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Kris Johanessen

Professional Teaching Certification

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Blake Wilson

Professional Teaching Certification

Blake is a 32-year-old resident of Punta Gorda, FL and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. His athletic achievements include winning three consecutive NJ High School Basketball State Championships and receiving NJ MVP honors each year. He went on to play Division I basketball at Princeton University. Blake has been playing pickleball since 2017 and is currently competing at the 4.5/5.0 skill level. He is a member of Peace River Picklers, the USAPA, PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda’s Professional Teaching Team, and a Certified Professional Teacher by the IPTPA. His goal is to help individuals advance their skills and strategies while enjoying the sport of pickleball.

Contact information:

Residence: Punta Gorda, FL 856-287-5347

Email : blakewilsonpickleball@gmail.com

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Ricky Deller

Professional Teaching Certification

Ricky has been playing pickleball since 2015 and has competed in tournaments locally and nationally.

As a certified IPTPA Professional Instructor, His instruction focuses on fundamental skills, advanced techniques and control. Every lesson is designed to each unique individual to cater to there specific needs.

Ricky’s passion is working and teaching pickleball to the young people attending the Boys and Girls Camp and trouble youth at the Compass Center. He explains “I love my community and the kids are the future, to invest in them is to invest in our own future.”

A percentage of his earning is used to provide the kids with basics needs like, clothes, toothbrush, shoes etc. donations are always welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Contact Information:

Residence: Punta Gorda, FL  941-623-6632

Email: www.dinklife.com

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 Gary Wilson

Professional Teaching Certification

Gary brings professional experience in athletics to PicklePlex®. He is a retired high school coach and athletic director.  Having played pickleball for five years and competing at the 4.5 skill level, his knowledge of skill and instruction progression is evident in his teaching style.  

A member of the USAPA and certified Professional Instructor by IPTPA, Gary enjoys playing, instructing, and leading pickleball activities.   As a member of the PicklePlex® Board of Directors he welcomes everyone to enjoy the game at all levels of skill. 

 

Contact Information: 

Residence: Punta Gorda, Fl    856-429-1796 

Email: pickleplex.lessons@gmail.com

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Mac Moody

Professional Teaching Certification

Mac has been playing pickleball for five years and competes at the 4.0/4.5 level, she earned her PPR Professional Certification in 2019 and currently teaches clinics and private lessons in Estero.  She will be available to teach at the PicklePlex® on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Mac has previous coaching experience in both tennis and gymnastics and has been actively involved in sports as a tennis player, a competitive gymnast and marathon runner. Mac enjoys helping others learn the sport and improve their game with a focus on technique and strategy.

 

Contact information:

Residence: Punta Gorda, Fl.  918-645-6481

Email: mac@pickleballwithmac.com

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Pete and Gloria Reilly

Certified Instructors

Pete and Gloria moved from St. Louis, MO to Punta Gorda, FL in 2016.  They have been active in the local pickleball community helping with the skills and drills program with the Peace River Picklers’ since 2017.  They have been playing pickleball since 2013 and have won numerous medals at the 3.5 and 4.0 levels.  Gloria serves as the secretary/ treasurer for the PicklePlex®. 

They have been certified instructors with the IPTPA since 2018.  They enjoy working with players of all levels but especially like introducing the game to new players.   

Contact information: Residence Punta Gorda, FL 

Email: Gloria.reilly@pickleplex.org 

Kris has been a teaching pickleball since 2018 and playing racquet/paddle sports all his life. Originally from Connecticut, Kris retired from the United States Air Force in 2002 and moved to Florida in 2015.  

He lives in Fort Myers and offers a simple, efficient approach to the game, serving clients from Englewood to Bonita Springs. Whether you are a beginner looking for the “right way” to start or a tournament player looking to sharpen a specific skill, give Kris a call. 

 

Contact Information: 

Residence: Fort Myers, Fl    860-639-0284 

Email: krisjohanessen@gmail.com