Meet Pickleball University’s Certified (IPTPA) Instructors


Clare Grabher comes from a tennis background, having been a British Junior Champion and played at Wimbledon as well as being the co-owner of New England Tennis Holidays, an adult tennis camp in New England for the past 30 years.

 Clare has 6 National Championship gold medals (55+ , 5.0 singles & doubles from 2016 to 2019) as well as a two-time Senior Pro singles medalist at the US Open (50 and over) and a gold & silver medalist in both mixed doubles & singles at the Huntsman World Senior Games (55 +).

Clare is a Certified Level II IPTPA Teaching Professional and loves sharing her love of the game with students here in Florida and at her summer home in  New Hampshire.

Call or email Clare to book a lesson.  (772) 559 6219


Paul Woodman combines his professional teaching background with his Pickleball knowledge skills to give each student a fun and rewarding training session. Paul has earned dozens of medals in local, regional and State level tournaments. Lessons are individualized for first time beginners to the more advanced tournament player wanting to get to the next level.

Paul is a Certified IPTPA Level 2 Teaching Professional as well as an IPTPA Certified Rating Specialist (CRS). He is also a year round resident of Vero Beach.
Paul incorporates a variety of teaching methods in each lesson using proven drills, demonstrations, court targets and game play scenarios. Other options offered include personalized student video recording and use of his automated pickleball feeding machine.
Contact Paul to schedule your individual, semi-private or small group lesson. Larger group clinics can also be arranged.

Call 484-366-4111 or Email at


Richard Ritacco has a masters in education and is a IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Instructor. As an Educator/Administrator he has helped and seen people develop and grow in many areas of their lives.

Rich started two pickleball clubs and was instrumental in one growing to over 90 members in less than a year. Rich is an avid pickleball player and has a passion to help players develop and improve their skills.

Rich brings players to higher levels by teaching strategic play and smart pickleball.

He loves to compete and has medaled in local, state, national and international tournaments. In addition to the many skills Rich teaches to his students, he also personalizes each lesson after speaking with each student about their goals on how they wish to improve.

Rich’s enthusiasm and love of the game is contagious and most importantly, he wants pickleball to be part of the fun in life.

Call Rich for private, partner or group lessons.





Keri Keen is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for over 31 years who has been teaching and coaching her patients back to health and healing from many traumatic accidents and sports related injuries. The knowledge of the body in motion has helped her with her game and passion of pickleball.

Keri has accumulated dozens of local, state and regional pickleball medal awards including, Florida state senior games 50+ women’s doubles silver medalist, and 50+ women’s singles bonze medalist, US Open gold medalist champion 50+ women’s doubles, and gold medalist mixed doubles 5.0 skill level local tournament.

Keri is a certified level II IPTPA Teaching Professional and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion of the game of pickleball. You will find her on the pickleball courts daily.

A couple of my students wrote this, “I am so thankful for today, you were and are awesome! I especially loved your spirit of why you want to teach, your mission, your stretching exercises were so great that I think I can warm up before I get there.” “Thanks for the lesson! It was great! Learned a lot. Using some of it today!” “Lob serve really helped today against hard hitters! Great lesson as always.”

Call Keri to schedule your individual, semi private, and group lesson:

410-422-1930 email


Dereck Prince has been playing racquet sports—table tennis, badminton, tennis—since the age of 10 in his native country of Guyana.  A physical fitness aficionado, he made the transition to pickleball in 2017 and has loved it ever since.  He holds a Masters Degree in Mining Engineering with a specialty in Computer Programming and Data Analysis, and has taught hundreds of geologists, mining engineers, and other technical professional all over the world in two languages (English and Spanish) how to use computer software for over 35 years.  He is a nationally-recognized USAPA Certified Pickleball Referee, a USAPA Registered Pickleball Referee Trainer, a member of Pickleball Coaching International, and an IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional.  Easily recognized on the pickleball court in his long-sleeved shirts and full-length compression tights, he has amassed a number of gold, silver, and bronze medals at various tournaments in Florida and Colorado.

Students who have taken Dereck’s classes appreciate his technical approach, emphasis on proper stroke fundamentals through drills, his infectious personality, and his passion for the sport of pickleball.  His well-honed analytical skills are put to good use as he is able to document, diagnose, and help players of all levels correct and reduce the number of unforced errors they make.  A year-round resident of Vero Beach, he is available for customized private (one-on-one), semi-private (one-on-two), and group lessons.  And for those who prefer to stay out of the Florida heat and play indoors, Dereck is the Pickleball Program Coordinator and resident pro at the Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center.

Call “Dr. P.” at 303-807-0798 or e-mail him at to begin or continue your comprehensive player development program.

NOTE: NON-Members may sign up for Pickleball University Sponsored Clinics or Lessons at the club member cost but will be required to pay an additional $5 visitor fee and sign a Liability Waiver at check in.

Due to Covid-19, our coaches are adhering to safety precautions and limitations imposed by the club.
Lessons may be restricted.  Ask your coach for further details.