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EngagePickleball Camp Instructors

Let me introduce some of the EngagePickleball Camp instructors.

Marcin Rozpedski.  Gold Medalist/Champion USAPA Nationals, US Open and Tournament of Champions.  Considered the #1 singles player in the world and one of the top doubles player.  Former professional tennis player that played on the Polish Davis Cup team and all the world major tennis tournaments.  Has been the Head Tennis Pro for various high-profile institutions along with training partner for some of the top tennis players in the world.

Matthew Blom.  USAPA Nationals Champion Open Gold Medalist in Doubles.  Affectionately called Zen Master or the Peaceful Warrior by some, Matthew brings an inside out approach to the game, starting with how you breathe, hold the paddle, and relate to yourself and life (especially when you “make a mistake”). Tying it back to pickleball and how to “slow down the ball”, “visually open the court”, and turn anxious reactions into artistic control (that wins).  

Brian Staub.  USAPA Nationals Champion in Doubles and Singles, US Open Pro Champion along with many other top titles/medals including the Tournament of Champions.  One of the most well known Pro Pickleball players and commentators in the sport of Pickleball.  Taught and competed in tennis at the national level and competed in Europe in Belgium, England, Spain and France.

Lucy Kovalova.  US Open Pro medalist in Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Singles.  USAPA Nationals Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Singles.  One of only (2) people (men or women) to medal in all of the Pro events of the USPA Nationals and US Open back to back.  Tournament of Champions Singles medalist.  Lucy has many other national titles and medals.  Born and raised in Slovakia, Lucy was a member of the Junior National Slovakian Tennis Team.  Played #1 doubles at Wichita State University.  Lucy's unique combination of range, power and beautiful strokes has allowed her to achieve immediate success and reach the pinnacle of professional Pickleball in her short time playing the sport.

Robert Elliott.  Champion/Gold Medalist at the USAPA Nationals and Tournament of Champions.  US Open Pro Medalist.  Robert has many other top National titles/medals.  Rob’s philosophy is clear.  Teach what works now, and what will work as you keep climbing.  Keep it simple and effective.  Know what you are doing.  So you can on your own fix what’s not working so you never have to say, “it’s just one of those days’.  Former USTA junior ranked tennis player and Collegiate Division I singles and doubles tennis player who taught at one of the famous Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academies.

Matt Wright.  Silver Medalist at US Open Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles Pro events and Nationals Mixed Doubles Pro event (along with numerous other Gold medals at the US Open, USAPA Nationals and Tournament of Champions).  In his less than two years playing pickleball, Matt has made a quick splash on the scene and achieved much success, largely through his hand speed and ability to play both a fast and slow game, allowing him to play different varieties and styles depending on the conditions and opponent.  Matt is a former professional tennis player who played #1 singles and doubles at the University of Michigan all four years during his collegiate career.

Stephen Kennedy.  USAPA Nationals Medalist, US Open Gold Medalist and PPF Champion/Gold Medalist in Doubles, in addition to numerous other titles.  Considered one of the top senior singles and doubles players.  Steve has been with Jimmy Evert Tennis Center for 28 years with coaching experience in tennis and pickleball.   He traveled the world playing professional tennis earning a top 200 ATP world ranking.  He is now dedicated to teaching and playing pickleball full time.  Steve displays a powerful style of play but he believes the majority of practice time should be spent on the dink game.  His philosophy is drill, drill, drill and never let your game become predicable to your opponent.  

Jodi Elliott.  USAPA Nationals, US Open and East Canadian Nationals Medalist.  Tournament of Champions prize money winner.  Jodi has won many other medals at the national level.  She is also co-head of the IPTPA North/Central Florida Pickleball Training/Tennis Center with Robert Elliott.   Her teaching philosophy is to learn the basics, use those basics to continue progressing so you are able to execute your strategies to force your opponents to make a mistake.