines her loves of tennis teaching, school teaching, playing experience, and parenting to make her classes motivational and instructional.  She especially enjoys teaching singles and double strategy, providing clear stroke diagnosis, and mental toughness training.  Barb makes her classes fun and exciting and wants to make a difference in your game.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.

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Eben Donkor

Eben Donkor was born to a family of four brothers and three sisters in Ghana, West Africa. He was nine years old when he discovered Tennis, his great ambition in life, through his older brother, Isaac, who was one of Ghana’s finest tennis players.

Since then, Tennis has been a big part of Eben’s daily life and with the constant practice, hard work, and dedication; he has won many trophies, received recognition, scholarships, and certificates throughout his teenage years.

Currently, Eben is a “Certified Professional” with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He was also been selected by the PTR Organization into their inaugural PTR Master of Tennis (Performance) Program for 2010-2011.

In addition to Donkor’s outstanding tennis profile, Eben is a highly trained IT professional with several levels of security clearance. With his IT experience and tennis prowess, Eben is also an integral part of The Donkor Tennis and Education Foundation, in Ghana, West Africa, which provides guidance, Information, Sports training, and mentoring to children and young adults with the intention of reducing poverty and increasing opprotunities.


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