My name is Joshua Shultz and I live in stedman North Carolina. I go to cape fear high school and I started playing pool when I was 10. I placed 2nd in junior nationals 14 and under division. And I placed 2nd in the junior super billiards expo.
Known as “The Ambassador of Pool”, Paul has been in the game since he was 6 years old. He has played in over 48 countries and is known for his outstanding trick shot performances—some notable performances being at the White House and for the King of Sweden. One of the seven original founders of the World Pool-Billiard Association, he also helped found the World Trick Shot Artist Association. To top it all off, he’s been awarded a lifetime membership in the Billiard Congress of America.
Hello! I have won numerous national titles, ranking third for the Kremlin Cup and winning in the Baltic Pool League and the Dynamic Russian Tour. In 2016, I was awarded Player of the Year in Belarus, where I have had a number one ranking for several years.
Emil Schranz has been playing pool for nearly 30 years and has experienced great national and international success. Some of his most notable championships include a a World Championship 8 Ball prize in Brazil, numerous European Championship victories and podium finishes, and countless victories in his home country of Austria. Despite his success, Schranz has had to work hard to overcome the odds. He has been dependent on a wheelchair for 33 years due to a climbing accident. In recent years, he has struggled with severe health problems; these problems temporarily prevented him from playing the game he loves. Now that he is recovering and in good health, he’s excited to get back in the game and compete on both national and international levels.
My name is Patrick Hofmann and I started billiards when I was 9 years old. My dad took me to his Billiard club and at the age of eleven and I played my first league game with seniors. At the age of twelve, I was for the first time qualified for the German Championships and was initially nominated for the regional squad, later for the National squad. In my youth I have won more than 20 regional titles, numerous German Championships and European Championships.
Since the age of 15 I play with cues by Joe Pechauer. I’m currently playing a Joe Pechauer Camelot Limited, with whom I also shot my highest straight ball series of 153 balls.
Tiana Jiang is the 2018 BEF Junior National Girl’s 14 and Under 9-ball champion. She represented the United States at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Tiana has been using Pechauer cues since she started playing at age 10. Tiana is currently a high school freshman at the Bromfield school in Harvard, MA.
My name is Brady Paananen. I am 19 years old and I am from Hazel Park Michigan. I started playing pool when I was seven years old and instantly fell in love! I’ve been playing ever since, going to tournaments all around the country. I am now in the United States Army! I still play as much as I can in the states and all the time while I am deployed.
I am 8 years old. My grandfather bought me my first cue at the age of two. My first big tournament win was the 2018 New Mexico State BEF Junior National Qualifier at age 7. That same year I took 5th place in the 12 and under division at the BEF Junior Nationals in New Orleans. I also placed second in the scotch doubles event at the VNEA Jr. Nationals in Sioux City, Nebraska. Pool has allowed me to see new places and make new friends.
One of my proudest moments is when I beat Dave Pearson in a game of 9 ball. I am working on improving my game so that someday I can compete at the highest level.
In addition to pool I like football and wrestling. Someday I want to join the Airforce and become a police officer like my mother and stepfather
I was introduced to billiards during my sophomore year of high school. My father owned a room where I would practice around the clock, in return I helped take care of some aspects of the business. Now, I’m 21 years old and I currently attend college at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. There I am under the wing of Head Coach Mark Wilson (former Team USA Coach). I look forward to finishing my degree in Business Administration and pursuing pool more after graduation in 2020.
I am a UK based professional 8 ball player. Winner of over 300 titles including golden cue and welsh open, highest pro ranking of 4th and finalist in European open, uk open. A family man who has recently stepped away from the pro circuit to focus on exhibition appearances
Christos is one of the top Greek Pool players in the country; currently, his main focus is on Carom billiards, where he has managed in a short period of time to rank among the best 16 players in Greece.
In 2014 I was introduced to pool by coincidence and had never heard of the game prior to that. As my passion for the game started to grow and develop, so did my motivation and determination to improve. In 2016, I decided to take the game seriously to see where it could take me. Before I knew it, I was travelling both interstate and internationally for tournaments, winning the 2017 BCA National 9-Ball Gold Title, NSW State Championships and Vegas League Championship.
