Meet Our Tennis Staff
Rob Van Der Schans
Director of Racquet Sports
Serving since 2018
Rob Van Der Schans joined the Canyon Creek staff in November of 2018 and has over 35 years of experience in the tennis industry. As a junior, Rob competed in, and won, over 30 tournaments in Spain, England, Dubai, the Netherlands and the United States. He also played on full scholarship for the nationally ranked University of Texas at Tyler, and was ranked #50 in the country . Starting his professional career in Irving, Rob was the Head Tennis Professional at Four Seasons Resort before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. During his time there, he held the position of Director of Racquet Sports at the prestigious Louisville Boat Club. In 2001, Rob was ranked #1 in the Kentucky Men's "Open" Doubles Division, and his contributions to Kentucky tennis earned him the USPTA Southern 2002 Kentucky Pro of the Year award. Rob is a USPTA Elite and USPTR Pro certified teaching professional, and has served as the President of the Dallas Professional Tennis Association (DPTA).
Serving since 2009
Michael Martinez has been at Canyon Creek since August, 2009 and in that time has developed a strong following. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1993 and was a NCAA Division I All American. While playing for OU, he won the Big 8 Conference titles in Singles, Doubles, and Team Tennis. He went on to play on the ATP Tour, earning ATP points in both singles and doubles. He was ranked as high as 35 in the nation in NCAA Division 1 and top 15 in doubles. Michael was also an assistant coach for the University of Oklahoma Men’s Tennis Team after graduation. He is USPTA, P-1 certified.
Director of Player Development
Serving since 2021
Ben has been involved in high performance tennis coaching for almost 30 years. He formed BSTA back in 2002 and was the co-owner of Strive Tennis academy in Atlanta GA. Both academies were recognized by the USTA for producing top nationally ranked and ITF players. During that time, he has developed over 200 players who went on to play high level Collegiate tennis on scholarships, from NAIA to NCAA 1 college level. Many have gone to play on tour and have reached as high as top 200 ATP/WTA. Some of Ben’s former students include his son Coy Simon who finished top 10 in the nation in B18’. Coy is now playing for the University of Tennessee Knoxville team is currently #3 in NCAA 1. Emma Navarro officially finished 2019 at 3 in the world junior ITF and 250 WTA in her senior year of high school; she is now a freshman for Virginia. Another former student John Harrison Richmond finished top 5 in the nation in every age category B 12-18.
Head of Adult Programming
Serving since 2022
Lynn is joining the Canyon Creek staff on September 28th as Head of Adult Programming. He brings over 15 years of tennis experience to the club. Lynn has been an USPTA Certified Elite Pro for 10 years and is also a Master Racquet Technician. Prior to joining the staff at Canyon Creek, Lynn served as Head Tennis Professional at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney and Springpark Tennis Center in Garland and as an Assistant Head Coach for The Hockaday School. He has also given back to the local tennis community by serving as President for the Dallas Professional Tennis Association and by being Chairman for the Dallas Cup.
Serving since 2023
Eddie Ross joined the Canyon Creek staff in January of 2023. He grew up In Chicago Illinois and competed in many national tournaments all over the United States from ages 12-18. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina at the age of 15 to be homeschooled and focus on tennis. Eddie played Division 1 tennis for four years at SMU in Dallas, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physiology and Sports Management. During his college career, he helped with the Wilson Collegiate tennis camps at SMU and helped coach juniors in Charleston, South Carolina. His enthusiasm and passion for tennis help him provide the best experience to everyone, no matter the level.
Serving since 2019
John Singer has proudly accepted the position of Tennis Professional at Canyon Creek Country Club. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in the tennis industry. John has been a USPTA certified tennis professional for 35 years and recently obtained his Level 2 Pickleball certification with IPTPA. John was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in adaptive physical education (working with physically handicapped children). During his time at Westminster he lettered all four years in tennis having played in the NAIA Division, competing in both singles and doubles. He started his professional career in 1983 at Park Forest Tennis & Health Club, Park Forest, Illinois, serving as their Director of Tennis for13 years. In 1995 he had the opportunity to move to Shady Oaks Country Club, in Fort Worth, TX, as their Director of Tennis & owner of the Tennis Pro Shop. In ...
Serving since 2021
Joseph Salinas joined the Canyon Creek staff in May 2021 and has had 5 years of experience in the tennis industry. Joseph grew up in the Houston area where he played for Deer Park High School’s tennis team. He then played for East Texas Baptist University where he became a Division 3 All-Conference player. He graduated from East Texas Baptist University with Bachelors in General Studies with a concentration in Business & Kinesiology. During his collegiate tenure, he served as a tennis instructor for the Houston Tennis Association and coordinated summer youth programs. Joseph has provided private lessons to children and adults of all ages. His passion for tennis allows him to provide a great experience to individuals of all ages and levels.
Serving since 2023
Chris is a PTR-certified instructor who joined the Canyon Creek staff in March 2023. He was born and raised in Queens, NYC. As a junior, he was ranked top 120 nationally during his junior and senior years of high school. Following his junior tennis, Chris was a Division 1 All-Conference player for Saint Francis University in Pittsburgh, PA. There he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and later achieved a Master’s degree in Business Administration. During his collegiate career, he served as a tennis instructor at North Hills Country Club in Long Island, NY. After college, he moved to McKinney, Texas to teach as a full-time instructor at The Courts of McKinney. There he managed kids and adult classes of all levels. Chris has 11 years of coaching experience and enjoys developing tennis players of all ages.