PHIL MUMMA HAS DIED
quoted from student sports
Legendary Sorcerer Gold Head Coach Phil Mumma has passed away Monday night after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. As we reported yesterday, Mumma was resting at home.
Mumma was one of the top club softball coaches over the last decade, having won an ASA Gold National Championship and producing over 200 players that went on to the college level including national team players such as Keilani Ricketts and Valerie Arioto.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, the Sorcerer players and organization and all those who he touched.
A case could be made, too, that the Sorcerer Gold team has been one of the top five teams in the last decade based on championships and tournament finishes.
Mumma lead the Sorcerers to the 2009 ASA Gold National Championship in Oklahoma City when all the top Gold teams competed together and in the 2000’s the program won back-to-back 18A ASA titles (2002, ’03). From 2004-2009, Mumma lead teams finished in the top 20 at ASA Gold four of the six years.
More recently, Sorcerer Gold finished seventh at this year’s PGF Nationals and fifth in 2010 when it was called the ESPN Rise Premier National Championship.
I first met Phil, a tall, courtly man whose stature rose ever higher at the top levels of softball, when the Sorcerer won their firsy 18A national title. He was prized by college coaches for the frank assessments of his players, notably forecasting at a long ago travel ball tournament in San Jose that Keilani Ricketts would be a national champion. We enjoyed many hours of conversation. A true gentleman, he will be missed. RFH