Branden beets, tennis director
Branden is a USPTA Elite Professional certified instructor, a graduate of the USTA High Performance coaching program, a 4.5 rated USTA player, and was most recently the Head Pro at the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion before deciding to join Beets Tennis, LLC at Great Falls Swim & Tennis. Over his 10-year tenure at AVSP, Branden held positions as the Adult & Junior Tennis Director and the USTA Development Director. Branden brings an energy to the tennis court that inspires players to learn and grow in the sport. He has coached 7 USTA adult tennis teams to the National Championships, and several more to state & regional titles at the 2.5-4.5 level. In addition to team practices, match evaluations, and a variety of technical and tactical class programs, Branden excels at creating pathways for his players. His junior tennis program at Ashburn has 300+ kids from pee-wee ages to the competitive high-school tournament player, and he's coached a number of Mid-Atlantic ranked players through the years. Two of those juniors from Dominion High School signed on to play college tennis in 2016! Branden has a keen understanding of how to design tennis classes and events to fit the needs of a variety of players – of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced.
alan graves, head pro
Coach Alan is a USPTA/USPTR rated tennis professional and was recently named Head Pro at Great Falls Swim & Tennis. Alan is a veteran of several Professional Satellite circuits as well as a past Virginia State Champion. In over 35 years of teaching Tennis, Alan has successfully instructed and mentored sectionally-ranked and nationally-ranked players and has also successfully coached a number of USTA sectional/national level, championship teams.
Elliot Silva, Coach
Originally from Neodesha, KS, Coach Elliot played on the Varsity DII tennis team at Colorado State University for 3 years and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Music. Upon graduation Elliot became a USPTA Elite Professional and joined worldwide tennis management Peter Burwash International (PBI). His experience with this company allowed him to travel the both nationally and internationally teaching tennis for clubs, resorts, and World Tennis Camp Events held in Austria. Elliot held two main positions with PBI... Head Pro at the Ritz Carlton Naples Resort, Naples, FL and Director of Tennis at Lansdowne Resort, VA.
Elliot left PBI in the fall of 2015 and joined WTS and the team at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion where he worked closely with Coach Branden instructing youth & adult classes, and USTA women’s teams.
He has fun and exciting methods to teaching all ages, enjoys using visual examples, and is excited to bring his knowledge to the Great Falls Swim & Tennis membership!