9-24-2013 September 24 Spy Update

September 24 Spy Update

September 23, 2013

ASA/USA Softball seeks applications for Commissioner with Dallas ASA

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and USA Softball is seeking applicants for the position of Commissioner for the Dallas ASA association.

The ASA/USA Softball Commissioner should be an individual who is interested in serving as the principal liaison between the local association and the ASA National Office. Those interested in the complete duties of an ASA/USA Softball Commissioner may review them on the ASA website at www.asasoftball.com under the About ASA section and ASA Procedural Manual Article 105.

A panel will interview and make their recommendation of an interim commissioner to the ASA/USA Board of Directors for confirmation. If a qualified candidate is not appointed by the next ASA Council Meeting, the Board of Directors will make a recommendation to the entire Council regarding whether or not the association is to be merged with another.

The ASA was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country. The growth and development of the association led the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to name the ASA as the National Governing Body of Softball, pursuant to the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

Those interested in serving as the ASA/USA Commissioner for the Dallas ASA association should forward a resume to:

Amateur Softball Association
c/o Craig Cress, Director of Membership Services
2801 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
E-mail: ccress@softball.org
Fax: 405-424-3855

Résumé’s must be received at the National Office by October 8, 2013. Any questions regarding this position should be directed to Craig Cress, Director of Membership Services for the Amateur Softball Association.

Notre Dame Celebrity Roster For Wounded Warrior Slow-Pitch Game Announced



The University of Notre Dame Celebrity softball team roster has been announced for the upcoming Notre Dame Celebrity Slow-Pitch Game against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) Sept. 29 at Melissa Cook Stadium.
The charity game will follow the Irish softball team’s contest with the Wounded Warriors at 12 p.m.  The event has been generously underwritten by Pete Johnson (’79), a linebacker on the 1977 Notre Dame national championship football team, and retired Major General Phillip Volpe (’77), who is serving as the official military escort for the weekend’s festivities.
A total of four current Notre Dame head coaches have been confirmed to take part in the fundraising event, with proceeds from the game’s $5 admission fee benefitting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.  Joining Irish softball coach Deanna Gumpf will be baseball coach Mik Aoki, men’s basketball coach Mike Brey and hockey coach Jeff Jackson (Jackson will serve as the Notre Dame Celebrity team manager).
Numerous former Notre Dame student-athletes will suit up for the Irish once again during the event, including former men’s basketball captain and current ESPN analyst LaPhonso Ellis (’92), former women’s basketball standout Danielle Green (’99), former women’s swimmer and current Notre Dame Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95) and former Notre Dame softball captain and Monogram Club board member Jen Sharron Richardson (’01).
Representing the University from outside of the playing field is the wife of football head coach Brian Kelly and the co-founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation Paqui Kelly, former executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association Chuck Lennon (’61, ’62), former Monogram Club president Dick Nussbaum (’74, ’77) and the current program director for Notre Dame Student-Athlete Welfare & Development Duke Preston.
Members of the local media who will take the field for the Irish Celebrity squad include WSBT-TV sports director Pete Byrne (’99), WNDU-TV sports reporter Angelo Di Carlo and co-anchor from the Jack, Bruce and Abby Morning Show on Sunny 101.5 FM Jack Reichert.
Rounding out the team are special guests from the United States Armed Forces, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal of Valor recipient Sergeant Christopher Cassleman of the 82nd Airborne Division, and U.S Army Colonel Bryan Fenton (’87), who serves as a Monogram Club board director.
The guest skipper for the Wounded Warriors will be 1968 Notre Dame graduate, former mayor of South Bend and former governor of Indiana Joe Kernan.
For more information on the fundraiser, contact the Notre Dame softball office at (574) 631-3750, follow the Irish @NDSoftball and @NDcoachGumpf on Twitter, and Like Notre Dame softball at Facebook.com/NDSoftball.


