Nate Griffin, USPTA, Director of Tennis
Nate began the River Strand tennis program in August of 2007. Prior to River Strand, Nate was the Head Tennis Professional at Laurel Oak C.C. in Sarasota, FL from '05'-'07. Prior to Laurel Oak, Griffin was the Assistant Tennis Professional at The Oaks Club in Osprey, FL (01'-'05) and the Assistant Tennis Professional at Laurel Oak C.C. ('00-'01).
Griffin was a top 20 junior in the state of Minnesota in the boys' 14's, 16's, and 18's and under. Nate played both #2 and #1 singles at Concordia University in Nebraska while being named the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference player of the year in '00 with a 17-1 record at #1 singles and a 14-3 record at #1 doubles. Griffin competed in the NAIA National Tournament in '99 in both singles and doubles.
Abdul Idi, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional
Abdul began teaching at River Strand in June 2011. Prior to River Strand Abdul was a Tennis Pro at Read-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis, MN '98-'11. Prior to Read-Sweatt Abdul was the Head Pro at the Mankato Indoor Tennis Center, MN '96-'98.
Abdul was former Junior champion at the '85 National sports festival in Ilorin and won ITF juniors both singles & doubles in Lagos, Nigeria '87. Abdul also competed at the '86 North African junior circuit in Casablanca, Morrocco. Competed at the West African ITF juniors in Abidjan, Ivory Coast '87. Training tour of Sotchi, Russia '87. Competed at the '10 USTA 5.0 Nationals, Indian Wells, CA. Played #2 singles & #1 doubles at Livingstone College, NC on a full tennis scholarship. Abdul obtained an MS in Community Health from Minnesota State Uni- Mankato. Abdul is married to Jennifer and has a 10 year old son, Jaden.
Scott Pothul, Director of Junior Tennis
Scott Pothul joined the River Strand staff in January 2011. He grew up and played junior tennis in Western Massachusetts where he held a ranking as high as 4th in New England in the 16 and under division in 1986. At that time he was coached by a top 100 world ranked player. He played NCAA Div. 1 college tennis at Fairfield University in Southern Connecticut. He was a Managing Partner of Enfield Tennis Club in Connecticut and a member of the Nike Tennis Staff at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
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