Platform Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Trustees

hof-trustee-brown-114Robert A. Brown, Chairman.

A Personal Financial Planner (CFP) Bob has been identified with platform tennis as a player and administrator since 1969. He was educated at the University of Virginia and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. He served on the Board of Directors of the APTA for 22 years, including positions as Treasurer, Rules & Equipment Chairman, Hall of Fame Committee Chairman and President (1973-1975). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993. He authored the booklets, “The Etiquette of Platform Tennis” and “How to Conduct a Tournament Draw”. The transition to the color yellow for the ball was influenced by him and he was a leading proponent of the no-let on net cord service rule change. He has won twenty-two Senior Men’s National Championship titles, eight of which were with Don Hyde, in whose memory the “Hyde Cup” was contributed to the APTA.

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hof-trustee-lombard-114Richard Lombard, President.

Retired after owning and managing a sales seminar business in New York City where he resides. A Williams College graduate, he recently edited his class’s 50th Anniversary reunion yearbook. He has been a Director of the APTA for ten years in two separated terms. His assignment in the recent term was as Senior Men’s Tournament Coordinator. In his role as President of the Foundation, he is actively involved in its fund raising and museum development. The Hudson River Men’s and Mixed tournaments were his creations. He has also developed a 125+ age Men’s tour on the east coast. He has won six Senior Men’s National Championships. The “best”, he states, came 90 days after a quadruple by-pass heart operation!

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hof-trustee-updike-114Charles B. Updike, Vice President and General Counsel.

An attorney with Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman in New York City, he currently resides in New Rochelle, New York. He grew up at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, NY and vividly remembers assisting with the annual maintenance of the wooden platform tennis courts as a child. Formerly he was a member of the Huntington, Long Island Winter Club where he won the club championship and some other local tournaments. Now he is a member of the Scarsdale Golf Club where he plays both golf and platform tennis. He has partnered with Bruce Bernann in Men’s Senior tournaments for the past 20 years.

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hof-trustee-rogers-114Joseph Rogers, Treasurer.

A Chemical engineer, he earned degrees in Edinburgh and MIT. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, he has served as President of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club, the Home of Platform Tennis, in Scarsdale, New York. A member of the APTA Board of Directors from 1997 to 2004, he served as Treasurer and was a member of the Rules and Equipment Committee. He chaired the 1994 Men’s APTA Nationals, which were held at the Fox Meadow Tennis Club, and has been actively involved in conducting the Men’s Senior National tournaments held annually also held there.

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hof-trustee-wood-114Barbara H. Wood, Trustee.

Resided in Scarsdale, N.Y. for 66 years and has resided in New Rochelle, N.Y. for three years. She became a member of Fox Meadow Tennis Club in 1958. She graduated from The Masters School, Skidmore College (B.A.1958) and holds an Associate Degree from Parsons School of Design. She is past President of the Junior League of Central Westchester, The Scarsdale Foundation, Chairman of the Scarsdale Youth Council, Founder of the Youth Employment Service of Scarsdale, President of the Crane Berkley Neighborhood Association (board member for 15 years) and President of Fox Meadow Tennis Club, also serving as Tennis and Platform Tennis Chairwoman, Vice-President, House Chairman and Nominating Chairman. She was awarded the Barbara Koegel Platform Tennis Award, the Carol Coogan Tennis Award and the Order of the Fox for enthusiasm, sportsmanship and dedication to the Club. She has played tennis and paddle on the C team for many years as well as chairing the luncheons for the Annual Children's Village Benefit Platform Tennis tournaments.

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hof-trustee-caccam-114Steve Caccam, Trustee.

