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Coach Russell is an established 4.5 player winning Gold, Silver and Bronze in many tournaments including the 2018 US Open!

He has participated in the USAPA National Tournament, Huntsman Games, US Open along with various other tournaments throughout the United States.  He has finished first or second at the National Senior Games for the State of Florida, which as you might know has some of the biggest names in Pickleball!!!


He is currently representing the Team USA Squad which will be challenging Germany this summer-2019 in Essen, Germany for the "Bainbridge Cup", equivalent to Tennis's Davis Cup!!!

Coach Russell started his pickleball career in 2013 as a Recreation Director for the Parks & Recreation Department in Tampa, Florida where he worked for over 36 years.  He learned the sport from the senior citizens and soon began playing tournaments and giving lessons.  As a past USPTA Tennis Professional, he quickly developed the skills to perform and instruct others.


Once he retired in 2015, he opened up his first business- Suncoast Pickleball in Sarasota, Florida.  He offered more than 12 large tournaments throughout the state in a three year span.


During that time he created Pickleball's very first "Pickleball Boot Camp" in Montreat, NC.  The "Boot Camps" are so successful, he continues to conduct them to this day!


Through these Boot Camps, Coach Russell has the distinct opportunity to work and learn from some of sports most popular teaching Professionals including: Kyle Yates, Tyson McGuffin, Joey Farias, Jennifer Lucore, Gigi LeMaster, Deb Harrison, Coach Mo, Brian Staub, Phil Bagley, Scott Tingley, John Sperling, Steve Kennedy, Laura Fenton, LeeAnna Camper, Paul Coletta, Robert & Jodi Elliott, and many others!


Coach Russell currently lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina (Summer) and Sarasota, Florida (Winter) and is married to his beautiful wife Sheryl (who plays tennis).  He also has two daughters (one in NYC and one in Florida).

Creekside Pickleball Club- Black Mountain, NC

More About "Coach Russell"

Creekside Pickleball Club is located at 195 Dogwood Lane in beautiful Black Mountain, North Carolina, just 15 minutes from the City of Asheville.  Part of the Creekside Racquet Club, our Pickleball Club offers everything from Top Ranked Player Leagues to Recreational Play!

This Private Club offers memberships at ONLY $34/month with 5 guest fees/year at only $5pp.


This very unique club currently offers outdoor play courts INSIDE our awesome two hard court tennis courts.  The newly resurfaced courts is absolutely perfect for recreational and tournament play with no chance to get rained out!!!


Programs for Recreational Players: (Typically rated from 2.5-3.0 +)


We have Recreational Play from 9:00am-11:00am Monday through Friday along with FREE Newbie Lessons every Tuesday from 9:00am-10:00am with play afterwards!  We also play each Saturday from 9:00am-12noon!!!  Everyone is Welcome!!! 


Recreational Players also get FREE Drills and Strategy Clinics from IPTPA Professional "Coach Russell" every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am-12noon as an excellent way of improving their game at NO Cost for members!  Limited to first 8 players.  Please use the PlayTime Scheduler below!


Our Recreational Players (rated 2.5-3.5) also can join our Monday Night "Shootouts" as a way of measuring their competitive play.  Shootouts are only $2 for members/$5 for guests.  Monday night players can also play and practice from 5:30pm-8:30pm every Wednesday too!!! Please use the PlayTime Scheduler to register!


Play Time Scheduler Link:    https://playtimescheduler.com/


Programs for Intermediate and Advanced Players: (Typically 3.5 - 4.5+)


For Intermediate and Advanced Players we offer play from 11:00am-2:00pm every Monday through Friday as well as Saturdays from 9:00am-12noon!  They too have a very popular "Advanced Shootout" every Thursday night from 5:30pm-8:30pm. $5 for members/$10 for non-members! We reserve Tuesday nights from 5:30pm-8:30pm for Advanced/Intermediate play and practices in order to get ready for the shootouts!!! Please sign up using the PlayTime Scheduler.  First 20 players are in!!!


Also starting in August will be our Advanced Pro Shootouts (Players rated 4.5 and higher) where players from surrounding states and areas can compete for PRIZE MONEY!!!  The league will be on Tuesday nights starting at 5:30pm.  They too can go to the PlayTimeScheduler to register starting in August-2019.  Don't miss out on this one!  $20/player or $25 for non-members.  Members can watch for free!!!


We also provide a FREE Drills and Strategy Clinic each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am-11:00am at no costs to members!  What a fantastic way to really improve your game! Please use the PlayTime Scheduler as class size is limited to first 8 players!


PlayTime Scheduler Link:    https://playtimescheduler.com/


Pickleball Socials and Special Events:


To keep all our Pickleball Activities fun and exciting, we offer monthly Pickleball Socials with crazy, fun, unique games!  In most cases we will be visiting an area restaurant and from time to time having a Bar BQ or Pot Luck afterwards!  Now that sounds like a great time!!!


We also are planning to have our very first BIG Pickleball Tournament called "Battle at the Creek" on Friday, October 18th-Sunday, October 20th, 2019.  We'll have Ability Level Tournaments for Men, Women and Mixed Doubles in 2.5-3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 +players.  To register or more information go to: pickleballtournaments.com


Clinics and Private Lessons:


Coach Russell also provides a Monthly Clinic, currently on Saturdays, that are open to everyone!  Recreational Players are from 9:00am-10:30am with Intermediate and Advanced from 10:30am-12noon.  Only $15 for members/$25 for non-members!  Class size is limited.


Coach Russell also provides Private Lessons at Only $40/hour (1-2 Players) $50 for non-members/ $60 (3-4 players) $80 for non-members.  


For More Information:


For more Info regarding our Pickleball Program or to book a lesson simply contact "Coach Russell" at:


coachrusselle@gmail.com or (813) 298-2022.


We use the PlayTimeScheduler to sign up for all our activities.  Please go to:

https://playtimescheduler.com/  or you can just show up if there's no limit of players!