Meet Our Team

David Minihan, USPTA
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 the USPTA Missouri Valley Professional of the Year, USTA Missouri Valley Outstanding Contributor to USTA Youth Tennis, and USTA Oklahoma Outstanding Contributor to USTA Youth Tennis, USTA Oklahoma Excellence in Junior Player Development, USTA Oklahoma Outstanding Contributor to USA Team Tennis, USTA Oklahoma Excellence in Tennis Programming and USPTA Oklahoma Professional of the Year. David is also a published writer as he recently authored the book, "Coaching Your Tennis Champion." Minihan also 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 serving as vice chair of the USTA Missouri Valley Local & Play committee. David is married to Lisa and has two daughters, Aspen and Chloe.

Aaron Marchetti, USPTA
Director of Player Development and Coaching

Aaron Marchetti was an NCAA All-American in 1999 while playing for Virginia Tech University. While there he reached as high as #2 in the country in singles and #9 in doubles. He is a member of two Hall of Fames, the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and the Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Aaron achieved an ATP ranking in both singles and doubles and was a member of the USTA Rookie Professional Team training with the best coaches and players in the country. He holds three USTA National Championship Gold Balls and in the past 15 years has been instrumental in developing multiple State and National Champions and has developed countless NCAA Division 1 players in the Kansas City area. Aaron and his wife Amber have three wonderful kids, Ava (14), Andrew (13) and Amelia (10).

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 played 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!"

Suzi Liszewski
Director of Adult Events
Caitlyn Sagraves, USPTA
Director of Outreach
Growing up in Norman, Caitlyn started her transition from soccer player to tennis player at the age of 14 when she would go rally at the neighborhood tennis court with her step-father after school. At age 16 she joined the Norman North tennis team and played varsity doubles her 1st year. Senior year she qualified for 6A State at singles after 1 year of playing competitively.  Caitlyn was offered a tennis scholarship to  play at Baker University in Kansas where she obtained a degree in Exercise Science. She played in top 3 spots all 4 years. Finished out her senior season at the #2 Singles position and received All-HAAC honors in doubles.  After college Caitlyn was hired by her alma mater as Assistant Men’s and Women’s tennis Coach. She helped lead the Wildcats to their first winning season and top 4 conference tournament finish since 2001. She also during this time worked as Head Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in KC.  In 2016 Caitlyn moved back to Oklahoma City and began working at the Greens Country Club. At the Greens, Caitlyn had a hand in the development and growth of many programs including: juniors classes, adult events, pickleball, and group exercise classes. In 2017 she was honored as the Under 30 Tennis Professional of the Year for the Missouri Valley Section.  Caitlyn has also been working as the assistant tennis coach at Crossings Christian School for both the middle and high schools teams since 2017. Her assistance in coaching led to the boys team placing 2nd at state for the first time in school history.  Caitlyn is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach. 
Jacob Santana, USPTA
Teaching Professional

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.

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.

Julius Lubicz, USPTA
Teaching Professional

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.

We are moving to Edmond Center Court August 3rd! See you there!!!