Lessons and Instructors

We offer a multitude of instruction in different formats for all players from Beginners to Advanced. Our instructors are IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) certified, PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) certified, and have significant experience giving both individual and group lessons. 

Our primary types of lessons with member rates are shown below:

  • Private Lesson ($75)
  • Lesson for Two ($40 per person)
  • Lesson for Three ($30 per person)
  • Lesson for Four ($30 per person)

Guests (non-members) will pay $5 guest fee in addition to the amounts above.

All of our instruction formats are intended to be enjoyable, rewarding and fun.


Meet Our Instructors

Paul DeLisle

“My teaching style has been described as friendly, patient, and encouraging.  I particularly like coaching age 50+ players on how to confidently play the game.”

Paul has been a recreational and tournament Pickleball player since 2015 using the Pennington Ewing Athletic Club (PEAC) as his home court. In 2016, Paul obtained his IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) Level 2 certification meaning Paul has demonstrated the ability to coach Beginners/ Advanced Beginners / Intermediate players. As a 4.0 player himself, Paul is one of only eight Level 2 Instructors in all of NJ.  Paul has taught many “Introduction to Pickleball” clinics on behalf of the Recreation Departments for Hamilton, Hopewell and Lawrence. Paul provides private and group lessons for Beginners and experienced players. Paul’s teaching style is commonly described as friendly, patient, and encouraging and he takes particular joy in coaching age 50+ players on how to play the game confidently and how to get better fast!

Jo Marie Holzhammer

“I can’t wait to teach newcomers and beginners at MBPC.  Seeing new players improve is the highlight of my day.”

Jo Marie Holzhammer is a Level 1 USAPA Pickleball referee, a 3.5 player, and has been playing pickleball since 2017. Jo Marie comes to us with 35 years of High School Physical Education teaching experience. Her passion for teaching and learning Pickleball from the competitive side has brought her so much joy.  She has participated in a significant amount of tournaments which has helped her perfect her teaching style. A longtime resident of Ewing township, as well as a graduate of Ewing High school, Jo Marie is looking forward to working at MBPC and playing Pickleball for many years to come.  

Dan Marley

“I look forward to instructing players of all levels and advancing this great sport.”

Dan has been playing racquet/paddle sports since 1976.  After many years as a competitive / tournament racquetball player and instructor, Dan became the Pennington Ewing Athletic Club (PEAC) racquetball club-pro in 2015. Dan subsequently helped create the Pickleball program at PEAC which started out with taped lines, temporary nets and two courts– ultimately expanding to 4 courts. During his time at PEAC overseeing the Pickleball program, Dan taught over 200 players the “Basics of Pickleball” as well as Intermediate and Advanced instruction in both individual and group settings. As a 4.0 player, Dan organized round robin, league and tournament play.  Dan looks forward to joining Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club and continuing to instruct players of all levels and advancing this great sport.

Gina Alonzo

“I am excited to share my energy and enthusiasm with all of the MBPC members. My goal is to have all players leave with a smile… every day is a good day on the Pickleball court!” 

Gina is a 4.0 competitive player who has been loving Pickleball and playing since 2016. Gina has played in many tournaments earning medals in both women’s doubles and mixed doubles events. As an International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) certified instructor, Gina has provided individual and group lessons year-round since 2018 at Pennington Ewing Athletic Club (PEAC) and most recently at the Flemington Pickleball Club. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience at both the high school and recreational levels for Field Hockey and Softball, Gina has spent decades perfecting her teaching style. The members at Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club will be the beneficiary of her expertise.

Ryan Ciaccio

“I enjoy the challenge of breaking down complex facets of the game with fun and focused instruction. See you out there.”

Ryan is a 4.5 competitive player, a PPR Certified Instructor, and has over 15 years of racket experience and 10 years of coaching. Ryan began tennis at the age of eight and achieved top ten middle states ranking as a junior singles player. Ryan played four years in high school becoming one of the most victorious players in the county with 43 career victories, and held an undefeated township record.  He played Division I tennis at Rider University leading the team in wins and was awarded MAAC All-Academic Honors and was part of MAAC Conference’s Rider Men’s Tennis 40th Anniversary Team. Ryan adds an educational foundation to his instruction with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in secondary education and social studies and is a Certified NJ State Educator. Ryan instructed at the Mercer County Tennis Center from 2013-2021. He has won numerous medals ranging from 4.0-5.0 level of play throughout the Tristate and competes in Men’s Open Singles Tournaments against the top players in the state/world. He is a Sponsored Player/Coach by Diadem Sports. Ryan is excited to bring his tournament experience to the players of Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club. He aims to instill effective shot production and tactical gameplay strategy to advanced 3.5+ players while helping the player have an enjoyable, productive experience at Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club.

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