Notre Dame Celebrity Slow-Pitch Game Roster

Mik Aoki
                               Head Coach, Notre Dame Baseball


Mike Brey                             Head Coach, Notre Dame Men’s Basketball


Pete Byrne, ’99                   WSBT-TV, Sports Dir.


Sgt. Christopher Cassleman          82nd Airborne Division, Iraq Surge. Awarded a Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal of Valor


Angelo Di Carlo                    Sports Reporter, WNDU-TV


LaPhonso Ellis, ‘92             Former Notre Dame Basketball Captain, current ESPN analyst


Army Col. Bryan Fenton, ’87        Nominated to rank of Brigadier General, ND Monogram Board Director


Danielle Green, ‘99            Former Notre Dame Women’s Basketball stand-out, Readjustment Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs


Deanna Gumpf                    Head Coach, Notre Dame Softball


Jeff Jackson                           Head Coach, Notre Dame Hockey


Pete Johnson, ’79                Former Linebacker, ND Football 1977 national champion


Paqui Kelly              Co-Founder, Executive Board Member of Kelly Cares Foundation


Chuck Lennon, ’61, ‘62     Former Executive Dir. of the Notre Dame Alumni Association


Dick Nussbaum, ’74, ’77   Former President, Notre Dame Monogram Club


Duke Preston           Program Dir., Notre Dame Student-Athlete Welfare & Development


Jack Reichert           Co-Anchor for Sunny 101.5 FM Jack, Bruce and Abby Morning Show


Haley Scott DeMaria, ’95  Monogram Club President, author What Though The Odds


Jen Sharron Richardson, ’01       Former ND Softball Capt., Monogram Club Board Member


Gen. Phillip Volpe, ’77       Military Escort                      


(TBD) Football Player


(TBD) Football Player


(TBD) Football Player


Celebrity Manager for the Wounded Warrior Team:

Gov. Joe Kernan, ’68          Former Governor of Indiana, former Mayor of South Bend


NFCA Announces 2013 Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Division III’s Emerson College registered a 3.700 team grade point average (GPA) during the 2012-2013 academic year to lead all colleges in the 2013 NFCA Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings.

The NFCA Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams for their submitted GPAs from the 2012-13 academic year.

Leading the way in NCAA Division I was the University of Alabama, which turned in a 3.690 squad GPA, while Ohio Dominican (3.632) and Taylor University (3.615) led NCAA Division II and the NAIA, respectively. East Mississippi Community College posted a 3.568 team GPA to head the list of junior colleges.

In the high school categories, Byron Nelson High School (Ill.) nabbed top honors among programs with weighted GPAs via a 4.650 mark, while Hazelton Area High School (Kan.) proved the best among non-weighted schools with a 3.968 GPA.

For a complete listing of all schools ranked in order by division please visit this LINK.

Listed below are the top 10 teams in each of the seven categories (NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; all junior college divisions; weighted high schools and non-weighted high schools).


NCAA Division I

1. University of Alabama – 3.690, 2. Kent State University – 3.666, 3. Murray State University – 3.569, 4. Robert Morris University – 3.561, 5. University of Northern Colorado – 3.558, 6. Southern Illinois University – 3.535, 7. University of Nebraska Omaha – 3.534, 8. University of Houston – 3.530, 9. University of Tennessee at Martin – 3.500, 10. University of South Dakota – 3.480


NCAA Division II

1. Ohio Dominican University – 3.632, 2. Felician College – 3.611, 3. Grand Canyon University – 3.610, 4. Lewis University – 3.590, 5. Adelphi University – 3.588, 6. Lincoln University – 3.541, 7. Shorter University, 3.529, 8. Texas Woman’s University – 3.526, 9. California University of Pennsylvania – 3.512, 10. Valdosta State University – 3.510


NCAA Division III

1. Emerson College – 3.700, 2. Pomoma-Pitzer Colleges – 3.664, 3. Wesleyan University – 3.647, 4. Martin Luther College – 3.583, 5. – Fontbonne University – 3.580, 6. Otterbein University – 3.549, 7. Immaculata University – 3.534, 8. Luther College – 3.532, 9. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – 3.525, 10. Neumann University – 3.521



