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To Contact Any of the Kingsbury Club Medfield's Pickleball Staff please Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
  • jillian curran photo 6LLa8Taylor Curran

    Director of Racquets
    Email Taylor
    508-359-7800


     
    A native of Marco Island, Florida, Taylor grew up competing in the top levels of Florida tennis. As a top recruit coming out of Florida, Taylor chose to become a scholarship athlete at Saint Louis University, where he played Division I Tennis in Conference USA.
    After graduating from college Taylor began working for the family business, InnSeason Resorts. Taylor gained valuable work experience in hospitality and marketing. The resorts are strategically placed throughout the Northeast and have given him a solid background in club management. His passion for tennis led him back into the Tennis Industry. Taylor moved to Charlottesville, Va and began working at the prestigious Farmington Country Club. He was the Director of Junior Tennis then was promoted to Director of Adult Tennis, leading active rackets programs that included Platform Tennis.
    Taylor has been with the club since it opened its doors in 2008. He is a professional Tennis, Pickleball and Paddle player and coach. 
    The staff at the Kingsbury Club works extremely hard in order to ensure our players seize every opportunity and maximize their skills and talent. Hoping to find the right balance for their individual games, Taylor and his staff have developed programs to address our member's complete tennis development.  
  • John Pelaez

    John Pelaez

    Pickleball Coordinator & Coach



     
    John Pelaez joined the Kingsbury Club in January 2021 as a Pickleball Coach and Event Coordinator. John is originally from Boston but resides in Franklin, Ma. Other than pickleball, he has also coached and mentored many teams and individuals in various other sports.
     
    Joining Kingsbury Club is John's next journey as a coach and pickleball developer in the area. John enjoys having competitive and social fun with all players and tailors each clinic and training session to the needs and requests of players.
     
    Pickleball is an important sport to John because he is able to spend time with and play with his wife. In his free time, he actively plays football, soccer, and competes in Brazilian jujitsu.
     
    To contact John for any Pickleball related questions or discussions email:

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    After graduating from Bridgewater State College in 1981, Senior Staff Professional Joe McDermott pursued a career as a Teaching Tennis Professional. Joe has held a wide variety of positions in the local area ranging from the Boy's Varsity Tennis Coach at Natick High School, to Staff Tennis Professional at the Longfellow Club, to Head Pro and Director Tennis at Tri-Valley Tennis Club.
    As a USPTA Certified Professional with over 25 years of teaching experience, a wealth of knowledge of local tennis and an easy going on court demeanor, it's easy to see why Joe is such an asset to the Kingsbury staff.
    When he's not on court Joe resides in Hopedale with his wife of 19 years and 3 active children. In his limited spare time he enjoys golf.
    Joe is available for private and group lessons.
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    ERIC KEVORKIAN

    HEAD PICKLEBALL PRO
    LEAGUE & LADDER COORDINATOR


     
    Eric joined the Kingsbury Club in January 2020 as the Head Professional and Coordinator of Pickleball. Eric grew up in Dover and attended Dover-Sherborn Regional High School where he graduated in 1998. After earning his Psychology degree from Bridgewater State College, he began his career in Medfield in 2003. Eric had extensive experience in the Medfield Public School System before moving on to his role at the Medfield Parks and Recreation Department.
     
    Eric is extremely excited to bring his passion for teaching, programming, and Pickleball to the Kingsbury community. He strives to create a fun, work-hard play-hard atmosphere on and off the courts. Lessons and clinics are adapted to fit the specific individual needs of his participants through a detail-oriented approach.
     
    In his free time, you’ll most likely find Eric exploring his other passion, Disc Golf, on one of the many courses throughout New England where he is able to enjoy being outside all-year round!
     
    Feel free to reach out to Eric for individual/private, or group lessons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !
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    Clarissa Pelaez

    Youth Pickleball Coach
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    Clarissa Pelaez has been an ambassador for the Kingsbury Club since early 2021 and recently joined the PRO staff in January 2022 working alongside her husband in growing the beginner level and youth pickle ballers.
     
    Clarissa was born and raised in Merida, Mexico, and graduated from the University of Yucatan with a degree in teaching the English Language. Once she graduated she worked in private schooling and universities in Merida teaching English as a second language. She later came to the U.S as an exchange student to gain more knowledge and further her degree. She currently lives in Franklin Ma. and during her time here she has been working with kids as a nanny and enjoys teaching and doing fun activities with them.

    Clarissa has no prior sports experience and started playing Pickleball only after being convinced by her husband to try the sport out! It was a way for them to connect and grow as a partnership while spending time with each other. She has been hooked ever since, she spends most of her free time on the courts improving her game. You can often notice her as the fiery, energetic, and happiest player on the court. If she isn't on the courts, she is often watching professional pickleball matches on TV or connecting with her family back in Mexico.
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    JOE MCDERMOTT


    Email JOE
    508-359-7800




     

    After graduating from Bridgewater State College in 1981, Senior Staff Professional Joe McDermott pursued a career as a Teaching Tennis Professional. Joe has held a wide variety of positions in the local area ranging from the Boy's Varsity Tennis Coach at Natick High School, to Staff Tennis Professional at the Longfellow Club, to Head Pro and Director Tennis at Tri-Valley Tennis Club.