Hello I’m Victoria. I started playing pool at the age of 10 and immediately loved this game. For me, pool is a very intellectual game that requires extreme concentration and at the same time an emotional one. At this time, I am not only a player, but also a professional referee of pool tournaments. It is an honor for me to be a member of the Pechauer team.
I’m the European Champion in team devision (2018), Two-time champion of Russia among girls under 18 (2017, 2018), Two-time champion of Moscow among girls under 18 (2017, 2018), Multiple medalist of Moscow and Russian Women Championships (2014-2018), Multiple medalist of the Moscow and Russian Girls U-18 Championships (2013-2018), Winner of the Mezz Baltic Pool League superfinal (2019).
I started playing pool at the age of 8 to try and beat my idol (my brother). I finally surpassed him at the age of 17. I got into the tournament scene at the age of 21. Without the aid of lessons, it took me a while to grow my game. Now at the age of 41, I’m a Wisconsin Master Player after winning the AA state title in 2019.
I started playing pool when I was 7 years old. I made a big “Wow” when I was able to make the cue ball draw back for the first time. That’s when I fell in love with the game!
I started shooting in the BCA league when I was 8. At age 10, I took first place at the 2018 BEF Junior National 9-ball Championships 11 & under division. That same year, I took 2nd place at the 2018 BCAPL World Junior 8-Ball Championships.
It’s a great honor to join the prestigious Pechauer Team.
I started competing in many tournaments at age 14 while playing in my local TAP league. I played in two Junior National Events finishing 4th and 2nd. With my second place finish I was asked to compete in Junior Worlds which was an unforgettable experience. I also attended the Amway Cup in Taipei Taiwan. This was by far one of the best tournaments I have ever played in. I’ve won the Junior State Championships in NY, MA and NJ.
Hi, my name is Kaden Hillman, I am from New London, WI. I started playing pool when I was 8 years old on a table that my dad bought my brother and I. After realizing how much I enjoyed shooting pool, we discovered The Mad Apple and joined their Junior League and have been participating ever since. I have competed in the Badger State Games, along with tournaments in Escanaba, MI and Peoria, IL taking first place in all 3 which qualified me for the 2019 BEF Junior Nationals in Las Vegas.
When I’m not playing pool, I like soccer, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.
I started playing pool in 2014 when I discovered that there was a youth league only ten minutes from my home in Harvard, Massachusetts. There, I learned to play with the coaching of Roy Pastor, who taught me everything that I know about playing. Ever since then, it has become such an significant part of my life and has given me so many opportunities that I never would have had before. I got my first Pechauer cue in 2016 and I have continued to use them ever since. They’re a huge step up from the single cue that I started out with and have helped me improve my playing greatly. Other than playing pool, I enjoy rowing, playing the piano, and baking.
“Allison was just seven years old when she first picked up a cue. Besides her gifted physical prowess, her successful athletic endeavors as a student were an early indication of an indomitable spirit, her will to win. And it was snooker that captured her heart and imagination above all other sports. With that same indomitable spirit that launched her into the world’s #1 snooker player, she did what most twenty-somethings would find beyond intimidating: At 27, she uprooted herself from her family, her city and her country, and traveled alone, across the Atlantic, to begin learning a new game. In 2009 she was awarded the greatest honor that can be bestowed on a player, induction into the Greatest Player category of the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Hall of Fame.” Shari Stauch, Pool & Billiard Magazine
Cleiton Rocha (born September 07 1973 in Sao Luiz Montes Below, GOIAS – BRAZIL) is a professional pool player of Massachusetts USA. He currently resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts . He began playing pool at 12 years of age at his father’s bar in Brazil. He loved the sport and quickly became one of the best in the area. He moved to the USA in 2000 and did not play pool at all for 5 years; spring of 2005, however, he began playing in local leagues and from there attended events in New York and quickly became a PRO player.
He was sponsored by Pechauer Custom cues in 2009 (“one of the best moments in my career”) and from there, he strives to continually get better.
