Private Individual and Small Group Lessons
Music City Pickleball has approved three certified instructors to offer individual and small group lessons to our members. They are all accomplished players and experienced instructors. Please contact them directly via the email addresses listed.
Marne Smith is an IPTPA and a PPR Pro certified pickleball instructor. She has won gold medals with her identical twin sister at the Oregon State games, the Washington State games, Fall Brawl,, the Grand Canyon Games and has been gold medal champion in doubles and mixed doubles in the State of Tennessee for the Senior Olympics for the past 6 years. She also took a bronze medal in her first international tournament in women’s doubles in Nagano Japan. When not teaching she loves to play and drill with fellow pickleball enthusiasts. She was also on the women’s professional golf tour for a year and loves any sport where you are hitting a ball. However, pickleball is her true love.
Stephen is a PPR Certified Pro Instructor coming from an all sports background. Stephen is the Southeast Territory Manger for Engage Pickleball as well as a sponsored athlete. He started playing in 2013 and has been competing in tournaments across the country ever since. Stephen has been a medalist in a number of big name tournaments since he began competing in 2013. Stephen is proud to coach and play with new players to the game in order to help grow the community and talent pool in his area. When he isn’t playing Pickleball, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, Brittany and their children Brody, Bailey, Zara, and Odin (the last 3 aren’t humans ;))
Alisha Russell, MCP Lead Instructor
When I’m not playing or teaching pickleball, I share my time between my husband, my 3 incredible and unique children, and my business as the Lead Design Specialist for our company. Growing up in Franklin, I played all kinds of sports and games but didn’t find pickleball until 5 years ago. At the Franklin Rec Center one day walking the track, these nets showed up, with a group of people playing and laughing and what seemed to be them having the time of their lives…..while exercising? I was intrigued. The next day, only one man was there to play so I hopped down there and asked him if he needed someone to play with. His name was Ray, he was 90 years old, and he taught me how to play pickleball. Since then, pickleball has become my passion. I am a PPR trained and certified professional instructor with multiple 5.0 medal wins on the tournament circuit. My goal in every session with a client is for them to have worked hard, found improvement, and to leave smiling and sweaty! What I most love about this game besides being a fun, healthy, and social form of exercise, is that it’s always evolving leaving new aspects of the game to learn and therefore focus on new ways to get better. Now get a paddle and go hit some pickleballs!