Pickleball Coaches

Pickleball Coaches2019-02-11T13:18:32-04:00

Di Dednah

Coach Di is a USAPA Ambassador and IPTPA Certified Instructor. She has been teaching and coaching Pickleball for 2 years offering lessons, clinics and coached play. She is passionate about the game and is a tournament rated 4.0 competitive player having won medals in regional, state  and local events in women’s doubles mixed doubles and singles. Di enjoys introducing the game to new players as well as coaching players intent on tournament play. Several of her students have advanced to win gold medals. She believes in teaching “soft game” that focuses on “patience over impulse and placement over power”. Di was a professor of physical therapy for 25 years, teaches & coaches at the Pickleball Academy of SW Florida, and believes the transition to teaching Pickleball was a natural path.

“Di has taught me fundamentals, positioning and advanced strategies for both singles and doubles play. My game has rapidly progressed and her instruction is invaluable.”  Dave C. of Quincy
“Di uses her lifelong teaching skills to help both new and experienced players learn the game, improve skills, advance strategies, and prepare for competition.” -Susan M. of Braintree

“The clinics I took with Di did wonders for my game. She has a wonderful demeanor, is extremely patient, and has a great sense of humor.” -Fran D. of Plymouth 

“Di has an exceptional teaching style and extensive knowledge of the game. She understands how each student learns and connects with them individually. She’s talented and fun.” -Heidi P. of Quincy

Arlene Petrunich

Arlene is an IPTPA and PPR Certified Instructor and tournament player who has medaled in numerous local, state and regional tournaments at the 4.0 and above levels. She has been playing pickleball for 5 years and has been teaching for over 3 years on Cape Cod. Arlene is a USAPA Ambassador in Mashpee, MA, and worked with the local pickleball community to build 8 dedicated pickleball courts in the town in 2018.

Thank u so much for your teaching yesterday. It was really well organized and I can’t wait to start playing. Chris A

Clinic was excellent. You’re a great coach and teacher.”  Donna E

I enjoyed the clinics and sharing pball w the folks. I think the content and delivery were both excellent. It is clear that the participants like being there and enjoy your role as their instructor and pickleball swami.” ~IPTPA Certified Instructor and Rater, Tony R

PHILLIP HAYMAN

Phillip is a USAPA Ambassador for the greater Weymouth area and an IPTPA Certified Level 2 instructor (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association). Additionally, he is a Certified Rating Specialist 5 (CRS-5) which certifies him to rate playersup to the 4.5 skill level. An IPTPA Rated 4.5 player and a IPTPA Teach the Teacher Clinician, Phillip is on the tennis staff at the Weymouth Club, Weymouth, Ma. and is a USPTA P-1 instructor and a PTR Rated Professional. He his philosophy is: LEARN, DRILL, PLAY WITHIN YOUR LIMITS AND HAVE FUN.  A member of the Team Head Advisory Staff, Phillip will be playing on tournament circuit in California, Florida and New England in 2019.

TABITHA JOHNSON

A member of Pickleball Coaching International, Tabitha is a fun and engaging pickleball coach. She played tennis for most her life as a tournament player, college athlete and coach.  After a hiatus from the court due to injuries, she was introduced to pickleball and quickly fell in love with it. Tabitha is a 4.0 tournament player, has medalled at many local and regional tournaments and will compete in the US Open this May in Naples, FL.

Tabitha taught tennis for many years, so bringing those skills to the pickleball court was a natural move for her.  She offers private, semi-private, group lessons and specialized coaching sessions and encourages players to play their best game.  Whether you want to learn the basics, new skills, focus on strategy or prepare for a tournament, Tabitha is your coach.

“Tabitha is an excellent instructor!  I played for 2 years before ever having a lesson – so glad to have encountered Tabitha. She demonstrates and engages learners in a variety of skills and techniques. Tabitha is patient, upbeat and thorough. I am motivated by her to improve my game while continuing to have fun.”  -Nicole JK, Retired Teacher

Definitely participate in a clinic with Tabitha!  She’s great. She provides interactive instruction in a variety of skills. The follow-up is then personal feedback given to each pupil. Great instructor!  We love her.”  -Jodi N