    As a USPTA Certified Professional with over 25 years of teaching experience, a wealth of knowledge of local tennis and an easy going on court demeanor, it's easy to see why Joe is such an asset to the Kingsbury staff.

    When he's not on court Joe resides in Hopedale with his wife of 19 years and 3 active children. In his limited spare time he enjoys golf.

    Joe is available for private and group lessons.  
    After graduating from Bridgewater State College in 1981, Senior Staff Professional Joe McDermott pursued a career as a Teaching Tennis Professional. Joe has held a wide variety of positions in the local area ranging from the Boy's Varsity Tennis Coach at Natick High School, to Staff Tennis Professional at the Longfellow Club, to Head Pro and Director Tennis at Tri-Valley Tennis Club.
    As a USPTA Certified Professional with over 25 years of teaching experience, a wealth of knowledge of local tennis and an easy going on court demeanor, it's easy to see why Joe is such an asset to the Kingsbury staff.
    When he's not on court Joe resides in Hopedale with his wife of 19 years and 3 active children. In his limited spare time he enjoys golf.
    Joe is available for private and group lessons.
  • PaulaDriscollPaula Driscoll
    Email Paula
    508-359-7800

    Paula's passion for teaching tennis comes from her life-long love of sports and her deep rooted experience working in education, particularly with kids. She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in teaching in 1987, where she also excelled playing varsity lacrosse. After graduation she pursued a career in education teaching both kindergarten and 3rd grade.

    Paula put her career on hold to raise her 3 kids but during this time she stayed active both playing and coaching soccer. Paula has a Massachusetts youth soccer coaching certification and currently plays for the Suburban Women's Soccer Association. During this time Paula also became heavily involved in tennis, which she had played in high school and played both DBH and USTA for Kingsbury's women's teams. She went on to garner her USPTA professional certification in 2009 and is recognized for her enthusiasm and dedication, especially with kids and beginners. She is USPTA an PTR Certified!

    Paula resides in Medfield with her husband and 3 children. When she's not on court teaching or playing, she enjoys working out at the gym and gardening.

  • NEWWhitney GilchristWhitney Gilchrist


    Whitney has a lifelong passion for all racquet sports - tennis, squash, paddle, pickleball, badminton, ping pong...you name it. If it involves a racquet, she will most likely love it!!
    Whitney grew up on a tennis court, competed in USTA Junior Tournaments throughout New England, played #1 Singles for the Winsor School and captained both Varsity Tennis & Squash teams.
    After High School she played collegiate tennis and squash while also captaining and competing against Division 1 Teams at Williams College. She spent summers as a teaching professional at the Menauhaunt Yacht Club in Falmouth, MA where she taught young kids, juniors & adults and ran a youth program of over 100 kids.
    Whitney enjoys instructing both youth and beginners adults because she gets the opportunity to introduce the fundamentals of the game which can become a lifetime sport for anyone at any age. Whitney resides in Dover, MA and is proud of her family, especially two young children who are budding tennis enthusiasts as well! When not on the court or competing in the DBH Super A League, Whitney can be found spending time with her family, exercising, volunteering and working in the garden!

    Jillian grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Horticulture.
    Throughout college she worked on farms around New England developing a strong appreciation of nature and sustainable food systems. She then went on to work at Apple Computers and started a technology training business and a highly sought after wedding photography service. She brings a strong technology background, dedication to customer service, and a contagious passion for an active & healthy lifestyle centered around the game of tennis!
  • jillian curran photo 6LLa8Jillian Curran

    Racquets Coordinator


     
    Jillian grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Horticulture.
    Throughout college she worked on farms around New England developing a strong appreciation of nature and sustainable food systems. She then went on to work at Apple Computers and started a technology training business and a highly sought after wedding photography service. She brings a strong technology background, dedication to customer service, and a contagious passion for an active & healthy lifestyle centered around the game of tennis & pickleball!  
    Jillian Curran - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all Pickleball & Tennis Inquiries!
     
Eric joined the Kingsbury Club in January 2020 as the Head Professional and Coordinator of Pickleball. Eric grew up in Dover and attended Dover-Sherborn Regional High School where he graduated in 1998. After earning his Psychology degree from Bridgewater State College, he began his career in Medfield in 2003. Eric had extensive experience in the Medfield Public School System before moving on to his role at the Medfield Parks and Recreation Department.
Eric is extremely excited to bring his passion for teaching, programming, and Pickelball to the Kingsbury community. He strives to create a fun, work-hard play-hard atmosphere on and off the courts. Lessons and clinics are adapted to fit the specific individual needs of his participants through a detail-oriented approach.
In his free time, you’ll most likely find Eric exploring his other passion, Disc Golf, on one of the many courses throughout New England where he is able to enjoy being outside all-year round!
Feel free to reach out to Eric for individual/private, or group lessons!

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