1. Taylor University – 3.615, 2. Madonna University – 3.606, 3. Southeastern University – 3.598, 4. Davenport University – 3.549, 5. Spring Arbor University – 3.548, 6. William Carey University – 3.546, 7. Valley City State University – 3.475, 8. Central Methodist University – 3.456, 9. Siena Heights University – 3.451, 10. Baker University – 3.448


Junior College

1. East Mississippi Community College – 3.568, 2. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville – 3.538, 3. South Mountain Community College – 3.421, 4. Eastern Arizona College – 3.420, 5. Snead State Community College – 3.406, 6. Northwest Mississippi Community College – 3.370, 7. Illinois Central College – 3.353, 8. Northwest Florida State College – 3.348, 9. Sierra College – 3.327, 10. Fort Scott Community College – 3.290


High School (Weighted)

1. Byron Nelson High School – 4.650, 2. Alexander Central High School – 4.269, 3. St. Thomas Aquinas High School – 4.135, 4. Adlai E. Stevenson High School – 4.010, 5. Cambridge Christian School – 4.000, 6. Holly Hill Academy – 3.995, 7. West Chester East High School – 3.980, 8. Hopewell High School – 3.972, 9. Elysian Fields High School – 3.947, 10. Papillon-LaVista High School – 3.941


High School (Non-Weighted)

1. Hazleton Area High School – 3.968, 2. Olathe North High School – 3.928, 3. Wayland-Cohocton High School – 3.908, 4. Our Lady of Mercy High School – 3.900, 5. Heritage-Catoosa High School – 3.868, 6. Evangel Christian Academy – 3.827, 7. Southaven High School – 3.783, 8. Milford High School – 3.750, 9. Ann Arbor Skyline High School – 3.749, 10. Winnsboro High School – 3.724


Michigan State Assistant Softball Coach Charles Fobbs Passes Away at 47, Funeral September 24



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Wed., Sept. 18, just outside of East Lansing, Mich., Michigan State assistant coach Charles Fobbs was tragically killed in a one-car automobile accident at the age of 47.

Everyone here on staff at the NFCA wishes to send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and those associated with the Spartan softball program during this difficult time.

Funeral arrangements have been scheduled as follows: Viewing from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, September 23, at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, located at 280 S. Main Street in Plymouth, MI; viewing from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, September 24, with the service to follow at City Temple, 8816 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, MI; procession will follow to the cemetery.

A second-year assistant on the staff of Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph, Fobbs had previously served as a volunteer assistant at MSU during the 2009 campaign.

“I’m absolutely devastated by the loss of my very good friend and a wonderful human being,” said Joseph. “We have lost someone incredibly special – he dedicated his life to helping develop young people, and this is a tremendous loss. My heart is with his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.”

According to the Associated Press via the Michigan State Police, Fobbs swerved to avoid slowing traffic on Interstate 96 causing him to lose control and rollover.

Prior to returning to MSU last fall, Fobbs served as the lead pitching instructor at Total Sports in Wixom, Mich., from 2009-12, developing elite pitchers in weekly one-on-one lessons and pitching clinics.

Fobbs was the varsity softball coach at Detroit Cass Technical High School from 1991-2008, where he compiled an overall record of 288-43. He led his team to five Detroit Public School League Championships, 12 district titles, one regional championship, and an appearance in the state quarterfinals. He was named District Coach of the Year five consecutive years (2004-2008) and Regional Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. He played influential roles in helping develop more than 50 athletes who received college scholarships to play softball, which includes eight current Division I players and four Division II players. In addition, Fobbs was selected as the head coach of the annual Michigan All-Star Game in 2008.

