DAVID MINIHAN

CLASS OF 2021
 

 

David Minihan grew up in Midland, Texas, and began competing in tennis at the age of 12.  Playing competitively in USTA Texas junior tournaments and for his high school, David earned two State Championships (1991, 1992) and a scholarship to Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas.

He moved to Oklahoma in 1994 and in the summer of 1996 was hired as the Director of Tennis at Westwood Tennis Center in Norman, Oklahoma.  In his 21 years there, Westwood was transformed from an 8-court facility to a beautifully landscaped complex that includes 12 outdoor courts, 4 youth courts, 2 indoor courts, and clubhouse, which was recognized in 2007 as the USTA National Outstanding Facility of the Year.  In 2017, David was hired to manage Kickingbird Tennis Center while assisting the City of Edmond during the construction of the Edmond Center Court facility and then transitioned to Director of Tennis at ECC upon its completion in 2020.

David has spent most of his career highly involved with the USTA.  In 2014, one of Davidís significant contributions to USTA Oklahoma was authoring the Oklahoma Earned Advancement System that brought new structure and growth to Oklahoma junior tennis.

David is passionately involved in non-profits that target communities that would not have access to the sport of tennis otherwise.  He is a Founding Family and a volunteer for the Oklahoma Tennis Foundation.  He is also the founder and President of the Board of Directors for Play It Forward Tennis Foundation that brings tennis to adaptive and low-income players.

He also authored a book, Coaching Your Tennis Champion, which was published by Mansion Grove House in 2008 and has written articles for numerous publications.  He is also the founder and editor of the USTA Oklahoma magazine, The Baseliner.

David has been awarded a myriad of tennis awards through the various organizations he has been a part of.  The recognitions he values most are earning his Master Professional status with the USPTA in 2008 and the USTA National Family of the Year award in 2020.