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USA Softball honors umpires at 2019 UIC Clinic Awards Banquet

By admin, 02/04/19, 9:15AM CST

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The 26th Biennial Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) Clinic ended this evening with 46 umpires honored by USA Softball. Held at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City, over 400 umpires from around the country attended the biennial clinic as the USA Softball Umpire family recognized years of service, awards of excellence, the Merle O. Butler National Award of Excellence and the Tom Mason Award of Excellence.

Saturday evening was highlighted by the 10 Regional Awards of Excellence and the Merle O. Butler National Award of Excellence that was given to Jim Craig (USA Softball of New York). In its third year, USA Softball also awarded the Tom Mason Award of Excellence to Diane Carden (USA Softball of Delaware), which honors excellence in rule knowledge and application.

The following individuals received Awards of Excellence for their respective regions:

  • Region 1 Northeast – Tony Roberto, USA Softball of Connecticut
  • Region 2 Central Atlantic – Jerry Fick, USA Softball of Ohio
  • Region 3 Southeast – Lee Gray, USA Softball of Georgia
  • Region 4 South – Ken Allen, USA Softball of Alabama
  • Region 5 Southwest – James Brau USA Softball of Texas
  • Region 6 Midwest – Don Newsted, USA Softball of Michigan
  • Region 7 Mid-America – Dave Epperson, USA Softball of Kansas
  • Region 8 Northern – Eric Stanton, USA Softball Minnesota
  • Region 9 Northwest Mountain – Jerry Forkner, USA Softball of Seattle
  • Region 10 Pacific Coast – Sue Sawyer, USA Softball of Northern California

The following individuals were recognized for their years of service:

  • Jim Adkins – USA Softball of West Virginia – 5 years
  • Darren Elliott – USA Softball of Kansas City – 15 years
  • Anthony Small – USA Softball of Florida – 15 years
  • Phil Cappadonia – USA Softball of Utah – 20 years
  • Steve DeJarnette – USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia – 20 years
  • Stan Finch – USA Softball of Hawaii – 20 years
  • John Wright – USA Softball of Washington – 20 years
  • John Baca – USA Softball of New Mexico – 25 years
  • John Cambridge – USA Softball of New Jersey – 25 years
  • Christina Drumm – USA Softball of Southern California – 25 years
  • Mike Graber – USA Softball of Alaska – 25 years
  • Laura Head – USA Softball of Southern California – 25 years
  • Craig Heilbut – USA Softball of Central California – 25 years
  • Tom Keller – USA Softball of Minnesota – 25 years
  • Paul Kraimer – USA Softball of Minneapolis – 25 years
  • James Brau – USA Softball of Texas – 30 years
  • Cliff LaRose – USA Softball of Connecticut – 30 years
  • Steve McCown – USA Softball of Dallas Fort Worth – 30 years
  • Chris McGee – USA Softball of Mississippi – 30 years
  • Greg Pohl – USA Softball of St. Louis – 30 years
  • Steve Riswold – USA Softball of South Dakota – 30 years
  • Kathy Zifchock – USA Softball of New York – 30 years
  • Don Alexander – USA Softball of Oregon – 35 years
  • Dave Christiansen – USA Softball of Vermont – 35 years
  • Paul Drake III – USA Softball of Ohio – 35 years
  • Luau Bowers – USA Softball of Pennsylvania – 40 years
  • Marvin Cobb – USA Softball of San Antonio – 40 years
  • James Cole – USA Softball of Northern California – 40 years
  • Dan Duffy – USA Softball of Portland – 40 years
  • Susan Johnson – USA Softball of Rhode Island – 40 years
  • Charlie Moss – USA Softball of Central Virginia – 40 years
  • Rick Petty – USA Softball of Missouri – 40 years
  • Steve Roscia – USA Softball of Maine – 40 years
  • Dennis La Scalla – USA Softball of Newark – 50 years

The following individuals were recognized for having attended all 26 UIC Clinics:

  • Kinard Latham
  • Les Novak
  • Henry Pollard

To learn more about the USA Softball Umpire program, visit USASoftball.com http://www.teamusa.org/usa-softball/umpires/why-umpire.