Director of Pickleball
Coach Russell, a 36 year employee with the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Department-Tampa, Florida has been involved in Pickleball since 2009. He was first introduced to the game by officiating matches at the Tampa Bay Senior Games.This sparked a fire and soon after he began playing, officiating and developing Pickleball programs in the Tampa Bay & Sarasota areas.
As a past USTA Tennis Professional, he gave free pickleball lessons and clinics to beginners and advanced players as well as hosting sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments since 2015. Coach Russell offered the very first Pickleball “Boot” Camp in America in 2016 and has been organizing them ever since.
Coach Russell is an accomplished player participating in the USAPA National Tournament, World Huntsman Games, and the US Open where he has metaled in each. He recently played in Germany and played for the USA Team for the Bainbridge Cup. Coach Russell is a Level II IPTPA Professional and also a IFP Certified Pro. He loves to share his wisdom and knowledge from relationships with Pro’s and tournament players to make you a better player as well.
Coach Russell recently accepted the position of Director of Pickleball at the new Creekside Racquet Club in beautiful Black Mountain, NC just outside of Asheville in May-2019.