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!
Juan Martin Cabal, Teaching Professional
Juan Martin Cabal serves as head coach for St. Albans Junior Varsity and Form I soccer. He grew up playing soccer and tennis, and being active has always been an integral part of his life. He is currently working towards upping his USPTA coaching credentials, and will be assisting our tennis program with a passion for empowering young athletes. When he is not coaching tennis or soccer, Juan Martin is either working at St. Albans as a Lower School substitute teacher or you’ll find him playing tennis, running, biking, or in the gym. He also works as a broker, trading with specialty Colombian tea, coffee and panela-sugar. His second language is German as he graduated from the IB German School in his hometown Cali, Colombia and studied Business Administration at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany. Juan Martin is a proud cousin of ATP player Juan Sebastian Cabal, who is currently ranked in the Top 10.
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.
Naomi Reid, Office Attendant
Naomi is a native of Washington, DC and began working for the Tennis Center (& STA rentals) in 2019. Naomi had her first experience with tennis her senior year at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, where she played for their tennis team. When not working at the St. Albans, Naomi is an Administrative Assistant for Dragos, Inc.
Gabe Silverstein-Rivera, Office Attendant
Gabe is a native Washingtonian, an alumnus of St. Albans ('18) and son of a faculty member. He has spent his most recent summers assisting at the Tennis Center and with Summer Programs. He is a sports fan and enjoys a good book.
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.