Pickleball Hall of Fame

Board and Committee Members

Board of Directors

Stu Upson

President

Stu Upson has positions in several pickleball ventures, including Commissioner of the National Pickleball League and Strategic Advisor to PBX Pickleball. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of USA Pickleball.

Stu’s previous sports management positions include Chief Operating Officer at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Skip Barber Racing, Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at First USA Bank, and Vice President of Business Development at Major League Baseball Properties.

Kim Jagd

Vice President

Kim Jagd was a multi-sport standout athlete prior to attending UCLA and won an NCAA Championship in Volleyball in 1984. She also played 3 seasons on the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and then coached at UCLA and Colorado University as well as stints with USA Volleyball’s High-Performance Program for juniors, coaching numerous All-Americans and Olympians. After retiring, Kim fell in love with golf and quickly found success, winning several club Championships. In 2013, Kim discovered and began to excel in Pickleball and became a pro in 2014 after a successful Tournament of Champions. A PPR-certified teacher, Kim also dedicates time to “growing the game.”

Kim still enjoys competing at the highest level and won a Pro Split Age WD medal with Megan Fudge at the last Nationals in Indian Wells in 2022, and her NPL team, The Indy Drivers, won the inaugural 2023 Championship.

Suzanne Guerin

Secretary

Suzanne Guerin is Vice Chair of the board of directors of USA Pickleball. Drawing from her many years as a nonprofit executive, Suzanne utilizes her strategic leadership and fund development skills to promote the organization’s mission and grow the sport of pickleball.

In addition to her board work with USAP and the Pickleball Hall of Fame, Suzanne enjoys officiating on the court as a USAP-certified pickleball referee. Suzanne believes in preserving the history of pickleball and recognizing the extraordinary contributions of those who have excelled at promoting the sport. She is honored to be a board member of the Pickleball Hall of Fame.

Joe Santoro

Treasurer

A past member of the USA Pickleball Board of Directors, Joe Santoro is a Certified Referee, the Referee Training Coordinator for the Atlantic Region, and the founder/tournament director of three annual USA Pickleball-sanctioned tournaments. He is currently the Treasurer of the Pickleball Hall of Fame.

A retired US Air Force colonel, Joe is also a retired CPA, a nationally known lecturer and author of more than 50 training manuals on taxes and accounting, and the retired president of several commercial businesses.

Steve Paranto

At Large

Steve Paranto is going on his 50th year playing and competing in pickleball. He also helped his dad create the first composite pickleball paddle in 1984. As a physical educator for 30 years, he promoted and taught pickleball to thousands of students. Steve has won several national championships and also coached several other national champions. Steve’s most recent contribution was creating the drop serve.

Hilary Marold

At Large

Hilary Marold has competed all her life in racquet/paddle sports and has accrued many national titles in four different racquet/paddle sports: tennis, paddle tennis, platform tennis, and pickleball. Racquet Magazine once dubbed Hilary, “Queen of the Racquets”. She was inducted into the USPTA Paddle Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012 and the APTA Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996. In the sport of pickleball, Hilary has won 22 national USAP gold medals and was inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2020.

Hilary has taught pickleball in England, France, and Spain. She was on the board of directors of the first-ever Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF) at the Tournament of Champions tournament in 2015, which became the template for professional pickleball tours. In 2021, she joined the Pickleball Hall of Fame Nomination Committee and has since co-chaired that committee.

Randy Stafford

At Large

Randy Stafford owned a construction company for 40 years that developed hundreds of athletic clubs and built over 5000 Racquetball and Squash courts. Currently, Randy and his son, Steven, own a manufacturing company that produces pickleball paddles.

In 1976, Randy authored and published the best-selling Racquetball college textbook and was an early touring racquetball pro. He has served as President of USA Racquetball and was inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame. He is considered a historian of the sport of racquetball and developed the online Racquetball Museum.

Nominating Committee

Hillary Mallord

Co-Chair

Stephanie Lane

Co-Chair

Jennifer Butler

Rob Davidson

Alex Hamner

Rachael Kroog

Jim Ludwig

Mario Najera

Selection Committee

Kim Jagd

Steve Paranto

Fran Myer

Beverly Youngren

Zorano Tubo

Glen Peterson