David Minihan, USPTA Master Professional
Director of Tennis
Prior to Kickingbird, David Minihan, Director of Tennis, operated Westwood Tennis Center, 2007 USTA National Facility of the Year, for 21 years. David is best known for his work with 'grass roots' tennis and he has been recognized with many awards by both the USTA district and section. Such awards include 1999 Missouri Valley Outstanding Contributor to USTA Youth Tennis, 1999 and 2000 Oklahoma District Outstanding Contributor to USTA Youth Tennis, 1999 Oklahoma District Excellence in Junior Player Development, 2002 District Outstanding Contributor to USA Team Tennis, 2003 Oklahoma District Excellence in Tennis Programming and 1998 USPTA Oklahoma Professional of the Year. David is also a published writer as he recently authored, "Coaching Your Tennis Champion." He also published many articles and tips which can be read by going to www.thebaseliner.net. Most recently, Minihan founded and is the chief editor of the Oklahoma tennis magazine, The Baseliner. In addition, David is a national tournament director directing USTA district, sectional and national tournaments. David is a Master Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) which only 1% of teaching professionals worldwide hold this distinction. He is also on the Wilson Advisory Staff as well as chairing the USTA Missouri Valley 10 and Under Youth Progression committee. David is married to Lisa and has two daughters, Aspen and Chloe.
David Kepka, USPTA
David has been playing tennis since he was 7 years old. Playing and teaching tennis have been life long passions of his. From the age of 12, David trained at the world renound Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy for 9 years. He was ranked number one in Canada as a junior in the 18 and under age category. David competed on the ATP tour for 5 years achieving a world ranking in the 800's at the age of 19. He was also a member of the Canadian Davis Cup Team in 1997.
"I truly love everything about tennis; the sights and sounds, the speed, the athletic difficulty, the mental challenge, the camaraderie and individualism of a good tennis match. Having the ability to pass on the knowledge and expertise I have gained throughout my professional tennis career is truly a blessing. I enjoy teaching people of all ages, levels and interests. I am a patient, challenging, and fun teacher who finds reward in watching my students progress. My greatest joy is introducing people to the sport of tennis, and then seeing them continuing to play years down the road."
Gabriella "Gabby" Castaneda, USPTA
Gabby has been playing tennis for 18 years with an impressive career high UTR at 11.13. As a Junior in high school she was a blue-chip recruit. She played Division 1 tennis at Florida State University and played top of the lineup in both singles and doubles. Through these four years, Gabby made the All-ACC Conference team 2 years in a row and broke school records by appearing for the first time ever in the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament in FSU tennis history. She majored in Sport Management and aspire to influence people’s lives with positivity and motivation through the game of tennis. Gabby's goal is to help her players reach their full potential on court by sharing her career experiences and skill set to help their game reach the next level.
Robert Sioux, USPTA
Director of Youth Progression
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Robert Sioux began playing competitive tennis at the age of 12. Entering high school at Deer Creek he plaid varsity tennis attending the state championships three times. Upon graduating he was offered an athletic scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University. Robert began teaching professionally at Kickingbird Tennis Center in 2014. He works with players of all ages ranging from four years of age to 60+. Robert provides a fun and challenging experience to players of all skill levels. Utilizing adaptive techniques, he teaches basic mechanics and strategies to advanced mechanics and strategies that will allow players to improve and have fun doing so. "Teaching is an art and learning is a skill. Together coach and student develop a bond unlike any other. It is a great joy seeing a student become inspired and thrive for progression especially if they can enjoy it!"
Julius Lubicz, USPTA
A Warsaw, Poland native, Julius became an American citizen in Boston, Mass. October of 1989. Julius worked for NBC Television in Boston as a graphic designer and for United Engineers as a designer. He also worked part-time as a tennis coach which lead to a full time position as a Head Professional at Oakley Country Club in Belmont, Mass. He then began coaching the Men's tennis team at Wayland High School and eventually became a full time Professional at the Longfellow Swimming and Tennis Club. In 1989 he was hired as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Oklahoma State University. When he retired from OSU, he set the record for most wins by any women's tennis coach. Shortly after his retirement, Julius became the Head Professional at OLS Family Fitness Center in Houston, TX. Some of Julius accomplishments prior to Kickingbird includes: Organizer for the USTA Boys 16 Indoor National Championship Tournament, Big 8 title 1990-91, Big 12 title 2001 and 2003, 4-time NCASS Central Region Championships, 4-time Indoor National Championship appearances, 5-time NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, Big 8 Coach of the Year, B12 Coach of the Year, 9-Academic All-American students, and ITA Doubles team ranked #2 in the nation two years in a row.
Jacob Santana, USPTA
Jacob grew up playing tennis at Kickingbird Tennis Center and played two years of varsity tennis at Edmond Memorial High School. During the two years of varsity play Jacob and his doubles partner finished 4th place at two doubles in 2012 and finished at 6th place at two singles in 2013. After high school Jacob went to go play for Seminole State College (SSC) a top NJCAA team and coached by Head Coach Brian Nelson. While being at SSC the team finished at 4th place his freshmen year and runner-up his sophomore year at the NJCAA National Championships. After Seminole Jacob decided to return to Edmond and is currently getting his degree in Business Management at the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2017 Jacob earned his USPTA certification and taught a Nike tennis camp at the University of North Texas. Jacob coaches at all levels from children to adult players. He still loves the game and plays competitively when ever he can. Loves to introduce new comers to tennis and hopes it has a big impact on their lives like it did for him.
Adult Programming Coordinator