Below are just a few of our High Performance Pickleball Instructors & Coaches:
Gigi LeMaster. Gigi is one of most recognized players in the game winning medals at all the major events over the past 5+ years. Gigi played volleyball, but no paddle sports previously. She picked up a pickleball paddle at the age of 45 and worked her way through the skill levels from beginner to pro. Her achievements include US Open (Pro gold medalist), USA Nationals (Pro gold medalist), and TOC (Pro gold medalist). As of 2021, Gigi has been inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame. She said "It's been said I will probably be the last of my kind to have made it to the pro level without any paddle background". This experience is what makes Gigi a great instructor for all levels and playing styles.
Jessie Irvine. USAPA Nationals Gold Medalist & Open Silver Medalist. Tournament of Champions Gold & Silver Medalist. Jessie played tennis growing up and was one of the top 10 nationally ranked juniors. She also played tennis professionally but had to retire due to injury. Jessie has been coaching tennis to kids for almost the last ten years and has now added playing professional pickleball to her career.
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.
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. 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.
Scott Burr. USAPA Nationals Pro-level Gold Medalist/Champion in both doubles and singles, Tournament of Champions Pro-level Gold Medalist along with many other top titles/medals in doubles, mixed doubles and singles including the US Open. He is considered one of the best senior doubles, mixed doubles and singles players in the country. Scott taught thousands of hours of lessons in his 25 years as a golf professional in the U.S. A. and Germany before moving to pickleball in 2013.
Kevin Beason. Kevin comes to Engage Premier Pickleball Camps with 30+ years of coaching tennis & pickleball. He has helped all skill levels, from beginners to touring professionals, and brings a high level of knowledge and enthusiasm to the courts. Kevin also holds two National Pickleball Singles Championship Gold medals and has numerous medals in doubles and mixed doubles. Kevin's motto is "Play up to your potential, but within yourself".