Tony and his wife Jill met playing mixed doubles on a tennis league team the same year that Tony was headed to nationals with his men’s USTA team. Wasn’t too long afterwards that they were invited by a close friend to play some pickleball. Tony thought this would be nothing more than a morning spending time with some friends one the courts. Little did Jill or he know the lasting impact that morning would have on their lives.
Since 2016, Tony has switched full-time from tennis to pickleball and played in more than 35 tournaments, including medaling in several regional events. While Tony had always shared his knowledge and love for the game with others, in 2018 he took a more formal approach. He became a certified IPTPA instructor and, together with his wife, founded In2Pickle – a resource for all things Pickleball.
Through their In2Pickle YouTube channel and online written resources, Tony shares pickleball tips and strategies. Tony is constantly looking for new ways to impart information that can help players improve their game. The underlying philosophy of In2Pickle is that any player who puts in the work can improve his/her game, becoming a benchmark 4.0 player (if not higher).
Laura is an all-around athlete and holds National titles in basketball, softball, tennis, and racquetball, and exploded on to the pickleball scene. Over the past 35 years, she has taught college courses in biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biophysics, sport psychology, neuroplasticity, nutrition, and athletic training. Being a professional athlete for 15 years with the U.S. Olympic Racquetball Team and managing her own sports academy, Laura brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the sports world. Laura’s passion for the sport, league play, and tournaments helped her realize that pickleball was ready for something new. Dedicated to the amazing sport of pickleball and its clubs and communities, Laura established World Team Pickleball (WTP) in Columbus, Ohio, in 2015 to offer players of all ages and skill levels inexpensive, competitive, fun and social team events.
US Open Championships – 1st Women’s Pro Doubles Finalist!
Gold – Women’s Doubles 40+
Gold – Mixed Senior Pro Doubles 50+
Silver – Women’s Pro Doubles
2016 Tournament of Champions – Bronze – Open Women’s Singles Legends
2016 USAPA Nationals – Bronze – Mixed Senior Open Doubles
PPF Desert Championships – Silver – Senior Women’s Pro Doubles
2017 US Open – Gold – Women’s Doubles 45+
2017 World Team Pickleball Championships – 1st Place – 5.0 Mixed Team
Helle Sparre was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1956. She began playing tennis at the age of six and by age 19 she was the Number One ranked player in her country.
As a professional, Sparre competed in all four major grand slams - The Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Once ranked as high as 49th in the world on the professional women’s tour, she captured the 1978 U.S. Clay Court Women’s Doubles Championship with partner Helena Anliot. In 1997, Sparre competed for the victorious U.S. Women’s 40’s team in the World Cup and won the 40’s World Doubles Championship.
Helle is the author of the book Dynamite Doubles and the creator of the Dynamite Doubles System which helps all levels of tennis players understand how to play smarter and win in doubles immediately. She has adapted and teaches the Dynamite Doubles system for Pickleball as well. She is also one of a growing number of former tennis professionals who have successfully converted to Pickleball. In fact, in an addition to playing professionally, she is recognized as one of the best Pickleball instructors in the nation today, while serving as an advocate for the growth of the game at all ages and all levels.
John Sperling is a professional pickleball player and instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience. John has achieved success with well know companies such as Grand Oaks Resort, PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry), Country Club of Ocala, Engage Pickleball, and Bollettieri Tennis Academy, to name a few.
John grew up in the Detroit Metro area and attended Trenton High School in Trenton, MI. It is here where he started playing tennis and began his junior tennis career. John quickly became one of the best young players in the area and reached a top rating in the state of Michigan by the time he was 17. After high school John attended College of DuPage and played tennis for Chaparrals. He reached a collegiate ranking of #7 and led his tennis team to a Top 5 Finish at Nationals.
While attending college in Chicago, John started his teaching career at Evergreen Bath and Tennis Club in Evergreen Park. Over the years, John was blessed to learn from some of the best professionals in the industry, which helped him develop into the instructor that he is today. After 30 years on the tennis court, John left the tennis world to bring his experience and expertise to pickleball. He has a style of teaching that appeals to all levels of play, from the beginning player all the way to top professionals. His passion on the court is unmatched and this transfers through to his students.
