Johan Middelthon is the lead instructor and founder of P3 Pickleball, the Black Pickle Adventure Company, and Director of the North Carolina Pickleball Association, He is also the author of "Don't Shark the Dolphins," a revolutionary book about pickleball and the P3 way of life.
He combines his coaching background with his Pickleball knowledge and skills to give each student a fun and rewarding training session. His specialized P3 training philosophy enables his students to advance their skills quickly. Johan has medaled in local, State, National and International tournaments.
Johan is a Certified IPTPA Level II Teaching Professional, and a Master Level P3 Elite Certified Pickleball Instructor. His specialized P3 training philosophy, combined with his innovative terminology and easy to follow techniques, enables players of all abilities to maximize their potential. He is also the inventor of “Turbo”, a groundbreaking new strategy for doubles play that highlights the strengths of both players. He incorporates a variety of teaching methods in each lesson using drills, demonstrations, court targets and game play scenarios. He brings players to higher levels by teaching strategic play and smart Pickleball.
Johan enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for the game of Pickleball. Off the court, he embodies the philosophy of living a “P3 Life” each day, with positive mindset, uplifting others, and a strong commitment to the environment.
Contact our team to book Johan for a large group skills clinic for your facility or club. Johan also has limited availability for intermediate to advanced small group and individual lessons.
Carolyn Schoonover is a Level II Elite P3 Certified Pickleball instructor. She works closely with Johan Middelthon, the founder of P3 Pickleball, the Black Pickle Adventure Company and Director of the North Carolina Pickleball Association. She combines her degree in education along with her Pickleball knowledge and skills to give each student a unique, fun-filled learning experience. The specialized P3 training philosophy she uses enables her students to advance their skills quickly. Carolyn has medaled in local and state tournaments and has been coaching for four years. She specializes in coaching beginners through intermediate players and her lessons are customized to meet the goals of each individual student.
Carolyn’s love of teaching enables her to share her expertise and excitement for the game of Pickleball with her students. Her lessons include using a variety of teaching methods, including drills, demonstrations, court targets and game play scenarios. She lives the P3Pickleball lifestyle and helps her students achieve higher levels by teaching strategic play and smart Pickleball.
Contact our team to schedule your individual, semi-private or small group lessons, larger group Skills Clinics, or for help with Tournament Management.
Call 704-255-6132 or email TeamP3@P3pickleball.com
Why hire an IPTPA instructor?
The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) is the world leader in developing teaching standards in the sport of Pickleball. When an instructor meets those standards, they are awarded certification.
An IPTPA certified instructor has passed a rigorous 3-part testing program and continues to
improve their teaching skills through yearly training requirements. A certified IPTPA instructor
is your guarantee that your instructor knows the specific strokes, strategies and shot selections
specific to pickleball.
All too often beginners who are first introduced to pickleball look to the champions for directions
on how to play the game. What they fail to recognize is that the 5.0 player has added more
advanced strokes and strategies after mastering “high percentage winning pickleball” elements.
Certified pickleball teaching professionals teach the basic elements and develop a strong
foundation of error free play before beginning to add more advanced strokes and strategies.
While some teacher certifications only allow for basic introduction of the sport to beginners, IPTPA Level II Certified Pickleball Teaching Professionals have the training and skills to teach beginner through intermediate players, incorporating different teaching styles based on age and ability from kids to seniors.