Monday, July 18, 2022

Alex Hamner

PLAYER

INDUCTED IN 2020

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN:  September 29, 1963 in Loma Linda, California

PLAYS:  Right handed 

 

EDUCATION:  

Oceanside High School

Oceanside, California

 

Bachelor of Science, Accountancy

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

A regular contributor to Pickleball Magazine with Jennifer Lucore via their column, “Around the Post” and an occasional live-feed commentator for tournaments, Alex has also worked with PickleballChannel.com as an advisor, contributor, and commentator to help grow the sport she loves. In addition, Alex was on the founding board of the International Pickleball Teachers Professional Association (IPTPA) which developed teaching standards for the sport of pickleball.



COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2010 USAPA National Tournament

            Open Mixed Doubles          Silver (with Tony Negrete)

            

2011 USAPA National Tournament

            Open Women’s Doubles     Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            

2012 USAPA National Tournament

            Open Women’s Doubles     Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

 

2013 USAPA National Tournament

            Women’s Doubles 35+        Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Open Women’s Singles      Gold

            Open Women’s Doubles     Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

 

2013 Tournament of Champions

            Open Women’s Doubles     Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Open Mixed Doubles          Silver (with Dan Gabanek)


 

2014 USAPA Nationals VI

            Women’s Doubles 35+         Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Sr Open Women’s Singles   Gold

            Open Mixed Doubles           Silver (with Matthew Blom)

            Open Women’s Doubles      Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Mixed Doubles 35+              Bronze (with Matthew Blom)

 

2014 Tournament of Champions

            Open Women’s Doubles      Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Open Mixed Doubles           Bronze (with Matthew Blom)

            Open Women’s Singles       Gold

               Legends     

 

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

            Women’s Singles 50+         Silver

            Women’s Doubles 35+        Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Sr Open Women’s Singles  Bronze

            Mixed Doubles 50+             Bronze (with Brian Staub)              

 

2015 Tournament of Champions

            Women’s Doubles               Gold (with Jennifer Lucore) 

               Masters Open

 

2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 30+             Gold (with Wesley Gabrielsen)

            Women’s Doubles 50+        Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Women’s Doubles Pro        Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

 

2016 Tournament of Champions

            Women’s Doubles               Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

               Legends Open      

            Mixed Doubles                    Silver (with Scott Clayson)

               Legends Open

 

2016 USAPA Nationals VIII

            Women’s Doubles 50+        Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Sr Open Mixed Doubles      Silver (with Brian Staub)     

            Sr Open Women’s               Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

               Doubles

 

2017 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Women’s Doubles 50+        Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Mixed Doubles 50+             Gold (with Scott Moore)

            Sr Women’s Doubles Pro    Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

 

2017 Pickleball Canada National Tournament

            Women’s Doubles Open      Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Mixed Doubles                     Bronze (with Scott Clayson)

               Sr Open 50+

 

2017 Tournament of Champions PPF

            Mixed Doubles                     Gold (with Scott Moore)

               Sr Pro Open

            Women’s Doubles                Silver (with Jennifer Lucore) 

               Senior Pro Open

            

2017 USAPA National Championships IX

            Women’s Doubles 50+ 5.0  Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            Mixed Doubles 50+ 5.0       Gold (with Scott Moore)

            Sr Open Women’s               Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

               Doubles

            Sr Open Mixed Doubles      Silver (with Scott Moore)

 

2018 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Women’s Doubles 50+        Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            

2018 Tournament of Champions

            Sr Mixed Doubles Pro         Bronze (with Scott Moore)

            Sr Women’s Doubles Pro    Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

            

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships X

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 55+       Gold (with Scott Moore)

            Women’s Doubles 5.0 50+  Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

            

2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 25+              Bronze (with Tyler Loong)

            Women’s Doubles 45+        T-Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

            

2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships XI

            Women’s Doubles 5.0 50+  Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

 

2020 PPA Championship

            Mixed Doubles Sr Pro         Bronze (with Kevin Booth)

 

2014 Pickleball Rocks Player(s) of the Year (doubles team with Jennifer Lucore).

Awarded two “John A. Gullo Award Rings” in 2019 for her accomplishments at Tournament of Champions. Inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2020.

