Hi, I'm Roman Sada, a former professional tennis player from Czech Republic, turned USPTA certified Tennis and Pickleball Pro with over 20 years of experience in teaching players of all ages. After retiring from professional tennis, I decided to pursue my passion for teaching and coaching.
Besides my extensive experience as a coach, I have a BA in Pedagogy with an emphasis on education where I developed a deep understanding of the principles of teaching and learning. Drawing from this background, I continually develop innovative coaching strategies that focus on individualized learning and personal growth. My organizational skills, responsible approach to work, and fluency in English, Czech, and Slovak have also helped me excel in my career.
In 2017, I was presented with the opportunity to move from Delray Beach, Florida to Long Beach, Washington to assume the role of Director of Racquet Sports for the Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and Tennis Center in Long Beach, Washington. Having tired of the Florida heat I packed my bags and moved to the Pacific Northwest for my next adventure.
It is here that I was introduced to one of the fastest-growing sports in the US, pickleball. Pickleball has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its ease of learning, social nature, and the ability to be played by people of all ages and abilities. Upon discovering this sport and recognizing its similarities to tennis, I quickly fell in love with pickleball and decided to incorporate it into my coaching career.
With my extensive experience in the tennis industry, I have served as a Head Professional, Head Teaching Professional, and Director of Tennis at various clubs and academies. I have coached both men's and women's teams, conducted clinics, and worked as an exclusive personal coach for top players.
For example, I served as Head Teaching Professional at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. As well as was the Exclusive Personal Trainer for Hana Mandlikova, a multiple Grand Slam Champion, and coordinated the tennis program for over 150 participants at Boca Bath and Tennis in Boca Raton, Florida. I created a new Singles and Doubles Strategy Tennis Program and ran various clinics and junior programs for women, men, and kids.
As the Director of Racquet Sports for Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and Pickleball/Tennis Center, I oversee all aspects of the facility's tennis and pickleball programs. My 2 decades of experience in the industry has given me a passion for fostering an environment in which players of all levels can enjoy and improve their game.
With my team, we have developed the Cape Columbia Pickleball Club and have implemented innovative programs to increase player engagement and improve overall facility utilization. These include weekly clinics, leagues, camps and social events for all levels of play, as well as a comprehensive junior program that includes after-school and summer camps. At Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and Tennis Center, we are committed to providing excellent customer service and creating a welcoming atmosphere for all players, from seasoned pros to beginners. Come and join us for some fun on the court!