By Sonia Isotov
The 86-year old Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville has appointed Northern California junior tennis expert, Rick Kepler, as its new Director of Tennis.
A member of the United States Professional Teaching Association (USPTA), Kepler is a P1 Certified Tennis Professional and top nationally ranked player. Kepler has relocated to Maui from Northern California where he has been the Tennis Director of Seascape Sports Club since 1993.
Committed to introducing people in the community to the game of tennis, Kepler said in a written statement, “My passion is helping people of all ages and abilities improve at the game of tennis.”
As Tennis Director at Seascape Sports Club, Kepler ran over 20 USTA tournaments a year with an emphasis on junior tournaments. Seascape’s junior program runs year-round and Kepler managed junior teams that travel and play.
Kepler has been involved in coaching the Aptos High School Girls’ Varsity and Junior Varsity teams where he implemented a ‘No-Cut’ policy; and founded programs at two other high schools. He has been the Coordinator for the USTA Santa Cruz Junior Team Tennis League, and directed the USTA Norcal 14s Sectionals for over 10 years.
Kepler is also Director on the USTA Board in Northern California where he founded a non-profit association to present tennis to elementary age kids with a follow-up program at their school.
Club General Manager Russell Goshi said, “Without question, the addition of Rick Kepler to our staff positions Maui Country Club to have the finest adult and junior tennis programs on the island.”
As a player, Kepler has achieved the following:
- Won 12 national doubles senior championships since 1994
- Ranked No.1 in the nation in Men’s 35 and 40s doubles individually for six years consecutively from 2002-2007
- 2008-2010 he and his partner finished #2 nationally and #6 in singles (2010)
- 2009: Selected to represent the US in the World Team Championships placing 2nd
- With son Jordan, reached the finals of the 69 team field at the National Father/Son Hardcourt Championships at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (2008)
- 2011: Third place finish nationally in his last year in the 40s (Senior Doubles)