Introduction to Bridge
I learned to play Bridge with my siblings and parents in the Washington D.C. area. I began as a caddy and then filled in when they needed a fourth or a partner for a late arrival. I loved it! My parents were both well-known players in the area and my mother was the editor of the Washington Bridge League (WBL) Bulletin for many years.
As a teenager, I got my director’s certification from the ACBL and began to direct games at Edith McMullin’s Wheaton Bridge Center. She even let me teach some new players. Thinking about what I know now, I can’t believe I did it 30 years ago! That was definitely my big break!
In 1991, I formed a partnership with another young player, Eric Greco, one of the greatest players in the world. We played in Junior (under 25) events and we won a bronze medal for the United States in 1993 in Denmark.
I took several years off to focus on my career and started playing again in 2001 with Blair Seidler. Blair taught me the value of great partnership agreements and we played together for four years, which culminated with us winning an open North American Bridge Championship event, the Lebhar Imp Pairs in 2005. After Blair took a job as a high school math teacher in late 2005, our partnership ended. Blair is doing great things and helping a lot of students, and I'm very happy for him!
I grew up in Maryland in a Washington D.C. suburb. My parents and siblings played bridge but we also played spades, hearts, and a variety of board games. One of my favorite is a game we called Dictionary. It is still a great game today. I moved to Knoxville, TN to attend college and I am a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Geological Sciences. My wife Jennifer and I have been together for more than 20 years. We enjoy traveling to all of the National Parks and Historic Sites in the country. We also visit and support zoos wherever we travel. I enjoy watching hockey, painting, and visiting nature in my downtime.
Starting in 2006, I asked for and received the chance to coach and captain several United States Bridge Federation (USBF) youth teams. I relished the opportunities and was proud of the way my teams played, although we never did manage a medal. I learned to let the players come to me. I also learned to listen without speaking, which I try to continue to this day with everyone who asks me questions about Bridge.
I've learned so much about bridge agreements and system over my 35+ years of bridge that I understand how conventions and agreements fit together quite well. I enjoy coaching partnerships on system and have accumulated many hands that aid me in helping players learn the strengths and weaknesses of different agreements and approaches to bridge.