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Santa Monica Pickleball Center Head Pro, Julio Rivera Named Head Coach of Orlando Squeeze

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Santa Monica Pickleball Center Head Pro, Julio Rivera Named Head Coach of Orlando Squeeze

January 26
19:04 2023
Santa Monica Pickleball Center Head Pro, Julio Rivera Named Head Coach of Orlando Squeeze
Renowned Pickleball Instructor Will Be Managing Newest Major League Team.

Orlando, FL, USA – January 26, 2023 – Julio Rivera, The Director of Pickleball at the Santa Monica Pickleball Center has been named the Interim Head Coach of the Orlando Squeeze, Major League Pickleball’s latest expansion team. The Orlando Squeeze has recruited four major standouts in the sport to their roster and is ready to compete in Major League Pickleball’s Challenger Division. The final piece to the puzzle was to find a top tier coach for the team. The Orlando Squeeze went all the way across the country to get one the biggest names in the sport, Santa Monica’s Julio Rivera.

Rivera has one of the more extensive resumes in the Pickleball coaching world. As a player he was one of the top 50 APP Senior Pickleball players in the world. Rivera has been a revered tennis and pickleball instructor for over twenty years and is known for giving lessons to thousands of players and even celebrities such as Hilary Swank, Donna Mills, and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac.


Julio Rivera (Head Coach Orlando Squeeze)

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the Squeeze organization.”, said Julio Rivera. “Orlando is a fantastic sports town, and I am excited to be part of that tradition. I have been having a lot of interaction with the team and we are ready to be a force in Major League Pickleball this season. We promise to give it our all and be a proud representation of Orlando pro sports.”

Rivera is no stranger to competing on a high level. He was a college tennis standout in his hometown of New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Rivera is currently an active member of the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association). Throughout the years Rivera has also earned credentials with the United States Professional Tennis Association and in 2017, he was awarded the USPTA District Pro of the Year.

Rivera is the Director of Pickleball at the top facility in Los Angeles The Santa Monica Pickleball Center which has been making national headlines for its state-of-the-art renovation. The 2023 Major League Pickleball season begins on January 26th and offers up to five million dollars in prize money.

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