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Our Team

Matt Dektas,  Founder and CEO

Nikki Cioffi, Executive Director                 

Laura Overbeck, Program Manager 

Brian Schubert, Director of Tennis

Asher Hirsch, Lead Coach

Niki Shekaran, Education Team

Zack Sikora, Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis

Staff Coaches, John Drennen, Sonny Kay, Mark McPhillips

Junior Coaches, Maggie Marburger, Connor Buckinham, Kynnedy Wiley, Shay Smith-Mayberry

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Founder and CEO

As the Executive Director, Matt has led the growth and evolution from the original FAST Tennis League in 2015 to the multi-dimensional service organization that we are today. Helping to lead a vision to impact the city of Cincinnati more through tennis, Matt is excited to use the second half of his 25 year tennis career to do more for the city.

Executive Director

After joining CTF in 2019, Nikki has worked hard to develop, organize, and execute our next phase of growth. She brings 10 years of corporate experience and another 6 years developing individuals as an Adjunct Instructor at a local college. She is passionate about sharing her professional experience to impact Cincinnati communities.

Program Manager

Laura is a management and logistics professional with a passion for working with youth. She has coached tennis in the Cincinnati area for 8 years and worked to help student athletes on and off the court. She is excited to help transform lives and build bridges among Cincinnati's diverse communities. 

Director of Tennis

Coach Brian has been voted the USPTA Midwest Coach of the Year severaltimes. He has coached over 200 NCAA athletes and helped to develop numerous National Champions and Professionals.

Lead Coach


As a former student of Coach Matt and Coach Brian, Coach Asher has come full circle. He was a 2-time state of Ohio singles champion before competing collegiately at the University of Illinois. He achieved a UTR of 13+ and helped the Illini tennis team reach a high of #3 in the country. With a passion for inclusivity, he firmly believes in breaking down barriers so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the sport of tennis without limitations!

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Education Team

 Bio coming soon

Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis


Zack, born with Spina Bifida, was on the junior national USTA wheelchair tennis team and worked his way up to become the #1 junior wheelchair tennis player in the US.  In 2019  Zack helped kick off our adult wheelchair tennis clinics. That program expanded to juniors. Now, Zack also leads the adaptive, adaptive standup and blind and visually impaired tennis clinics.

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