• Julio Rivera - Director of Pickleball

    Julio Rivera became the Director of Pickleball at the Santa Monica Pickleball Center in 2022. Rivera became passionate about Pickleball in 2018 after decades of success as a tennis coach. He is a dedicated competitive player and has been ranked as high as top 40 in the world on the APP Senior Pro Tour. In 2017, he was awarded the USPTA  Pro of the Year.

  • Jessica Improta

    Jessica Improta is a former D1 tennis player, nationally ranked junior and later played #1 doubles for Princeton University. Jessica earned a silver medal at Nationals in the Women's 4.5, followed by gold at the Newport Beach Takeya PPA in the 5.0. When not playing, teaching, watching, or thinking about pickleball, Jessica works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

  • Troy Akin

    Troy Akin pursued Collegiate Tennis at Chapman University where he played #1 Singles #1 Doubles and was All League his Junior year. Troy has a current ranking of #67 and a 6.0+ Singles rating. With wins over #5 player JW Johnson and #18 Connor Garnett, Troy's pickleball career is looking promising.

    Troy is eager to share the game of pickleball with new players, players that are just looking to beat their friends, or those training for tournaments and events.

  • Cade Erickson

    Cade is a Southern California native. In high school he joined the Cross Country and Track teams where in his senior year, he and his team set the third best time for the 4x800 in the state. Cade started pickleball in 2019 and became a PPR Certified instructor in 2021. Cade is the pro instructor for the Manhattan Beach Country Club. He strongly believes that learning should be just as fun as playing and coaches his students to be the best version of themselves.

  • Tim Fisher

    Tim is a PPR Certified Pickleball Pro who has been playing for years. Adept at teaching beginners and advanced players alike, Tim is also a lefty that focuses on strategy and technique to help you get to the next level.

  • Jordan Davis

    Jordan Davis is from Riverside, California and grew up playing soccer reaching the semi-pro level as a top tier defender. After discovering his love of pickleball, Jordan plays daily and medals at 4.5 PPA tournaments. Well versed in understanding player's learning styles, Jordan works full-time as a School Psychologist in downtown Los Angeles.

  • Theo Michael

    Theo moved from England in August 2022. Theo has played tennis and rugby for over 10 years at a competitive level and coached youth athletes in both sports. Theo has spent five summers at Pali Adventures Summer Camp, near Big Bear developing a successful Junior Counselor Program. This is where he found his love for coaching Pickleball and has been doing so ever since.