In the world of pickleball, Stephanie Lane needs no introduction. But for those of you just getting started in the sport, I’d like to introduce Nashville’s own Stephanie Shouse Lane. By day, she’s a Metro Nashville physical education teacher for 24 years now…. 8 of which were at Lipscomb Academy. Here’s a Q&A session with Stephanie that will give you a pretty good idea of what an awesome pro we have right here in our own backyard!

Q: How did you come to play pickleball? I was first introduced to pickleball back in college. My tennis coach was also my physical education mentor and teacher and she taught us this sport that I honestly thought she was making up (mainly because of the name and all the quirky rules). Then I included a pickleball unit each year in my middle and high school PE classes for 8 years! And finally in 2012, I heard about pickleball being played at a recreation center & wondered if that was that same game and sure enough it was and adults were playing so i joined in and the rest is history!

Q: When you are not playing pickleball what do you do? Working! Ha! It feels like I both work full-time and am involved in pickleball full-time. On weekends I’m usually either teaching pickleball lessons/clinics, teaching an IPTPA workshop, or competing in a tourney……somewhere in the USA! When I take a break, I love being on or in the water.

Q: Is it true that you are the first player that Paddletek ever sponsored? Yes. I was using the Paddletek Phoenix Pro paddle and I had explained to my mixed doubles partner Scott Clayson that I was looking to get a lighter paddle with more feel (but not lose the pop that I enjoyed). Scott suggested I contact Paddletek (although he knew that there was only the Phoenix Pro paddle at that time). So I called one of the owners, Cody Smith, and explained what I was looking for. He confirmed that there was not a lighter paddle but if I would give him 1 month, he would give it a shot! And the Bantam EX-L was born! The rest is history….. I used the Bantam EX-L until my soft game really improved and now the Tempest Pro paddle is my “weapon of choice”.

Q: Your 16 year-old daughter, LeEllen is becoming an accomplished player and is sponsored by Paddletek. Does anyone else in the family play? Andy, my husband of 27 years plays with LeEllen and I once per year. He just happens to be one of those few people who just doesn’t love this crazy sport. However, we wouldn’t be where we are without his support! THANK YOU ANDY!

Major Pickleball Wins:

  • 2012: USAPA Nationals IV: 35+ women’s singles champion
  • 2013: USAPA Nationals V: Open women’s singles bronze.
  • 2014: USAPA Nationals VI: 35+ mixed doubles silver with Steve Wong & 35+ women’s singles bronze.
  • 2015: USAPA Nationals VII: 19+ mixed doubles champion with Kyle Yates, Open mixed doubles bronze with Kyle Yates, Open women’s doubles bronze with Christine McGrath and 35+ women’s doubles bronze with Nicole Hobson. US Open: 45+ mixed doubles silver with Scott Clayson.
  • 2016: USAPA Nationals VIII: 35+ women’s doubles bronze with Heidi Hancock US Open II: women’s doubles silver with Donna Curry US Open II: 45+ mixed doubles bronze with Marcus Luke.
  • 2017: USAPA Nationals IX: 35+ mixed doubles champion with Dave Weinbach
  • 2018 US Open III: 45+ mixed doubles champion with Dave Weinbach US Open III: 45+ women’s doubles bronze with JoAnne Russell.

Since we’re on the subject of Stephanie, no bio would be complete without talking about her daughter LeEllen! Lele has been playing pickleball since the age of 12 and has some pretty impressive accomplishments in this short time. See more about LeEllen here.