Spy December 12 Update
2014 National Softball Hall of Fame Inductees
Darryl Day (Hilton Head, S.C.) – Fast Pitch Player
If attitude is a key to winning, there was little doubt that Darryl Day would be anything but a winner. Darryl started his softball career with a local Aurora, Ill. softball league before word of his talent reached the notable men’s fast pitch team Aurora Home Savings. Throughout his 15 years of play in ASA/USA Men’s Major Fast Pitch, Day collected four first team All-American titles, three second team All-American accolades and earned one National Championship and six runner-up finishes. Starting in 1973, Darryl was a mainstay for the Home Savings for eight years, during which time he led the team to the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship every year. Day’s strong glove at first base helped lead the Home Savings to four-consecutive runner-up finishes before ending his career with the team in 1980 with a career average of .370. The following year, Day joined the Decatur ADM, where he would earn his first ASA/USA National Championship that same year. During his four years with Decatur ADM, Day led the team to a 409-77 record and finished with a career average of .358 with 173 RBI and 26 home runs. It’s no wonder why many of the best pitchers in the world regarded Day as one of the most difficult batters to retire. Day also made a name for himself on the international scene, playing for the USA Men’s Fast Pitch Team in 1979 at the Pan American Games where the team earned silver. He also played three years for the Men’s East Team at the U.S. Olympic Festival.
Craig Elliott (Wadley, Ala.) – Slow Pitch Player
For years, Craig Elliot was considered as the top slow pitch player by a lot of people, a title which he earned by dominating men’s slow pitch softball at the highest level. A menace at the plate, Elliott became one of the most feared hitters in the men’s slow pitch world and could change the game with one swing of the bat. Beginning in 1977, Elliott collected 11-consecutive ASA All-American titles and earned tournament MVP accolades three times. He also earned the home run leader title in 1983, ’85 and ’86. His best performance, however, came during the 1983 season when he hit 390 home runs for a HR-to-at bat ratio of 1.93. With the legendary Steele’s team, Elliott collected three ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch National Championship titles and finished runner-up once. Elliott was also one of very few players to be selected MVP of the ASA Smoky Mountain Classic. His close friend a teammate once claimed: “You could put a quarter in him, and he would hit home runs all day long.”
Ted Germain (Mayville, Mich.) – Umpire
You’d be hard pressed to find an umpire who’s worked an ASA/USA Softball National Championship as often as Michigan native Ted Germain. Ted first registered as an umpire with the Michigan ASA in 1976, establishing a long and storied career as one of the most respected fast pitch and modified pitch umpires. Germain umpired in nine Men’s Major Modified National Championships, one Men’s 40-Over Fast Pitch National Championship, one Men’s Class A Fast Pitch National Championship and three Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championships for a total of 14 National Tournament assignments. He also umpired in 36 State Championships and eight National Qualifying Tournaments. Germain also served as an Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) in 42 State Championships, 11 National Qualifying Tournaments and three Great Lakes Regional Tournaments. Ted became a member of the National Indicator Fraternity in 1995, became ISF certified in 1998 and is a member of the ASA Medals Program at the Elite level. Germain also appeared on the international scene, umpiring at the 2007 World Cup of Softball. Germain served as a member of the Michigan ASA State Umpire staff from 1991-2007 and was inducted into the Michigan ASA Hall of Fame in 1991.
Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif.) – Fast Pitch Player
A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Stacey Nuveman will go down in history as one of the best catchers in the history of fast pitch softball. Nuveman competed in three Olympic Games, capturing the Gold at the 2000 and 2004 Games while claiming the silver at the 2008 games. Nuveman first wore the Red, White and Blue in 1995 when she earned Gold at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Normal, Ill. where she set a tournament record with 18 RBI. Her impressive power at the plate and strong performance behind it landed her a spot on the Women’s National Team, where she would earn two Pan American Gold Medals and two ISF World Championships. On the national level, Nuveman won two ASA/USA National Championships with the Gordon’s Panthers, coached by fellow Hall of Fame member Larry Mays. She also earned a second-team ASA All-American honor with the California Jazz. Nuveman retired following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, leaving behind an Olympic Legacy with 10 RBI and three home runs. In 2012, Nuveman, along with the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team, was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
Tommy Orndorff (Vienna, Va.) – Manager
At the Junior Olympic (JO) level, the Shamrocks, led by coach Tommy Orndorff, have established a tradition in fast pitch softball that’s hard to match. Since their first national appearance in 1977, the Shamrocks have been a force in the JO world, qualifying for 25 ASA/USA National Championships and finishing in the top 10 on nine occasions. In the early years of the Shamrock organization, not many East coast teams competed competitively, but once Coach Orndorff organized the Shamrock organization that completely changed. In their 25 appearances at the ASA/USA National Championships, the Shamrocks earned a total of eight top-five finishes, including a runner-up at the 2003 18U GOLD. In 2005, they earned the ultimate title in JO Championship Play as the 18U GOLD National Champions.
Ron Radigonda (Edmond, Okla.) – Meritorious Service
Under his 15 years of leadership as Executive Director, the face of ASA/USA Softball evolved dramatically. Prior to accepting the Executive Director position, Radigonda worked with the City of Sacramento in the Parks and Recreation Department for 28 years and also served as Executive Director of the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Sports Foundation. In 1982, he became the Commissioner of the Sacramento ASA, where he served as Chair of numerous committees and served on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Association’s Insurance and Finance Committees. During his tenure as Executive Director, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex has undergone major renovations and has continued its hosting duties for the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), and the World Cup of Softball, an international softball event. He also helped foster a continuing relationship with the City of Oklahoma City. At the International Level, Radigonda has served as a delegate and committee chair for the International Softball Federation (ISF), the governing body of softball internationally
Bruce Tanski (Clifton Park, N.Y.) – Sponsor
The New York Gremlins have made a name for himself on the softball field thanks to Bruce Tanski, who has sponsored the team for over 40 years. Tanski’s commitment led to a long and storied career with ASA for the Gremlins, including a recent runner-up finish at the Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship in 2013 and a Championship in 2012. Since 1987, Tanski’s teams appeared in 14 National Championships, earning four third-place finishes and two runner-up titles.
