Head Varsity Coach | Natasha Schottland
With starting this program two years ago, Coach Schottland is thrilled to be building Portola's name in the tennis community. Her love of tennis and game started in Texas by hitting with her dad on the courts. Since then, she became captain of her high school tennis team and competed in tournaments throughout Northern California and Montana. Besides tennis, Coach Schottland has competed nationally at horseback riding competitions and loves backpacking and traveling. She is excited to continue coaching both boys and girls tennis and share her love (pun intended) of the game!
Head Girls JV Coach | Amanda Welch
Coach Welch was excited to move back home to California after living in Indiana, Florida, and Oklahoma over the last 12 years. Her passion for coaching began while working with both the Tennis and Track teams in Oklahoma, taking two Team State titles throughout her seasons there.
Outside of coaching, she and her husband enjoy playing outside and swimming with their 2 year old daughter, as well as traveling and exploring new places together!
Coach Welch is excited to be a part of Portola Tennis this season! Go Bulldogs!
Assistant Varsity Coach | Ardi Safi
Ardi started playing tennis at age of 5. He was on Iran's Junior Davis Cup team after winning multiple national junior championships. He was ranked as high as #1 during his junior career in Iran.
After moving to the United States, Ardi struggled with multiple long-lasting injuries. Fighting through his injuries, in high school, he was able to win CIF and Regional's along with his teammates. Later in college, he was able to clinch the State Championship Final for IVC.
Currently, he coaches in Irvine and has had the pleasure to work with many top-20 players in SoCal. He is excited to be a part of the Bulldog family.