Barbara “BB” Wynne, Founder
A legend in the Indianapolis tennis community, Barbara Wynne began teaching neighborhood children’s tennis in 1955. Within a few years she established the Washington Township Schools Community Tennis Program at North Central High School, growing the organization from 6 courts to 27. In 2003, the community tennis center located on the grounds of North Central High School was finished and named in her honor.
Along with Arthur Ashe, Wynne founded the Indianapolis chapter of the National Junior Tennis League program. The International Tennis Federation awarded her the Educational Merit award, and in 2001 Wynne received the International Tennis Federation’s Service Award.
Today, you can visit a bronze statue of Wynne wearing a [bucket hat] and holding a tennis racket at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
(Biography blurb courtesy of the MSD Washington Township post https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/02/barbara-wynne-honored/ )
Dan grew up playing tennis at what was Formerly called the Washington Township Schools Tennis Program, now the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program, at the age of 9. Mostly a recreational player in middle school, Dan competed at a higher level in high school. He spent four years playing #1 singles at the Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. He studied History and German on a tennis and academic scholarship at Valparaiso University where he was a four year varsity letter winner for the Crusader Tennis Team. His senior year he was voted team captain and most improved player. He was also a four-time member of the Academic All-Conference Team. After graduation, Dan started his post-secondary degree in Education at the University of Indianapolis. Currently Dan teaches history at North Central High School.
Dan started teaching tennis for the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program in 2002. He has taught in all facets of the program and currently serves as the Tennis Program director, a position he has held since 2008. Dan is currently the North Central High School Men’s Tennis Coach (2008-2020) and coached the Women’s Tennis Team from 2009-2018. He has coached numerous state champions, All-Americans, and overall great people. Outside of the ICTP Dan has worked at Five Seasons Sports Club, the Indianapolis Racquet Club, and Smith Tennis. Dan has been actively helping run and host tournaments since 2018 and is currently the tournament director of the Midwest Closed Championships and the CITA Qualifier.
Stephanie began playing tennis in Evansville, Indiana. She attended Heritage Hills High School and won their first state title of any kind when she won the 1996 State Singles Championship by winning every match in straight sets.
Stephanie received a full ride scholarship to attend the University of Florida. While at Florida she was a two time All-American and won the NCAA Team Championship in 1998, runner-up in 1999 and lost in the final four in 2000 and 2001. Her team finished the year in the top 3 in the country all four years that she played (1997-2001). Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences with an emphasis in Sports Management.
After college Stephanie traveled all over the world competing professionally for three years. She won four professional tournaments and achieved a WTA singles ranking of #260.
Stephanie started coaching tennis in 2005 and found her passion in coaching and developing high performance juniors. She has coached players to college tennis along with three state titles, multiple national titles, and fur gold balls. Stephanie spent the first 10 years of coaching in Evansville as head pro at Advantage Court and Fitness then as director of High Performance at the Evansville Tennis Center. In May of 2015 she moved to Indianapolis and is currently working for Smith Tennis. This will be her sixth summer coaching for the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program!
Lucas started playing seriously when he was seven years old. As a high school player, he was a runner-up in Wisconsin High School Ten- nis and the all-time-wins leader at Roncalli High School. Lucas played Di- vision I Tennis at Valparaiso University and was a part of the 2012 Horizon League Championship team. He is ranked in the Top Ten in university career doubles victories and Top Five in win percentage for a single season (singles). In addition to being the Head Tennis Pro of Junior Programming at West Indy, Lucas serves as the Assistant Coach for the Boys North Central High School Tennis Team. Lucas has been teaching tennis since he was 15 years old, and he loves the game because it is a life- long game that teaches juniors life lessons and provides enjoyment through-out all stages of one’s life. This will be Lucas’ second summer coaching for Indianapolis Community Tennis program!