Rick has had a long successful career organizing and directing juniors and adult tennis tournaments in California and continues to assist in the success of the $100,000 Aptos Challenger, at Seascape Sports Club, the longest running men’s challenger in the United States. This tournament, has drawn players such as Andy Murray, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang, Mardy Fish, Jack Sock, Milos Raonic, James Blake, John Isner, Tommy Haas, Radek Stepanek, Misha Zverev and Donald Young and has raised more than $1,000,000 for local charities.
After his college tennis career he worked for 23 years in California as Tennis Director/Owner of Seascape Sports Club in Aptos, California and promoted and coached tennis widely in the Monterey Bay Area. He founded and was President and CEO of the hugely successful, still thriving, Monterey Peninsula Tennis Association, a non-profit community tennis association dedicated to promoting tennis by introducing the game to school age children at their school sites with follow-up after-school tennis programs also delivered on elementary school sites. In 2011, he came to the Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville, Hawaii, as Director of Tennis, Swim, and Fitness in 2011.
In 2014 Rick followed his passion by opening Velocity Tennis in order to go mobile by teaching and coaching tennis privately throughout Maui to experienced athletes of all ages and Maui guests at all levels of tennis. In addition, Rick has continued to contribute to the development of tennis on Maui, Hawaii in multiple ways, including volunteer coaching at Maui High School. Most recently, in 2017, he and his USTA Maui League team represented the State of Hawaii at the 40 & over 4.5+ level National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Rick is proud of the three wonderful children he helped raise who all love and play, or played, tennis at CalPoly San Luis Obispo: son Jordan, 26; daughter, Haley, 23; and son Devan,19. Rick continues to grow the game of tennis on Maui and in the Hawaii/Pacific area. Note: Rick Kepler is a Realtor/Sales Person at Coldwell Banker Island Properties, #1 Real Estate Company on Maui, with offices located throughout Maui.