 

BACKGROUND:

Alex grew up in a tennis-playing family but played collegiate field hockey where her team reached #4 in the country. In the summer of 1984 Alex won her first ever gold medal – when her women’s team won the Disneyland Cast Member Olympics in the canoe races around Tom Sawyer Island. 😊 When Alex was 30 she started playing tennis again, and a few years later met Jennifer Lucore who became her doubles partner. A decade or so after that Alex and Jennifer started playing pickleball … and the rest is history! 



Alex resides in Carlsbad, CA where she and her husband of over 30 years have a small accounting practice. She has two sons who, as well as being fine young men, each have several Junior Pickleball National Championship titles to their names! Alex shares one additional important thing: #itwasthedog










Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Yvonne Hackenberg

 PLAYER
INDUCTED IN 2021

CITIZENSHIP: USA  

BORN: September 29,1948 in Kalamazoo, Michigan 

PLAYS:  Right-handed


EDUCATION:  

BA in Education

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan


MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

*Founder of Pickleball Outreach, a non-profit organization that donates funds to local communities to build new pickleball facilities, or to enhance existing facilities.

*Founding member of the IPTPA

*Founding member of the Pickleball Hall of Fame

*USA Pickleball Certified Referee

*USA Pickleball Ambassador at Large

*Co-Tournament Director of Pickleball Fever in the Zoo and the USA Pickleball Great Lakes Regional



COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Yvonne has won many tournament championships and medals since she first started playing in 2009. Listed below are results from the major pickleball tournaments.

 

USAPA/USA Pickleball Nationals—19 Gold Medals

2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 70+                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Mixed Doubles Sr Pro 65+             Bronze (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles Sr Pro 65+        Bronze (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Doubles 5.0 70+             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships 

            Mixed Doubles 70+                        Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 70+                   Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2017 USAPA National Championships

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 65+                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 5.0 65+             Silver (with Hilary Marold)

2016 USAPA Nationals VIII           

            Mixed Doubles 65+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

            Mixed Doubles 65+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2014   USAPA Nationals

            Women’s Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2013 USAPA Nationals

            Women’s Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Mixed Doubles 65+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2012 USAPA Nationals

            Women’s Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Mixed Doubles 60+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2011 USAPA Nationals       

            Women’s Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Mixed Doubles 60+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2010 USAPA Nationals

            Open Women’s Doubles                 Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Sr Mixed Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2009 USAPA Nationals 

            Women’s Doubles 55+                    Silver (with Hilary Marold)


Hilary Marold and Yvonne Hackenberg 2010 USAPA Nationals

Gold in Open Women’s Doubles


Huntsman World Senior Games—26 Gold Medals

2021 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 70-74 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Mixed Doubles 70-74 A                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2019 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 5.0/4.5 65+       Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Skill Doubles 5.0 65+      Gold (with Hilary Marold)    

2018 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Mixed Doubles 70-74 A                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65-69 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Skill Doubles 5.0 65+      Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2017 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Mixed Doubles 65-69 A                  Gold (with JimHackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65-69 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Skill Doubles 5.0 65+      Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2016 Huntsman World Senior Games     

            Mixed Doubles 65+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2015 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Mixed Doubles 65-69 A                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65-69                Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2014 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 60-64 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)    

            Mixed Doubles 65-69 A                  Gold (with Alan Christensen)

2013   Huntsman World Senior Games

            Mixed 65+                                       Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s 5.0 50+                            Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s 60+                                  Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2012 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 60-64 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2011 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Mixed Doubles 60-64 A                  Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 60-64 A             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Skill Doubles 5.0             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2010 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 60-64 Div1        Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Women’s Skill Doubles 5.0             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

