A little about me. Pickleball — invented on a summer afternoon on Bainbridge Island, WA — was just 6-years old when I was born. Skipping ahead almost two decades, I did my undergraduate studies at Hope College (and played tennis there… Go Dutchmen!). A few years later, I got my MBA from Michigan State University (Go Green!).
I spent several years in Corporate America working in the Lowe’s Companies, Inc. logistics organization in North Carolina and in the merchandise finance and supply chain group at Kmart Corporation in Michigan.
For approximately 15 years, I owned a digital marketing/social media business. I’m married to my best friend – who also runs her own business and blogs on the topics of toxins and health & wellness.
My Pickleball Roots
In terms of my pickleball experience, I remember playing it in Physical Education Class in 7th or 8th grade. I didn’t pick it up again until November, 2014 when my mother-in-law mentioned they were playing it at our local church, Woodside Bible Church, in Troy, Michigan. I’ve been hooked ever since and absolutely love playing pickleball.
For approximately 2 years, I was the “Pickleball Specialist” (newly created position) at a local Community Center where I managed and grew the pickleball program to 150+ seniors. Since November, 2017, I have been the Pickleball Instructor at the Court Yard Sportsplex in southwest, Ohio.
Today, I am a 4.5 – 5.0 pickleball player and IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional. I give private lessons (individual/group), host clinics and organize pickleball tournaments at outdoor pickleball courts and indoor sports facilities throughout Ohio and surrounding area.
Ping Pong & Tennis – Sports that Influenced me on the Pickleball Court
Pickleball is a cross between tennis and Ping-Pong. Although I’ve only been playing pickleball since November, 2014, I have been playing ping-pong and tennis for much longer. I remember playing ping-pong as a youngster with my older brother and dad.
To this day, we all still play on special family occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. I started playing tennis when I was 7 or 8. I continued playing tennis throughout high school and even played during my four years at Hope College.
Now, with the exception of a week or two during the year, the pickleball paddle has completely replaced the tennis racket.
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See you on the courts!
Todd is the talent behind PickleballMAX. He knows pickleball and demonstrates it on the court as a 4.5 – 5.0 player. In addition to creating content and running the PickleballMAX business, Todd is IPTPA Level II certified. As an instructor at the Ohio Pickleball Academy, he instructs students and runs adult and youth clinics. He also manages tournament desks throughout the tri state for tournaments ranging from 100-500 participants.