SPARKS, Nev. – Rodney Cobb (San Marcos, Texas/USA Softball of Texas Commissioner) stepped into office as the President of USA Softball following the conclusion of 88th Annual Council Meeting in Sparks, Nev. Cobb takes the reins from John Gouveia (Salinas, Calif./USA Softball of Northern California Commissioner), who concluded his two-year term. The President-Elect position was also announced as Joe Patterson (Hastings, Neb./USA Softball of Nebraska Commissioner) was elected by the USA Softball Council.
“I never once dreamed when I started playing four decades ago that I’d one day be President of USA Softball,” said Cobb after taking over as President during Thursday’s General Council Closing Session. “I am humbled at the opportunity, but I’m also excited about it. USA Softball is a great organization and we’re going to get even better as we move forward.”
In addition to the change in leadership, USA Softball also conducted business throughout the 88th Annual Council Meeting, with highlights being the 39th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the announcement of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class, the Wilson Sporting Goods Awards Luncheon and the selection of 2021 USA Softball National Championship sites.
USA Softball Regional Vice President Elections
During the week, Regional Vice Presidents were elected to the USA Softball Board of Directors (BOD) as Anna Louie (USA Softball of San Francisco Commissioner) will represent the Pacific Coast Region and Walker Clark (USA Softball of Arkansas Commissioner) will represent the South Region beginning in 2020, while Mary Mahoney (USA Softball of Kansas City Junior Olympic Commissioner) will represent the Mid-American Region for a one-year term. Re-elected to the BOD were John McPhail (USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia Junior Olympic Commissioner, Central Atlantic Region), Drew Wells (USA Softball of Texas At-Large Player Rep, Southwest Region), and Darrin Duistermars (USA Softball of Michigan At-Large Player Rep, Midwest Region).
2021 National Championships Awarded
USA Softball Council Members awarded 2021 USA Softball National Championships for all divisions of play within USA Softball’s grassroots programs, including the Girls’ Class A Fast Pitch National Championship Finals. The awarding of USA Softball National Championships is considered one of the most anticipated decisions made by the council as each National Championship has the potential to have thousands of dollars in economic impact for the host city. With the announcement of the 2021 National Championship hosts, teams can begin their quest for the ultimate goal in softball: to hold up a USA Softball National Championship trophy.
Announced during the 88th Annual Meeting, the National Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees include: Doug Roberson (Slow Pitch Player), Carl Rose (Slow Pitch Player), Cecil Whitehead (Slow Pitch Player), Curtis Williams (Slow Pitch Player), Lovieanne Jung (Fast Pitch Player), Terry Muck (Fast Pitch Player), Bill Pfeiffer (Fast Pitch Player), Natasha Watley (Fast Pitch Player) and Phil Gutierrez (Meritorious Service).
Annual Meeting Sponsors
USA Softball would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2019 USA Softball Annual Meeting: Chattanooga Sports Committee, College Station, Montgomery (Alabama), Salem (Oregon), Johnson City (Tennessee), Lee County Sports Development, Nugget Casino and Resort, Play Tennessee Sports, Visit Reno Tahoe, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Spartanburg (South Carolina), Travel Salem, University Silkscreen, USA Softball of Southern California, USA Softball of Texas, Valdosta-Lowndes (Georgia), and Wilson Sporting Goods.
The 2020 USA Softball Annual Meeting will be held in Shreveport, La. November 7-13.