Atlantic South Region Parrish Named USAPA’S Director of Athletic Competition

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Atlantic South Region Parrish Named USAPA’S Director of Athletic Competition

Karren Parish and Jack Thomas

Karen Parrish with USAPA President Jack Thomas

SURPRISE, Az. (April 30, 2019) – The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) has recently added another member to its growing list of staff personnel. And, the latest addition is no stranger to the USAPA.

Karen Parrish, former USAPA Atlantic Regional Director from 2013-2017 and current District Ambassador for the Emerald Coast District in the Florida Panhandle will be the governing body’s Managing Director of Competition.

In her new position with the organization, Parrish will oversee USAPA’s competition department with an emphasis on growing and streamlining all sanctioned tournament play, including the USAPA regional tournaments and the National Championships. In addition to tournaments, Parrish will also oversee USAPA staff whose responsibilities include ratings, equipment testing/standards, referees and other competition-related areas. “My first order of business is a trip to the US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples so I can observe and meet with several industry contacts who will be attending,” said Parrish.  “I will then immediately reach out and begin working with USAPA’s 11 Regional Directors on the upcoming regional tournaments.”

Parrish, along with David Jordan, Anne Reynolds and Kyle Klein will serve as an event chair for the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. The event this year will be held November 2-10 at the world-famous Indian Wells Tennis Garden facility in Indian Wells, CA (near Palm Springs, CA).

“USAPA is extremely fortunate to have a person of Karen’s caliber and knowledge of the sport of pickleball to lead our competition department,” said USAPA Executive Director, Justin Maloof. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to grow our sport and will certainly continue to elevate pickleball to the next level. I couldn’t be happier to have her join our team.”

Parrish grew up in a family that featured highly-competitive athletes which fueled her passion for sports. After high school, she played competitive slow pitch softball for over 25 years and then three years on the diamond playing women’s professional baseball. However, it was the sport of pickleball that stirred her soul in so many ways. “I have to say I have never played a sport with so much enthusiasm, joy, sweat and tears as I have pickleball. In my opinion, it’s one of the greatest sports ever played.”

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