Nick “The Sniper” Fiore has had a fascination with pool since he was a toddler. He received his first custom Pechauer cue when he was three and still has it in his extensive Pechauer cue collection. Nick made his debut at the 2016 SBE when he beat pro player Emily Duddy in an exhibition match, he would later beat Hunter Lombardo in the same style match. That same year, he placed third in the SBE 12 and under nine ball tournament. Thanks to Pechauer cues for all the great equipment!
Michelle Jiang is the 2017 and 2018 BEF Junior National Girl’s 18 and Under 9-ball champion and BCAPL Women’s Platinum Division 8-ball and 9-ball champion. Michelle has been using Pechauer cues since she started playing at age 12. She has represented the US in the Junior World Championships 5 years in a row. She is also a member of Team USA for the 2018 Atlantic Challenge Cup. Michelle is currently a freshman studying computer science at MIT.
Hi! My name is Lera. I’m 21 years old.I was born in a small town in Siberia in Bratsk. When I was 6, our family moved to Moscow. I came to a billiards club and my mother offered me a chance to practice. I love pool with all my heart and have been doing it for 8 years. Now I’m in my fourth year at the Russian Customs Academy.
My best achievements at the moment are:
2015 Moscow Girls Championship – 1st place – 8-ball;
2019 Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2019 stage III (women) – 1st place;
I am proud to represent Pechauer team and I hope that together we can achieve more!
Hi I’m Konstantin. I’m started playing when I was 10 years old. At 15, I became the first Russian Champion among adults. I took part in international pool competitions for the first time at 16 – it was the Junior European Championship. I played in the final of the Straight Pool tournament and took silver. After that, I started to travel around the world and take part in all major tournaments. The greatest victories, the most important for me personally, were the victory at the European Championship in 2010 and two wins at the Euro Tours in 2013. The most vivid impression in my billiard career was the victory in the Mosconi Cup against the legendary team of the USA. I’ve been the champion of Russia more than 25 times. I myself trained without a coach, at various stages taking part in the training camp, which was arranged by the leading European coaches at that time. Among them were Jørgen Sandman and Johan Ruijsink. Now I am actively engaged in coaching activities.
April Larson started playing pool seriously when she was about 9 years old. At just 10 while playing league, her director June Maiers recommended she compete in the BEF Junior National Championships. After she attended her first ever BEF National Championships; she placed 2nd. Unbeknownst to her, she would next go on to become the repeat Junior Champion for the next five years, attend the World Junior Championships twice and participate in the Super Billiards Expo in the Open Women’s Professional Division.
April’s family is a huge part of her life and declared, “without them, I would be nowhere”. She might not have picked up a pool cue if it weren’t for their encouragement. April started playing on her family’s pool team. April has 100% support from her family, who travel across the country with her. “I don’t know many other pool players who can say their entire extended family travels with them to pool tournaments. I wouldn’t change it for the world, and I thank them and love them to the moon and back”.
I picked up a cue for the first time when I met my husband. From there on out, I was hooked! I was rarely seen without a pool table beside me. Not long after, I won my first national championship. Now, I’m a multiple time German Champion and I was also nominated for the 2020 European Championship.
I have placed in German Championships every year since 2008, winning numerous titles and medals. In 2019, I was given an award in my city for Player of the Year. I have also been named one of the most successful female players in Germany.
Joining Team Pechauer is the best possible way to end the year for me! It’s been a crazy, wonderful experience.
Hello! My name is Kamea Kahler. I am 17 years old and live in a small town in Minnesota. I started playing pool when I was 12 and instantly realized it was the sport for me! I play junior leagues out of Shooter’s Billiards in Burnsville, Minnesota and I also play in a lot of tournaments in the Twin Cities. I’m currently a junior in high school and I start taking college classes next semester. When I’m not playing pool, I spend my free time participating in my school band program, volunteering with disabled veterans at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, and working.
Pool began as a pastime she enjoyed with her dad and quickly evolved into a passion. In 2015 at 11 years old, Amanda won her first pool tournament. She would go on to claim the following titles:
2015-2018 Colorado State Junior Championships – four 1st places
2015-2018 Rocky Mountain VNEA Junior Championships five 1st places
2016- Wyoming Open Junior Intermediate Division 1st Place
2019- Wyoming Open Women’s Classic Division 2nd place
Her tenacity at the table earned her the nickname “The Ripper.” Amanda’s dedication to everything she gets involved with does not end with pool. She’s also achieved high accolades in gymnastics, music and cheer-leading, all while accelerating academically at school.
