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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The same unbeaten trio continues to set the pace atop the NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Two-time defending state champion East Coweta (32-0) continued its roll through the Class 7A playoffs with a doubleheader sweep of Mill Creek to return to the Georgia High School Association semifinals at the South Commons Complex in Columbus, Ga., and remain the top team for an eighth week.

No. 2 Papillion-LaVista (34-0) reached the Nebraska Class A semifinals with identical 10-0 victories over Millard West and Gretna, while No. 3 Wesleyan (28-0) routed Trinity Christian 12-0 and 16-0 in the Georgia private school Class A playoffs, needing just seven innings total to complete the two contests, and continues on the path toward a third-straight state crown.

A quartet of one-loss schools moved up one spot apiece to comprise spots 4-7, before three teams with a combined record of 120-7 round out the top 10.

Surging Colorado schools Columbine (won seven) and Grand Junction Central (won 12) worked their way in the mix this week at 12th and 16th, respectively, while Nebraska’s Beatrice (31-4) made its own debut at No. 24.

Elsewhere, Silo (38-3) and Kiowa (40-4) both moved up in the rankings after collecting Oklahoma state championships last Saturday.

The bottom three teams from last week — Georgia’s Grayson, Nebraska’s Omaha Marian, and Missouri’s Blue Springs South — dropped out.

State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll. Teams are chosen based on performance, roster quality and strength of schedule. Five states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, while Iowa recently completed its summer season.

NFCA Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll – Oct. 17, 2019



2019 Record


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East Coweta (Ga.)




Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)




Wesleyan (Ga.)




Collins-Maxwell (Iowa)




Westfield (Ga.)




Rock Canyon (Colo.)




Holy Family (Colo.)




Assumption (Iowa)




Broken Arrow (Okla.)




Sequoyah (Tahlequah, Okla.)




Elkhorn (Neb.)




Columbine (Colo.)




Loveland (Colo.)




Silo (Okla.)




Golden (Colo.)




Grand Junction Central (Colo.)




Binger-Oney (Okla.)




North Gwinnett (Ga.)




Kiowa (Okla.)




Prairie View (Colo.)




Chatfield (Colo.)




Banks County (Ga.)




Skutt Catholic (Neb.)




Beatrice (Neb.)




Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.)



Dropped out: Grayson (Ga.), Omaha Marian (Neb.), and Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Chicharito and Andres Guardado are ready to kick off their club season. What other Mexico national team players are based on the Old Continent?

The return of the European season is upon us. While Mexican soccer fans have been able to enjoy nearly a month of domestic action, fans of El Tri will welcome the return of the the Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga and other leagues with open arms.

The national team’s roster for the 2018 World Cup included more Europe-based players than ever before and with players like Nestor Araujo making the jump across the Atlantic Ocean, there will continue to be plenty of reasons for Mexican fans to wake up early and tune in.

El Tri has a pair of players based in the Premier League, both of whom play up front. The first, and most famous Mexican playing abroad, is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Chicharito had a frustrating season at West Ham United last year but is back with the Hammers and full of optimism that he’ll have more playing time and opportunities under new coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Chicharito’s fellow central forward Raul Jimenez completed an offseason move from Benfica to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He’ll be eager to break into Wolves’ starting XI after several seasons as a supersub in Portugal.  

Andres Guardado is looking for another big year with Real Betis. Last season, he was a key part of Quique Setien’s squad and helped get the Seville side back into the Europa League.

He’ll have company in Spain, though Miguel Layun no longer lives in the same city. After spending six months with Sevilla, the versatile defender signed a permanent deal to join Villarreal from Porto. At the same time Layun went to Spain, Hector Moreno made a move to Real Sociedad. He played more frequently than he had at Roma, but transfer rumors continue to swirl about a potential move to Turkey.

Spain also is the new home of Nestor Araujo, the center back who has joined former Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed at Celta de Vigo. It’s the first move outside of Liga MX for the former Santos Laguna defender. Ex-Chivas defender Oswaldo Alanis also left Mexico for the first time but Getafe’s new sporting director has said he doesn’t figure in the club’s plans and may make another move before the transfer window closes.

The Bundesliga is home to a pair of Mexican players, both of them teammates at Eintracht Frankfurt. Center back Carlos Salcedo finished last season strong, coming off an injury suffered with the national team and getting back into the starting lineup to help the club to a win over Bayern Munich in the cup final. Marco Fabian saw fewer minutes in the starting lineup last year, even after returning from injury. He’s hoping for more time this season, something that should be facilitated should Croatia World Cup breakout Ante Rebic move on from the team.

