Mark Livingston is President of Coach Mark LLC, a pickleball coaching and consulting practice located in Blaine, Washington. Blaine is situated across Semiahmoo Bay from White Rock, British Columbia and is 30 miles from Vancouver and 110 miles from Seattle.

Coach Mark with client Helene Zaslow, discussing “paddle angle”

Mark had 50 years of tennis playing and 10 years of tennis coaching prior to his introduction to pickleball. He is now a Certified Level 2 Teaching Professional through IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association), a Certified Pro through PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) and a Certified Coach through PCI (Pickleball Coaching International). In addition, Coach Mark is a 4.5 rated player and Certified Rating Specialist through IPTPA. He provides instruction, coaching, and rating services for players at all levels of skill.

Coach Mark is an advocate for and practitioner of the “play lower and slower” style of pickleball. Play Lower and Slower emphasizes defense, consistency, strategy, and teamwork. The goal is to take control of game tempo, play aggressive (“hard and fast”) when appropriate, and force opponents into making mistakes or popping up balls for easy winners. When others play low and slow, you experience fun and exciting rallies of 20+ shots instead of frustrating rallies that last only 3-4 shots.

Coach Mark is a retired Certified Management Consultant™ with 35 years of experience working with global corporations, mid-size enterprises, startups, nonprofits, and government entities at the federal, state, and local level. During his first career, Mark headed Loyal Promoters LLC and specialized in helping clients launch new products, services, and organizations; design and implement skill-based assessment, training, and progression systems; and grow more loyal promoters.

Mark is also President of The Social Impact Foundation (TSIF), a private family foundation with a mission to improve the health, wealth, and wellbeing of women. Please visit the TSIF website to learn how it’s supporting women and HeForShe entrepreneurs, business owners, and investors during the Covid-19 pandemic.