In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, outdoor activities, traveling and is a huge fan of classic rock.
Kolbey Kendall (otherwise known as “The Dozer”) began playing pool at 10 years old. After attending various doubles tournaments with his father, he fell in love with the sport and has been hooked ever since. He’s looking forward to playing in the 2019 BEF Junior National Tournament.
Hayleigh was born in Bristol, VA. When Hayleigh was 8 years old, she had the opportunity to go with her father, Jamie Marion, to visit Borderline Billiards in Bristol, Tennessee. There, Hayleigh met WPBA Women’s Professional Janet Atwell. That night was the first time Hayleigh had ever picked up a pool cue. And she has not put it down since. After playing Janet, Hayleigh had been bitten by the “bug”. At the Philadelphia Expo in 2018, Hayleigh finished 8th and caught the attention of Pechauer Cues and was added to the Pechauer Team. Hayleigh reached the Number 2 spot in the Nation as an 11-under female in the BEF Junior Nationals in 2018. More recently, she won her first belt as the March 2019 Steakhorse Women’s Division winner in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Hayleigh is a member of the TAP league at Borderline Billiards and she is also able to maintain her grades and stays on the Honor roll at Virginia Middle School.
Nick Ekonomopoulos is a professional pool player. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As one of Europe’s top players, he was part of the winning European Mosconi Cup team in 2012 and 2014 where he potted the winning 9-ball. His achievements includes Euro Tour winner, US Open 9-ball Championships 3rd place, World Pool Masters Runner-Up, more than 10 European medals and more than 15 times Greece National Champion.
Mahkeal Rashiem Parris was born on June 12, 2002 to the proud parents of Debra and Glenn Parris, on the beautiful Island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. Mahkeal is the youngest of 7 siblings. He is currently an honor student at the St. Croix Central High School. At an early age of four, Mahkeal was introduced to the sport of pool/billiards by Joseph Duberry who trained him and coached him for three years. In 2011, Mahkeal became a member of the Billiards Education Foundation(BEF) which is based in Superior, Colorado. Mahkeal is the first and only Virgin Islander to become a member of this prestigious organization. Recently, Mahkeal has become the first American to ever win the World Champion Title.
Hello! My name is Janet Atwell and I am a pro pool player from Virginia. I started playing pool after I graduated college. In 1999, I played my first female competition on the SEAL tour (Southeast Amateur Ladies Tour). I won multiple SEAL tour events and championships. I have also won multiple regional and state championships, including VA, NC, SC, OK, etc. In 1999, I won my first WPBA qualifier. I was welcomed to the scene with an ESPN interview and have been hooked on pool ever since. I turned pro in 2004 and have been playing WPBA full time. In 2006, I renovated an old 1929 Kress Building in downtown Bristol, TN, and opened Borderline Billiards. In 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just this year, I’ve reached my five-year milestone of being cancer free! After my fight with cancer, I went back to hospice dedicating my time to helping those who weren’t as blessed. So in addition to being a professional pool player, I am a pool room owner, a TAP league operator, and now a full-time RN/Administrator of Elite Hospice.
Hi, my name is Joey Bourgeois and I’ve loved the game of pool my whole life. I began to play competitively when I was 11 years old. I put in the work that was necessary to become a top junior. Throughout my years as a junior my best finish was 2nd place. The year I aged out of the juniors, I participated in the BCA nationals and won the 9-ball gold division and got 13th in the 8-ball. I couldn’t have done any of this without my dad or any of my supporters. It means the world to me that Pechauer saw something in me and gave me the opportunity to be on such an amazing team.
Valeria Trushevskaya is a young and upcoming player in Russia. She has won a number of different competitions, most notably placing gold in the Moscow and Russian championships. She was also a MVP in the Atlantic Cup.
Hi! My name is Artem and I’ve trained for about 5 years. Currently, I am a three-time prize winner of the Moscow championship, a multiple-time winner and finalist of the Moscow Cup, and winner of commercial tournaments (such as the sprint cup and ABN billiards). I love Pechauer and I thank them for their support!