While he’s still on the books with Standard Liege, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is reportedly set for a move to Napoli which would make him the fifth Mexican to play in Serie A.

There are no Mexican players currently playing in France’s Ligue 1.

After a stunning debut season with PSV, Hirving Lozano is back for another season in the Eredivisie barring a late transfer for the 22-year-old. He’s not the only Mexican who saw time in the Netherlands last season, though Uriel Antuna will hope for more than the 437 minutes he earned with Groningen. 

Hector Herrera and Jesus Corona remain at Porto and hope to have another deep run into the Champions League while defending their title. Joao Maleck moved to Porto on a long-term deal after spending last season on loan with Porto B from Santos Laguna. Antonio Briseno also remains in Portugal, where he helped Feirense avoid relegation by a point last season.

Omar Govea still is technically with Porto but didn’t go through the preseason in Porto B and is likely to make a move back to Belgium, where he spent last season on loan with Royal Excel Mouscron. 

Diego Reyes, currently a free agent, is expected to land in European football again as well with interest reported from a number of countries on the continent.

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The 32-year-old had been linked with a move to Italy but has rubbished suggestions he contacted the Nerazzurri to attempt to seal a transfer

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Luka Modric has labelled reports that he tried to push through a transfer to Inter as “the greatest nonsense in history”.

The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to Serie A throughout the summer, with the player’s agent even insisting that he was “thrilled” by the idea of playing for Inter.

There are hopes among fans that Luciano Spalletti’s side could challenge for the title this season following an impressive transfer window that has seen the likes of Radja Nainggolan, Sime Vrsaljko and Keita Balde all arrive.

With the Italian transfer window having now closed, however, Inter did miss out on signing Modric, with the 32-year-old remaining at Madrid.

Reports had suggested Modric had tried to force through a move to the Italian giants before the deadline passed but the Croatian is adamant that is not the case.

Responding to an Instagram post that referenced the rumour, Modric wrote: “It’s the greatest nonsense in history!!”

Inter kicked off the 2018-19 season with a 1-0 defeat against Sassuolo as Domenico Berardi scored a first-half penalty to secure all three points for the hosts.

Madrid, meanwhile, got their league campaign underway with a 2-0 win over Getafe, with Modric coming as a second-half substitute in the game.

Going into that game, Julen Lopetegui’s side had been under pressure to spend following the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, with Madrid subsequently having their lowest crowd in 10 years for their Bernabeu opener.

Sunday’s victory over Getafe is likely to ease the calls to bring new faces through the door,  however, with chief target Eden Hazard having already ruled out a move.

The Mexican federation needs to figure out its vision for El Tri before bringing someone on to lead the team

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Federacion Mexicana de Futbol’s new president, Yon De Luisa, is wisely resisting this instinct. When former manager Juan Carlos Osorio declined to continue in his post, there seemed to be a natural line of succession, one plenty both inside and outside the federation were expecting would be followed.

The FMF tried to convince Tigres manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to move south from Monterrey to be the national team coach. When he once again said no, everyone expected former Chivas manager Matias Almeyda would be the chosen one.

Except, he isn’t – or so far hasn’t been. Despite Almeyda apparently trying to ratchet up the pressure, frustrating the Costa Rican federation by publicly disclosing the chats they’ve had about the opening for the Central American national team, De Luisa has not budged. Don’t see that as cause for concern, though. 

“Look, I think today the first thing you have to analyze is the project and the profile. More than taking about names, you have to look at the profile and figure out what Mexico is looking for in the next few years,” Pachuca vice president Andres Fassi said this week. “Beyond that, I think (it’s silly) to automatically fall into the name or names of the options you might have. Suddenly, you’re talking about names where the characteristics and goals and projects are really different between one another.

“So, I think the first thing you have to do is outline the profile you want for Mexico and after that look for the name as close as possible to this profile Mexico wants for the next years.”

Fassi is right. The months immediately following the World Cup are the rare chill months in international football that allow a federation to step back and actually think about what it needs. Everyone agrees El Tri should get out of the slump in which they’re currently mired and get to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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Beyond that, there are plenty of different ideas. Is it time to overhaul the youth system? Should the federation somehow incentivize players to move abroad or focus efforts at home? And what do you do about the players who are achieving success at the youth level but then stalling out? These are questions the senior men’s national team manager will be involved in answering.