            Mixed Doubles 60+                         Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            

Minto US Open Pickleball Championships—10 Gold Medals

2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Women's Doubles 70+ 5.0              Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2021 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Women’s Doubles 70+                    Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 70+                          Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 60+                    Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2018 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 70+                          Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 65+, 70+            Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles Age 65+             Gold (with Hilary Marold)

2017 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)

2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Women’s Doubles 65+                     Gold (with Hilary Marold)

 

Tournament of Champions

2014 Tournament of Champions

            Women’s Doubles Open/Lgnds       Gold (with Hilary Marold)

 

National Senior Games

2017 National Senior Games

            Women’s Doubles 60-64                  Gold (with Cookie Drake)

            Mixed Doubles 65-69                       Gold (with Jim Hackenberg)


Yvonne and Jim Hackenberg

Winners of more pickleball championships together

than any other married couple


BACKGROUND/PERSONAL LIFE:

Yvonne has been a sports enthusiast her entire life. A big factor was that her brother, who was 2 years older, made sure she was included in all the neighborhood games. She was batting, catching, throwing, playing ping pong and anything else they dreamed up, all day long in the summers with the other neighborhood children. Thank goodness her parents allowed this freedom. This background boded well as Yvonne was selected as a member of an elite girl’s tennis team and became a Hodgman Girl. A local physician, Dr Albert Hodgman, was their mentor. She trained and traveled to tournaments throughout the country. Yvonne played college tennis at Division 1 Western Michigan University. This was all pre-Title IX, so opportunities for women in sports were quite limited for most. 

 

Yvonne’s first date with her future husband, Jim, was on a tennis court! 

As time went by Jim and Yvonne married, were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Kristy, and three wonderful grandchildren, Tyler, Riley and James. It was a thrill for Yvonne to have her daughter introduce her at the 2021 induction ceremony, and to share the stage with her doubles partners, Jim Hackenberg and Hilary Marold, who were 2020 inductees.

 

2021 Induction Ceremony of the Pickleball Hall of Fame

L-R: Steve Wong, Jim Hackenberg, Yvonne Hackenberg, Gigi LeMaster, Alex Hamner, Hilary Marold


Education and Career: 

Graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Education

Manager of the area’s first indoor tennis facility, the Kalamazoo Raquet Club

Head Tennis Pro at the Gull Lake Country Club

Owner and Operator of Action Gear, an embroidery and advertising specialty company

 

Other Accomplishments:

National Champion in 4 sports: 

*Platform Tennis (1979-1986, 11 titles with husband Jim, Hilary Marold, Linda Wolf & Robin Fulton)

*Paddleball (1981 with Caprice Behner)

*Pickleball (2009 to present) Numerous National & Regional titles 

*Tennis (1966) National Team Tennis Champions 

Inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame 1998

Inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2021

Inducted into the Kalamazoo College Hall of Fame in 2019

Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year in 2013 (with Jim)


Jim Hackenberg, PHOF Class of 2020 and Yvonne Hackenberg, PHOF Class of 2021






Saturday, May 28, 2022

Keith Bisel

CONTRIBUTOR
INDUCTED IN 2021

CITIZENSHIP: USA  

BORN: January 7, 1936 in Van Wert, Ohio

PLAYS:  Right handed

 

EDUCATION:  

Sturgis High School, Class of 1954

Sturgis, Michigan

 

B.A. Degree, 1963

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale, Michigan

 

Master’s Degree, 1975

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

MILITARY:    

U.S. Navy, 1955-1959 (Petty Officer Second Class, Yeoman/Teleman)

Keith was one of the 12 crew members on the USS Edson (DD946) when it made its maiden voyage out of Bath, Maine. He was also the first mailman for the USS Edson, a position he held during all four years in the Navy.