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium selected to host NCAA Division II and Division III Softball Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball is proud to announce that the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division II and the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Division III Softball National Championships. This marks the first time that Oklahoma City will host the NCAA Division II and Division III Softball National Championships. The University of Central Oklahoma will be co-host to all three softball championships with Oklahoma City All Sports and the ASA/USA Softball National Office staff.
The official training site of the USA Softball Women’s National Team and home of the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the ASA Hall of Fame (HOF) Complex is no stranger to hosting some of the best competition in the world. Often referred to as the “Mecca” of Softball, the ASA HOF Complex has played host to a variety of international events like the World Cup of Softball and the Men’s Slow Pitch Border Battle. The ASA HOF Complex also hosts a number of ASA/USA Junior Olympic (JO) and adult events, including the ASA/USA 18-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship, the Hall of Fame Qualifiers, the Combat Capital City Classic and the ASA Slow Pitch Championship Series.
“We appreciate the confidence that the NCAA has in ASA/USA Softball and our partners the Oklahoma City All Sports, the city of Oklahoma City and the University of Central Oklahoma,” said Craig Cress, ASA/USA Softball Executive Director. “We want to thank the NCAA for allowing us to host the NCAA Division II and Division III Softball Championships. Their decision validates the belief that Oklahoma City and the ASA Hall of Fame Complex is where champions are crowned in the sport of softball.”
The bidding process for 82 of the 89 NCAA Championship sites began in July and final submissions were due in mid-September. The sites were selected by the respective sport committees, made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, and ultimately approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets or committees. Each sport committee, per division, then selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the competing student-athletes.
The selection of the ASA HOF Stadium for the 2015, 2017 and 2018 NCAA Division II and Division III Championship Sites comes on the heels of a major renovation project at the ASA HOF Complex. Opened in 1987, the ASA HOF Stadium initially consisted of the main Stadium Field before a second field was added a short while after. In 2003, the city of Oklahoma City passed a bond issue to expand and update the Stadium and Complex. A new Hall of Fame Plaza and Sports Festival Esplanade, 519 new parking spaces and 3,000 additional seats were added to increase the total seating of the Stadium to 5,000. Two more fields with 300 permanent seats and additional restrooms were also constructed. To see photos from the current renovation process, please visit USASoftball.com. For a full list of events at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex, please visit ASASoftball.com.
Oklahoma City and Broken Arrow strike gold; selected to host 2014 ASA/USA Softball GOLD National Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball announced today that the 2014 ASA/USA Girls’ 18-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. while the first-ever 16-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship will be held in Broken Arrow, Okla. The 18U GOLD National Championship will take place July 20-26, 2014 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex while the 16U GOLD National Championship will be held July 21-26, 2014 at Arrowhead Park.
“We are excited to have created the ASA/USA Girls’ 16-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship Finals and look forward to having both of the GOLD events in Oklahoma,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “We appreciate Oklahoma ASA and the Broken Arrow Girls Softball League for ‘stepping up to the plate’ as the host of this inaugural event. Both of these entities have a long standing tradition of hosting quality and successful ASA/USA events.”
Sixty-four of the top 18-Under Junior Olympic (JO) athletes will head to Oklahoma City for the 18U GOLD, which will be held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Often referred to as the “Mecca” of Softball, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex has played host to the best softball competition in the world such as the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) and the World Cup of Softball. The National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, which highlights the achievements of 371 of softball’s greatest players, managers, umpires and administrators, and the ASA/USA Gift Shop are also located by the Complex. At the 2013 18U GOLD National Championship in Clearwater, Fla., the Atlanta Vipers – Giles (Kennesaw, Ga.) took home the trophy after remaining undefeated with a 7-0 record. For more information on the 2014 18U GOLD, please click here.
New for 2014 Championship Play is the 16-Under GOLD Division, which will be held July 21-16 in Broken Arrow at Arrowhead Park. Voted on and passed at the 82nd Annual Council Meeting in November, the 16U GOLD National Championship will feature 48 of the top squads in the 16U JO division. To find out how to qualify for the 16U GOLD and for more information, please click here.
“Broken Arrow is thrilled to be chosen as the host site for the first ever ASA/USA 16U Gold National Championship,” said Broken Arrow Girls Softball League President Jim Hillman. “We look forward to hosting some of the future stars in fast pitch softball.”
The 18U GOLD and 16U GOLD will provide college coaches and the members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) the opportunity to identify and recruit a large volume of athletes at the two locations. The identification process for the Junior Women’s National Team begins with athletes that are identified to the player pool from observations at the ASA/USA JO Championships, the National Identification Program through Softball Factory, recommendations from college coaches, high school coaches and ASA/USA JO Coaches. The player pool is made up of athletes that have been determined by USA Softball WNTSC as an elite softball player in the appropriate age group.
“Having the 16-Under GOLD and 18-Under GOLD in close proximity gives college coaches the chance to scout at both championships, which are less than two hours apart,” said Chris Sebren, Director of Championships for ASA/USA Softball. “It also allows members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee the opportunity to identify players at both events for our Junior and Women’s National Teams.”
Locations of other 2014 ASA/USA National Championships and sites for the 2015 National Championships are available at USASoftball.com.