Chad Edwards, Simone Jardim and Jim Ludwig
Academy Executive Director
After a 32-year career in the elevator/escalator business Jim retired and moved to Naples, Florida. Shortly after Jim arrived in Naples he was introduced to the game of pickleball. It was an instant addiction. Jim not only played the game everyday but also studied the game. He learned from some of the top instructors in the country.
For the past few years Jim has been giving lessons and clinics to all level of players. He is viewed as a player’s coach working with all levels of players to improve on their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths.
Jim, and his wife Carol, are the co-founders of Pickleball for All, a charity dedicated to growing the sport in schools around Florida.
To further his mission to grow the sport he became a USAPA District Ambassador. Jim is IPTPA certified instructor.
Simone is an IPTPA certified instructor. She started playing Pickleball in January 2015 and has since become the 5.0 Open National Champion in Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Women's Singles, the Pro U.S. Open Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Women's Singles Champion and Tournament of Champions Masters Champion in Women's Doubles and Women's Singles.
Jardim was a two time All-American tennis player in doubles and was ranked number one in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Simone’s coaching expertise was developed as the women’s Head Tennis Coach at Michigan State University. As a Division I coach she learned how to inspire her players and develop champions. Jardim coached two First-Team All-Big Ten selections and forty-one Spartans were recognized as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Come learn from one of the best instructors in the game today!
Academy Director of Operations
Chad's primary roles will be running the day to day operations of the Academy.
Chad started playing Pickleball in March 2015 with his wife Simone Jardim, joining the list of those bitten by the Pickleball Bug. A former Division I baseball player and coach, Chad has been involved with Division I athletics over the past 16 years. He is an IPTPA Certified Pickleball instructor and won gold in 4.5 Men's Doubles in the Southern Tropics Tournament, bronze in 4.5 Men's Doubles in the Florida State Championships and Silver in 4.0 Men's Doubles in the US Open Pickleball Championships in 2017. Chad has been teaching Pickleball for 2 years.
Chad also has more than 10 years experience as a private baseball instructor and operating private instruction facilities.