Staff and instructors
Eastside Tennis Center is fortunate to have the best staff and instructors in the business. Each are dedicated to meeting your needs on and off the court.
Travis Roach, Executive Director, Tennis Outreach Programs & Eastside Tennis Center
Bringing “Tennis to Everyone,” a focus of Eastside Tennis Center, is also a theme that has played throughout Travis’s extensive tennis career in our community.
Travis Roach has served as the USTA Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for the greater Seattle area for the last 3+ years, which has seen growth in youth participants every year. Prior to Eastside Tennis Center, Travis was the General Manager at Mercer Island Beach Club, where they experienced more than double adult & junior tennis participation over his 6 year tenure. In his 3+ years as manager of the UW Nordstrom Tennis Center, Travis helped build the first formal lesson programs in the center’s history, which quickly became known for their quality and healthy waiting lists.
In over 6 seasons coaching at Ballard High School, his alma mater, boys and girls tennis participation grew from 20 to over 120 students per year.
“I am privileged to be a part of such a special organization that is Tennis Outreach Programs and Eastside Tennis center. Our volunteers, board members and staff’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of youth and community is truly inspiring. We, as a community, have a special opportunity now to reach even more youth and at a deeper level thanks to our great supporters, our first class facility and because of the vision and dream of our founder Marceil Whitney.”
When not working, Travis enjoys playing tennis, other sports and spending time with his beautiful wife and 2 children.
Marceil Whitney, TOPs Founder & USPTA, PTR Professional
Director of Junior Development & Outreach, Eastside Tennis Center
Marceil Whitney is the former President and Chairman of the Board for Tennis Outreach Programs, (TOPs), a non–profit foundation she founded in 2002. She currently serves as the Director of Junior Development and Outreach for Eastside Tennis Center. Marceil’s desire is to consistently give back to the community by reaching disadvantaged, at-risk and mainstreamed youth using tennis and education as vehicles.
Founder of Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPs)
As the Founder of TOPs, Marceil was instrumental in establishing community programs that implemented TOPs’ mission—Empowering youth for lifetime success through tennis, education, fitness and character development, regardless of economic circumstance. Programs continuing to date include--providing Wake Up to Tennis for the Neighborhood Schoolhouse (a non-profit organization that services low income and other families) through community classes; school programs for John Muir, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost and Alexander Bell elementary schools; designing individualized programs for special needs youth; and Boys and Girls Club classes. Marceil initiated Tennis Outreach Programs’ annual auction that provides financial support for deserving participants, for various programs, and for operations. Under Marceil’s leadership, TOPs initiated and have sponsored Neighborhood Schoolhouse family night providing dinner, prizes and tennis for 125-150 people.
Professional Association Memberships and Affiliations
- Instructed and coached in the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years.
- Coached Redmond High School Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis in Redmond, WA for 16 years
- Taught professionally at Central Park Tennis Club in Kirkland, WA for 26 years.
- Park Departments benefits from Marceil’s expertise, having provided tennis services to Redmond Parks for 37 years, Kirkland Parks for 6 years and King County Parks for 2 years.
- Owns and operates her Teenie Tennis business for 37 years.
- Administers summer tennis camps: recruits, trains and oversees 60+ instructors.
- Worked as a United States Professional Tennis Association, (USPTA) certified tennis professional; 40 years
- Served as a USPTA Pacific Northwest Division officer.
- USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop
Quick Start Trainer (RCW, QST)
PNW Regional Representative
PNW Board Member
- PNW National Committee Member
- Tournament Director for various Northwest tournaments
Front Desk Staff
Sue Yarno, Meg Butler, Jessica Lingard, Pat Chavey, Nancy Burdyshaw, Anita Burdyshaw, Jessica Rubideaux, and Iwona Dan.
Meet the Eastside Tennis Center instructors! Each brings his or her own unique story, personality and teaching style to the center. We are sure you will find a great instructor for you, your junior or both.Filipp Pogostkin
Adult and Junior Teaching Professional
Rob was born and raised in Bellevue, WA and began his tennis career in 1978 with lessons through the Redmond Parks Department and Marceil Whitney. His passion for tennis continued throughout his seasons on the Sammamish High School Boys Team, and on the Seattle University Men’s Tennis team where he received a 4-year Athletic scholarship. Seattle University Men’s Tennis attained a year-end NAIA National Ranking of #29 during his Freshman year, and #10 during his Senior year.
