YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Pickleball Pros | YMCA DC

YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase Pickleball Pros

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!

Meet Eric White, Pickleball Coach

Eric, 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!

Meet George Dwyer, Pickleball Coach

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.

Meet Bianca Russo, Pickleball Coach

Bianca (she/her) has been playing pickleball since 2003 in NJ — she learned the game in high school gym class. Now a PPR certified pickleball coach, Bianca teaches the sport to beginners and improvers in Washington, DC and in Maryland. Having placed in third during the mixed doubles DC Classic pickleball tournament during Spring of ’21, Bianca is thirsty to improve her own game and compete more in regional tournaments and leagues. Want to get better at pickleball? Play more pickleball! Paddles up.

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