Instructors

Geoff Pearce

Geoff Pearce

Name: Geoff Pearce
Position: President, National Tennis School
Experience working as an instructor: Geoff began teaching and creating his business in 1984 at the Barrhaven Tennis Club; now 30 years later continues to love to teach the sport he grew up playing at the age of 10. Among his highlights as an instructor and business owner, Geoff has helped open the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – Tennis Centre located in Phoenix, Arizona. Geoff has also planned, organized and directed the Canadian Junior Nationals in Ottawa from 1999-2000 (Under 16 category) and 2002-2003 (Under 14 category)
Highlights of tennis career: # 1 Ranked Junior in Ontario and Ottawa; Received a full tennis scholarship to the University of Akron, Ohio: named team captain
History of National Tennis School (NTS): NTS was incorporated in 1997.  Over the last 30 years, the company has grown from a one-club management team to being a company that provides tennis lessons and camps to over a dozen clubs in Canada and the U.S.  Through the NTS, Geoff has excelled in building and developing these clubs by partnering with local businesses, community groups, school boards, media and local government agencies
Influences that helped grow a passion and continue to enjoy tennis: “I owe it all to my parents, especially my wonderful mother and BTC Member and Champion, Bina Pearce.  They were the devoted parents who drove me to the tournaments and practices all over the city and North America; who woke up to cook me special breakfasts for before school practices.  Now it’s my turn to pay it forward for my son, Coby, the next champion.”
Favorite tennis Player: Ottawa native, Jesse Levine
Love of teaching: “My love of teaching has evolved through the years but hasn’t changed too much.  I still love running our grassroots school tennis programs and beginner lessons.  I love seeing the kids playing tennis with their friends and having so much fun.  Due to my son and friends, I’m really enjoying the challenge of increasing my knowledge and helping young tournament players improve their games.  I just keep on learning!”



Nick Patterson

Name: Nick Patterson
Position: Head Tennis Instructor
Experience working as an instructor: Received Tennis Canada Certification in 1980 and has been teaching tennis on a part-time/full time basis for 36 years.  Has taught tennis for the National Tennis School, along with several tennis clubs in the area such as the OTLBC, Rideau Tennis Club, OAC, TCWO and the Carleton University Tennis Centre
Highlights of Tennis Career: Junior and Senior Champion in both singles and doubles at OTLBC, Rideau Tennis Club, St. James Tennis Club and RA Centre Tennis Club
Education: Received his B.SC at Dalhousie University. Also U18 City of Ottawa Boys Doubles Champion
Favorite Professional Tennis Player: Roger Federer