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