Rob’s teaching career began in high school, as an assistant instructor at Robinswood Tennis Center in Bellevue, and evolved into Tennis Professional positions with Mark Frisby Tennis Academy, PNW Adidas Tennis Camps, and The Edgebrook Club. Head Tennis Professional at The Samena Club in Bellevue, and Mercerwood Shore Club, Mercer Island. Most recently he was a tennis Professional at Mill Creek Tennis Club in Mill Creek, WA
Off the court, he spent 5+ years as the Assistant Manager of Avanti Sports in Bellevue, where his extensive string and technical racket expertise, helped many choose and fit the best product for their play style. Rob, and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 20 years and have two boys, Robby (12), Matt (9), and twins Alyssa & Sarah (5)
Touring Professional, Excellence Programs and High Performance
Gail Brodsky was born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine and began playing tennis at age 6 in Brooklyn, NY. Competing as an elite junior, Gail won 8 gold balls, and multiple ITF Junior titles including the Eddie Herr, and winning the 18 and under Easter Bowl at 15 years of age, and was ranked #1 in every age division.
In her professional tennis career, Gail's career high ranking was #156 in the world and she competed in all 4 Grand Slam events, Indian Wells, and Sony Ericsson tournaments with multiple wins over players such as Sloan Stevens, Christina McHale, Melanie Oudin. Aside from her 8 years of tour-playing experience, Gail has the experience of working with coaches such as Patrick McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Paul Anacone, and Jose Higueras.
Gail was noted by Billie Jean King as a "player to watch" on HBO's Billie Jean King Cup.
High Performance and Excellence Programs
Adam Clauson started playing tennis when he was 3 years old. He’s played multiple sports from the age of 5-19 years of age. Tennis became his passion when he was 16 after years of play soccer. Adams father, Robert Clauson has been instrumental in teaching Adam a love of the game.
Learning and watching his father teach, gave him a different perspective about tennis than most kids. Adam watched and learned as well as hit and play because he was always on the court, so when he decided to start teaching at 23, it came naturally.
Adam has been teaching for Northwest High Performance Tennis for about 4.5 years and joined ETC when it opened February 2012. He has been involved in the upbringing of both national and international players alike, as well as being a part of multiple Regional Training Camps in the Pacific Northwest.
Adam coaches because he loves it – his view that there isn't an aspect about coaching that seems more important than the next, because it all has its own unique ideas. Ranging from adults to kids, it all brings a different perspective to the game, which drives Adam to become the best coach he can possibly be. Tennis teaches life lessons, like respect, patience, perspective, attitude, and a multitude of other emotions and ideas that he believes are essential for improving not only my own life but also the life of others.
Grant Grinnell is a United States Professional Tennis Association Certified instructor with 30 years teaching experience. He grew up Northern California where he was a High School State Champion. His most recent ranking was # 1 in the Pacific Northwest.
As a coach, first and foremost Grant has the ability to see it through your eyes. His coaching style emphasizes teaching universal fundamental reference points, with the goal of helping you develop your own unique style around them. He is as well versed with juniors and adults having coached four Washington State High School Champions. Grant continues to grow with a new book on Mental Toughness and Mastery, and a new Singles and Doubles Strategy App on How to Beat Every Style of Player. For a more detailed view of Grants recommendations, resume, specific junior and adult philosophies, book and app please go to www.wholelifetennis.com.
Junior & Excellence Programs
School & Specials Needs Programs Coordinator
Vaiana Guittett started playing tennis at the age of 8, growing to love the game and playing competitively in leagues and tournaments. Vaiana played for Redmond High School and represented her team at state for three years. Vaiana was a shy kid growing up and tennis helped her grow confident as a player and a person - never did she think it would open the opportunity to coach kids and to love it!
Vaiana first started coaching kids with the Teenie Tennis program during high school, working with kids ranging 3 to 14. She continues to work with the Teenie Tennis program today as its supervisor, and looks for ways to encourage not only kids to play, but for adolescents to get excited at the prospect of teaching in a safe environment and reaching out to the kids in our community.
