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Friday Otabor

Friday Otabor

Friday Otabor, Director Northampton

Friday Otabor, Director

Friday Otabor
Friday Otabor, Director Northampton
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. 

Ken Olivier

Ken Olivier, BA, MS

Director of Juniors 

 

  • 20+ years of 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 the top 200 players in the world in tournaments
  • Bachelors and Masters Degree Kinesiology
  • Published Thesis while working in the medical field
Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva

Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva

Yeli Playing Tennis

Yeli Playing Tennis

Yeli Serving

Yeli Serving

Graduation

Graduation

Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva
Yeli Playing Tennis
Yeli Serving
Graduation
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 a 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, and 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

Jorge Vazquez

Jorge Vazquez, BA Assistant Coach

Jorge Vazquez, BA Assistant Coach

Jorge Vazquez
Jorge Vazquez, BA Assistant Coach
Jorge Vazquez, BA

Assistant Coach

  • Trained at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch as a junior
  • Tennis shop manager and owner of Champions Tennis for ten 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

Will Butler

Will Butler, BA Assistant Coach

Will Butler, BA Assistant Coach

Will Butler
Will Butler, BA Assistant Coach
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
Fernando Pavez,

Northampton Tennis Pro

Fernando Pavez has 30 years of coaching experience. He teaches adult clinics and lessons and is a second generation tennis professional. He is originally from Santiago, Chile.

Call or text Fernando directly to schedule tennis lessons or adult clinics 606-369-3084. paveztenistapro@gmail.com

Naia

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 understands 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.