Steve Gallagher has been teaching tennis, coaching teams, and running tennis programs for over 45 years. He is a certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Elite Professional, certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and group fitness instructor, certified International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) personal trainer and strength conditioning coach, licensed and certified USA Cycling Coach and certified Advanced Spinning and SpinPower Instructor. Steve is also the President of the Northern Virginia High School Tennis Coaches Association (NOVAHSTCA).
He worked for Tennis Corporation of America (TCA) as Director of Tennis for Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago (where he established the largest indoor tennis teaching program in the country) and as General Manager/Director of Racquet Sports for Midtown Athletic Club in Rochester, New York, The Vertical Club in New York City and Windy Hill Athletic Club in Atlanta. Steve also served as Director of Tennis for the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Massachusetts (where he established the largest and most successful junior high performance training center in New England) and most recently as Director of Tennis for the Country Club of Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia.
Steve presently works at George Mason University as an adjunct professor teaching credit courses in tennis, squash badminton, pickleball, weight training, fitness walking and cardio conditioning and as a personal trainer and cycling instructor. He also coordinates all 18+ adult league play for USTA NOVA.
Steve has an extensive competitive sports background. He was a highly sectionally ranked player in tennis, squash, and racquetball. He played NCAA intercollegiate ITA Division I tennis for Colgate University. He is also a competitive masters road cyclist and was ranked number one in the country in his age division in 2013 and 2014.
He maintains a tennis blog www.tenthingstennis.com and developed and trademarked a program called RallyGames® which has applications as a learning tool as well as a collaborative, competitive game format.
Steve has a B.A. degree from Colgate University and master’s degree in Community Planning and Area Development from University of Rhode Island (where he also served as assistant men’s tennis coach).
Kris Stotler is a Marketing Teacher at Fairfax High School and is excited to be working with kids coaching tennis this year as well. Ms. Stotler is a former junior tournament competitor and four-year letter winner in both high school and college tennis. She has a passion for helping students further develop their technical tennis skills as well as match strategy. More importantly, she believes in the life skills a player can develop through dedication, teamwork, problem solving and overcoming adversity – and also the community that being part of a tennis team can provide!
Kris began playing tennis at age seven by hitting balls with her parents, and started lessons and tournaments in the 10 and Under division! She played regional tournaments in New York, Minnesota and New England as her family relocated, as well as some National Tournaments as a junior.
At Bethel High School, Ms. Stotler was a three-year Connecticut State High School Singles Champion. Having moved to Connecticut in her sophomore year, being part of the team provided community and confidence.
After graduation, she went on to be a NCAA Division 1 scholarship student athlete at Iowa State University. She was a four-year letter winner and two-year team captain and was a Prince Academic-Athletic All-American. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering while at Iowa State, and later a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Today, Ms. Stotler still enjoys tennis and has a NTRP ranking of 5.0. She was part of a USTA team that won the 4.5 National Championships in 2014. She has developed a large community of tennis friends and competitors through leagues and seasonal court time.
Pat Greason has played, captained, and coached tennis for 50 years. She is a certified High School Tennis Coach and has coached the Fairfax High School Girls' Tennis Team since 2019. Pat developed and instituted the first FHS Girls Tennis Camp in June 2022.
Pat’s tennis career began in 1973 with lessons at a Fairfax County Parks and Recreation program. Shortly thereafter, Pat moved to Hawaii where for three years she played every day on teams or in training drills. While living in Frankfurt and Nuremberg Germany Pat became accomplished playing outdoors on red clay and indoors on carpet courts with German Tennis and Hiking Clubs.
From 1993 through 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida Pat played on and captained Working Women’s Singles League teams and Mixed Doubles teams. As a member of the Association of Tennis Professionals Academy Club in Ponte Vedra, she played on grass, red clay, green clay and hard courts. She was fortunate as well to learn from and train with ATP teaching pros. Also in Florida, Pat attended four Bud Collins Hacker Tournaments on Longboat Key supporting the MaliVai Washington’s Kids Foundation.
Moving back to Fairfax in 2005, Pat played on USTA and NOVA tennis teams, rising to a 3.5 ranking in singles and doubles. In her community, she held numerous summer camps for youngsters aged six to 12 and trained several 50 to 60 year-old women who wanted to revive their old games. Retired from league play, Pat continues to play weekly doubles flight and contract tennis at the Fairfax Racquet Club for exercise, fitness, and fun.
As a student and fan of tennis, Pat has visited tournaments in England (Wimbledon), Paris (Roland Garros) Rome (Italian Open), Madrid (Spanish Open), New York (US Open), Monte Carlo, Amelia Island (Bausch & Lomb), Charleston and Key Biscayne (Miami Open). The crowning glory was a 2019 trip to Australia (The Hopman Cup in Perth, tournaments in Brisbane, Auckland and Sidney and the Australian Open in Melbourne). As a daily usher, Pat has attended 24 CitiOpen tournaments in Washington, DC and she plans to continue to usher, watch and learn from the pros in the summer of 2023.
Pat has a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College (where she swam competitively) and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University.