The FMF is hardly an organization that has been known for its patience over the years, but it may be working from experience. Of course, De Luisa may also just be trying to figure out what’s going on as he makes the transition from television executive to sportocrat. Nevertheless, this strategy is one that served Mexico well the last time it hired a manager.

Osorio was an off-the-radar hire to fill the post after Miguel Herrera was fired after the 2015 Gold Cup. It was unconventional, and it took time to find Osorio and work out a deal, but eventually it came through. While Mexico didn’t end up getting to the quinto partido this time around, Osorio does leave a positve legacy and set up his successor for success.

Who that successor will be remains to be seen, but there’s no point in rushing that decision. Ferretti stepped in as interim manager back in 2015. Having him or another coach do the same for September’s friendly matches against Urugay and the United States, a pair of matches less relevant than the prep matches and CONCACAF Cup match Ferretti coached, wouldn’t be a bad thing for Mexico.

On the contrary, it would be a sign that they’re doing due dilligence and figuring out their long-term goals rather than just bringing on the first coach who would say yes to one of the most demanding jobs in the sport.

Stefan Effenberg is amazed the Bundesliga champions are considering selling the World Cup-winning defender and has encouraged him to head to Ligue 1

Jerome Boateng should join Paris Saint-Germain if Bayern Munich have truly decided they do not want to keep him, according to former club captain Stefan Effenberg.

Boateng has been heavily tipped to leave the Bundesliga champions in recent weeks, with Manchester United said to have been interested before the window for signings for Premier League clubs closed on Thursday.

PSG are another team to have been linked with the 29-year-old, although Bayern head coach Niko Kovac has made it clear he would like him to stay.

Effenberg is bemused as to why Bayern would want to part with Boateng but has encouraged him to consider joining PSG as they represent a good chance for him to win the Champions League.

“Personally, I can’t understand giving up such a great, experienced player. There can’t be any sporting reasons,” he told Bild am Sonntag.

“There was no commitment from the club for him. Despite his injury problems, for me, he’s one of the best in the league.

“If I were his advisor, I would advise him to move to Paris, where he’s welcome and would be able to win the Champions League.”

Effenberg does not think Boateng’s situation compares with that of Robert Lewandowski, however.

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The striker’s agent said in May that he wanted a new challenge and a move to Real Madrid was mooted, although it is looking increasingly likely Lewandowski will stay at the Allianz Arena.

Effenberg, though, thinks it is a risk to start the season with a player who openly wants to leave.

“If a player desperately wants to go, you have to let him,” said the former Germany star.

“Taking a dissatisfied player into the new season is risky.”

The Reds striker won a spot-kick in contentious circumstances late in the first-half against Crystal Palace, which James Milner duly scored

Jamie Carragher has defended the decision to award Liverpool striker Mo Salah a controversial penalty as the Reds faced Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Egypt international won a spot-kick following a challenge from Mamadou Sakho late in the first half, which James Milner duly scored to give the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

Replays proved inconclusive as to whether Salah dived to convince referee Michael Oliver, but former Anfield favourite Carragher believed that the FWA Footballer of the Year did not attempt to con the officials.

“He could stay up, but why would he?” the 40-year-old said on Sky Sports. “Sakho is too tight.

“I don’t think Salah is looking for it. He’s thinking I’m going to shoot, but I don’t think he’s used the opponent to go down.”

Carragher’s fellow pundit Gary Neville mostly concurred, adding: “It’s a mistake by Sakho. It’s clumsy, he’s too late. But it is a theatrical fall, which we see a lot of players do.

“The ref’s view is perfect. There’s no doubt in Michael Oliver’s mind.”

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The advice of two former Roma players weighed heavy on the 32-year-old Estonian as he prepares to make his presence felt in Sardinia

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Former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan has revealed that the counsel of Mohamed Salah and Alisson was vital in his decision to swap Anfield for Cagliari. 

The Estonia international played only an intermittent role in Liverpool’s 2018-19 exploits, with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk pushing him further down the pecking order in January. 

Klavan made a total of 28 appearances over the course of the season as Jurgen Klopp’s men battled to a fourth-placed Premier League finish as well as a spot in the Champions League final. 

And he is now preparing for a new challenge in Serie A after moving to Sardinia-based Cagliari in a £2 million move, two years after signing from Augsburg. 

Liverpool’s squad contains plenty of players with experience in Italy’s top flight, and Klavan has confirmed that their recommendation pushed him towards Italy. 

