Selkirk Sport Re-Signs Morgan Evans, Top Professional Pickleball Coach, to Team Selkirk Professional Advisory Staff
4 Feb, 2019
Selkirk Sport, a leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, announced that Morgan Evans (Palm Desert, CA), Professional Pickleball’s most widely recognized coach, signed a 3-year extension to remain a member of the Team Selkirk Professional Advisory Staff.
Evans, the Director of Pickleball at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert, CA., currently serves as an instructor for the sport’s elite players, headlined by the USAPA defending National Champion, Tyson McGuffin, and professional tennis player Kaitlyn Christian (also from Palm Desert), currently the Women’s Tennis Association’s 50th ranked doubles player in the world. Evans is preparing to coach McGuffin, Christian, and a stable of Team Selkirk Athletes as the USAPA Nationals come to Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, CA.) November 3-11. In addition to his professional coaching responsibilities, Evans, an accomplished player, will also be competing in the men’s open doubles and mixed doubles competition at nationals.
The new agreement also includes Morgan serving as the host of Selkirk on Serve, a recently launched Pickleball Podcast that is available via iTunes, Google Play and PodBean. The inaugural episode, which debuted on October 1st, was recognized as the most popular Pickleball podcast featured on iTunes.
“As the sport of Pickleball continues to gain popularity, it’s important for Selkirk to align with professional athletes and coaches that share our passion to elevate the game,” said Rob Barnes, Product Manager, Selkirk Sport. “Not only is Morgan a fantastic coach and great player, but, he is a true ambassador for the sport, and his personality is perfect to serve as the host of our new Podcast Series.”
A member of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association, Evans also assisted in the development of Selkirk’s AMPED series technology. In fact, Selkirk’s Signature Series AMPED Maxima Paddle is inspired by Morgan. The AMPED Series promotes increased power, better ball control, and a larger sweetspot - the most critical benefits to maximize performance for players of all levels, while, the proprietary FiberFlex Fiberglass face and X5 Polypropylene core technology offer enhanced performance capabilities for advanced Pickleball players.
Evans is part of a stable of players/ambassadors who travel throughout North America competing on the professional circuit, while promoting one of the nation’s fastest growing sports - which now boasts over 3 million players. Today, there are approximately 5,000 Pickleball venues and an estimated 20,000 courts covering every U.S. state and all Canadian provinces.
For more information on Selkirk Pickleball paddles and accessories, as well as Morgan Evans and Team Selkirk’s stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors, visit www.selkirk.com.
About Pickleball: Pickleball was invented by three dads in 1965 as a way to entertain their children during summer. The families resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Unlike Tennis, Racquetball and many other sports, Pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to Tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity. Pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A Pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. The net is hung at 36” at the ends and hangs 34” in the middle. A non-volley zone – called the Kitchen - extends 7’ back from the net on each side.
About Selkirk Sport: Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager, and Rob’s father-in-law, Russell Heistuman, a professional designer. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service. As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Tonja Major and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.