Andy grew up in Vietnam where he was inspired to play tennis and gymnastics by his grandfather. During his childhood and teen years, he actively competed in multiple sports. Andy later graduated from the University of Technology with a degree in Electricity Engineering in Vietnam. He worked for the Electricity Viet Name Corporation for nine years. During his years working for Electricity Viet Nam, Andy continued to participate in all kinds of athletic sports such as swimming, ping pong, and tennis
Andy moved to the United States in 2017 and continued his studies in the electricity industry and graduated with a degree in mechanic-electro engineering from the University of Maryland. Andy recently moved to Fountain Valley, California and is so grateful to join the team at Agape Tennis Academy. With his professional, academic, and athletic background Andy is a perfect fit for an office administrator with the tennis academy. Andy is excited to provide an energizing and motivating experience for the clients as well as assisting in the overall growth and development of the academy. Outside of Agape Tennis Academy, Andy loves the be outdoors, workout on the beach, and spend time with his wife and family. He also has a passion for photography and videography and loves to travel and observe the world through his lens and photographs! He is very happy to be a part of the team and to enjoy his new hometown in California.
DIRECTOR OF TENNIS AND BUSINESS MANAGER
Coach Maria started playing tennis at 8 years old. She was the State and Regional champion during her junior career. She played national tournaments and was one of the top ranked players in Mexico. She also played ITF and WTA tournaments before entering college. She earned a Division I scholarship to play for Coastal Carolina University where she earned numerous honors for tennis and academics.
She was named an ITA scholar athlete and played in the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Maria majored in Marketing and Management. After college she went back to Mexico and worked in logistics in the automotive industry. She loves sports in general but loves tennis, running, CrossFit and yoga. Tennis has always been a part of her life, be it playing, coaching and having fun on the court!
DIRECTOR OF PICKLEBALL
Coach David Callihan is a certified PPR Pickleball Coach. He is a 4.5 tournament player who frequently competes. Most recently he competed in the Pickleball US Open! Coach David grew up in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States. He attended the University of Arizona where he studied Fine Arts and participated in tennis, golf, and basketball. Later, David moved to Atlanta where he started a family, worked in the trade show industry and helped start and run a business. During this time he also discovered Disc Golf. It wasn’t long before David transitioned from an amateur to being a professional disc golfer. He was a key player in creating a Disc Golf community locally and regionally.
Coach David discovered Pickleball later in life, at age 65, and immediately fell in love! He immediately began playing and drilling regularly. He built a Pickleball community using an outdoor basketball court at a nearby elementary school. It was a very exciting time. David’s passion for Pickleball led him to get certified as a PPR Coach and start teaching others how to play. He medaled in his first USA Pickleball Event and continued to rise in ranking and win many more medals. After countless hours on the courts teaching and playing he found Agape Tennis Academy at DeKalb Tennis Center nearly in his back yard! Coach David is really excited about sharing his life changing Pickleball journey with others! He is positive, energetic, experienced, knowledgeable and LOVES of the game! He is excited to share his passion with players of all ages and levels. He is already a thriving and a strong “hearted” part of the Agape Tennis and Pickleball Team! Please contact Coach David directly to set up private and group private lessons.
David recently medaled twice in the APP Atlanta Metro Open and with his Gold Medal won a “Golden Ticket” to participate in the 2022 National Championship in Indian Wells, CA.
Because of his recent relocation to Fountain Valley in SOCAL, he definitely plans to attend the championship. David will miss his Atlanta friends and Team Agape there but is super excited to help grow the Fountain Valley Pickleball Experience and join the Agape FV Team.
DANIEL FONTENOT, PTR & PPR
Coach Daniel’s love for tennis began in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia at the age of five. After years of training as an elite junior athlete, he obtained top ranking in the southeast and was awarded a full scholarship to play tennis for Tuskegee University and then at Georgia Perimeter College.
After College, he served four years in the United States Navy. Since the military, Coach Daniel has worked in multiple management positions on and off the tennis courts. His love of tennis ultimately led him to start a coaching career. He has coached tennis in the most competitive markets in Georgia, Florida, and California. He began coaching in Jacksonville, Florida where he organized and led summer camps and programs. He was also selected as a hitting partner for ITF (International Tennis Federation) ranked players.
Coach Daniel moved back to Atlanta where he continued thrive as a tennis professional and businessman. He has been recognized for his ability to develop and teach students any level with a fair yet firm, discipline style of teaching.
Coach Daniel is certified by the PTR, the PPR, the USPTA, and the ITPA! He is also a career tennis mentor for ITA, WTA, ATP, and futures and challengers players. He has achieved coaching success with adult and junior players at all levels.
He believes tennis is a vehicle that can create a long, healthy, and happy lifestyle for all people!
Coach Tu Tran comes to the Fountain Valley team with great experience and knowledge!
He is a professional tennis coach with more than 20 years of experience. He was the Head Coach of the national tennis team in Vietnam. Under his direction, Coach Tu led the national team in multiple international events including: Seagame, Asida games, and Davis Cup tournaments throughout Southeast Asia and Asia.
Coach Tu has attended many world tennis conferences organized by the ITF ( International Tennis Federation). He is certified by USPTA as a Professional Tennis Coach, the PTR, the Tennis Fitness Trainer group, and the the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). He has a Ph.D in Sports Science from the Physical Education department of The Sports University in Vietnam.
He contributes his knowledge and skills to train and serve individuals who are interested in these fun sports. By using high quality technology devices to record players’ strokes and movements while practicing, he is able to share tactics and help players reach their goals in a relatively short time to become better players.
Coach Albert was born and raised in Fountain Valley, CA. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a manager for Cal Men’s Tennis. Coach Albert is also a professional tennis official – he’s umpired at the US Open, NCAA Championships, PAC-12 Championships, and countless other college and junior events. He has been teaching and a hitting partner for the past 4 years for high-performance juniors to recreational players to beginners of all ages! He loves being around the game and helping others develop!
Outside of tennis, Coach Albert enjoys going to Angels games, supporting the Golden Bears, and taking long walks on the beach.
Quoc first picked up a racquet was when he was 6 years old at Mile Square Tennis Center. Fast forward 18 years later, he is now part of the coaching staff at Agape Tennis Academy. Tennis has brought him a lot of joy. It has given him the opportunity to meet great people and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
His tennis career started at Westminster High where he earned the All-League Award in his sophomore year. He was runner-up in the League championship and proceeded to compete in CIF individual. He competed at Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa where he played for two years and got an AA in Business Marketing. Most of the time, I played line 1 for Singles and line 2 for Doubles. He was awarded the best doubles record for both years, best singles record, and MVP in his second year. However, his most prized honor was the Best Sportsmanship Award.
After competing at the college level, he now competes in adult leagues and events. His most noticeable achievements are winning the 2016 National Championship in mixed doubles and the 2018 Sectional Championship and qualifying for the upcoming 2021 WTT National Championship.
Coach Sofia started playing tennis at the age of 7 and competed for the first time at the age of 9. During her junior career, she won state, regional and sectional championships. She also qualified for several singles semifinals and doubles finals in national junior tournaments in Mexico.
Sofia was awarded a full scholarship to play Division I college tennis for the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. There, she was an All-A-Sun Second Team selection singles and a member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team during her freshman year. She earned Second-Team All-A-Sun honors as a junior.
After college, Sofia continued playing and teaching tennis at a local private club in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.