At Cass Tech, Fobbs also served as the associate head football coach, serving as the offensive coordinator from 1994-2000 and the defensive coordinator from 2000-2008. He mentored 28 Division I football players during his tenure, including three current NFL players.

Fobbs compiled more than 15 years of club coaching experience, including three 18-under state championships and nationals appearances in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

He was the founder and CEO of the Detroit Cannon Youth Organization, a non-profit organization committed to filling the gaps for urban youth to develop into tomorrow’s leaders. After founding the program in 1994, he oversaw program implementation, coordinating the summer youth developmental league, and travel team development. He took the Cannons Travel Team to the RBI World Series Final Four in 2004.

Fobbs received a bachelor’s of science degree in business technology from the University of New Mexico in 1989. He is survived by his wife Lisa and stepdaughter Hannah Shuler.

**includes information from the Associated Press and a Michigan State Athletic Communications release

courtesy NFCA
Spy apologies for sparsity of updates; some new health issues have sidelined Spy

July 2013

ARIZONA STATE – Named former Wisconsin player and North Carolina assistant head coach Boo Gillette as assistant coach.

BUFFALO – Named former LSU player and Hampton head coach Trena Peel to the same position.

CSU PUEBLO – Named former BYU player and CSU Pueblo interim head coach Christie Zinanti as head coach.

DEPAUL – Named former DePaul player/assistant coach and Northern Illinois head coach Lindsay Chouinard as associate head coach.

EASTERN ILLINOIS – Named former Cleveland State player and head coach Angie Nicholson to the same position.

EASTERN MICHIGAN – Named former Michigan player and Jacksonville head coach Melissa Gentile to the same position.

GEORGIA TECH – Named former College of Charleston assistant coach Jake Jury to the same position.

HAMPTON – Named former Saint Peter’s head coach and Hampton assistant Michael Pelegrino as the interim head coach.

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN – Named former IWU player and Bloomington H.S. head coach Kat McCreery to the same position.

IUPUI – Named former Northwestern player Meghan Lamberth as an assistant coach.

KENNESAW STATE – Named former Tennessee Tech head coach Tory Acheson and former Tennessee player and Armstrong Atlantic assistant coach Cat Hosfield as assistant coaches.

LIBERTY – Named former two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Western Illinois/UCLA player Dot Richardson as head coach.

LIPSCOMB – Named former Tennessee player and Western Kentucky assistant Megan Rhodes Smith to the same position.

NORTH ALABAMA – Named former Trevecca Nazarene player and Lindsey Wilson College head coach Ashley McCool Cozart to the same position.

NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE – Named former North Alabama head coach Jason Anderson to the same position.

OREGON – Named former South Alabama assistant coach Jimmy Kolaitis to the same position.

PENN STATE – Named former Ole Miss/Nebraska-Omaha player and Jacksonville/Texas-San Antonio head coach Amanda Lehotak to the same position.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE – Named former Ithaca player and assistant coach Hannah Shalett as head coach.

SOUTHERN – Named former Emory assistant coach Lee Dobbins as head coach.

TEXAS A&M COMMERCE – Named former Texas Woman’s head coach Richie Bruister to the same position.

UNC PEMBROKE – Named former Southern Arkansas player and Georgia College assistant coach Brittany Bennett as the head coach.

YOUNG HARRIS COLLEGE – Named former Georgia Tech assistant coach Aileen Morales as head coach.


August 2013

BALL STATE – Named former LSU player and Western Kentucky head coach Tyra Perry to the same position.

BRYANT – Named former LIU Brooklyn player and Cal State Northridge director of operations/volunteer assistant Bianca Mejia as assistant coach.

COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE – Named former Union College player and Siena College assistant coach Abby Arceneaux as head coach.

CONCORDIA (TEXAS) – Named former Concordia Irvine player and Wellesley College assistant coach Rachel Reekstin as head coach.

GEORGIA TECH – Named former Alabama player and Maryland assistant coach Charlotte Morgan to the same position.

IPFW – Named former Valparaiso player and assistant coach KC Boldt to the same position.

