2021 PHOF Inductee

Yvonne Hackenberg

Competitor

Yvonne Hackenberg

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: September 29, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan

PLAYS: Right-handed

EDUCATION & CAREER:

  • BA in Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Manager of the area’s first indoor tennis facility, the Kalamazoo Racquet Club
  • Head Tennis Pro at the Gull Lake Country Club
  • Owner and Operator of Action Gear, an embroidery and advertising specialty company

    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
    • 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 and 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)

    Background

    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.

    Yvonne and Jim Hackenberg. Winners of more pickleball championships together than any other married couple.
    Yvonne and Jim Hackenberg. Winners of more pickleball championships together than any other married couple.
    Hilary Marold and Yvonne Hackenberg 2010 USAPA Nationals. Gold in Open Women’s Doubles

    COMPETITION AWARDS IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS:

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)