Thursday, March 11, 2021

Hilary Hilton Marold

 PLAYER
INDUCTED IN 2020

 

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN:  April 26, 1950 in Santa Monica, California

              Raised in Pacific Palisades, California

PLAYS: Right handed 


EDUCATION:  

Marlborough School

Los Angeles, California

 

Drama

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

Since Hilary started playing pickleball in 2009, she has taught and spread love of the game in many countries: Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan, England, France, Spain, Canada, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. The only permanent pickleball court in Corpus Christi, Texas where she currently lives, was donated by Hilary and her husband Charlie. She was a founding board member of John A. Gullo’s Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) in 2015/2016. The PPF was the template and precursor organization to what we know today as the various Pickleball Pro Tours. She is on the Pickleball Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and a contributing member of the World Pickleball Federation (WPF), trying to spread the game of pickleball worldwide.

 

COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2009 - 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

            (Initially named USAPA National Tournament)

            22 Gold National Championships which includes:

§  10 Gold Womens Doubles - all with Yvonne Hackenberg

One of the 10 WD Golds was in the Open Division in 2010

§  7 Gold in Women’s Singles in her age group (Open/5.0)

§  5 Gold in Mixed Doubles (1 with Mike Stahl in 35+, 4 with Larry Moon)

            

Hilary started playing pickleball in 2009 at the USAPA National Tournament (now known at the USAP National Championships). Before the tournament, she had never played pickleball and purchased a pickleball paddle just days before the tournament. That year, she earned the gold in Women’s Singles 55+ age group as well as two silver medals in two different Women’s Doubles events with Yvonne Hackenberg.


                                          Gold medal in Women's Singles at the 2009 USAPA National Tournament

 2016 – 2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            6 Gold US Open Championships which includes:

§  2 Women’s Doubles with Yvonne Hackenberg

§  2 Women’s Singles

§  2 Mixed Doubles (55+ with Brian Staub, 65+ with Greg Whitfield)

                        

2014 – 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC)

            4 Gold which includes:

§  2014 Gold in Legends Open Mixed Doubles with Mike Stahl, Gold in Legends Open Women’s Doubles with Yvonne Hackenberg

§  2015 Gold in Legends Open Women’s Singles (at age 65)

§  2016 Gold in Legends Open Mixed Doubles with Scott Moore

 

2010 – 2019 Huntsman World Senior Games

            29 Gold Championships which include:

§  16 Women’s Doubles Championships with Yvonne Hackenberg

§  9  Women’s Singles Championships

§  4  Mixed Doubles (3 with Larry Moon, 1 with Pat Kane)

 

                        Breakdown by year:

                        2010: 2 Golds

                        2011: 3 Golds

                        2012: 3 Golds

                        2013: 3 Golds

                        2014: 2 Golds

                        2015: 3 Golds

                        2016: 2 Golds

                        2017: 4 Golds

                        2018: 4 Golds

                        2019: 3 Golds

 

2019 Vulcan U.S. National Indoor Pickleball Championships

            2 Golds: Women’s Singles 65+, Mixed Doubles 60+ with Joe Nguyen

 

2017 Spanish Open Pickleball Championships in Madrid, Spain

            Professional Pickleball Federation/Elite Open Women’s Doubles

            Silver with Suzee Anderson

 

2017 Bainbridge Cup USA Team Member vs. Europe/Canada

 

2016 Canadian Open Women’s Singles Championship

            Silver (66 years old)


ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

o   2019 John A. Gullo “Tournament of Champions” Award The “4 Gold Legend Championship Ring

o   2018 A dedicated pickleball court plaque in honor of Hilary’s paddle/racquet achievements in pickleball and her various other sports – placed on pickleball center court at the Corpus Christi Country Club

o   2011 – 2019 Paddletek sponsored athlete. One of the original four female pickleball players to be chosen by Team Paddletek

o   2014 USTA Texas “Senior Spirit of Texas Tennis Award” given yearly to a female tennis competitor who “exemplifies sportsmanship, enthusiasm, conditioning as well as a high sectional ranking…”

o   2010 Earned #1 national ranking in USTA Husband/Wife Mixed Combo 120 (age) in tennis with Charlie Marold

o   1989 Buick Amateur Open Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic National Champion, Madison Square Garden, New York with Steve Issleib

