A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury discovered Pickleball in 2014 and was instantly hooked. She entered her first national Pickleball tournaments in 2015 and earned Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions.
In November, she medaled four times at the USAPA National Tournament including winning Gold in the Women’s Doubles Open with her friend and partner, Gigi LeMaster.
Nancy is a retired school teacher who had been teaching tennis for over 30 years in Canton, Ohio and now on Hilton Head Island. While teaching tennis, she became PPR certified in pickleball in 2016 and still enjoys playing tennis but loves introducing people of all ages to pickleball.
She has been playing pickleball since 2015 when the program started here at Palmetto Dunes. Her previous coaching experience also includes Varsity Head Tennis Coach at Hilton Head High School where they won a state team championship for the girl’s team and individual championships for members of the boy’s team.
Rick was born and raised in Nashville, TN until 2019 when he moved to Hilton Head Island. Since 2013, he has competed in over 70 tournaments – west coast to east coast – and has found that teaching is just as good if not better than winning medals.
His main sport before pickleball was karate for 17 years – practicing, competing and teaching. This discipline has helped him with necessary patience and body mechanics movements. He started playing pickleball because it was fun – and it is the only sport he has ever played where he has lost a point from laughing too much. Rick loves working at Palmetto Dunes because he gets to meet so many great people from all over the world and help develop their skills and a love for this fantastic sport.
Jamie Shrier Whiting
Jamie attended Northern Colorado where she played tennis and basketball and was awarded the Kodak All American for basketball. She has developed and coached physical education programs in the schools and athletic programs.
For the last 4 years she's taught pickleball for a number of programs in the Maryland area. She's placed in numerous pickleball tournaments and most notably in the US Open last year with Sarah Mitten.
Sarah is a native of Devon, England. She came to the U.S. in 1987 on a tennis scholarship to MSU. A Wimbledon qualifier and All-SEC Scholar-Athlete, she had a long and successful career as a tennis professional. Before coming to Palmetto Dunes she was the former Tennis Pro-Director at the Olympic Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, GA, The Homestead in VA, Dorado Beach, and Cerromar, PR.
Sarah is also one of the founding instructors of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center where she is lead instructor of the pickleball intermediate and advanced programs, and a 4.5 level tournament player in her spare time.
Pickleball lessons and clinics
If you’ve been playing for years, or you’ve never even heard of pickleball, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has a class or lesson plan to help you improve your play, and your enjoyment of this exciting game.
Pickleball Tips on YouTube
Learn from Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Pickleball Instruction Sarah Ansboury with three fun video tips to help you improve your game.