The YMCA is proud to work with ProsToYou to bring Montgomery County’s most talented, experienced and certified pickleball pros and ambassadors to support pickleball at YMCA Bethesda Chevy Chase and YMCA Silver Spring.
Sonny has been coaching and playing sports since his days in college. He transitioned from coaching as a tennis pro in various tennis clubs, to Nike and eventually to the sport of pickleball. He is a Team HEAD-sponsored player, USA Pickleball Ambassador and PPR Certified Professional. Feel free to check out his website (https://sonnytannan.com/) or reach out to connect with him on social media.
He welcomes every level of play to step on the court in order to learn something about their game and how to elevate it to the next level. If you have just begun to play the sport or are looking for competitive strategy and tactics for tournament-level play, you will leave each lesson with at least 1 actionable item to improve your game. See you on the courts soon!
Eric White, a PPR certified teaching professional, has been playing pickleball for over 7 years and currently carries a 5.0+ rating. He won a bronze medal at the US Open in the 5.0 division (19-49 year division) at the age of 46 and is the USAPA Ambassador for Calvert County, Maryland. He has years of experience teaching pickleball clinics, small group instruction lessons, ladder leagues, and ratings clinics. Eric has also been a tennis coach at Huntingtown High School for the last 17 years and prior to that a junior college tennis coach for 4 years. He looks forward to helping you achieve your pickleball goals!
George Dwyer is a certified teaching pro by the Professional Pickleball Registry. He has taught hundreds of students through Introductory, Intermediate, and Individual instruction sessions and clinics. He has been teaching for several years for the City of Alexandria, Virginia Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, and now the Y. Dr. Dwyer is a contributing editor at Pickleball Magazine, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Jimmy and Rosslyn Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
Matthew DaRosso was born and raised in Yonkers, NY, and is a newcomer to the DMV area-making his arrival in June 2021. A recent University graduate, Matt spent 4 years playing collegiate tennis at Regis College based in Boston, Massachusetts. During the Fall of his senior year at Regis, Matt worked at the New Rochelle Racquet Club in New Rochelle, NY as a tennis and pickleball coach until his College graduation. Shortly, after graduation, he made his way down to the Silver Spring, Maryland area. With a passion for racquet and paddle sports, Coach Matt is an advocate for creating a positive, yet challenging environment to instill a love for the game while developing fundamental skills for all ages.
Zach Pine started his career on court as a junior tennis player. He was ranked number one in the state of Virginia, 1st in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section, and 50th nationally. Coach Zach would go on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2012, where he played D1 tennis for 4 years, while working vigorously achieving an ITA team ranking of 16th in the nation. Recognizing his success on the tennis court, he found his skills on the pickleball court were just as exceptional as a coach, leading him to pursue his PPR certification. Zach looks forward to taking your game to the next level!
Clifford Gorman (Photo coming soon) – Starting his pickleball career at the Y as a player and ambassador, Coach Clifford quickly developed a knack and passion for the game, earning his PPR certification last year. From leading drop-in sessions at YMCA Bethesda and Silver Spring to instructing clinics for both beginner and intermediate players, Coach Clifford always takes the extra step to ensure new players are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful, and, most importantly, have fun on court! Coach Clifford looks forward to meeting you very soon in his clinics at the Y.