USA Softball selects Men’s National Team Coaching Pool for 2017-2020

Written by Bob on February 1st, 2017

Codi Warren
Managing Director of Communications
P: (405) 425-3431

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 19 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team Coaching Pool.

Head coaches and assistant coaches for the Men’s National Team (MNT) and Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) will be selected from this list for all 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 competitions. Selected to the coaching pool by the Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), coaches may be required to participate in international events, player evaluations, selection camps and other specified events as part of the evaluation process.


Anthony Aresco (Stoneham, Mass.)
Michael Armitage (Normal, Ill.)
Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.)
Mike Gasaway (Mogadore, Ohio)
Ron Guzman (Baksersfield, Calif.)
Greg Hicks (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Joshua Horton (Albany, N.Y.)
Wallace King (Hudsonville, Mich.)
Bill Kunkel (Eaton Rapids, Mich.)
Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Tim Lyon (South Jordan, Utah)
Nick McCurry (Ashland, Ohio)
Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio)
Chris Norris (Spanish Fork, Utah)
Robert Piddock (Castro Valley, Calif.)
Ken Schwartz (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Kerry Shaw (Bates City, Mo.)
Jack Startling (Midland, Mich.)
Ernie Yarbrough (Atlanta, Ga.)
Jerry Zimmerman (Ephrata, Pa.)

Coaches selected from this pool will have the opportunity to coach in some of the highest level softball competitions in the world over the course of the next four years.

The schedule for the USA Softball MNT and JMNT has yet to be finalized for the 2017-20 cycle, but those international calendars will be highlighted by the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship, to be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

The 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship to be held in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Canada, the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, the 2019 WBSC Men’s World Championship to be held in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2020 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship.

Already included in the MNT Coaching Pool is 2017 USA Softball MNT Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.), who will lead the Red, White and Blue in all 2017 competitions. Assistants for the 2017 USA Softball MNT and the complete coaching staff for the 2018 USA Softball JMNT will come from the coaching pool.

For updates on the USA Softball National Team Program and events throughout the 2017 season visit

    About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

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