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

Keith was recognized for his contributions to the growth of pickleball. Starting in 1994, for over 28 years, he introduced the sport to thousands of people in RV resorts, communities, and schools throughout the U.S. He is known as “The Pied Piper of Pickleball” and, also a one-time USAPA National Champion. He is the original Pickleball Ambassador and as of his induction in 2021, continues as an official USAP Ambassador.

 

COMPETITION AWARDS:

2004 Arizona Senior Olympics

            Gold – Men’s Doubles 65-69 with Earl Hill

            Silver – Men’s Doubles Legends with Earl Hill  

 

2007 Happy Trails Open

            Silver – Men’s Doubles 65-69 with Jack Clark

 

2014 USAPA National VI

            Gold – Men’s Doubles 75+ with Earl Hill

 

RECOGNITION:

USAPA Volunteer of the Month – January 2009
Recognized in articles:
Mobile Alabama Register –1995
Escapees RV Club Magazine – 1995, 2007
Trailblazer Magazine – 1997, 2000, 2008
Colorado Springs Gazette -- 2003
Wickenburg Sun – 2016

 

BACKGROUND:

Keith grew up in Coldwater and Sturgis, Michigan. He played backyard and playground sports with friends while growing up. In his teen years, he was the high school table tennis champion. During the summer, he participated in summer league fast pitch softball. In the Navy, Keith was on the basketball and softball teams.

 

The four years spent in the Navy allowed him to realize that his career should be experienced elsewhere. In just 3 ½ years, Keith completed his Bachelor of Arts in Teaching. After receiving his college degree, Keith taught  4th - 6th grades in Michigan and Colorado. After teaching for 13 years, an administrative position became available. He was one of 21 candidates to apply for that one assistant principal position in Colorado Springs and he was the one they selected. At age 50, Keith retired in1986 as an elementary school principal, having served 10 years in that position.

 

Following his career in education, Keith and his wife Roberta took to the roads, traveling by RV as nomadic snowbirds. Their first exposure to pickleball was in 1993 at the Thousand Trails RV Park near La Conner, Washington. From that introduction, Keith dedicated his time to teaching others the game of pickleball wherever their travels took them. They went from Washington state to Florida and many places in between.


Thousand Trails Tournament, February, 2000 near San Diego, CA

Pickle-Ball, Inc. (Doug Smith) and Ultra-Lite Paddle Co. (Frank Candelario) 

provided new paddles, balls and T-shirts to the “Sweet 16” finalists for this event.

Back row: Charlie Parks, Jack Barry, Bob Shouton, Bob Youngren, George Fiedler

Middle row: Gene Hughes, Jack Clark, Norm Walters, Ken Clemens

Front row: Linda Walden (Laymon), Keith Bisel, Jessie Dawson, Sjoukje (SJ) Lehmann, Bob Alspaugh 


An example of the energy Keith poured into spreading his new-found passion:  In a single winter season (December 1994 – spring 1995) Keith spent time at six Thousand Trails RV parks from Texas to Florida. In those days, few people east of the Mississippi had heard of pickleball, so Keith shared his paddles and balls and taught them the game. In the spring, the snowbirds Keith had introduced to pickleball returned to their homes in the Midwest and Northeast and began teaching others. Pickleball didn’t become an instant household word, but Keith’s steady mission created small waves around the country that would eventually become a giant tsunami.


Keith kept meticulous accounts of his pickleball activities and from 1994 to 2018, his records show that he had introduced 4,156 people to the game of pickleball. He also organized play groups and tournaments. Along the way, he distributed thousands of Heinz pickle pins to fellow pickleball players, a remembrance of their time on the courts with the Pied Piper of Pickleball.

 

After 22 years of RVing, Keith and Roberta settled down in Congress, Arizona. There, Keith continues to teach and promote pickleball, both in his community and at the local middle school. Of the many aspects of the game he teaches, he emphasizes his most cherished virtues; the importance of sportsmanship, being fair and having fun.


Roberta and Keith Bisel celebrating his selection to the

Pickleball Hall of Fame Class of 2021