ALL ABOUT RANDY STAFFORD
Randy, a loyal racquetball player for more than 43 years, has made a significant impact on all aspects of racquetball.
Randy started playing racquetball at a high level at the age of 14, a freshman at White Station High School. When his parents moved to Canada, Randy began to split his time between racquetball and hunting. He was invited to California to train for the summer when he caught the eye of the sport’s grand master Bud Muehleisen at a national tournament. Randy went to California with little to no money and compensated his lessons by giving Muehleisen bear and moose meat.
Randy turned professional before the age of 20. Having a long stride and rangy body made him a natural for the slow-paced game of the early 70’s. Not only did he play on the Pro Tour for 4 years during the Tour’s beginning, Randy also won a numerous amount of State, Regional, and National awards. While he was earning a BS in Finance from The University of Memphis, his passion for the sport led him to write and publish the second book ever written on racquetball, Racquetball: The Sport for Everyone. He is also the sport’s unofficial historian, which means he could go back and tweak the history to make it look like he won more games! But we know Randy would do no such thing.
In 1976 Randy and his business partner, Mike Mattingly, started The Court Company, one of the largest racquetball and squash construction companies in the country. He has also designed and built the portable glass stadium court that has been used at the U.S. Open Racquetball Tournament for the past 15 years. Randy served as USAR president for 4 out of the 6 years that he was on the Board of Directors. More recently, he and Hall of Famer, Shannon Wright, co-founded the United States Racquetball Foundation.
Randy’s intense passion and dedication for the sport has made a momentous impact on the evolution of racquetball. He is definitely one of the most influential players the sport has ever seen.