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Friday Otabor

Director

Friday Otabor is the Director of Northampton tennis facilities. He is in charge of all adult activities including ladies leagues, men's leagues, ladders, lessons and court scheduling. Friday also runs the beginner tennis programs (Red Raiders) and summer tennis camps. His wife Maxine assists with program attendance, the snack bar area and operations of the tennis center. Friday Otabor is a former Texas Association of Tennis Professionals touring pro and was ranked #3 in the Men's 30 Singles division in Texas. Friday was also a former member of the Nigeria Davis Cup team. With 20 years of teaching experience, Friday has taught and currently teaches top-level adult and junior players. Friday Otabor is a USPTA Certified Instructor.


Ken Olivier, BA, MS

Ken Olivier, BA, MS

Director of Juniors 

  • 20+ years coaching experience
  • Ranked #1 in the Nation in college NCAA II and NAIA singles
  • Ranked #1 in the Nation in college Doubles NAIA
  • National collegiate Champion NAIA both Singles & Doubles
  • Team National Champion NAIA
  • 5-Time All American & Two time Most Valuable Player in college/MVP  
  • WARD Ballinger Award, NAIA
  • World ranking in both Singles and Doubles (ATP)
  • Registered wins over top 200 players in the world in tournaments
  • Bachelors and Masters Degree Kinesiology
  • Published Thesis while working in medical field


Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva, BA

High Performance Coach

Yelyzaveta (nickname- Yely) began competing in tournaments in the Ukraine as early as nine-years-old and has won over 30 cup titles… Received Master of Sport honors in her home country after winning a pair of Ukrainian doubles championships in 2012 and 2013… Ranked as high as No. 3 in the Ukraine in 2012 and earned a spot on the national team, competing in the Junior Fed Cup in London earning a fourth-place finish… Won the Nike Junior Tour in the Ukraine in both singles and doubles in 2011… Competed in the NJT Masters, the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl tournaments in the United States… Played for the International Tennis Federation in tournaments in Moldova, Dubai, Bulgaria, Egypt as well as her home country.

Yely received full tennis scholarship from the University of Connecticut where she graduated with honors. During her four seasons at UConn, she finished with an 88-30 career singles record, a .746 winning percentage and two-straight appearances on the AAC All-Conference team. One of the highlights of her senior season was a run to the round of 16 at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship in the fall, the furthest any Husky has ever advanced in the prestigious tournament. Following the 2017-18 season, UConn achieved the program’s highest national ranking at No. 85 in the ITA National Team Rankings. In addition, Huskies earned the program’s first-ever ITA regional ranking as Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva was ranked 13th in singles play.


Jorge Vazquez, BA

Assistant Coach

  • Trained at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch as a junior
  • Tennis shop manager and owner of Champions Tennis for 10 years
  • Graduated 2000 from St. Edwards University in Austin
  • Master stringer technician
  • Assistant middle school coach tennis at John Cooper. Bilingual.

Contact info:
Jhvr73@gmail.com
281-808-7256


Will Butler, BA

Assistant Coach 

  • Graduated from Sam Houston University with a degree in English and is certified in Special Ed.
  • 3 Time State qualifier and high school runner up at State in doubles.
  • Current Head Coach at Cypress Park High School

Access to the courts is available to residents who pay an annual user fee that also provides access to the swimming pools and weight room. Whether you like to play only with a friend or with multiple friends on a tennis league, the Northcrest courts are a wonderful place to enjoy your sport.

Friday offers tennis lessons for all ages and abilities during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Private and group lessons are available in addition to drop-in drills. Please contact Friday at the pro shop at 281-300-0304 or email Friday today!

All league play is coordinated by Friday Otabor Tennis Director.

Ladies - Northampton provides league play opportunity for all abilities.

Men's League Teams are organized in the fall and the spring for men of various skill levels. These teams play one night each week for about 8 weeks in the fall and then again in spring.

Several tennis activities and socials are planned throughout the year including Friday Night Mixers and Saturday Mini Tournaments. These activities are designed for all levels of ability. The only requirement is to have fun!

Helpful Links
Tennis Court User Fee Information
Northampton MUD Website
Northampton Tennis Website
Jackrabbit League Site
Email Friday Otabor
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Location
6012 Root Road Spring, TX 77389
(281) 300-0304

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Champions of Character Program

Coaches Make a Difference-

As a coach you have a great opportunity to help kids have a great sports experience. An experience that is meaningful, challenging, educational, and fun. With the Champions of Character program you will be able to help define, model, shape, and reinforce the five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership for your team.

We believe that athletics is a significant part of a sound educational program and provides an opportunity to build good character.

Spring Tennis Academy accepts the Champions of Character values and understand the importance of those values and developing character in student athletes. We will strive to model the Champions of Character values in every aspect of our coaching and our lives. We will make every effort to incorporate the Champions of Character values into practices and competition.

We will expect student athletes under our direction to exhibit the Champions of Character values on and off the field of competition and will communicate this expectation to them before the start of the season. We will use every opportunity to reinforce the Champions of Character values with the student athletes under our direction. Knowing and understanding the importance of the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative we will follow the statements in the aforementioned Coaches Code.