2022 PHOF Inductee

Pat Kane

Competitor

Pat Kane

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: September 30, 1946, at San Diego Naval Base Coronado Island, California

DIED: April 5, 2023 at age 76

PLAYED: Right-handed

EDUCATION AND WORK:

  • Mountlake Terrace High School
  • Mountlake Terrace, Washington
  • 4-year apprenticeship in the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
  • 30 years as a Seattle Firefighter – Awarded Firefighter of the Year for rescuing four people from two house fires

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:
Pat was on the original USAPA Rules Committee and helped to define and clarify rules for the first official tournament rulebook. Up until that time, women were allowed to play in men’s events. During his tenure on the committee, that was finally changed to make gender doubles exclusively for the designated gender alone.

Background

Pat was introduced to pickleball in 1985 at the Bellevue Senior Community Center in Bellevue, Washington. At the time, he was a Seattle firefighter and soon introduced colleagues at his station to the game. They would pull out the fire rigs and play every day. In the early1990s, Pat started competing in Sid Williams’ tournaments, beginning a long and successful competitive career. In 2003, after retiring from the Seattle Fire Department, Pat moved to Arizona. He found that most of the pickleball players there were bangers and hard hitters, so that was when he started to teach everyone the dink game.

Pat also played a lot of slow-pitch softball, basketball, and flag football.

Pat and his wife Rock (Sandra Borracchini). Winners at one of Sid Williams’ tournaments during the 1990s.

With Pat’s record as a champion already solidified by 2009, his photo was selected that year for the cover of the first USAPA National Tournament Program. Not to disappoint, he garnered five gold medals in that contest.
Pat with Sjoukje (SJ) Lehmann. Together, they dominated mixed doubles from 2006 to 2012, winning 16 gold medals during that time in local and national tournaments.
Pat with Mark Friedenberg

COMPETITION AWARDS IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS:

Pat was a dominant player from 1991 to 2019. During that time, he amassed over 288 medals and awards. His wins at The Villages National Tournaments in 2002 and 2003 were the first tournaments to offer monetary prizes with $500 for first place.

2002 National Pickleball Championships at The Villages

  • Men’s Doubles Masters 40+ Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)
  • Men’s Singles Masters 40+ Silver

2003 National Pickleball Championships at The Villages

  • Men’s Doubles Masters 40+ Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)
  • Men’s Singles Masters 40+ Gold
  • Mixed Doubles Masters 40+ Gold (with Sandra Brewer)
  • Men’s Doubles Legends 50+ Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)
  • Men’s Singles Legends 50+ Gold
  • Mixed Doubles Legends 50+ Gold (with Sandra Brewer)

2009 USAPA National Tournament

  • Open Mixed Doubles Gold (with Sjoukje Lehmann)
  • Open Men’s Doubles Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)
  • Men’s Singles 55-59 Gold
  • Men’s Doubles 60-64 Gold (with Chile Chilleli)
  • Mixed Doubles 60-64 Gold (with Sjoukje Lehmann)

2010 USAPA National Tournament

  • Men’s Singles 55+ Gold
  • Mixed Doubles 55+ Gold (with Sjoukje Lehmann)
  • Men’s Doubles 60+ Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)

2011 USAPA National Tournament

  • Men’s Singles 65+ Gold
  • Men’s Doubles 55+ Gold (with Al Hager)

    2011 Huntsman World Senior Games

    • Men’s Doubles 5.0 Gold (with Chile Chilelli)
    • Men’s Singles 65-69 Gold
    • Men’s Doubles 50-54 Gold (with Chile Chilelli)
    • Mixed Doubles 50-54 Gold (with Mona Burnett)

    2012 Huntsman World Senior Games

    • Men’s Singles 65-69 Gold
    • Men’s Doubles 5.0 Gold (with Mark Friedenberg)
    • Men’s Doubles 65-69 Gold (with Geoff Justiss)
    • Mixed Doubles 60-64 Gold (with Hilary Marold)

    2012 USAPA National Tournament

    • Men’s Singles 65+ Gold
    • Men’s Doubles 65+ Gold (with Geoff Justiss)
    • Mixed Doubles 35+ Bronze (with Hilary Marold)

    2013 USAPA National Tournament

    • Men’s Doubles 19+ Bronze (with Randel Zbinden, Jr.)

    2014 USAPA National Tournament

    • Men’s Doubles 60+ Gold (with Al Hager)
    • Men’s Doubles – Sr/Open Bronze (with Mark Friedenberg)

    2016 USAPA Nationals VIII

    • Men’s Singles 70+ Gold
    • Men’s Doubles 70+ Gold (with Jerry Peterson)