12-9-2017 NFCA Hall of Fame

At the conclusion of the event, NFCA First VIce President Lisa Navas (University of South Carolina) announced the Class of 2018- Salisbury University head coach Margie Knight, North Davidson High School head coach Mike Lambros (posthumously) and University Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly. The banquet and induction ceremony will be held, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 in Chicago.

Gulas, who retired after the 2017 season, enjoyed a 31-year career as a collegiate head coach, the last 21 years as the Eagles’ skipper. Compiling 30 wins in her final season, she surpassed 900 career victories and won nearly 66 percent of her games with a 929-487-1 record. In her final 21 seasons guiding the Eagles, Gulas collected 723 wins. Additionally, she served as Ashland’s Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator during her final two years at Ashland.

She compiled a winning record in all 21 of her seasons at Ashland, leading the Eagles to 12 NCAA Division II tournaments and collecting five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) titles and three conference Coach of the Year awards. In 1998, Gulas guided Ashland to a school-record 53 wins and a No. 3 national ranking. The Eagles collected 40 wins five times during her tenure.

Prior to her stint with Ashland, Gulas made stops as the head coach at Wittenberg (1991-96) and Allegheny (1987-90). In her first head coaching position at Allegheny, she posted a 123-38 mark, guiding the Gators to a national runner-up finish in 1988 and fifth in the country in 1987, 1989 and 1990. Gulas was named the NCAA Division III national coach of the year in 1988 and 1989, and was the regional coach of the year from 1987-89.

Haning is our first Travel Ball member to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He helped build the Batbusters into one of the most well-known and successful travel ball organizations in the nation, with more than 30 national championships. His team rosters have been a who’s who of the top names in softball. 

Under Haning’s guidance, four-time All-American and four-time Olympic medalist Laura Berg and her twin sister Randi delivered the Batbusters’ first 18-and-under national title in 1992 on a loaded team that also featured former UCLA standouts Nicole Odom Reis (Reese) and Leah Poulson, former Arizona stars Leah Braatz and Andrea Doty, and Cal-Berkeley star Gillian Boxx. Fellow Olympic star and Women’s College World Series champion Jennie Finch won a 1997 national crown and had a 1998 runner-up finish with the Batbusters, along with teammate Toni Mascarenas. 

NFCA Convention | Las Vegas | December 6-9, 2017


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10-25-2017 Softball Hall of Fame

Nine softball legends forever enshrined into the National Softball Hall of Fame at 37th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Nine individuals received softball’s highest honor on Saturday evening as USA Softball inducted nine members to the National Softball Hall of Fame at the 37th Annual celebration at the Sheraton Greensboro.

A night to remember, the 2017 class consisted of Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz.) – Meritorious Service, Jimmy Derrick (Douglasville, Ga.) – Umpire, Gary Evans (Mason, Mich.) – Umpire, Dick Gulmon (Valley City, N.D.) – Meritorious Service, Mark Martin (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Slow Pitch Player, Rick Minton (Cerro Gordo, Ill.) – Fast Pitch Player, Bob Quinn (Branchville, N.J.) – Fast Pitch Player, Willie Simpson (Oak Lawn, Ill.) – Slow Pitch Player and Evans Telegadas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Fast Pitch Player.

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Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz.) – Meritorious Service


Mike Candrea is synonymous with softball success.  His resume with the USA Softball Women’s National Team spanned over a decade, starting first as an assistant coach in 1994 on the Women’s World Championship team that captured the Gold Medal in Canada.  Beginning in 2002, Candrea took over the helm of the Women’s National Team, during which time the U.S. captured two World Championship Gold Medals, two Pan-American Gold Medals, two World Cup titles, one Olympic Gold Medal and one Olympic Silver Medal.  With a passion for making world-class athletes and individuals, Candrea was a driving force behind some of the most dominating performances in international softball.  “I don’t just want to win, I want to dominate,” is a phrase Coach Candrea echoed during the journey to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.  Making his words a reality, Team USA recorded one of the most dominant Olympic performances in history, outscoring opponents 51-1.  After retiring from his Head Coach duties following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Candrea continued his involvement with USA Softball as the Director of Coaching Education, where he took on a series of educational roles to continue the development of the sport both domestically and internationally.


