Southern Oregon Pickleball Association

PO Box 1226 + 153 E Wagner St.

Talent, Or 97540-9780

sopickleball@gmail.com

For information about local pickleball playing opportunities, call one of the following
USAPA-approved pickleball ambassadors:

​Crescent City – Karen Suiker (USAPA Ambassador) (707) 845-6913

Grants Pass – David Johnson – (USAPA Ambassador) (541) 761-7307

Ashland – Norm Eisenberg (USAPA Ambassador) (541) 631-1456

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SOUTHERN OREGON PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION

Board of Directors

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Ashland resident since 2010. Married to Alejandra. Have two grown daughters living in Kauai, Hawaii, and Savannah Ga. Pickleball player since 2013. Graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Geography. Five years an United States Marine Corps Naval Aviator. Worked in various military support disciplines, advanced technologies and sales including in-vehicle navigation and LiDAR. Retired aerial survey pilot.

President

JACK METHOT

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John moved to the Rogue Valley in 2010 after 25 years as a media executive in the Midwest. He enjoys a semi-retired life in Ashland and makes sure he has time for backpacking, fly fishing, and mountain biking. He was introduced to pickleball many years ago and has been addicted to the sport ever since.

Vice-president

JOHN RIHA

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Originally from Iowa, Kim Marie made her way “out West” and landed in Ashland over twenty years ago. She has a Master of Science Degree in marine geochemistry and was an All-American synchronized swimmer at the University of Michigan. In addition to her love of nature, animals, and kids, Kim Marie has a passion for outdoor activities—especially hiking, slot canyoneering, outrigger canoe paddling, and body-boarding. Since she discovered pickleball, Kim Marie spends a bit less time scrambling around on rocks and more time on the courts.

Secretary

KIM MARIE MURPHY

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Native Oregonian who grew up in Central Point and now lives in Medford. Widower with 4 grown children who all live in the area. An Enrolled Agent who owned and operated a Tax and Accounting practice for over 30 years. Sold Tax practice but is continuing to work part time in the Financial Investment Industry. An avid golfer who also enjoys several other outdoor activities. Started playing pickleball in April 2017 and really enjoys the game.

Treasurer

GREG LATHROP

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Played competitive tennis for many years, highlight was playing men’s doubles at nationals. Moved to the Rogue Valley in 2005. Sold my consulting company after 34 years in 2014. My wife, Susan and I are enjoying the retired life. I was introduced to pickleball in November 2016 and have loved playing ever since.

Marketing & Business Development

NORMAN EISENBERG

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A southern Oregon native, Holly now lives in Medford with her husband and 3 year old daughter. She started her private tutoring business in 2009 and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from SOU. Holly discovered pickleball about 10 years ago and it has become huge part of her life. She also enjoys camping, backpacking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Director of Communications

HOLLY HERMAN

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Originally from Southern California, David and his wife, Sabrina, moved to Grants Pass with their four kids in 2005, where he and Sabrina ran Pickleball at the YMCA for seven years. David is an IPTPA Certified Pickleball Teaching Professional, with nine years experience coaching high school and middle school track & field and cross country athletes. Prior to that, David drove race cars for over 20 years, and was a high-performance driving instructor for several racing schools.

Director of Player Development

DAVID JOHNSON