           

BACKGROUND:

Hilary first picked up a paddle tennis paddle at 4 years old to hit balls with her father at The Beach Club on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California. She competed in her first tennis tournament at 9 years old, always encouraged and  supported by her mother. That was the start of her love of all racquet/paddle sports. Hilary Hilton Marold is referred to as “The Queen of the Racquets”. She is the only female athlete to hold many national titles in 4 different racquet/paddle sports:

            1965 – 1973 Paddle Tennis (Pop Tennis)

                        17 National Championships

                        Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012

            1974 – 1982 Platform Tennis

                        11 National Championships

                        Hall of Fame Inductee, 1998

            2009 – Present Pickleball

                        22 National Championships

                        Hall of Fame Inductee, 2020

            1972 – Present Tennis

                        19 USTA “Balls” (8 Gold, 8 Silver, 3 Bronze)

                         6 National Public Parks Championships


                              Bobby Riggs signing "I beat Margaret Court but not Hilary. I'd like to try again!" Bobby Riggs

In 1973, only one month after Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court in tennis and only a few months prior to his famous "Battle of the Sexes" match with Billie Jean King, Bobby lost to Hilary in paddle tennis singles after he challenged her. The results hit the 2nd page of the LA Times Sports Section with the caption, "Willowy Hilary Takes Riggs to the Cleaners 8-3."


In fact, Billie Jean King selected Hilary to be on the cover of her WomenSports magazine with the caption, “Hilary Hilton, the OTHER woman in Bobby Riggs’ life”. She is now honored to be included in the Bobby Riggs Museum in Encinitas, California, thanks to the great pickleball players, Steve and Jennifer Dawson who own the museum and are the curators.

 

Hilary has worked in the television and media fields.  She has been a national television and radio broadcaster:


1976:  Competed as an athlete on ABC's The Women's Superstars, alongside Martina Navratilova, Amy Alcott, Diana Nyad, Ann Henning, Althea Gibson and others.

1977:  Broadcaster alongside Al Michaels for ABC-TV Women's Superstars.

1978:  Broadcaster for NBC-TV The Wimbledon Championships, alongside Bud Collins and John Newcombe

1978:  Competed as the only female athlete on CBS-TV World Racquets Championships against Guillermo Vilas, Marty Hogan, Sharif Khan, Rudy Hartono and Dan Seemiller.

1978:  Appeared as a guest on the David Letterman Show, NBC-TV.


Hilary has also written an article for Tennis magazine on mixed doubles strategy as well as being featured herself in Sports Illustrated, People, Us Weekly, Paddle World, and Racquet magazines to name a few.

 

PERSONAL LIFE:

Hilary has been married to her husband Charlie since 1979. They have had three children: Chad, Burke and Morgan (deceased). They lived in Glen Ellyn, Illinois for 26 years and now live in Corpus Christi, Texas where they have been for 16 years. They have 3 grandchildren: Harrison (5), Emma (4), Monroe (2) and at the time of this posting, another on the way.


                                               Hilary with Barney McCallum, one of the three inventors of pickleball.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Jim Hackenberg

 PLAYER
INDUCTED IN 2020
















CITIZENSHIP: USA  

BORN: May 22, 1948 in Kalamazoo, Michigan 

PLAYS:  Right handed

 

EDUCATION:  

Loy Norrix High School

Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

Bachelor of Science

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

USA Pickleball Ambassador at Large

Former member of the USA Pickleball Rules Committee

Tournament Director of the annual Pickleball Fever in the Zoo; Also TD for 3 years of the USA Pickleball Great Lakes Regional

Founding member of the IPTPA

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

USA Pickleball Certified Referee

 

COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 70+                   Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Doubles Sr Pro 65+             Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)

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

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 70+                   Silver (with Mark Friedenberg)

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

            Men’s Doubles 60+                          Bronze (with Del Kauss)

            Men’s Singles 5.0 65+, 70+           Gold 

            Mixed Doubles 70+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

2017 USAPA National Championships

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 65+                   Bronze (with Paul Coletta)

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 65+                   Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 5.0 65+                    Gold

2016 USAPA Nationals VIII           

            Men’s Doubles 55+                          Gold (with Scott Lennan)

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 65+                           Gold

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Doubles 55+                          Gold (with Scott Lennan)

