Our History

Founded in 2013

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  • The Annapolis Pickleball Club, APC, was founded on January 19th, 2013 by Gene Severns and Josh Ellenbogen at Pip Moyer Recreation Center. Initially, there were 15 members. Membership cost $10.00. 2015 Members


  • Membership increases to 41 members.
  • Phyllis Emmett oversees the daily operations of the club


  • Membership doubles to 81 members.
  • In the fall, APC increased to three taped courts in the Aux Gym at PIP Moyer. 


  • Membership grows to 129 members. 
  • The Annapolis Pickleball Club establishes itself as a permanent presence at PIP Moyer for indoor and outdoor play. 
  • This year was pivotal by creating permanent PAINTED lines’, a logo, embroidered apparel, a Facebook Page, socials, advertising, and news articles in several local publications.
  • In the summer, APC obtain permission to paint four courts at Truxtun Park -- a huge statement to the community that pickleball 


  • 173 Members.  
  • APC establishes its core leadership team whose members were: Joy Goldberg (Leadership), Elia Howser (Membership) Diana Crompton (Treasurer) Laurie Barlow and Dave Alexander (Training/Development) Phyllis Emmett (Truxtun Courts).
  • Indoor hours at PIP Moyer increase to 34 hours a week. Joy Goldberg & Elia Howser
  • Clinics begin being offered to members.
  • First ladder league is established by Ronda Martinez.
  • Committee formed to work with Annapolis Parks and Rec Department on the renovation of Truxtun to ensure pickleball courts would be part of the plan. 
  • Leadership secures an agreement with the city and tennis community for six dedicated pickleball courts with the renovation of Truxtun Park (originally projected Spring 2018).


  • APC doubles its membership to over 305 members. 
  • Membership fee remains at $10.00. 
  • During the summer, the core leadership team establish ‘Bylaws’ and an elected Board.
  • In November, a full membership Board Meeting is held at Eastport Library (over 70 members attend the meeting).
  • At this meeting, first board elections are held. The first elected officers were: Tony Martinez - President, Greg Klar - Vice President, Diana Crompton - Treasurer, Eenee Ferrano - Secretary, Nick Pessagno - PIP Relations, Frank Quigley - Member at Large, Tom Shupe - I.T. WebMaster. 
  • Bylaws for APC were voted on and approved. 


  • APC membership explodes from 350 in early 2019 to over 620 in the fall of 2019!
  • The Board establishes APC as a non-profit entity and purchases insurance for the club. The non-profit status permits APC to reserve courts at all the Anne Arundel outdoor public courts. 
  • A peer-financial review is conducted.
  • Frank Quigley works with Anne Arundel Parks and Rec to secure more outdoor courts. PAL Park and Bestgate are added to the list of locations to our list of venues.
  • Beginner Ladder League established by Ronda Martinez.
  • APC enters a float and marches in the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 
  • APC sponsors the first pickleball tournament at PIP Moyer ‘The Mayor’s Tournament’.
  • APC sponsors the ‘Ambassadors Tournament’ in May to welcome the local U.S. Pickleball Ambassadors from neighboring states. 
  • APC receives approval to add three additional courts at PIP Moyer Rec Center.
  • In May, APC offers a three day clinic taught by a guest pro - over 110 members participate.
  • Rating Clinics are offered to create awareness of level-based play. 
  • APC implements "level play" at the summer courts.
  • The outgoing Board established an important committee to determine a 3-5 Year Plan for the future of Annapolis Pickleball. With the explosive growth of the sport in the community, the primary focus is on adding more venues. 

Copyright Annapolis Pickleball Club, January 1, 2021
Annapolis Pickleball Club is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization located at P.O. Box 4684  Annapolis, MD  21403

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