Our Team

King Daddy Sports provides the Houston area a diverse group of teaching professionals that have the ability to motivate, inspire, and push players to achieve greatness both on and off the court!

We are always striving to be better every day as coaches just as we desire players to strive for the same.

Todd Folsom - Tennis Coach and Founder of King Daddy Sports

Todd Folsom

Founder & Director

  • Founded King Daddy Sports in 1997
  • Over 30 years teaching experience developing hundreds of Nationally ranked juniors, many of which have went on to compete both collegiately and professionally
  • Has the ability and intensity to push players to reach their maximum potential both on and off the court
  • Father of TJ and Skyla
John Boytim - Adult Men's Tennis Director

John Boytim

Adult Men's Director, High Performance Director

  • Co-Founder of King Daddy Sports
  • 25+ years teaching experience developing players of all ages
  • ATP Tour Level Playing Professional 1988-1992, with a High World singles ranking of #262
  • #1 Ranked junior in USA in EVERY AGE DIVISION- 12's, 14's 16's, and 18's
  • 11 Time National Junior Champion, 10 time finalist, 19 Gold & Silver Balls
  • Father of Sean and Brian
Selim Samman - Tennis Camp Director

Selim Samman

Camp Director, JTT Director, Academy Director

  • 15+ years teaching experience developing thousands of young players
  • Directs Summer and holiday camps; Junior Team Tennis (JTT) programming, 10U, and Challenger Programs for King Daddy Sports
  • Provides an amazing, fun,  learning and developmental environment for all students to learn and grow
  • Father of Alex, Foster, & Emily
Brian Mandell

Brian Mandell

High Performance Coach

  • Head of middle school tennis at The Kinkaid School
  • Graduate of The University of Houston Sports Administration program
  • Over 15 years of coaching experience
  • Super-championship level player in multiple age divisions
  • Played in the King Daddy Program from age 11-18
  • King Daddy website and social media coordinator
Ali Benaji

Ali Benaji

High Performance Coach

Jane Strnadel

Academy Coach

Anna Djananova

Anna Djanova

Academy Coach

  • Former #1 Texas Junior ranking
  • Former D1 college scholarship athlete
  • Former collegiate most improved, MVP, and team captain
  • Over 20 years of tennis coaching experience
Robert Voss - Tennis Coach

Sunday Jegede

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

  • Over 15 years of experience as a tennis professional and coaching tennis
  • Former member of Nigerian Davis Cup Team
  • Reached ITF Jr world singles ranking of 102 in singles and 83 in doubles
  • ATP ranking of 1200 in 2001

Sidney Cooper

Adult Director of Missouri City, High Performance Coach

  • Over 30+ years in coaching tennis from Houston, Texas
  • Certified teaching professional (USPTA); specializes in stroke development and competition readiness
  • Coached 10 years as a national zonal coach for USTA New England section and 4 years of International competition representing the New England section in the providences of Quebec and Montreal Canada
  • Personal trained and developed players of which as juniors competed at the USTA National 1, 2, 3 levels
  • 21+ players that has competed in NCAA division 1, 2, and 3
  • Players have played for these colleges and universities: Bowdoin, Rutgers, Florida A&M, Spelman, Dartmouth, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Seton Hall
  • Recipient of the USTA William's award for Outstanding Development Work with juniors in the New England section
  • Inducted into the New England Tennis Association (NETA) Hall of Fame in 1994

James Cowan IV

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

  • Memphis, Tennessee native
  • Undergraduate degree in Business Marketing, Masters in Sports Administration
  • Four-year letter winner in tennis at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • Former Head of men's and women's tennis at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • Former Assistant Tennis Coach at Epiphany Court Tennis Academy in Memphis
  • Former Director of Tennis at The Boys and Girls Club
  • Former tennis pro at the Pine Bluff Country Club and Bloom Tennis Center

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