For the last two years, Vaiana has coached the Forest Ridge JV girls’ team. The girls gave her a different perspective in teaching tennis, yet resulting in the same enjoyment of encouraging them and seeing them enjoy the game as much as she.
Vaiana has joined ETC's team of junior instructors and receives satisfaction seeing other kids begin to open up as they start loving the game. Her style is to encourage any child to play, no matter the personality or ability. ETC's mission to empower youth through tennis and education is the very reason why she started and continues to coach at ETC. “I am thrilled to be able to work with so many skilled instructors and professionals at ETC and look forward to seeing our kids grow as individuals and tennis players at ETC."
USTA High Performance Coach & Excellence Programs
Mark Hanson is a USPTA Certified Pro 1 with 23 years of high-level coaching experience. A former coach at several colleges, including Seattle University, Mark has developed numerous collegiately and nationally ranked players.
Mark has coached main draw players at all 4 grand slams and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells such as Marie- Eve Pelletier, Julie Ditty, and Amir Hadad, and traveled to national and international junior tournaments with elite junior players like Mitch Stewart and Noah Shachter.
He has been recognized by the USTA with awards for his superior tournament organization, service and coaching excellence. Mark also directed Big Game Academy in Tacoma for over 10 years and has coached numerous USTA regional camps.
Adult and Junior Teaching Professional
Justin has over 10 years of coaching experience with both youth and adults where many have continued in successful collegiate careers and USTA National Championships. He is a Professional Tennis Registry certified coach who began his career coaching at Overlake High School and Inglemoor High School.
As well as coaching, Justin has a strong passion for his personal tennis and actively participates in the local scene. He understands many dynamics of the USTA and has been quoted as a “second hand rule book”.
USPTA Professional & Excellence Program
Bond Minard grew up in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon in the city of Corvallis. His passion for playing the game began at a young age, 7. Bond reached the Top 15 for Boy’s 14’s in the Pacific Northwest divisionBond has an Associate of Arts Degree at Spokane Community College and play for the men’s tennis team which won the conference championship in 2010 & 2011. Bond still competes, playing the PNW Men’s Open circuit, reaching his highest ranking to date of 56.
His passion for coaching arose from idolizing a coach he had as a teenager. Bond began his teaching career at Resilience Fitness & Tennis Center as the Head Pro. He taught there for 2 years beginning in 2011.
Currently certified as a USPTA P2 professional, working at Eastside Tennis Center since October 2013, he teaches all ages and abilities and is experienced with racquet stringing and maintenance.
High Performance and Excellence Programs
Filipp Pogostkin played collegiately at Boise State University and reach the top 60 in the ITA collegiate rankings. Filipp was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation in the 18 and under division...defeated three world top-20 players...trained with Dmitry Tursonov who was ranked No. 21 in the world (ATP)...won the Pacific Northwest sectionals in the Boys' 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, and 18 and under divisions. Filipp began his tennis coaching career in 2009. If Filipp had not decided to be a top tennis teaching professional, he would probably have trained to be a famous chef
German Sanchez was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia where he competed in national tournaments as a junior player. German attended the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota where he competed in singles, doubles and mixed doubles national competitions.
German's coaching career started in 2009 working as a private coach for juniors players and adult beginners. German has worked in the best high performance programs in Bogota as an assistant coach and supported junior players to pursue tennis scholarships in USA.
German is a USPTR Performance Instructor and is certified with the International Coaches Institute as a Professional and Competition Coach- offered by the Sanchez-Casal Academy and validated by RPT and USPTA. Prior to relocating to the Seattle area, German coached at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Naples, Florida with high performance junior players who where actively participating in national and ITF tournaments.
Tennis Professional, Junior Team Tennis Coordinator and Coach, and Tournament Director
Anson Tse first learned tennis in Southern California where he began playing tennis at the age of 15, and has been passionate about the sport ever since. Anson played tennis non-stop in high school with a strong passion to learn and share the sport of tennis with others.
When Anson entered University of California Riverside in 1994, he was offered an opportunity to walk on and play for UCR's Tennis Team, but decided to pursue Business & Finance. Anson received his CFP® Certified Financial Planner Designation in 2009 and left the financial industry in 2011 to pursue a 2nd career as a coach & tennis professional.