John has played professionally for the past two years and has won many local, state, and regional tournaments. He has had success at the national level by capturing a Gold/Champion medal at the 2017 US Open and followed it up with two more medals at the 2018 Open. He was also a two-time medalist at the 2018 AAU National Indoor Championships. John likes to spend his down time working with underprivileged kids by teaching them pickleball and other sports.
Deb was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts. Home of Cedar Junction formerly knownas Walpole State Prison! Her sports of choice in the good old days were Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball. She went on to major in Physical Education at The University of Massachusetts and was Captain of the Field Hockey Team and selected to the United States Field Hockey Squad from 1968-1972. Chatham High School in the state of New York was her first teaching position. She was responsible for ALL activities including all the sports she loves to do PLUS cheerleading and gymnastics. Deb received her masters degree from East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania then proceeded to coach/teach at Pine Manor College in Boston, Mount Holyoke College in Northhampton, and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Prior to moving to The Villages in 2005, Deb co-owned a jewelry store on Cape Cod for close to 20 years and coached and taught tennis at various racquet clubs in Massachusetts.
Deb is the author of “Intense Pickleball Camp”Take it to the Next Level. She is also the creator of the ongoing instructional series on You Tube with over 90+ episodes devoted to improving your skill components: picklepongdebyoutube.
Currently, she enjoys teaching Pickleball in the Villages and loves being able to offer intense Pickleball workshops throughout the country as a traveling clinician. Pro-Lite Sports Inc. has selected Deb to represent their endeavors. As a Pro-Lite Pro she has offered workshops with Nationally acclaimed player Simone Jardim. She has traveled to San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and all parts of Florida, (Jupiter, Clearwater, Englewood, Sarasota, Piper's Landing, Riverbend).
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With an outstanding background as a player and instructor, Scott brings both his passion and his expertise to the court, helping you to believe and achieve your pickleball goals!
Scott Tingley was born in Clearwater, Florida and started playing tennis at the age of 10. By age 14 he was nationally ranked gaining exposure to players from all over the country.
In 2012, Scott found the incredible sport of Pickleball. His pickleball passion grew quickly and before he knew it, he was playing 15+ hours per week and loving every second of it. After 9 months of playing he placed fourth in a tournament at the 4.0 level and that fueled his fire even more. Since then Scott has over 40 medals and still counting . . .
Scott Tingley was one of the lead instructors at the 2017 U.S. Open in Naples, FL. Over the years Scott has enjoyed teaching and coaching many different sports. He has been working as a private Pickleball coach in the Punta Gorda area and has done group clinics around the country. His teaching techniques help students feel comfortable on the court and is now a IPTPA Certifier for pickleball instructors. It is Scott’s passion to sharpen the abilities of both students and instructors so they can take their game to the next level.
Mindy hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was introduced to Pickleball three years ago by her father. Since then, she has played in tournaments across the United States and has been on the podium more than 60 times, including a Gold medal at the 2018 Nationals in California.
Mindy is a certified IPTPA instructor and is sponsored by TMPR Sports. She also serves as National Events and Team Building Coordinator for Pickleball Rocks. She embraces The Pickleball Rocks mission which is “to help Pickleball grow”.
She is passionate about helping others to have fun and be healthy through the sport of Pickleball. Mindy says, “attending clinics and camps, like Coach Russel’s Suncoast Camp at Montreat have been instrumental in my growth as a player, so I’m excited and honored to be an instructor this year at Montreat!”
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Michelle Esquivel has over 15 years of teaching experience in Physical Education. She received a full ride tennis scholarship to Concordia University where she was the Eagles #1 singles and doubles player.
After competing in college, Michelle graduated with a BA in Exercise Sports Science. While a tennis instructor at Matchpoint Tennis Academy, Michelle also took a role in coaching at the collegiate level at Cypress College and Orange Coast College.
Michelle obtained her Masters Degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University and began teaching Kinesiology classes at the collegiate level. She is now a top women’s female pro player and is currently teaching at Pickleball Zone Bend in central Oregon. Michelle has also been involved in coaching several Pickleball camps the last three years.
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Gigi began playing pickleball in 2011 and worked her way through the various skill levels to reach the PRO level in 2013. In 2013 she won both events in the first ever professional Tournament of Champions with the biggest prize purse ever paid out at that time for a Tournament.
