April 2023 IronOaks Pickleball Player Spotlight
(submitted by Vy Armour)
IronOaks Pickleball Club is lucky to have Linda Shanahan in our corner. Or I should say on our
courts! Most of you will recognize her from the countless hours she has volunteered with Skills
and Drills and as the 2.0 skill level group Club Representative. She comes highly qualified,
having earned her IPTPA Level One Teaching Professional certification.
Due to the pending relocation of Rhonda Stanford and her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Linda has agreed to assume additional IronOaks Pickleball Club duties and responsibilities as the
Clubs’ Player Development Coordinator.
She’s also been active in the Sun Lakes Community Theatre, as well as a volunteer substitute for
water aerobics, Zumba and Step aerobics. She received the Sun Lakes Crystal Award in 2012.
A certified CPR instructor, she has worked closely with the Fire Department in their many fund
raisers and benefits.
Linda is from North Bend Oregon where she was recreation director of the City of North Bend.
She was a high school Phys Ed teacher for 26 years in Portland, Oregon and for six years in
Hillsboro, Oregon. She was also an educator at Mt. Hood Community College.
Through the years she has received many honors: National Coach of the year (1980) and
Oregon State Coach of the Year (1977-1980). She was inducted into the National High School
Coaches Hall of Fame in 2018.
Off-court you might find her in her workshop, crafting beautiful silver jewelry. As a member of
the Sun Lakes Rock, Gem and Silver Club, she developed silversmith and lapidary skills as well as
stained glass technique.
She comes from a strong tennis background and when asked what advice she would give
pickleball players she said, “Players should spend 70% of their time on skills and drills and 30%
time playing. And it should be fun!” There’s no doubt Linda has fun on the pickleball court as
we see her radiant smile there on a daily basis.
Linda is married to Evan Hansen and has a son, Matthew Murait.