Meet Our Staff

Bob Pass
Bob PassExecutive Director
Bob Pass has been a tennis coach and a mentor to more than 600 USTA/MAS ranked junior boys and girls, including 45 players ranked #1 and over 200 ranked in the top ten in their age division in the MAS section. Two of his students have won USTA scholarship awards for the Most Improved player in the Nation. Five of his players have achieved top 10 National rankings from the USTA and many more have achieved top 20 rankings.

The Bob Pass 4 Star Tennis Academy started with just 12 girls in 1973. Today it is the largest and most successful junior tennis program in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Bob has served on, and, or chaired the MAS Junior Competition Committee for 12 years, and also served on the USTA Junior Competition and Training Committee for 2 years as well as serving on the Board of the Washington Tennis Foundation for 4 years. Since 2001 Bob has coached the Bullis High School girls tennis team.

Steve Miguel
Steve MiguelTennis Program Director
A former 4 Star student, Steve graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991. He played in the top 3 positions on the men’s tennis team for all 4 of his years. In 1988, Steve was chosen for the Big Ten All Conference Team, he was also honored as a member of the “All Century Men’s Tennis Team” at The Ohio State University.

Steve is a certified teaching Professional from both the USPTA and USPTR. For over the past 20 years, Steve has worked with many nationally ranked junior and collegiate players.

Steve is the Tennis Director for 4 Star at Bullis and 4 Star’s Supernational Program. He is also the coach of the Bullis School boys high school tennis team.

Jim Shepard
Jim ShepardTechniques & Tactics Director
Edge10s@aol.com

Over the past 25 years Jim has worked with numerous high ranking juniors, accomplished adults, and several former ATP tour players.

  • Head instructor for all T&T clinics
  • Edgemoor Tennis Director, Bethesda MD
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s choice for top five DC area tennis pros
  • Graduate of USTA’s High Performance Coaching Program
  • Men’s Mid-Atlantic 40’s Clay Court Champion in 2011
  • Inducted into the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Head coach of the Towson State Women’s Tennis Team in 1989

Jim is a USPTA certified tennis professional and he graduated from the USTA High Performance Coaching program in 2003.

Jim offers private lessons by appointment at a rate of $90 per hour.
Jim’s schedule fluctuates and open times are random at the moment.
Email Jim at with your available times for private lessons.

Lee White
Lee WhiteTennis Professional
whitelgtennis@gmail.com

Lee got his start playing tennis at Bullis at age 12. While attending Sandy Spring Friends School, he played the first doubles position and all singles positions on his varsity tennis team. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. At Colorado, he was a member of the club tennis team three out of his four years there.

Lee’s coaching career also started at Bullis, where in the summer of 2003 he started working as a summer camp counselor. After graduating from college, he returned to the area to start coaching full time. Lee is a member of the USPTA(P1) and the USTA.

Kwame Owusu
Kwame OwusuTennis Professional
Kwame is from Accra, Ghana and has been teaching and coaching tennis for over 15 years.

John Kircher
John KircherTennis Professional
Over 20 years of tennis teaching experience.
Todd Williams
Todd WilliamsTennis Professional
Over 25 years of tennis teaching & coaching experience.
Damon Gouch
Damon GouchTennis Professional
  • Current ATP pro player with high ranking of 833, 633 doubles
  • Winner of multiple doubles titles
  • Over 5 years on the ATP tour
  • Member of Elon University Men’s Tennis Team
  • From South Africa

Deb Dager
Deb DagerMarketing, Customer Relations & Event Administration
deb@thebestclinic.com

  • Website architect & administrator
  • Event planner & organizer
  • Email campaign developer
  • Player communications contact

Please email or call Deb at 301.219.7826 with clinic comments, suggestions, or questions.

Laila Zafar
Laila ZafarOffice Manager
4startennisatbullis.md@live.com