Jimmy Derrick (Douglasville, Ga.) – Umpire


With an infectious enthusiasm, professional pride, and love for the game of softball, Jimmy Derrick’s resume speaks for itself.  Regarded by his peers as one of the top slow pitch umpires in the game, Derrick has worked some of the highest levels of men’s slow pitch softball.  Whether at the Slow Pitch Championship Series or the international Border Battle, Jimmy has proven to be the consummate professional both on and off the field.  Boasting a resume of 19 National Championship appearances, he continues to share his love for the game through his contributions to the USA Softball Umpire program as a member of the National Umpire Staff. Serving as the Region 3 Umpire-in-Chief, Derrick is a skilled instructor through National and Local Umpire Schools and Clinics.  A dynamic instructor, he is a leader in the interactive learning process for the umpire program.  With a belief that “you must give respect to earn respect,” Derrick’s approach to the game truly encompasses what being a USA Softball Umpire is all about.


Gary Evans (Mason, Mich.) – Umpire


Having been involved with USA Softball for almost 50 years, Gary is considered one of the top umpires within USA Softball of Michigan.  A firm believer in taking advantage of the valuable training USA Softball offers to its umpires, Evans applied the lessons learned and always gave 100% on the ballfield.  His dedication to his craft led him to a path of national excellence, as he got the call at eight National Championships and served as an Umpire-in-Chief or Assistant Umpire-in-Chief in five National Championships.  A true mentor for his fellow umpires, Evans took on the role of Michigan UIC, a position he held for 15 years, where he helped lead countless District and State clinics and National Umpire Schools.  His insight, knowledge and love for the game will have an everlasting impact on the Michigan umpire community.


Dick Gulmon (Valley City, N.D.) – Meritorious Service


At a time when the sport of softball was at a crossroads with new equipment technology, Dick Gulmon played an integral role in the Certified Equipment standards of USA Softball.  Having been involved in the game at a variety of levels, Gulmon personifies leadership through his contributions to the sport.  In addition to his playing and management of teams during his career, Gulmon has also served in a variety of leadership capacities.  Serving on the North Dakota Board of Directors and Classification Committee since 1989, Gulmon was appointed President of USA Softball of North Dakota in 1996 and became Commissioner in 2013.  At the National level, Gulmon has served on the USA Softball Board of Directors and has served on the Council for over 20 years.  Gulmon has also served on various USA Softball Committees.  His most noteworthy position is his role as Chairman of the Equipment Testing & Certification Committee, a role he has held since 2005.  In this role, Gulmon spearheads the efforts in the development of state-of-the-art bat and ball testing protocol which help level the playing field.  A great ambassador for USA Softball, Gulmon is and has been a leader of change throughout the sport of softball.


Mark Martin (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Slow Pitch Player


When you talk about champion slow pitch players in the game of softball, Mark Martin is one of the names that comes to mind.  With a playing career that spanned over 20 years, Mark was an unselfish teammate who inspired his teammates both on and off the field.  A seven-time All-American, Martin was a member of four National Championship teams as a member of Bell Corp.  In 1989, Martin was selected to play in the Olympic Festival at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium and led the East Team with a .743 batting average.  Known for hitting some of the longest home runs ever witnessed in the game, Martin had a 535 ft. home run recorded in 2009 in Las Vegas while playing in the 50-Over division for Hollis Appraisals at a Senior National Championship.  His dominance in the game helped earn him the title of “Outstanding Softball Player” by the Orlando Amateur Athletic Association three times and he is also a member of the Orlando Hall of Honor.  Martin also contributed to the game through his role on the Wilson Sporting Goods Advisory staff from 1990-97.


Rick Minton (Cerro Gordo, Ill.) – Fast Pitch Player


With a career at the major level that spanned 15 years, Rick Minton was a sparkplug and vocal leader of the legendary Decatur Pride.  A six-time All-American, Minton collected two Men’s Major National Championships, his first in 1994 and his second in 1995, as a member of the Pride and also earned two Men’s 40-Over National Championships in 1999 and 2000.  With his quick glove, great anticipation and accurate arm, Minton was a renowned defensive magician at second base with play so steady that it earned him a spot on four Men’s National Team rosters.  Twice Minton earned a Pan American Games Silver Medal, 1987 and 1991, and in 1988 he was a member of the last Gold Medal winning United States team at the World Championship.  He also was named to three U.S. Sports Festival teams, earning a Silver Medal finish at each appearance.