Currently Anson is the Tennis Director of Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club, and the Head Tennis Coach for The Bear Creek School’s Boys & Girls Tennis Teams where he was awarded 2014 - 2015 Coach of the Year for coaching The Bear Creek School's Varsity High School Boys Tennis in the Emerald City League. In addition both Boys and Girls Tennis Teams won the Best Sportsmanship Awards for our league.
In 2011-2012, his #1 doubles team won 1st place in the Quad-District 1/A/2B/1B. From 2011 to 2013, Anson has helped Coach USTA Junior Team Tennis, Junior Eastside Tennis (JET) Teams, Tennis Night in America, Red & Orange Ball Leagues/Teams and helps run Junior & Adult USTA Sanctioned Tennis Tournaments throughout the Pacific Northwest area.
Anson has also served as the Director of Operations at Aces Tennis Inc., a Tennis Pro Shop located in the Renton Highlands. For the last 2 years Anson has helped Aces Tennis as the Tournament Director to The "Rally for The Cure" Villagio Open Tennis Tournament in Kirkland, and has doubled the amount of money raised each year for the benefit of Susan G. Komen and The Seattle Serves Foundation.
Recently, Anson has joined Eastside Tennis Center (ETC) as a Tennis Coach. Anson is the Coordinator for the 10 & under Red Ball League & coordinates and coaches all Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Teams at Eastside Tennis Center from ages 9u to 18u.
Fitness Coach and TOPs Board Member
Mike Walter has had a lifelong passion for tennis. He was a top junior and earned a scholarship to Washington State University. Mike enjoys teaching all ages & abilities. He is a certified USPTA coach and tennis specific fitness trainer.
Mike actively competes in tournaments, captains & competes on a USTA 5.0 team. He is experienced and dedicated in working with juniors and adults in attaining their individual fitness goals. Mike has been a Board Member for the last 8 years with Tennis Outreach Program (TOPs). He is also employed at TOPs' Kirkland tennis facility - Eastside Tennis Center.
Mike also owns and operates the Fit 2 Hit Pro Shop at Eastside Tennis Center.
Junior and Adult Programs
Jennifer Weller grew up playing tennis in the Pacific Northwest and held Junior Champ rankings in both singles and doubles. She graduated from Seattle University on a NAIA Division 1 tennis scholarship where she earned
national rankings in both singles and doubles.
Jennifer has been teaching tennis for 15 years, most recently teaching group and private lessons for kids and adults at Sammamish Club, Newport Yacht Club and The Plateau Club. She also coached high school boys and girls tennis. Before coming to Eastside Tennis, Jennifer worked as a teaching pro at Edgebrook Tennis Club where she formed and lead the Junior Team Tennis program and orange ball leagues. Jennifer loves to help people build a life-long interest in tennis through her positive instruction and is excited to be joining the talented staff at ETC.
USTA High Performance Coach & Excellence Programs
Brian Wilson was ranked #1 in Southern California in the juniors before attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship. In 2003 Brian was the NCAA doubles champion and the team went undefeated and won the NCAA team championship. In 2004 Brian was ranked #1 in the NCAA in singles.
Brian played on the ATP tour for five years and won over 15 titles in singles and doubles. He played in the main draw of the US Open and Australian Open. While playing World Team Tennis, Brian had wins over Pete Sampras, and Patrick Rafter.
Since Brian started coaching in 2008, he has been involved in the most successful and acclaimed tennis centers in the Intermountain region. The Darling Tennis Center was chosen as one of the first Regional Training Centers in the country and Brian has coached in over a dozen of the USTA RTC camps. Recently, Brian was promoted to Senior RTC coach and has facilitated training for the 3 day camps as well as help communicate the USTA teaching/coaching philosophy.
Junior and Adult Programs, Junior Pathway Coordinator - Green, Orange and Yellow
Connor is a USPTA Professional who grew up in Woodinville and competed at state and national levels. From high school, Connor was recruited to attend and play tennis for Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle.
With over 6 years of teaching experience both junior and adults, Connor has held coaching positions at Gold Creek Tennis Club, and Central Park Tennis Club.
- USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop