Maggie Murch, Pickleball Coach: Personal Coaching. Positive Results.

Maggie Murch Pickleball Coaching

Photo of Maggie Murch wearing her pickleball tournament medal

North & West Vancouver

Pickleball is easy to learn but hard to master. However due to the nature of the sport, truly everyone can improve and work on skills at any age. Learning the lingo is step 1 (dinks, the kitchen, bangers, ATP’s, Ernie’s, nasty Nelsons etc!) and then how to keep score! After that, playing games and enjoying the sport is easy!

Learn to Play Pickleball

I love to coach and introduce pickleball to new people. I am very happy to adapt my coaching to whatever objectives and skill set you (and your group) have. I have a lot of resources to help you get up and running from choosing a paddle, to where and how to play!

Maggie with a group of 11 pickleball after a pickleball clinic in West Vancouver, BC

Most districts and cities now have pickleball clubs and that is also a great place to start your pickleball journey. Take a look at the North Shore Pickleball Club which is an amazing club and resource for new players.

If playing in tournaments is what you are interested in, you could play in one almost every weekend in BC during the warmer months! Tournaments are listed on the Pickleball BC website.

About Me

Sports have always been my passion and I have been a coach in various capacities my whole life. I was a camp counsellor at Olympia Sports Camp, a player coach for UWO’s varsity badminton team, and coached various youth basketball and ultimate teams in North Vancouver, Cleveland Elementary and Handsworth Secondary.

I volunteer as the Youth Development Coordinator for the North Shore Pickleball Club and over the last 3 years have introduced over 2350 students and teachers to the sport. It is exciting to see how the popularity of Pickleball has grown in such a short time and the enthusiasm to welcome me and our amazing pickleball volunteers into schools has more than doubled every year we have offered it.

Total 2023 2022 2021
Students 2025 1184 576 265
Teachers 327 131 163 33

Why Pickleball?

I saw pickleball being played at a community center late in 2019 and was drawn in! I played varsity badminton at Western University but haven’t played since due to a recurring low back issue. As I signed up for my first pickleball drop in, I was hopeful that it wouldn’t create the same stress on my back as badminton and lucky for me, it didn’t. And it’s been pickleball, pickleball, pickleball ever since! As a lifelong sports participant and administrator, I can truly say I’ve never seen anything like pickleball. The community and the sheer joy of “play” that this sport has brought back into my and so many people’s lives is really what makes the sport so fun and addictive. I have made more friends over the last 3 years (during Covid!) than I have in my 20 years in Vancouver. There is a sense of youth about this sport as once you find your community of players, you will have the feeling of when you were 10 and your neighbourhood kids would knock on your door and ask if you wanted to come out and play!

Coaching Areas of Focus

I specialize in private lessons for intermediate players who are wanting to improve their skills for tournament and rec play. I love breaking down skills and working with players to improve fundamentals and footwork.

I also love coaching small group lessons and have build several programs (3, 5 or 7 classes) to help people learn and progress through customized set of skills based on their level of play and areas of interest.

Team building events are also a lot of fun and have organized many of these events with a focus on introducing the sport, learning some skills, how to play a game and then a fun scramble tournament.

Coaching Certification

I continually like to grow and learn to progress my own game but also to enhance my coaching skills. I still take lessons occasionally myself and have attended the Tyson McGuffin camp at Tres Palapas pickleball club in Mexico in 2023 and 2024.

I am a big believer in the National Coaching Certification Programs and have obtained the following certifications:

  • NCCP Level 2 - Febrary 2023
  • NCCP Level 1 - December 2021
Coaching Certificat, Ruth Johnson

2023 Tournament Experience & Highlights

8 Tournaments (US & Canada) - 4.5+, 5.0 or Sr Pro
17 events - 12 medals: 6 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze

PPA Selkirk Red Rock (St Geroge, Utah)

  • Gold - Women's Doubles 5.0/4.5 50+

Pacific Northwest Classic (Bend, Oregon)

  • Gold - Women's Doubles 5.0 50+
  • Gold - Mixed Doubles 5.0 50+
  • Silver - Sr Pro Women’s Doubles

Canadian Nationals (Regina, Saskatchewan)

  • Gold - Mixed Doubles 4.5 50+
  • Silver - Mixed Doubles - Open 50+
  • Silver - Sr Pro Women’s Doubles

Selkirk Amped Team Member

I am proud to be sponsored by Selkirk and have several paddles for clients to demo during lessons with me.

  • October 2022-2023: Selkirk Advocate & Growth Program
  • October 2023-present: Selkirk Amped Team Member*

I can also offer 10% discounts on Selkirk or other paddles or gear. Email me to ask me how!

*Selkirk’s Amped Team is made up of athletes who are active in Pickleball and embody everything that Selkirk stands for. Members are normall rated 5.0 UTPR and active in tournament play.

Lessons and Hours

  • My hours of coaching are geared to those with a flexible schedule or those that are retired. (Weekday morning lessons best as court use can be busy in the afternoon and evenings!)
  • I am available M-F from 8am-3pm and am open to evenings and weekends for occasional lessons or special events.
  • Email me to check on availability!

How Much Will it Cost?

  • Private Lessons - $75 per hr
  • Semi-Private - $75 per hr for 1st player, $15 per each additional player
  • Corporate and Private Events - email me for quote
  • Costs above do not include facility rental costs if/where applicable

Services Offered

  • Private Lessons: Receive one-on-one attention and personalized instruction to hone your pickleball skills.
  • Group Lessons: Have a group of friends who want to learn to play? Email me for a single or series of lessons with your group!
  • Corporate Team Building: Foster teamwork and camaraderie through an introduction to pickleball, fun tournaments and events tailored to your company’s needs.
  • Private Events: Host a unique and exciting private pickleball event for your special occasion.

Get Started Today!

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Ready to elevate your pickleball game or plan a memorable pickleball event? Contact Maggie to discuss your goals and schedule a session.