Bob Quinn (Branchville, N.J.) – Fast Pitch Player


Best known for his rock solid defense, clutch plays and aggressive base running, Robert “Bob” Quinn was one of the most fundamentally sound players on the field.  A key player on the legendary Raybestos Cardinals, and later Franklin Cardinals, Quinn earned four National Championship titles during his 15-year career.  Regarded as one of the best middle infielders in the game, he also made a name for himself as an offensive igniter.  A two-time All-American, Quinn received softball’s highest honor in 1979 when he was chosen as a member of the Men’s Fast Pitch National Team, which would go on to win the Silver Medal at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He would follow with a Bronze Medal at the 1984 World Championship in Midland, Mich.  In addition to his Team USA and All-American accolades, Quinn was also selected to four All-Star Series during his playing career.  His teammates would say his greatest attribute was that when the game was on the line and you needed a big play, Quinn was your guy. 


Willie Simpson (Oak Lawn, Ill.) – Slow Pitch Player


Regarded as the greatest clutch hitter and toughest competitor in 16-Inch softball, Willie “Steamer” Simpson was one of the last guys you wanted to face when the game was on the line.  Always clutch at the plate, Simpson is a six-time All-American, 10-time National Champion and two-time MVP of the Men’s 16-Inch National Championship.  Spending most of his career with the Bobcats out of Chicago, Simpson helped his team come out of the loser’s bracket in the 1979 National Championship, including seven-straight wins on Championship Sunday.  Finishing his playing career after the 1988 season, Simpson’s loyalty to team play was reflective in his tenure with the Bobcats.  When asked what his strong points were, Simpson quickly replied it was his team mentality, noting: “I got a lot of clutch hits, but you know somebody has to put you in that situation.  There were always guys who were on base ahead of me.  It takes 10 or 11 guys to play a softball game.”


Evans Telegadas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Fast Pitch Player


Playing on multiple teams in National Championship Play, Evans Telegadas earned six All-American honors throughout his career.  An outstanding shortstop, he played in nine Men’s Major National Championships and was known to make big plays when the stakes were high.  Winning the 1979 Men’s Major National Championship as a member of McArdle Pontiac-Cadillac, Telegadas and his teammates earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the WBSC World Championship in Tacoma, Wash.  Telegadas earned a Gold Medal with his fellow teammates through his competitive nature and all-around talent.  Holding a .336 lifetime batting average, Telegadas understood the need to put aside personal goals for the accomplishments of the team, a quality that in addition to his career accolades has certainly earned a Hall of Fame honor. 


In addition to honoring eight individuals with their induction into the National Softball Hall of Fame, the Class of 2018 was also announced following the conclusion of the Hall of Fame Committee meeting earlier in the day.  The Class of 2018 inductees include: Dick Brubaker (Fast Pitch Player), Crystl Bustos (Fast Pitch Player), John Daniels (Sponsor), Ricky Huggins (Slow Pitch Player), Todd Joerling (Slow Pitch Player), Bill Silves (Umpire), Christa Williams (Fast Pitch Player), Charles Wright (Slow Pitch Player).


The 38th induction ceremony will take place at the 87th Annual USA Softball Council Meeting, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Rules and guidelines to nominate potential Hall of Fame candidates for 2019 are available at USASoftball.com.  There is a deadline submission of September 1, 2018.


About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.


10-17-2017 WBSC Elects New Division Leaders

WBSC Baseball and Softball Divisions elect new leaders
GABORONE, Botswana – New leaders of the WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball divisions were elected at the 12-14 October WBSC Congress at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana’s capital.
Italy’s Riccardo Fraccari ran unopposed to win the seat as the Chairman of the WBSC Baseball Division, while Puerto Rico’s Tommy Velazquez was elected as the new Chairman of WBSC Softball Division. Fraccari is also the current president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
“At the next WBSC Baseball Executive meeting in Paris next March, we will outline our strategic plan covering the next four years,” said Fraccari, “laying out the important roadwork needed to build a billion-strong baseball/softball community and secure a long-term place on the Olympic Programme.”
“We have a very clear goal: Paris 2024,” Velazquez added.
WBSC Baseball Division:
  • Chairman: Riccardo Fraccari
  • Treasurer: Angelo Vicini (San Marino)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Tom Peng (Taiwan)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Paul Seiler (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Hiroko Yamada (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Luis Melero (Spain)
  • Member at-Large: Benicio Robinson (Panama)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Saber Jlajla (Tunisia)
  • Vice Chairman – Americas: Tito Pereyra (Dominican Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Xu Chen (China)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Didier Seminet (France)
  • Vice Chairman – Oceania: Laurent Cassier (France)
WBSC Softball Division:
  • Chairman: Tommy Velazquez
  • Treasurer: Javier Anaya (Colombia)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Ms. Beng Choo Low (Malaysia)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Craig Cress (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Maria Soto (Venezuela)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Taeko Utsugi (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Tirelo Mukokomani (Botswana)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Mashilo Matsetela (South Africa)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Hiromi Tokuda (Japan)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Rex Capil (New Zealand)
Cuba’s Antonio Castro was also confirmed as WBSC Global Ambassador, holding a seat on the WBSC Executive Board.


