Simone is an IPTPA certified instructor. She started playing Pickleball in January 2015 and has since become the 5.0 Open National Champion in Mixed Doubles and Women's Singles, the Pro U.S. Open 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 Head Women's Tennis Coach at Michigan State University.
As a Division I coach she learned how to inspire her players and develop champions.
Twenty One year old Kyle Yates has been playing Pickleball for 6 years. At 19, he made his first appearance at the 2014 USAPA National Tournament: winning the men’s 19+ doubles gold medal (with partner Robert Elliott) and claimed a medal in both singles and mixed doubles.
Now, after only 2 years of playing competitive Pickleball, he has won 50+ gold medals, 3 national titles, is the reigning European International Men's and Mixed Doubles Champion, the US Open Men's Doubles Pro and Men's Doubles 19+ Champion, Canadian National Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion, and Tournament of Champions Men's Doubles Champion.
With an outstanding background as a player and instructor, Scott brings both his passion and his expertise to the court.
Scott began playing tennis back in 1981 at the age of 10 in Clearwater, FL. He played with players from all over the country and ranked for the first time nationally at the age of 14. In January of 2012, he found the game of Pickleball and Scott’s passion for this sport grew so quickly that before he knew it, he was investing as many as 15 hours per week into the sport and loving every second of it.
Scott has won over 40+ medals including a Silver Medal in 5.0 45+ Singles and a Bronze Medal in 5.0 40+ Men’s Doubles at the 2016 US OPEN Pickleball Championships in Naples, FL.
Scott has been working as a private Pickleball coach in the Punta Gorda area and has done group clinics around the U.S. His abilities and teaching techniques help students feel comfortable on the court and have earned him the privilege of serving as an IPTPA Certifier for Instructors. It is Scott’s passion to assist students as well as instructors to sharpen their own abilities and achieve what they need to take their passion to the next level.
Chad is the Director of Operations for the US Open Pickleball Academy and 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.
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 every day 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.