Meet our team

Our faculty is dedicated to the improvement of all our athletes. Get to know us a little to understand our passion and approach to the tennis community.


Brandon Diaz

Founder/Head Instructor

Brandon has been living in the Antelope Valley since three years old and first came into contact with tennis at the age of 11. He graduated from Highland High School in 2010 on the varsity tennis team. He began coaching in 2013 becoming the Quartz Hill High School boys' head coach (2013-2016) and Highland High School girls' head coach (2015-2016). He has since then become a USPTA Professional coach and founded Excel Tennis with close friends and continues coaching classes and private lessons. You can find him teaching at Owen Memorial Park.

Brandon’s USPTA Website


Raul Feliciano


With thirteen years in tennis and ten years in stringing, Excel Tennis is proud to partner with Raul Feliciano and make him our go-to stringer. Raul keeps Excel’s preferred strings (Volkl, Genesis, Solinco) in stock, as well as many others. He has a great turnaround time for your rackets in case you need a rush order. Raul has been in the Antelope Valley for 20 years, where he discovered his passion for tennis. You can catch Raul playing morning singles or doubles at Owen Memorial.


Greg Barnes

Instructor - Jane Reynolds Park

Greg Barnes has 38 years of experience in tennis, including 20 years of USTA competition. He's achieved the top 20 for five years and was back-to-back #2 in the NTRP 4.5 Southern California Region. He has been coaching for over 6 years from ages 3-64 and has coached all skill levels. Him and Brandon lead the efforts towards growing tennis through Excel Tennis in the Antelope Valley after years of brainstorming. You can find Greg Barnes coaching the classes in Jane Reynolds Park.  


Linda Ruiz

Instructor - Hybrid Owen Memorial Class

Linda Ruiz played for Pierce College and helped drive the team to win State Championships. She has many years of USTA playing experience and countless USTA tournament wins to compliment it. She began teaching in San Fernando - quickly becoming the manager of the Northridge Tennis Club. She moved to the AV and started the tennis program for Highland High School. With 20+ years of coaching experience, she now coaches with Excel Tennis at Owen Memorial Park and continues coaching as head coach for the boys and girls of Highland High School.


Elaine Ma

Instructor - Domenic Massari Park

Elaine was coached under Brandon Diaz in her 2015-2016 school year as a line 2 Varsity doubles player. She trained privately with Brandon to finish off her next year as the #1 ranked singles player on her Varsity team at Highland High School. Elaine assisted Brandon for over a year as an aid where she learned the ropes to teaching and developed a passion for coaching. Elaine coaches for Excel Tennis and loves working with the 5-8 year old classes. You can catch Elaine coaching at Domenic Massari Park.


Nick Novak


Born and raised in the Antelope Valley, Nick started playing tennis 15 years ago. He has been coaching tennis for about seven years. Nick has recently teamed up with Excel Tennis and taken over as the head instructor for Marie Kerr classes in Palmdale. He also has been stringing tennis rackets for over 5 years. His favorite string brand is Ytex. You can catch Nick playing doubles in the mornings at Own Memorial, or teaching at Marie Kerr.

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