Steve lives in Darien, Connecticut with his incredibly supportive wife Ann and three children, Emily, Blair, and Paige, all of who enjoy playing on the town’s public courts at Weed Beach. Steve was introduced to platform tennis in 2003 by four friends in New Canaan, Connecticut and learned to play on the town’s public courts in Waveny Park. Once beyond the frustration of getting only one serve, he learned to embrace the many unique characteristics of the game, most of all the wonderful camaraderie. That first winter, he became truly obsessed with the game and collected e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of anyone with whom he could arrange a friendly game. This core of this group eventually grew into what is now the New Canaan Men’s Paddle League, Inc., a league he formed with a couple of friends in 2004 and today numbers over 250 current players.

Steve was fortunate to have benefited from early tutelage and inspiration from Mike Gillespie, from whom he learned the joy of teaching this wonderful game. He was given the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the game working with Darlene Finnegan at the Beacon Hill Club in Summit, New Jersey, and Mark Parsons at Manursing Island Club in Rye, New York.

He was a Co-Director of the 2008 APTA Mixed Nationals and was the Tournament Director of the 2010 APTA Junior Nationals, both held in New Canaan. He currently serves as a Director of the Fairfield County Platform Tennis League.

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hof-trustee-Coster-114Rob Coster, Trustee.

Rob was introduced to the game of platform tennis as a high school student in his hometown of Wilton, CT. After a long hiatus from the sport, Rob picked up a paddle again after settling in Madison, CT. As Region 2 President for the past four years, Rob has taken a pro-active role encouraging the growth of the game, as well as keeping APTA members informed. He publishes an email newsletter and created a Region 2 Facebook group which has helped tournament directors increase participation in all events. He currently runs an 110+ men’s platform tennis group at the Essex Platform Tennis Club and President of the APTA Board. He and his wife Barbara live in Madison, and have three children who all enjoy playing.

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PPTMHOFF-Peter-LauerPeter F. Lauer

Peter Lauer, a native of Pittsburgh, has lived in Atlanta, GA since 2002. He founded the Peachtree Paddle League in 2005 with the mission to grow the great sport of platform tennis in greater Atlanta. The League now has 9 courts and over 500 active players.

Peter began playing paddle at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club in the late 60’s and competed actively in the Junior National circuit in the 70s, achieving a ranking of #2 in the Country in 1978.. He has competed in the Men’s Nationals in all 5 decades beginning in the ‘70’s, though never made it past the 3rd round no matter what partner!

In 2007 Peter was elected to the Board of the APTA and appointed Southern Region President and then reelected for a 2nd term in 2010. He has lead the Growth Committee of the Board for the last 5 years.

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Molly WareMolly Ware

Molly Blanchard Ware is the daughter of Fessenden S. Blanchard, co-founder of platform tennis, and widow of John P. Ware, former President of the APTA (1961-1963), past President of Fox Meadow Tennis Club that is considered the “home” of the game, and an inductee into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame (1995).

She was life long resident of Scarsdale before moving to Hartsdale NY in 2008, and is virtual historian on platform tennis and its origins. Molly was instrumental in publishing a book commemorating Fox Meadow’s 100th anniversary in 1983 that covered the invention of the game in 1928 and the extensive engagement of the club in the development of the game beginning in 1931 when Fox Meadow built the first club court. She was the recipient of the club's Barbara Koegel Award in 1985.

A graduate of Wellesley College in 1948, Molly served as Secretary of her class for five years and was Chairman for five years of the widows' group from husband John Ware's Princeton University Class of 1944.

Among numerous other volunteer activities, Molly has been an officer of the Scarsdale Junior League and the Scarsdale High School PTA. Currently, she is in her 47th year as a library aide at Scarsdale.

Molly has two daughters, Leslie and Jennifer, and a granddaughter, Lindsay Ellis, who live nearby in CT.

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Wells BeckWells Beck

Wells has had a life-long association with platform tennis. He grew up in Bedford, NY in a family with a storied history in the sport. While not possessing nearly the same level of skill of his grandmother (Madeleine Beck), father (John Beck) and aunt (Susie Wasch), Wells greatly enjoys playing the sport as well as seeing his three children pick up paddle. He is an active player at WeeBurn Country Club in Darien, CT.

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