Kathleen Collins-Bell (Director)
Kathleen directs the Racquet Sports Program at Campus Recreation. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University, where she was a four-year tennis scholarship recipient, playing number one and two singles. As a junior player, she held a top five ranking in the New England region and a national ranking. She was the assistant Women’s’ Tennis coach at Georgetown University from 1987-1993, and served as the Head Tennis Professional at Sutton Racquet Club from 1991-1999. She provides instruction to many children and adults ranging in skill level from novice to expert.
Starr Foster (Tennis)
Tennis teaching professional Starr Foster received her first tennis racket from the acclaimed tennis professional Arthur Ashe at a young age; four years old to be precise. Strongly influenced by both her father, a renowned former professional MLB baseball player’s diligent work ethic and Mr. Ashe’s influential encouragement and engagement on and off the tennis court, has served as a blueprint for her dedicated coaching method and continued healthy lifestyle.
Starr is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and specializes in both adult and junior development. She currently instructs at Georgetown University, teaching for the past 10 years. Her focus is on player development for aspiring junior and adult tennis players by producing proven high performance results-driven training for all ages inclusive of providing beneficial and fun competitive match play experiences, mental toughness training and a strong emphasis on footwork, drills specific to the lateral movement in tennis.
She serves on the USTA Junior Development Committee for the Mid Atlantic section. Her private lessons are goal-oriented and focus on the individual’s strengths and areas for improvements. Each lesson is given a recap called the “Tennis Takeaways”.
In 2011, she was named assistant women’s tennis coach at Georgetown University and as a coach in program operation for two seasons. Starr helped coach two Big East performers and in 2011-2012. The Georgetown women had its best season at a 16-6 record as well as a mark of 5-2 in the BIG EAST Conference. In 2015, she served as one of the keynote speakers for the National Association for Commission for Women’s (NACW) 45th annual Conference and empowerment summit and awarded The leadership award by the Indiana Senate’s Commission for Women. In 2016, she served on USTA’s member of Girls Rule the Court Pilot program, where as a community we helped empower the next generation of coaches and players through local Play Days and weekly clinics. In 2017 she served on USTA’s Mid Atlantic Tournament Committee Advisory board. In 2017 she received an award by USTA called “Growth of the Game Teaching Professional” given to those who consistently bring new ideas to engage their communities. When off the court she produces and moderates radio sports shows for youth and professional athletes. She has also developed an organization called Queens of the Court, for girls’ empowerment and self-esteem.
After graduating with a bachelor degree in political science, Starr’s focus was to be involved with the community through sports. She served as a Youth Coordinator for The Norwalk Grassroots Foundation by putting together several youth tennis leagues within after school programs throughout the New England.
In her college career, Starr was a Division 1 student athlete at Rutgers University during her Freshman year but then transferred to Lehigh University, while taking a year off to play tournaments. Starr served as captain both her junior and senior year at Lehigh University. She played #1 doubles at Lehigh University and was the winner of the team’s Coaches Award and was a three-year letter winner at Lehigh. Starr had a winning record in both singles and doubles over her three-year career. As a junior player in Florida, she had a vigorous training schedule in Vero Beach including personal training practices with Ivan Lendl’s international prospects. Throughout high school, Starr was a regional champion winner for 1999, 2000, and 2001. In 2017 she played for a Dominican Republic Club summer team, in doubles and brought them to the championship. Starr received an opportunity to attend a program at the Colorado Olympic Training Center. She was one of 20 students chosen nationally for a national leadership training program called F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere).
Ronnie Goodall (Tennis)
Ronnie Goodall has over 34 years of tennis experience at all levels. He was a top ten nationally ranked player, and then went on to continue his tennis career at Georgetown University from 1980-1984. During his career at Georgetown University he was named NCAAP Athlete of the Year and was also a top ten Mid-Atlantic ranked men’s player. He began his tennis instruction career working to improve the game of young children at the Shiloh Baptist Church. He has also worked with the United State Tennis Association as the Community Tennis and Diversity Manager, where he worked with communities to improve high school tennis programs, junior team tennis, and USTA/NJTL Programs. Currently he works with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the Executive Director for Washington, DC, overseeing the implementation and growth of tennis in the area. He is also a level P2 certified member of the USPTA and a professional PTR 10 & under certified member. These certificates required extensive examination of tennis operations, skill, and teaching techniques.
Adam Kossak (Tennis)
Adam Kossak played Division I Tennis at the University of Delaware. Certified by the United States Tennis Professional Association, he has provided private tennis and personal training in the San Diego and D.C. metro areas since 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he coached at the Barnes Junior Tennis Academy, providing instruction at the largest tennis center in San Diego. In the spring of 2008, he provided private and group instruction in addition to organizing leagues and clinics at the Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, MD.
Nadeem Qureshi (Squash & Racquetball)
Nadeem has been playing several racquet sports since he was seven years old. He is a former five-time National Capital squash champion, Mid-Atlantic racquetball doubles champion, #2 ranked singles player, and an avid tennis player. He has taught individual and group lessons to both adults and juniors in private clubs in the Washington, DC area; Seattle, Washington; and Houston, Texas. He has also competed nationally in squash all over the country and regionally in racquetball, winning many championships.
Jeff Mays (Tennis)
Jeff Mays has devoted his life to teaching tennis to children and adults of all levels. With the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, he helped organize a city-wide tennis program for youth and adult players. From 2008 to 2011, Jeff was the Manager of the Adult Sports and Tennis Programs for the DC Parks and Recreation-Athletic Programs Administration. Jeff is currently the Director of Tennis at the Sutton Racquet Club, where he has been since 2011. Over the course of his career, Jeff has coached youth and adult players, and in 2014 he was named Tennis Professional of the Year by the United States Tennis Association.
A.J. Yamin (Tennis)
AJ Yamin is one of our Head Pros at Yates Recreation Center. A.J. is also a full-time staff member at Georgetown working as a Business Functional Analyst at the McDonough School of Business. AJ played #1 at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, PA, he then went on to play college on a tennis scholarship at Graceland University a NAIA division school from 1997 – 2001. A.J. played #1 and #2 singles and led the Yellow Jackets to its highest team ranking of top #7 in the nation, and top 4 in the nation in doubles. After graduating from college, A.J. moved to New York City to work in his field of Information Technology, but also kept close to the game he loves. He taught tennis at Sutton East Tennis Club in Manhattan, and Total Tennis upstate New York, where he worked with players of all levels. In 2002 AJ called the DMV metro area home, where he has worked with many reputable facilities both public and private. Since 2003 – present, AJ has been a certified USTA Tournament Director, hosting hundreds of junior events, averaging 2000 players a year. He has worked with sites such as Potomac Tennis Club – Potomac, MD, 4 Star Tennis Academy/The Bullis School – Potomac, MD, Regency Sport and Health – McLean, VA, The Potomac School – McLean, VA, and Arlington County Government – Arlington, VA. As a coach in the DMV, AJ has generated players that have gone to play Division I college tennis at top universities around the country as well as professionally. With his intensive tennis background and valuable experience, AJ’s addition to our tennis staff will contribute to Yates tennis program, and to continue to grow and retain our tennis base. AJ holds a dual degree in Business Administration and Information Technology, with a Master of Science in Management of Information Systems.