She won the 2017 US Open Women’s Doubles Age 30+ Champion, 2017 US Open Senior Pro Women’s Doubles Champion, and the 2017 USAPA Women’s open Senior Champion. Also, Gigi is a four time US Open Champion, twelve time Nationals Medalist. Gigi has medaled in all the major tournaments since 2011. She is a five time International Champion including Canada, Finland, The Netherlands.
When she is not playing in tournaments around the country or world, Gigi spends her time teaching and coaching as a Certified International Teaching Professional. She is a volunteer teacher who instructs pickleball in the local Dysart High School District. In addition to being a top level Pickleball Pro, Gigi is also a USAPA Ambassador and a USAPA Certified Referee. Gigi is a member of the Engagepickleball Pro Team.
Riley Newman was born and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington from very supportive parents, Mike and Pam Newman. Riley grew up in the middle of 6 siblings (5 sisters and 1 brother). He grew up and loved playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and tennis. He especially loved basketball and tennis and like his older sister, Lindsey; played tennis at a Division I school in Seattle.
Riley was introduced to pickleball in the summer of 2017 by basketball referee and Selkirk player, Mark Cook. Because Riley and Lindsey both played very high-level tennis, picking up a pickleball paddle and learning the strategy wasn’t too difficult. The Newman’s entered into their first 5.0 tournament and won the mixed doubles bracket! Riley has been hooked on pickleball ever since and absolutely loves all of the wonderful people he has meet because of it.
Riley lives in Phoenix, Arizona and referee’s college basketball. Riley plays with the Amped Epic paddle and loves the extended handle which allows him to hit his two handed backhand, also the power from the baseline with the touch from the kitchen line. His favorite Pickleball memory came in his first US Open tournament (2018) where Lindsey and him progressed so far in the tourney that they played on center court in the mix open quarterfinals. “The fans were so engaged and felt the awesome energy throughout the whole match.”Type your paragraph here.
Lindsey Newman grew up on Whidbey Island, Washington with six siblings that include four sisters and two brothers. She started her Pickleball career in the late summer of 2017 at Pickleball Station in Kent, Washington after hearing about the game from another Selkirk player, Mark Cook.
Lindsey and her brother, Riley, entered into their first tournament less than a week after picking up a Pickleball paddle and won the mixed doubles open bracket! Immediately after that tournament, Lindsey and Riley became professional players and their careers have immensely risen.
If Lindsey is not on the Pickleball court, she’s probably on the basketball court as a college basketball referee. Lindsey plays both singles and doubles in Pickleball, but prefers playing doubles with her favorite partner, Riley. Lindsey is also working with her younger sister, Hayley, in hopes that they can one day be doubles partners. Lindsey currently resides in Queen Creek, Arizona and is sponsored by Selkirk.
Barry grew up in Miami Florida playing football and baseball in the youth programs until the age of 13 when he discovered his true love, tennis. Within two years he was ranked in the top 5 in the state of Florida and top 50 in the nation. At 18 he won the Florida State High School Championships in the number one singles position earning him many college scholarships.
He attended the University of Illinois, was ranked number one as a freshman, and advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Championships. After college, Barry played professionally on the satellite tour in Europe and the United States. Following his professional tennis career, Barry returned to Florida to become the Director of Tennis at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island.
Barry continued to play tennis tournaments and was ranked number one in Florida in the Men’s 25 and Men’s 30 division, in addition to being number two in the men’s open division. At the age of 47, and after many years away from playing competitive tennis, Barry found his new love, Pickleball.
In 2017, Barry turned Pickleball Pro and has won numerous Pickleball tournaments including 4 Florida Senior games in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Barry has won numerous Pickleball tournaments including the Atlanta Open with Scott Moore, the Texas Open with Steve Kennedy, the World Pickleball Championship with Paul Olin, and the most coveted prize in Pickleball, the US OPEN Senior Pro Men’s Doubles Championship with Dave Weinbach.
Barry looks forward to playing and competing all over the country showcasing the growing sport of Pickleball. He is an IPTPA Certified Teaching Professional and the head Pickleball Professional at Pickleball & Tennis US in Bonita Springs, Florida. In addition to being one of the top ranked pickleball players in the world, he is full-time Realtor with John R Wood Properties.
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