Steve Paranto (IPTPA Certified Instructor and Certifier)
Steve has been teaching pickleball since the 1980’s. He has coached many national champions and won four National Championships at the 5.0 level. Steve has also won four World Senior singles championships. He has written instructional articles for Pickleball Magazine and Into Pickleball, and was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2019. Steve is also the only player to win at the highest level in six different decades.
Paul Porch (PPR and IPTPA Level II Certified)
- 5.0 USAPA Legacy Tournament Player Rating (MD & MX)
- Instructing for over 50 years, first water sports, then Mathematics, and now pickleball
- Contributing instructional writer for Pickleball Magazine (First article Vol #1 Issue #1, pg 13)
- Featured in Pickleball Central Blog “Meet the Pickleball Pros” (6th of January, 2015)
- Medal winner at USAPA Nationals, Huntsman World Games, Tournament of Champions
- Gold medal winner at local and regional tournaments
- Founding and lifetime member of the Columbia River Pickleball Club
- Member of numerous USA Pickleball Tournament Player Rating committees
- Instructed and demonstrated at various pickleball exhibitions, festivals, and clinics
Joy Leising (PPR Certified)
Joy has been playing competitive pickleball since 2013 and coaching since 2018. Prior to her pickleball career, Joy was a collegiate tennis player and coach. Joy’s most recent accomplishments on the court includes winning 2 gold medals in Women’s and Mixed Doubles 35 + 5.0 at the USAPA Nationals December 2021 in Indian Wells.
Joy is excited to help grow the sport of pickleball. She loves teaching private lessons, small and larger groups. From beginners to intermediate players she is committed to helping everyone advance their game and build a quality pickleball foundation.
On and off the court Joy is committed to social justice work and is always looking for ways to make pickleball accessible to everyone.
She is sponsored by Team Head.
Tracie DeJager (IPTPA Certified)
Tracie DeJager has been active in sports, either as player or coach, throughout her life. She was a three sport athlete in college and graduated from Portland State University with a double major in exercise science and community health. After college she spent time snowboarding, hiking and kite surfing throughout the U.S., Europe, India, the Middle East, Central America and Africa. In 2014 she discovered her new passion: pickleball. She is sponsored by Team Head, is IPTPA certified and has lots of experience in coaching and instruction. When she is not teaching she is traveling to tournaments playing in the Pro and 5.0 division. Tracie currently lives in West Linn with her two boys Conrad and Zaden. She would love to help you get started or improve your game of pickleball.
Lori D’Antonio (IPTPA Certified)
Lori has been in the tennis industry as coordinator and instructor since the year 2000 and fell in love with pickleball six years ago. She transitioned to being a pickleball coordinator and instructor in 2018. Recently relocated from the NY metro area to southern Washington, she brings her pickleball instruction and varied experiences to RECS. In New York, she taught hundreds of players, from juniors to adults in small town programs, school adult education programs, as well as health and tennis clubs as a professional pickleball instructor. While she is competitive with tennis through USTA programs, she stays mostly in recreational play with pickleball enjoying meeting new people and experiencing the varied levels of the game. Her joy comes from seeing players fall in love with the game and helping them along their pickleball journey.
She holds certifications through IPTPA- Level 1 Instructor, IFP Academy- Intermediate/Plus Evaluator & Instructor, and USPTA- Level 1 Tennis Instructor. She is sponsored by Engage Pickleball and is also a USA Pickleball Ambassador helping to promote and grow the game of pickleball.
Rick Hammerquist (IPTPA Certified)
Rick was an avid tennis player and professional tennis teacher, a high school tennis coach, and played varsity college tennis for South Dakota State University. Five years ago he discovered pickleball with his wife, Karin. He "broke up" with tennis and has never looked back.
He enjoys competing and traveling to tournaments, won a national gold medal in men’s doubles and a few bronze medals in singles.
In addition to his teaching experience, Rick is a physical therapist which gives him insight for making biomechanics corrections to enhance performance while reducing pain and preventing injury — all great things for pickleball players.
Rick currently serves as secretary for the Columbia River Pickleball Club.
Rick’s teaching philosophy: assess each player’s technique and learning style, employ simple corrections, set attainable personalized goals, but most of all HAVE FUN!
John Bartlett (IPTPA Certified)
John grew up in Montana, playing various sports his entire life. In college, he played basketball, also playing one year overseas. John discovered pickleball in 2015 and dove in with head first, using the sport to continue that competitive outlet that has been such a huge part of his life. John has two kids -- his daughter Elia is 17 and is a tennis player, and his son JJ (16) is a basketball and tennis player. He has been married to his best friend Kelly for 20 years, and she is a tennis player (John swears she’ll get into pickleball eventually). A coach at heart, 2022 is John’s first year coaching pickleball and he has just as much fun teaching the game as he does playing the game.
Brian Martin (IPTPA Certified)
Like many others, Brian’s pickleball journey started during COVID in 2020. Martin brings a wealth of coaching experience to RECS, having spent the last decade leading the Liberty High School Boys Basketball Program in Hillsboro, Oregon and receiving the 6A Pacific Conference Coach of the Year award in 2021.
As an athlete, Brian starred on the George Fox University Men’s Basketball team and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. The mix of competitive desire and his love for coaching has now led him to the pickleball court where he is training to compete at the highest level as well as share his skills and knowledge of the game for those RECS members who are looking to achieve their own pickleball goals.
Brian has two adult children (Ashley and Taylor) and loves playing pickleball with his wife Angel.