Pickleball Lessons

The City of Irvine Pickleball Program offers year-round lessons for all levels and ages. 

Summer 2024

Session Dates

Session 1: June 9 - July 13
Five week session
Session 2: July 14 - August 17
Five week session
Session 3: August 18 - September 21
Five week session

Lessons are offered at Portola Springs Community Park, Heritage Community Park and San Carlo Neighborhood Park. Register for lessons at yourirvine.org.

Private lessons are available. Please schedule the lesson with the instructor prior to registering. 

Lesson Withdrawal Procedure

All withdrawal/refund requests must be received in writing to pickleball@cityofirvine.org. Withdrawal/Refund requests received at least 7 days before the first day of class are subject to a $5.00 processing fee per participant, per class. Withdrawal/Refund requests for classes are not available if the request falls within 6 days of the class start date. If a participant misses a class session, no credits or make-up sessions will be available. 


Pickleball Professionals

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Pickleball Professionals

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Aaron Talalay

Aaron Talalay is an International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) Certified Professional, and has taught/hosted pickleball in various cities including Corona and Menifee. His company, Aaron Talalay Pickleball, has hosted some of the best round-robin tournaments and leagues in the Inland Empire and continues to grow in the surrounding area. He plays professional singles and 5.0 doubles and has notable wins against some of the best players in Southern California.
Along with pickleball, Aaron has taught tennis professionally for the last 12 years; and continues directing/operating Talalay Tennis in the inland empire for all ages/levels. He is a varsity tennis coach for Hillcrest High School and has taught high school tennis for 7+ years for both boys and girls tennis. Many of his athletes have received awards for "Most Valuable Player" and have been recognized by the tennis league as all-league players.  As a coach, he strives to make learning tennis and pickleball a fun and engaging activity, while effectively reinforcing the students' skills and fundamentals.
Aaron graduated from Riverside Community College in 2016 with two associates degrees, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from California State University of Fullerton in 2019.




Charles Hoang

Charles Hoang has been playing tennis since 1985.  He has competed and won several tournament while completing four years in the Army and five years in the Air Force Reserve. Charles has seventeen years of experience teaching children and people of all ages and levels. Charles’ tennis experience made the transition to Pickleball easy and fun. He uses a practical approach aligned with hard work to foster the skills of his students. His mission is to introduce Pickleball in a fun and engaging way that builds confidence within his athletes. Charles has a certification in United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) since 2006 and hold the highest level (two) certification with the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA).  He is an avid player that spends six to seven days per week on the court. His love for the game drives his students. He is passionate about teaching and encouraging his students to push their boundaries for personal growth. Charles is eager to meet students where they are on their Pickleball journey and is willing to make adaptations to accommodate all of his students. Charles teaches Pickleball lessons at Heritage Park.



Kevin Pham

Kevin is an International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) certified pickleball instructor who grew up in Irvine and comes from a high-level tennis background. He was formerly ranked top 10 in Southern California and top 50 in the nation as a tennis player. Kevin played tennis for University High School and Irvine Valley College and then focused on teaching tennis to students of all ages for the past 7 years.

In October of 2020, Kevin discovered pickleball and immediately fell in love with the game. Since then, he has dedicated himself to pickleball and has achieved great success in the sport. Kevin has competed in several round robins, pickleball leagues, and tournaments where he has amassed an impressive collection of medals. Most notably, he won a silver medal in his very first singles tournament at the highly competitive Pro Pickleball Association (PPA) Orange County Cup in San Clemente in Men’s 5.0. Since then, he has won gold medals at the Newport Beach Invitational (Men’s 4.5 Doubles), PPA Las Vegas (Men’s 4.5 Doubles), and PPA San Clemente (Men’s 4.5 Doubles). Kevin currently plays Pro Singles,5.0 in doubles on the PPA and APP Tours. 

Kevin hopes to share his passion for pickleball to his students and the Irvine community through his coaching. He fosters an inviting and lively environment for his students because he strongly believes that students that have fun on the court play better on the court. Pickleball is greatly enjoyed by all players because it is a competitive and social game that uniquely brings people together of all ages and backgrounds to form a tight-knit, supportive community. Kevin encourages and welcomes players of all ages and all levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) to pick up a paddle and join him for private and group lessons at Portola Springs Community Park.



Susan Hart

IPTPA Level I Certified Coach

Susan has been an avid pickleball player since 2017 and began coaching and running clinics in her community in 2021.

Susan has played in numerous leagues, tournaments, and round robins, and has amassed quite a collection of medals — bronze, silver, and gold. Her true enjoyment of the game, however, is in social play with her many pickleball friends, as well as meeting new friends on the courts. She also loves sharing her passion for pickleball with new players and helping to sharpen the skills of more experienced players. Her goal as a coach is to build a solid foundation and impart a clear understanding of the rules and strategies of the game. She brings years of pickleball experience, along with patience, humor, and lots of positive energy.

Susan is a California native, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, but she left the state to live and raise her children in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 11 years. She now resides in Mission Viejo and plays pickleball almost daily in Irvine, Tustin, and Newport Beach. She was previously in the culinary industry — baking for restaurants, making wedding cakes and other beautiful desserts, and teaching children's cooking classes.

When not on the pickleball courts, she spends her time playing softball, roller skating, and cooking for friends. She enjoys time with her family, including her four daughters and three grandsons.



Tobin Wazzan

Tobin is an innovator in Pickleball. He will push your abilities to the limit and challenge you to cross over to the other side. Tobin will also work within your own abilities to make this game enjoyable by all, without exception. A seasoned instructor and an avid ambassador to the game, Tobin will make sure you get out of court time exactly what you came for. Perhaps more. He teaching adult and private pickleball lessons at Portola Springs Community Park.




Matt Yuen

Matt Yuen is a PTR certified Tennis and Pickleball Professional from Los Angeles, CA. Having studied tennis for 12 years with elite coach Kevin Garrett, he has a wealth of experience as a recreational and competitive player. Matt has also been a traditional classroom educator on subjects like history, science, and English, where good classroom management equals student success. He is committed to developing mental/physical health by tailoring each class to fit each person's individual motivations and constitution. Matt is an avid world traveler who's lived abroad for five years in China, Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, tennis, and 8-ball pool.

Matt is currently assisting with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches group and private tennis lessons at the Great Park Tennis Center and group and private pickleball lessons at San Carlo Park.




If you have any questions, please call 949-724-6400, 949-724-6617 or email pickleball@cityofirvine.org