“I had offers from several teams, including in other countries, but Cagliari really wanted me,” he explained to Sky Sport Italia.

“Darijo Srna advised me to come here, as I talked to him via Dejan Lovren. Other Liverpool teammates like Alisson, Salah and Lucas Leiva all spoke highly of Serie A.

“I’m certain we’ll do great things here and I am really fired up. The city is wonderful and so are the fans, I can’t wait to get started.”

Klavan, who has made more than 500 appearances during a career that has taken in spells in Germany, Netherlands, Norway and England as well as his native Estonia, is now tasked with cementing Cagliari’s place amongst Italy’s elite after the Sardinians narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A last season, finishing four points clear of 18th-placed Crotone to assure survival.

The Rossoneri have snapped up the winger from the Yellow Submarine and sent the striker in the opposite direction, while Laxalt joins from Genoa

Samu Castillejo has completed his switch to AC Milan from Villarreal, with Carlos Bacca moving to the Spanish side on a permanent deal.

Milan have been linked with a move for Spanish winger Castillejo throughout the transfer window and announced his arrival via their official website.

Castillejo joined Villarreal from Malaga ahead of the 2015-16 season and the 23-year-old has made 91 LaLiga appearances and scored nine goals for the club.

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It has been a busy transfer window for the Rossoneri, who also signed versatile left-sider Diego Laxalt on Friday.

The duo join the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara and Tiemoue Bakayoko in moving to San Siro during the transfer window, but Milan have moved to rule out an audacious swoop for Lazio’s much sought after midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on an initial €40million loan ahead of a permanent switch.

Meanwhile, Bacca has left Milan permanently for Villarreal on a four-year deal.

The Colombia striker spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan with the club, scoring 15 goals in 35 LaLiga appearances.

Bacca moved to Milan amid much fanfare prior to the 2015-16 campaign and netted 31 times in Serie A for Milan.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kate Drohan, head coach at Northwestern, was elected the new NFCA President and is one of six members who were voted to the NFCA’s Board of Directors for 2020, the Association announced on Thursday. The six coaches will officially begin their three-year tenures January 1, 2020.

Additionally, the NFCA announced its new committee members for 2020, who are listed at the end of the press release. Please note the complete High School All-America Committee will be determined at a later date.

Joining Drohan on the Executive Board is Purdue head coach Boo De Oliveira as the Vice President for Playing Rules, while the other four – Luther head coach Renae Hartl (NCAA DIII), Georgia Gwinnett head coach Kat Ihlenburg (NAIA), LSU’s Lindsay Leftwich (Assistant Coach), and St. Mary’s (N.J.) head coach Joelle Della Volpe (High School) – will be the representatives for their respective membership groups. 

For Ihlenburg, Leftwich and Della Volpe, it is their first board appointment, while Drohan (2nd Vice President), De Oliveira (Vice President for Membership) are returning to the Executive Board and Hartl, who served two years as the DIII rep, continues her service with a new three-year appointment. Leftwich takes over the role held by Texas Tech’s Sam Marder, who was promoted to associate head coach during last year’s voting process. She will serve out the final two years of the term and be eligible for re-election. 

Additionally, Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly will move into the Past President role following her three-year stint as the Association’s President.

Returning to the Executive Board are Vice President for Awards Pat Conlan (Georgetown), Vice President for Membership Todd Buckingham (Saginaw Valley State), Vice President for Education Heather Tarr (Washington) and Vice President for Publications Larissa Anderson (Missouri).

Group representatives continuing their terms are Southern Illinois’ Kerri Blaylock (NCAA DI), Augustana’s Gretta Melsted (NCAA DII), Rock Valley’s Darin Monroe (NJCAA), Sierra’s Darci Brownell (Cal JC), Southwestern Oregon’s Megan Corriea (NWAC), Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Robin Baker (Assistant Coach), Texas Glory’s Kevin Shelton (Travel Ball) and Sheilah Gulas (Emeriti).

Kate Drohan (Head Coach, Northwestern) – President

Entering her 19th season at Northwestern’s helm, head coach Kate Drohan has built the Wildcats into a perennial power, winning a pair of Big Ten Championships and making back-to-back Women’s College World Series semifinal appearances, which included a national runner-up finish in 2006. In 2019, she steered Northwestern to a 47-13 mark and back to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2008. 

