Steve Markle is not your typical 23 year old man. A native Philadelphian, he attends college and is majoring in criminology. His three days a week class schedule allows plenty of time for his weekends as a professional pool trick shot artist. Yes, you read that correctly!
Presently he is ranked eighth in the world, but that will most certainly change based on a recent third place tournament win in Chicago, Illinois. Based on that finish, Steve expects a possible change to a fifth place world ranking, after missing a first place finish by only seven points, or a mere half shot. Moreover, he is the youngest player to ever have been ranked in the top 10 Professional Trick Shot Artists Ranking, and the youngest ever to appear on ESPN as well! Not at all typical for 23 years of age.
As a young man of 13 years, on a pool table in a friend’s basement, Steve began practicing trick shots. While his friend gave up, Steve continued practicing. Although Steve had offers for lessons from seasoned players, he declined, and is, reportedly, a self-taught player.
With much support from his parents his brother and his sister, he practiced by himself, and learned the basics. Over the years, and with much practice, his artistry developed and fell into place. He has continued support from his family and his girlfriend—he got very lucky with her staunch support of him.
Though unsure of where he would like his criminology degree to take him, Steve intends to continue in the world of trick shot competition. Likely he will continue on with his sponsors, who help him with equipment and other financial responsibilities associated with travel to competitions.
Steve has travelled to China and Jamaica, as well as 35 of the 50 United States. He has been to every area of the country, and was even able to do some sightseeing. It is just that much better if Steve is able to spend time outdoors, whether while travelling or at home, as he is an “avid outdoorsman [who] tries to be outdoors as much as possible.” He “loves the traveling” and feels he “has the best of both worlds” in his life at present. Not typical.