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 ZAT Programs for King Daddy Sports by TSG.
  • Provides an amazing, fun,  learning and developmental environment for all students to learn and grow!
  • Father of Alex, Foster, & Emily

Jane Strnadel

Adult Women's Director, Academy Coach

  • 30+ years teaching experience with a commitment to properly develop a strong technical foundation for all players.
  • Phenomenal playing background complete with National Titles and Gold Balls.
  • Dedicated teaching professional that wants every player to reach their full potential. Jane cares deeply about every student's tennis experience!
Rob Lee - High Performance Tennis Program Director

Rob Lee

High Performance Director

  • Originally from England
  • Played #1 NCAA Division 1 at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
  • ITF Playing Experience
  • Rob has a sincere passion to best prepare junior players for intense competition.
  • Motivating & Personable
Todd Smith - MHS Director and Tennis Academy Coach

Todd Smith

MHS Director, Academy Coach

  • 25+ years teaching experience
  • Taught at Clemson and Kentucky under Coaches Chuck Kriese & Dennis Emery.
  • Teaching with King Daddy Sports since 2003.
  • Father of Addison.
Oliver Washington - Tennis Academy Coach

Oliver Washington

Academy Coach

  • Graduate of Tyler Junior College Tennis Tech Program.
  • Taught at Rice University tennis camps and junior programs.
  • Oliver is passionate about the sport and will share this with students and adult players.
Ali Bennaji - High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

Ali Bennaji

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

  • 88-92: Winthrop University #1 singles and doubles NCAA Division 1
  • 92-93: assistant coach IMG
  • 93-96: associate coach at Houston Country Club
  • 2001-2005: coached with KDS at Westside
  • 2005-2011: head coach IMG Academies Bradenton, FL
  • 2011-May 2017: traveling coach with USTA players
  • June 2017 - present: coach at KDS at Chancellors
  • Father of son Said and daughter Nora
Brian Mandell - Tennis Teacher

Brian Mandell

Academy Coach

Graduate from Memorial High School and the University of Houston with a bachelor degree in Sports Administration. Began playing tennis in the King Daddy Junior Academy at age 11. As a junior, reached the Super Championship level in different age divisions. Started his teaching career at the age of 16. 10&Under tennis specialist. Enjoys working with and teaching juniors and adults of all ages.

Robert Voss - Tennis Coach

Robert Voss

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

Robert Voss started playing tennis at the age of 12.  He quickly picked up the game and loved improving and competing in tournaments.  Robert went to Clear Lake High School, where he played Varsity tennis and graduated in 2008.  He then went to University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he played on the tennis team and completed his Hospitality Management degree.  Robert has been teaching tennis for 10 years and he is excited about being a coach at King Daddy.

Rhiann Newborn - Tennis Lessons

Rhiann Newborn

High Performance Coach

Rhiann Newborn is originally from Colorado but now living in Houston. She is a former Baylor University Graduate who graduated with a degree in Health and Kinesiology. Rhiann has 17 years of tennis experience and has coached for quite some time now. When she was a junior tennis player she became ranked number 1 in the state of Texas in age divisions 12s,14s,16s, two years in 18s and became number 1 in the Gulf Coast region. Rhiann is now playing on the professional tennis circuit.

Behzad Minavi High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

Behzad Minavi

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

Behzad was ranked #4 in Texas in 18s. Was a top 50 player in the nation in 18s. Played at Texas A&M where he played line 5&6 singles. Was ranked top 100 in college Tennis at one point.

Robert Voss - Tennis Coach

Judit Vives

High Performance Coach, Academy Coach

Judit just graduated from Texas A&M Corpus where she received a full tennis scholarship and was the captain of the team in 2016. Her team was the Southland Conference Champions in 2014, 2016, and 2017 where they went on to play in the Division 1 NCAA tournament. Their team culture taught her great values of team above self, unity, extreme hard work, and discipline. Judit had great leaders there that prepared her well to be a great coach. She is multicultural and bilingual in Spanish, and as a junior as ranked in the top 50 for Spain for 6 years.

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