Our Instructors Will Help You Take Your Game Up a Few Notches.

It takes more than pure sweat to achieve your goals. Let our Instructors create a plan for you that’s tailored to you — and moves you forward to where you want to go. PALA Instructors offer Private Lessons, Semi-Private Lessons, Group Drills & Group Clinics.


Brandon blake

Head Instructor / Youth Director

Brandon Blake is our Head Pickleball Instructor at PALA.  Brandon has a decorated tennis and pickleball career as a Player and Coach!  Playing tennis at the collegiate level and for over 30 years, Brandon made the switch to Pickleball 3 years ago and hasn’t looked back.    

Brandon has won numerous Pickleball Tournaments and is a fantastic player.  On par with Brandon’s playing abilities are his coaching abilities.  Brandon has been a Local Head High School Tennis Coach for the past 9 years, coaching his team to 7 straight District Titles.  Brandon brings his passion for SUCCESS and WINNING to PALA!

Brandon facilitates and directs all of the Youth Player Development Programs at PALA.

Brandon’s true passion is player improvement & development, court awareness, and on court strategy. 

If you want to learn from one of the BEST in the area look no further than Brandon Blake!

Kelly Ansel


Kellye Ansel is one of our most tournament decorated athletes and instructors! She began her Pickleball journey over five years ago, were she adapted her game play from competitive tennis right into pickleball. 

If you are looking for GOLD, Kellye knows how to find it! Kellye is one of our most driven and polished instructors with accolades in the tournament scene that include; 2023 National Senior Champion! Gold at the Texas Sr Games in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, Gold in Women’s Singles in Florida at the USA Pickleball Diamond Amateur Championship!

After so much success in her journey in pickleball, Kellye has found a new passion in teaching our members! If you’re looking to get some one-on-one attention from someone who frequents the first place podium, look no further than Kellye!

erik nickell


Erik Nickell is one of the top competitors and instructors in Pickleball.  He is a highly decorated tournament athlete with tournament wins all over the country!  Erik specializes in Pickleball form and technique as well as Pickleball strategy.  From beginner to advanced if you are looking to become a better player there is no place further to look than Erik!  

PALA is proud to call Erik one of our pickleball vets & instructors.  We encourage you to look for him on our weekly schedule as he runs specialized boot camps and lessons. 

Paul Rathkamp


Paul Rathkamp one of our new pros here at Pala Pickleball.  Paul has spent his entire life on the court growing up the son of a tennis pro, and has fused his love of tennis to become an accomplished pickleball player and coach. Whether you’re picking up a paddle for the first time, prepping for a tournament, or want to elevate your game, Paul has a well-balanced skill base that can bring your game to the next level.

We encourage you to look for Paul on our weekly schedule as he runs lessons, drills, and clinics. 

jacob stegall


Jacob is a Pickleball Tournament Specialist!  Having played in and Trained Players in countless tournaments around Texas and the Country! 

Jacob started playing over 5 years ago, with pickleball being his first paddle sport! He knows what it’s like to learn everything from the start. Jacob has a unique ability to distinguish player’s skill levels and help them acquire the ability to get to that next level.

One thing Jacob loves about pickleball is that it’s a new and growing sport, and there are so many things to discover.

If you are new to pickleball, want to take your game to the next level, or get ready for your next tournament Jacob is your guy!

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