Pappy is a seasoned vet with 43 years of roller skating under his belt. The graphic artist started skating at 7 years old, turned pro at 15, and started roller derby in 1982. During his rookie year, Pappy was selected to the Western All Stars team. He still cherishes the memories of competing in cities across the United States with his T-Bird brothers and sisters. A Northridge native, Pappy skated for 10 seasons with the World Champion L.A. T-birds until 1990 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Pappy proudly served aboard three Navy Seal Special Project Fast Attack Submarines. Since then, Pappy spent one season with Bad Attitude, before joining the San Francisco Bay Bombers. Throughout the years, Pappy’s number has changed – 7 with the T-Birds, 5 with Bad Attitude and 34 with the Bay Bombers.
His inspiration, however, has always been the legendary Hall of Famer Ralphie Vallardes. Not only was Ralphie a phenomenal skater but he was also Pappy’s coach and teammate. Ralphie wasn’t the only Hall of Famer Pappy was lucky enough to call coach. Pappy worked with John Hall. In addition to noteworthy coaches, Pappy was able to skate alongside of some of his childhood idols such as Danny Reilly, Sam Washington, Gwen Miller, Richard Brown and Larry Lewis. Pappy, a self-described “straight-laced person”, takes great pride in being a positive role model to kids. He encourages kids to say “no” to drugs and alcohol as well as to have a fun and healthy outlet. Pappy is not just a banked track roller derby skater. He’s also a very active skater “off” the track as well. You can find him skating at local rinks in the San Fernando Valley, as well as Venice Beach in Los Angeles. When not skating, Pappy is an amateur photographer who loves to cook. Be sure to grab Pappy for an autograph and a handshake! We are proud to have a US Veteran on our side of the track!