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Paddletek Senior Pro Athlete
USAPA and IFP International Ambassador
IFP Certified Instructor and Coach, Livestream & media consultant, Boxcar Productions Associate Producer, Sport promoter,
Experienced USA Pickleball referral consultant & construction consultant.
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A little bit of what I do
My name is Randy Coleman. I am now a Gamma Sports Senior Pickleball Pro. In 2015, while living in Florida, I was back in Lubbock visiting, and I have a friend that when I am in town, we were always golfing, throwing ball or getting our Smashball paddles and going to the park to hit. The object of the game is just to keep the ball going when hitting back and forth, without it hitting the ground. I kept saying, there has got to be a better paddle we could use. I Googled, Smashball paddles, and these funny looking “Pickleball” paddles came up. I went to only buy the paddles, but then saw the balls and decided, why not. We fell in love with our old game and our new paddles, but then decided to try this Pickleball game we saw online - but with no place to play, we went and hit on a tennis court.
When I went back to Florida and looked up places to play Pickleball. I found converted courts in Ocala and then the “Pearly gates” opened when I found the dedicated courts in Daytona Beach Shores. I was quickly addicted, traveling almost every weekend 1 ½ hours from Gainesville to play on these great courts with some really good players. I found that Pickleball is not only an addicting and uniquely different social and competitive sport, but also gives many people a variety of different reasons to participate. It gave me, a lifelong but ageing athlete, a new purpose and ability to compete. It gave me a fresh new avenue to also do what I do naturally, which is teach.
Because my kids are grown and I’m single, it gave me a new mindset to eliminate the stress of a tied down 9-5 job and take the peaceful road less traveled and make Pickleball my life. I decided I would not worry about gaining monetary wealth, but instead enjoy the peace and happiness through teaching, sharing, and playing this life-changing sport. I left a great paying job November 2017 with benefits, decided to minimize my life, sold 75% of my belongings, and only mostly kept what I could take on the road. I signed with Selkirk as a Pro Playing Athlete, Coach and distributor in January 2018.
I played my first sanctioned tournament as a self-rated 4.5 player in Houston, Texas in February of 2017. The Pickleball train began to roll fast in tournament play, and I soon found I could compete at a pretty high level in a sport again. My “addiction” of Pickleball took over and not only was I given a new purpose, this new sport I found was a perfect fit for my personality.
Living life on the road now is always a new adventure. My life in 2018, with Selkirk giving a small signing contract to an unknown and my love of Pickleball soon morphed into a daily clothing dressing of nothing but my Selkirk t-shirts, my paddles and hitting the road to experience and share Pickleball all over the USA. My personality almost every time I stopped my truck naturally wanted to show others what I found and spread the gospel of Pickleball. One friend soon told me, you are a true Pickleball Evangelist. Taking Selfies was fun, and was fun for those whose paths I had crossed. I soon made every effort to reach deep on and off the major highways to find Pickleball opportunities. I would be on I-10 in Arizona and realize how close I was to the border of Mexico, so yes, I turned off the interstate and went straight to a border town, straight to the Police Department to play with any officer willing to spend a few minutes learning about Pickleball and of course, taking a video or Selfie. I stop in every community I can, find the local Pickleball clubs and stop in play as a Pro with the locals. Some never to get to experience top players, and it’s always a warm feeling to see all the smiles everywhere I go, even with the waitresses or local businesses that take a little time to play. More times than not, I make hiking a part of my Pickleball adventures with a few of my close avid Pickleball family hikers during a tournament week. I am still a huge mountain biker, kayaker, and I love the open winding roads.
My first Nationals in November of 2017 was a success! I achieved a Bronze in senior age, and a Silver in senior age. I became friends with Daniel Moore, and the relationship grew in the spring of 2018 when he asked me if I would go to China for a Pickleball Expo to demonstrate and teach. Most people don’t know the story, but the big USAPA/China experience where Jack and Justin went to China started with Daniel. The Chinese Pickleball Association wanted the USA Pros to come to China. I was one, and after the other backed out, I recommended Jack Thomas to Daniel, after Jack and I became friends at an Oklahoma City tournament. After I spoke with Jack, he said yes, Justin was soon approved by China, and then the event and our visit soon turned into a giant USAPA/China Pickleball signing agreement. A “How it Really Happened”, Dateline story. Soon came me making friends with the Hong Kong Pickleball Association, and them taking me to Hong Kong after the Expo, and more friendships were formed. Daniel asked me to go to Japan for Pickleball a few months later, where I returned to Hong Kong again establishing more Pickleball on the way and then helping spread Pickleball throughout the streets of Asia. People would hold up their Selkirk paddles, their Selkirk banners, and took me to their communities to teach. I was taken back when so many wanted me to sign their paddles. The Japanese people are the nicest people I have ever met in my life. Their generosity and courteous nature is inspiring.
Making friends became natural. People in every town wanted to host my nightly stays, and wanted to make sure we took a “Randy Selfie”. I have been on the road in 2018 except for a few random weeks regrouping in Lubbock, Texas, and I feel grateful and fortunate I have not had to spend one dime on a hotel room because of so many wonderful people. Yes, I have however spent some nights in the back seat of my truck. Pickleball people and families are very different by being so openly giving and generous, opening their homes and hosting me every where the road leads me. So many people, here in the USA, China, Hong Kong and Japan that I extend a thank you for all you have done for me. This is another example of what defines Pickleball families all over the world.
I achieved an IPTPA Level II Pickleball Certification, and I am currently a Certified PPR Pro Pickleball Instructor. I love showing all what I have learned myself and from some of the top players in the world. I have a deeper passion for training and building the junior programs, and my ultimate passion is to help. Needless to say, Pickleball is like no other sport, and has given many people many different stories, many different reasons, many different ages, a reason, a purpose, a way of life, an activity where before one didn’t exist, and high level competition. Whatever the personal reason, Pickleball has filled a void for many and has become a common denominator and language. It has created a family unity on a global scale. Because of Pickleball alone, our World is a little smaller. Follow your inspiration, Pickleball is mine.
My support team consists of the amazing Paddletek Sports family and company. I also couldn't share and spread Pickleball seeds all across these great lands without all the wonderful people, families, friends who help host me in their homes. The memories and friendships that develop are priceless.
I believe in sportsmanship first. The sport is the game, and we are all in it together. While I am very competitive, I also want to support all the competitors as we strive to make the sport of Pickleball great. I work every day to better myself and to better the game. Can't means won't. If you want to get better, put in the practice time. You can't repeat the same inaffective actions, and expect a different result.
IFP Certified Instructor for clinics and private instruction, video analysis of your game. I promote Pickleball as a USA and IFP International Ambassador... My Pickleball family and friends mean the world to me. My time is your time. Let’s make the world a little smaller through the sport of Pickleball.