            Men’s Singles 65+                           Gold

2013 USAPA National Tournament

            Men’s Doubles 50+                          Gold (with Scott Lennan)

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 65+                           Gold

2012 USAPA National Tournament

            Men’s Doubles 60+                          Gold (with Paul Coletta)

            Mixed Doubles 60+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 60+                           Gold

2011 USAPA National Tournament          

            Men’s Singles 60+                           Silver

            Men’s Doubles 60+                          Silver (with Paul Coletta)

            Mixed Doubles 60+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

2010 USAPA National Tournament

            Sr Men’s Doubles 60+                    Bronze (with Sandy Simons)

            Sr Mixed Doubles 60+                    Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Sr Men’s Singles 60+                      Gold                

 

2019 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 65+                   Gold (with Gregg Whitfield)

            Men’s Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Gregg Whitfield)

            Men’s Singles 70+                           Bronze

2018 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Men’s Singles 70-74 A                    Gold    

            Men’s Doubles 60-64 A                  Gold (with Larry Moon)

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 50+                   Bronze (with Larry Moon)

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

2017 Huntsman World Senior Games

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

            Men’s Doubles 55-59 A                  Silver (with Scott Lennan)

            Men’s Singles 65-69 A                    Silver

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 50+                   Silver (with Scott Lennan)

2016 Huntsman World Senior Games

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

            Men’s Doubles 55-59 A                  Gold (with Scott Lennan)

            Men’s Singles 65-69                        Gold

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 50+, 65+          Gold (with Scott Lennan)

2012 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Men’s Doubles 60-64 A                  Silver (with Paul Coletta)

            Mixed Doubles 60-64 A                  Silver (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Doubles 5.0                           Silver (with Paul Coletta)

            Men’s Singles 60-64                        Gold

2011 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Men’s Doubles 60-64 A                  Silver (with Paul Coletta)

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

            Men’s Singles 60-64 A                    Bronze

            Men’s Doubles 5.0                           Bronze (with Paul Coletta)

2010 Huntsman World Senior Games

            Men’s Singles 60-64                        Gold

            Men’s Doubles 60-64                      Silver (with Ron Arnold)

            

2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Men’s Singles 4.5/5.0 70+              Gold

            Mixed Doubles 70+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 60+                   Gold (with Dan McLaughlin)

            Mixed Doubles 5.0 60+                   Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

2018 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

            Men’s Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Ted Meyer)

            Mixed Doubles 70+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Doubles 5.0 55+, 60+, 65+ Gold (with Dan McLaughlin)

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

            Men’s Singles 70+                           Silver

2017 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Men’s Singles 65-69                        Gold

            Men’s Doubles 65+                          Silver (with Dan McLaughlin)

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

            Men’s Doubles 60+                          Silver (with Byron Freso)

            Mixed Doubles 65+                          Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 65+                           Gold

            

2017 National Senior Games

            Men’s Doubles 65-69                      Gold (with Ted Meyer)

            Mixed Doubles 65-69                      Gold (with Yvonne Hackenberg)

            Men’s Singles 65-69                        Silver

 

Along with his wife, Yvonne, Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year in 2013.

 

Yvonne and Jim Hackenberg 

BACKGROUND:

Jim has always had a love of sports. He played high school tennis for 3 years, but no serious tennis after high school. From the age of 29-45 Jim was an avid runner and competed in many road races, ranging from 5K to marathons. Prior to playing pickleball, Jim and his wife developed a love for platform tennis. Yvonne won 9 national titles on her way to being inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame with her partner Hilary Marold. Four of her national titles were with Jim in Husband & Wife, and Mixed Doubles.

 

Jim and Yvonne first heard about pickleball from Jim's aunt and uncle who were living in The Villages, Florida. They, of course, dismissed the game thinking it was only for older people, plus they thought it had a ridiculous name. However, one winter day they saw in their local paper that pickleball was offered at their YMCA. They gave it a try, and thanks to the encouragement of Ambassadors Bob Northrop and Melissa Muha, they immediately fell in love with the game. Because of Bob and Melissa they feel an obligation to “pay it forward” which they have tried to do over the years.

 

Jim says he owes his induction into the Pickleball Hall of Fame to his many wonderful partners over the years, especially his wife, Yvonne.