11-17-2013 Changes in ASA Leadership




November 15, 2013




Changes in leadership highlight final days of ASA/USA Softball 82nd Annual Council Meeting




OKLAHOMA CITY — Southern California ASA Commissioner Phil Gutierrez (Oceanside, Calif.) stepped into office as the President of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America this week, the association announced at its 82nd Annual Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to the change in presidency, former Director of Membership Services Craig Cress (Edmond, Okla.) assumes the Executive Director role of the organization replacing Ron Radigonda who is retiring after 15 years in the position.




“I am privileged, honored and humbled to become the president of the National Governing Body of Softball, ASA/USA Softball,” said Phil Gutierrez.  “We will continue to work hard to develop and promote our game domestically and internationally.”




Gutierrez takes the reins from Mississippi ASA Commissioner E.T. Colvin, who began his two-year term as ASA President in 2011. The President Elect position was also selected this week in Oklahoma City. Ohio Commissioner Warren Jones (Ashland, Ky.) was elected to follow Gutierrez as President. Jones will take office at the 2015 ASA Council Meeting scheduled to take place in Louisville, Ky.




“I am very excited to be elected president elect,” said Jones.  “It has been a goal of mine for a long time as the ASA is something that I’ve been dedicated to all my life.  I’ve never played or been involved with anything but ASA Softball. I look forward to continue serving the ASA and hopefully I can help others to open doors and get other ethnic groups involved with our program.  We need to get to the grass roots and work with our local people to promote ASA Softball.”




Cress has been involved with the ASA for over 35 years serving in several roles as a player, umpire, district commissioner, Umpire-In-Chief, league administrator, as a council member, and National Office staff member.  A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Cress started his involvement with ASA Softball as a player and spent many years behind the plate umpiring at all levels including National Championships and International Softball Federation Women’s and Men’s Fast Pitch World Championships.   He served on the ASA National Umpire Staff for four years and in 2005, he was nationally honored for his years of expertise as an umpire by being inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in the umpire category.




“I am thrilled to become the new executive director of this incredible association,” said Cress.  “We have so many great opportunities for our membership and it will take everyone involved with ASA working together to define and deliver these opportunities for the advancement of ASA/USA Softball.”



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