Private Individual and Small Group Lessons
Music City Pickleball has approved the following certified instructors to offer individual and small group lessons to our members. They are all accomplished players and experienced instructors. Instructors are not employees of Music City Pickleball. Please contact them directly via the email addresses listed.
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!
You can contact Alisha via email.
I was a tournament level tennis and racquetball player until injuries put a stop to those sports. Then I found pickleball and immediately fell in love with it, ordering my first paddle on the way home from the courts on day one. I have played every week since then and love to challenge myself in tournament play throughout the U.S. I enjoy the social and competitive aspects of this game and find it rewarding to enable and help others improve, excel, and become passionate about pickleball like I am.
My teaching philosophy is focused on what students want and need to take their games to the next level, be that more advanced rec play or tournaments. I like breaking the game down into the basics to help keep shots and strategies simple, allowing players to concentrate on a few key elements to help them improve. I’m excited to be an approved IPTPA and PPR instructor with MCP and hope to see some new faces on the courts. Let’s play some ball….. 0-0-2!!
You can contact Kevin via email.
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 ;))
You can contact Stephen via email.
Bo is a pickleball enthusiast and has a passion for coaching. He is a PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor and plays or teaches everyday. His true love of the game lies in teaching others. He loves working with players of all abilities and relishes the opportunity to help them reach their full potential.
Pickleball has taken Bo all over the country and he loves the common thread that binds the players he meets along the way. That sense of community drives Bo to play and teach the game at the highest level possible.
You can contact Bo via email.
Craig is an IPTPA certified instructor. With five grown children, he has been a sports coach and teacher of many sports for decades. Having played nearly every sport since a very young age, Craig’s Pickleball addition commenced the first time he stepped on the court. “I was walking to the parking lot after a racquetball match and heard and odd sound and lots of laughter. I walked over and saw four happy people playing a game I had never seen before. Intrigued, I asked them what the heck they were doing. They invited me in and handed me a paddle. The rest is history- including my racquetball racket!”
Craig has been teaching the game to others ever since. He is as enthusiastic about teaching as he is about playing the game.
You can contact Craig via email.
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.
Marne is on a brief hiatus from teaching – returning in the Spring.