Meet the Pros

     

 

Eric Anderson
Director of Tennis

Eric Anderson has been directing the tennis program at Desert Highlands since 2004.  With 150 active tennis participants, he has established a program for all levels that includes nine weekly games, interclub teams, and a calendar of over 20 special events annually.  Included in the special events are Club Championships (Doubles, Mixed, and Singles), various Fundraisers, Men’s Pro/Am, Ladies Member/Guest, and exchanges with other local clubs. Eric is a USPTA Elite rated professional and spends time weekly giving lessons and clinics as well as playing alongside the members at Desert Highlands.  Eric currently is the tournament director of the Desert Highlands SW USTA Grass Court Classic, and past director of the USPTA Grass Court Surface Championships and the USTA 30’s National Men’s and Ladies Grass Court Championship. 

In 2018, Eric was recognized for his efforts as the Tournament Director of the popular Desert Highlands SW USTA Grass Court Championships as well as his his efforts within the tennis teaching professional ranks.  He was  given the USTA Phoenix Section 'Outstanding Tournament Enrichment' Award, the USTA Southwest Section 'Outstanding Tournament Enrichment' Award, and the USPTA Southwest Section 'Industry Excellence' Award. Prior to joining Desert Highlands, Eric spent 16 years as the Director of Tennis at Tucson Country Club.  Playing collegiately at Idaho State University, he held the school record for career doubles wins for 20 years.  Tennis is also a family affair for Eric, as two of his sons both played collegiate tennis.   

     
 

Stuart McNicol

Head Tennis Professional

A native of South Africa and PTR certified, Stuart brings 20 years of teaching experience and a passion for the game of tennis as the Head Tennis Professional at Desert Highlands. Prior to his arrival, he was the Head Tennis Professional at the DC Ranch Village instructing all levels of men, ladies, and juniors, as well as handling all of the ladies team clinics. An accomplished player, he has won two USTA national team titles at the 4.5 level. In his spare time, he likes to whip up new recipes and spend time with his wife and daughter. Stuart is excited about being a part of the Desert Highlands community.

     
 

Josh Brown
Tennis Professional

Josh Brown is a native of Tucson, Arizona and was a highly ranked junior player in the Southwest Section.  Josh played his collegiate tennis at Northern Arizona University and prior to that won two Arizona state high school state doubles titles while attending Salpointe Catholic High School.  Josh works mainly on the weekends at Desert Highlands and leads the popular ‘Hitting to the Hits’ clinic and also teaches private lessons.  He has an MBA and is currently seeking his Certified Financial Planning designation while working during the week for Vanguard.  

     

 

Drew Van Cott
Tennis Professional

Drew Van Cott is originally from Southern California. He and his family recently relocated to their favorite city, Scottsdale.  Drew has worked as a tennis professional for 30+ years and is a former Director of Tennis at a private country club north of Los Angeles. His playing experience includes SoCal district juniors, Div. 1 college (Drake University) and a brief stint on the ATP tour. Drew has 3 daughters, two of which play tennis in the SoCal district, also his wife is an accomplished player and works in real estate bringing new members to the Club.