MAY 19, 2020 - Kickingbird has added their third teaching professional in the past four months. This time, Alli Hodges will be joining Kickingbird effective this week. "We are making a serious investment in our junior program, specifically our Junior Academy. The addition of Alli will continue to build our Academy to a higher level. Alli's playing background is exceptional as she was one of the top players in the country during her juniors and collegiate career." -David Minihan, Director of Tennis.
Alli Hodges, Teaching Professional
Alli Hodges was born and raised in Edmond, OK, where she developed her love and passion for tennis. Her younger years were spent playing the Missouri Valley circuit, where she received the Sportsmanship Award, as well as reaching top 10 in girls 10’s and 12’s. At the age of 15, she moved to Boca Raton, Florida to live and train with her coach, as well as training with athletes at nearby academies and attending Florida Virtual online high school. She competed in the USTA Florida section, reaching as high as top 10 in girls 16’s, as well as competing in the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) junior circuit.
She returned to Oklahoma in 2015 as the top recruit for the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) Women’s tennis team, where she competed as the No. 1 singles and No. 1 and 2 doubles player. Alli was honored as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Freshman of the year, regionally ranked as high as No. 1, and nationally ranked as high as No. 23. Additionally, she received Second Team All-MIAA honors and was selected as a member of the MIAA Honor Roll. Alli was instrumental in leading UCO to compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) nationals for the first time in UCO history, where the team finished in the “Elite 8” and achieved a national ranking of No. 6.
Alli Hodges graduated from UCO in Spring of 2020 as a communications major and looks forward to sharing her love and excitement for tennis.