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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 184 National Federation and Associate Members in 128 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org

10-17-2017 WBSC Baseball Softball Awards

WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year
GABORONE, Botswana — The World Baseball Softball Confederation revealed the Annual WBSC Baseball and Softball Award Winners for the 2014-2017 quadrennial.
Representatives from 17 nations were honoured at the WBSC Congress Gala held in the Gaborone International Convention Centre, with Japan representatives earning a leading six WBSC awards, while the U.S. earned five, Canada four, and Cuba and New Zealand three.
USA’s Jessica Moore and Japan’s Shohei Otani.
WBSC Annual Award Winners represented Botswana, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.
The host of the WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress in capital city Gaborone — the Botswana Softball Association — was named the 2017 Softball Federation of the Year for “providing an excellent world stage that united baseball’s and softball’s leaders.”
Player of the Year:


Year Baseball Player Softball Player
2017 Triston Casas (USA) Yukiko Ueno (JPN)
2016 Loidel Chapelli (CUB) Sean Cleary (CAN)
2015 Shohei Otani (JPN) Jessica Moore (USA)
2014 Ayami Sato (JPN) Nathan Nukunuku (NZL)


National Team Coach of the Year:


Year Baseball Softball
2017 Andy Stankiewicz (USA) Mark Sorensen (NZL)
2016 Gerty Damián (CUB) Ken Eriksen (USA)
2015 In Sik Kim (KOR) John Stewart (CAN)
2014 Koichi Okura (JPN) Reika Utsugi (JPN)


Umpire of the Year:


Year Baseball Softball
2017 Jorge Niebla (CUB) Scott McLaren (CAN)
2016 Edgar Estivison (PAN) Gianluca Magnani (ITA)
2015 Hua Wen Chi (TPE) Jose Chaparro (PUR)
2014 Maite Bullones (VEN) Hideko Okana (JPN)


National Federation of the Year:


Year Baseball Softball
2017 Nicaraguan Federation of Baseball (FENIBA) Botswana Softball Association/New Zealand Softball Association
2016 Mexican Baseball Federation (FEMEBE) USA Softball
2015 Hong Kong Baseball Association Softball Canada
2014 Czech Baseball Association Peruvian Federation of Softball (FDPS)


10-17-2017 Meeting of World Baseball Softball Leaders

Baseball, softball leaders from around the world gathering for start of WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE, Botswana — Baseball and softball leaders from approximately 100 countries are expected to arrive in the African nation of Botswana to participate in the II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress, which opens tomorrow in capital city Gaborone.
In addition to WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball elections, key agenda items include reviews of the Olympic baseball and softball qualifying system/format, the WBSC Constitution, new applicants for WBSC membership, as well as the awarding of hosting rights for future Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships.
Hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) by the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) in conjunction with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), the official WBSC Congress general programme will begin Thursday, 12 October and conclude on Saturday, 14 October, involving delegates and high-ranking decision-makers from over 130 WBSC National Federations and Associate Members.
“The World Baseball Softball Congress in Gaborone will be an important gathering of baseball’s and softball’s leaders to discuss and shape the future direction and international expansion of our global sport,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “WBSC is grateful to the Botswana Softball Association and the Botswana National Sports Commission for welcoming the World Baseball Softball family to the great city of Gaborone.”
Elections will be held for positions within WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball:
WBSC Baseball: There are 15 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 14 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Panama, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United States of America.
WBSC Softball: There are 22 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 16 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, United States of America and Venezuela.
The WBSC Congress agenda also includes meetings of the WBSC Executive Board, the WBSC Baseball Executive Committee, the WBSC Softball Board of Directors, the Continental Baseball and Softball Confederations, the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS), and various Commissions.
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup, U-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
WBSC will announce the following award winners (2014-2017):
  • National Federation of the Year
  • Baseball Player of the Year
  • Softball Player of the Year
  • National Team Baseball Coach of the Year
  • National Team Softball Coach of the Year
New members will also be inducted into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.
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