Karim Najdi, Director
Karim has been in charge of the St. Albans Tennis Center since August 2005, when he transitioned from NCS after 7 years as its' Head Tennis Coach. In the midst of winning I.A.C. titles with the Bulldogs from 2011-2016 & 2019, he has also directed the Summer Programs department and has recently added Asst. Athletic Director & teacher to his portfolio. Before his work on The Close, Mr. Najdi taught at the Bolletteri & Hopman Academies and earned his "High Performance" designation for the USTA and his USPTA "Elite Professional" certification. Karim is a graduate of Drury (B.A.) and Marymount (M.A.) Universities and continues to participate in professional development initiatives. (*Coach Najdi no longer provides instruction.)
Angela McDowell, Asst. Director
Ms. McDowell began at St. Albans in 2006 as an tennis office attendant and has risen to not only her current status with the St. Albans Tennis Center, but as Asst. Director of Summer Programs. A native Washingtonian, Angela graduated from H.D. Woodson SHS before obtaining her B.A. for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A viewer and participant in tennis since her youth, she can be found participating in many facets of the business including management, coaching, and hitting the court with members on occasion. Angela is our head stringer and a member of the United States Racquet Stringers Association.
Mehdi Maida, Asst. Head Professional
Entering his 14th season at St. Albans Tennis Center, Mehdi was the 1991 Moroccan Junior Champion and represented Morocco in multiple international tournaments and championships. Mehdi also competed in ITF tournaments as well as ATP Futures and Challengers. While gaining his Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Radford University, Mehdi played Division I college tennis and received multiple awards while representing The Highlanders from 1991 to 1995. Mehdi also holds a MBA from The University of Oklahoma, which he currently uses in the banking industry. He resides in Northern Virginia.
H'Cone Thompson, Teaching Professional
H’cone is a certified USPTA tennis professional, who joined the St. Albans tennis staff in 2017. For the past 19 years, H’cone has taught private, semi- private, and group lessons. Prior to joining St Albans, H’cone was the director of junior tennis at Woodmont Country Club. He has worked with children and adults, beginners to world class players, ranging from ages 3-90. H’cone has coached teams, and conducted a variety of clinics including cardio tennis, singles, doubles, and introduction to tennis clinics. H’cone graduated from Lafayette College where he Played #1 singles and doubles and holds the record as the winningest player in singles history. After college, H’cone played Davis Cup for the Bahamas and competed on the futures circuit. He has been stringing tennis rackets for over 20 years. H’cone enjoys working with players of all levels and would love to get you on court!Carlos Cruz, Court Maintenance
Carlos is entering his 5th season as part of our court maintenance staff. He has been a District resident for about 10 years, coming to the States from El Salvador. He is a proud father, helps run his family’s Mexican restaurant in Southeast and enjoys soccer.
Dana Wood, Office Attendant
Dana is a native Washingtonian and began working for the Tennis Center in 2017. She enjoys working here, especially seeing the children play tennis and improve over time. Dana is honored to continue being apart of our staff.
Sabrina Spriggs, Office Attendant
Amaiyah Beverly, Office Attendant