LIBERTY – Named former Montverde Academy head coach Bob Pinto and Lipscomb assistant Paige Cassady as assistant coaches.

LIMESTONE COLLEGE – Named former player and assistant coach/interim head coach Amy Yates as head coach following the retirement of longtime head coach Jimmy Martin.

LOYOLA CHICAGO – Named former Kentucky player and UK volunteer assistant Brittany Cervantes as assistant coach.

MASSACHUSETTS – Named former UMass player and associate head coach Kristi Stefanoni as interim head coach. Named former UMass player and Stanford assistant coach Danielle Henderson as associate head coach.

METRO STATE – Named former Central College player and Upper Iowa head coach Annie Van Wetzinga to the same position.

NORTH TEXAS – Named former East Carolina player and head coach Tracey Kee to the same position.

NORWICH UNIVERSITY – Named former Norwich player Julie Craig as head coach.

ONEONTA STATE – Named former Robert Morris player and Mercyhurst head coach Tracey Ranieri to the same position.

PENN STATE – Named former Texas A&M player and UTSA assistant coach Megan Gibson and former Alabama baseball player and Marion Military Institute head coach Joe Guthrie as assistant coaches.

PORTLAND STATE – Named former Troy player and Virginia Tech assistant coach Barb Sherwood as head coach.

SACRAMENTO STATE – Named former Sacramento State player and assistant coach Lori Perez as the interim head coach. Named former Fresno State player and UC San Diego assistant Nichole Willis and former Loyola Marymount player and Colgate assistant coach Danielle Kaminaka as assistant coaches.

STERLING COLLEGE – Named former Utah Valley University assistant coach Josh Musselman as head coach.

SUNY GENESEO – Named former assistant and interim head coach David Sylvester as head coach.

TENNESSEE TECH – Named former Chattanooga player and ETSU graduate assistant coach Tiffany Wilkinson as assistant coach.

TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY – Named former Central Oklahoma player and head coach Genny Stidham to the same position.

TOWSON – Named former Fordham player and assistant coach Chelsea Plimpton as an assistant coach. Named former Frostburg State player and Bucknell assistant coach as Director of Softball Operations.

UNLV – Named former Cal State Fullerton baseball player and Loyola Marymount assistant baseball coach Steve Chatham as an assistant coach.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY – Named former Burnsville H.S. (Minn.) head coach Aaron Vail as assistant coach.

VIRGINIA TECH – Named former Virginia Tech pitcher and Maryland/Syracuse assistant coach Angela Tincher to the same position.

WHEELOCK COLLEGE – Named former Boston University player and assistant coach Cassidi Hardy as head coach.


September 2013

BRADLEY – Named former Stephen F. Austin player and Army assistant coach Benet Higgs named to the same position.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY – Named former Penn State player and associate head coach Jen McIntyre to the same position.

CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS – Named former UC San Diego player and South Dakota State head coach Kim Aggabao to the same position.

MERCER – Named former Ball State player and volunteer assistant coach Kim Mazzapica as an assistant coach.

MONTANA – Named former Iowa State assistant coach Jamie Pinkerton as head coach. Named former Mesa State player and Nevada assistant coach Melanie Meuchel to the same position.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T – Named former Southern Miss player and Savannah State assistant coach Kenya Peters as head coach.

PORTLAND STATE – Named former Indiana player and UConn assistant coach Tory Yamaguchi to the same position.

SOUTHERN – Named former Louisiana Tech assistant coach John Garris and former LSU player and Feather River Junior College head coach Tayl’r Hollis as assistant coaches.

STONY BROOK – Named former St. Thomas player and Southwest Minnesota State head coach Missy Bruggeman as an assistant coach.

TREVECCA NAZARENE – Named former Trevecca Nazarene players Lacey Grimes and Aubrey Jordan as assistant coaches.

WESTERN MICHIGAN – Named former WMU player and Ferris State



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