Phil McElroy appointed Commissioner for Massachusetts

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, announced today that Phil McElroy (Arlington, Mass.) has been appointed as Commissioner for the Massachusetts ASA/USA Softball association.  McElroy has served as a Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner for over 15 years prior to his recent appointment.

“I am honored, humbled and excited to be appointed Massachusetts ASA/USA Commissioner,” said McElroy.  “For over 25 years I’ve been involved with ASA/USA Softball as a coach, player and JO Commissioner.  With our existing staff of driven volunteers and my past experience, softball will continue to thrive in Massachusetts.”

McElroy served as the JO Commissioner for the Metro Boston ASA/USA from 1998 until its merger with Massachusetts ASA/USA and has spent the past five years as JO Commissioner for Massachusetts ASA/USA.  During his time as JO Commissioner, he assisted with local and regional tournaments, registrations for the associations and ACE Coach Certifications.  He also served on the Massachusetts ASA/USA Board of Directors and attended the Annual Meetings as an At-Large Player Rep.  In addition to his roles with Massachusetts ASA/USA, McElroy also served on the NCAA Division III National Softball Committee from 2010-14.  During his time on the committee, he helped develop policies and procedures for governing the administration and conduct of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

“Supporting our umpires, increasing participation in our leagues and sending teams to our National Championships will be our focus in 2016.  I want to thank all involved with ASA/USA Softball for this great opportunity.  It’s an exciting time to be involved with softball in New England,” McElroy said.

McElroy is the Head Softball Coach at Emerson College, an NCAA Division III program.  He is also an NFCA Four Star Master Coach.  McElroy can be reached

Forty athletes arrive in Irvine for WNT Selection Camp

Forty of the country’s best softball players have arrived in Irvine, Calif. to attend the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Selection Camp the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  Held at Bill Barber Park, the WNT Selection Camp attendees will participate in the selection process for a chance to represent the U.S. during the 2016 international season.

Click here to see a list of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp attendees.

WNT Selection Camp attendees will participate in a four day selection camp, where they will compete in position drills and simulated games while being evaluated by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  Attendees will be vying for a spot on the 17-athlete roster that will compete at the World Cup of Softball XI, the XV World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and the Japan Cup.

A full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.  Fans can follow along with the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp by following the official ASA/USA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or by visiting

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Katie Willis hired as Communications Coordinator for National Office

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has hired Katie Willis (Elyria, Ohio) as the Communications Coordinator for the National Office. A recent graduate from the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU), Willis will assist with all communications functions for the ASA and USA Softball brands, including websites, Inside Pitch, Balls and Strikes Magazine, public relations and social media.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to begin a new chapter here in Oklahoma City at the National Office for ASA/USA Softball,” Willis said. “I’m looking forward to promoting our National Teams and continuing the efforts of enhancing the quality of the game and the service ASA/USA Softball provides to athletes around the country. I feel fortunate and blessed to be part of this organization and can’t thank my support system of family, friends and mentors for their encouragement and guidance along the way.”

Willis comes to ASA/USA Softball with more than four years of experience after most recently working for the San Diego State Athletics Media Relations Department, where she was a student assistant. In her role, she served as one of the primary contacts for women’s cross country and track and field in addition to writing and posting website content for other Aztec athletic teams. Willis combines her recent experience with past internships at Fox Sports San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions, Coronado Speed Festival and the Rock Church where she was able to develop further skills in marketing, public relations and event management.

Willis graduated from San Diego State University in December of 2015 with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. She can be reached at or by phone at (405) 425-3425.

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Stacey Hepp hired as Managing Director of Marketing for National Office

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has hired Stacey Hepp (Lakeland, Fla.) as the Managing Director of Marketing for the National Office. Hepp will primarily be responsible for the marketing, promotion, and execution of all sponsorship and licensing initiatives.

“I am so very excited to be joining the ASA/USA Softball family,” said Hepp.  “As the National Governing Body for Softball,  ASA/USA Softball has a long and rich history with amazing athletes and role models.  The National Office Staff continues to keep things moving forward with the latest trends in technology, allowing for even greater engagement for fans and partners.  I am humbled for the opportunity, thrilled by the challenge, and look forward to working with the National Office Staff, all the amazing programs ASA/USA offers to its members and the associations nationwide.”

Hepp comes to ASA/USA Softball with more than 15 years of experience, with expertise in event marketing and business development. Hepp’s most recent role as an account executive for Radio Disney Charlotte, a division of The Walt Disney Company, allowed her to plan and create successful campaigns for a diverse clientele base.  Her track record also includes work for USA Canoe/Kayak,  Walt Disney World, Harrah’s Entertainment, Orlando Conference Management Group, and Dillsboro Chocolate Factory.

While working for ASA/USA Softball, Hepp will manage all aspects of various business relationships relating to sponsor and association benefits. Her role will also oversee the planning, development and implementation of key marketing strategies and partnerships for targeting new and existing markets. All related sponsor activities including, but not limited to, signage, merchandise, event logistics and television production will be under her direction.

Hepp attended St. Petersburg College and Polk State College where her focus was public relations. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany during her college career. Hepp can be reached at or by phone at (405) 425-3463.

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