After 18 seasons, Drohan has amassed a career record of 617-358-1, earning her 600thcareer victory on April 9 against Notre Dame. Her record includes an incredible five-year stretch from 2005-09 in which NU compiled a combined record of 215-77, reached the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament four times, finished 2006 ranked No. 2 nationally and became the first private school in NCAA history to advance to the WCWS semifinals in consecutive years (2006-07). 

Boo De Oliveira (Head Coach, Purdue) – Vice President, Playing Rules

Boo De Oliveira enters her fourth season at the helm of Purdue Softball, returning to the program where she was an assistant coach from 2007-10. She guided the 2019 Boilermaker squad to 34 wins, a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal appearance and a berth into the National Invitational Softball Championship.

In addition to Purdue, De Oliveira served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas, Arizona State and North Carolina. De Oliveira began her coaching career at Division III Edgewood College in 2006, followed by the head coaching role at Madison Area Technical College at the NJCAA level in 2007. At Edgewood, she was part of the LMC Coaching Staff of the Year that helped the program to 30 wins and the first undefeated season (16-0) in conference history. De Oliveira revived a dormant program at Madison and led the WolfPack to a top-10 national ranking with the help of two NJCAA All-Americans.

Renae Hartl (Head Coach, Luther) – NCAA Division III Representative

Renae Hartl is entering her 19thseason as the Norse’s head coach and has also served as Luther’s athletic director since July 2015. In 18 seasons, Hartl has posted a career record of 587-192 (.754). She has guided the Norse to 11 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in the last 13 years, including five National Championship Finals since 2010, recording a third-place showing in 2018, fifth-place finishes in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and seventh in 2011.

The five-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year has led the Norse to six regular-season Iowa Conference titles and seven tournament crowns. Collectively, she has coached 23 NFCA All-Americans, 79 NFCA Midwest Region selections, 86 all-conference honorees, four Iowa Conference MVPs and three league pitchers of the year.

Kat Ihlenburg (Head Coach, Georgia Gwinnett) NAIA Representative

The only head coach of the Georgia Gwinnett College softball program, Kat Ihlenburg has developed the Grizzlies into a championship squad built upon toughness, character and a devotion to its community. The five-time Association of Independent (A.I.I.) Institutions Coach of the Year led Georgia Gwinnett to consecutive NAIA World Series in 2018 and 2019, the first two appearances in program history.

She has steered the Grizzlies to four A.I.I. conference championships, five NAIA tournament bids, and recognition as the NAIA Champions of Character team award winner. Ihlenburg has totaled a 286-102-2 (.736) record and recorded back-to-back 50-win seasons in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 squad featured a national semifinal appearance with a win over No. 2 Marian (Ind.), 45 victories and a sweep of the NAIA Opening Round Bracket.

Joelle Della Volpe (Head Coach, St. Mary’s High School [N.J.] )– High School Representative

Joelle Della Volpe, who currently serves as the East Region chair on the NFCA’s High School All-America Committee, has been the head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, N.J., the past four seasons. She came to St. Mary’s from Hackensack High School, where she steered the Comets’ program from 2006 to 2015, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2012. Prior to taking over the reigns at Hackensack, she spent 2005 and 2006 on the Dominican College staff as an assistant coach. 

Della Volpe entered the coaching ranks in 2002 as the head junior varsity coach at Belleville High School (2002-05) and also served on the Rutgers-Newark staff, her first collegiate posting, from 2003 to 2004. In addition to her coaching duties, she serves as the CEO of sources4coaches, a free mentoring program offered to rookie coaches.

Lindsay Leftwich (Assistant Coach, LSU) – Assistant Coach Representative

Lindsay Leftwich embarks on her eighth season as an assistant coach at LSU. She is involved with all aspects of the program which include defense, hitting, recruiting, video scouting and camps. The former Northwestern State standout has been with Beth Torina for every step of her 11-year head coaching career which includes LSU’s run to the 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Women’s College World Series.

Before coming to LSU, Leftwich spent four seasons as Torina’s top assistant at Florida International. The Golden Panthers collected 14 All-Sun Belt selections highlighted by a sweep of the league’s 2010 postseason awards where Kasey Barrett picked up the Sun Belt’s Pitcher of the Year, Ashley McClain notched Sun Belt Player of the Year and Brie Rojas secured Sun Belt Freshman of the Year. McClain also came away with NFCA All-South Region First-Team honors in 2010 and 2011.

2020 NFCA Board of Directors (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)
Bold denotes new members

Executive Board
President – Kate Drohan, Northwestern University
Past President – Karen Weekly, University of Tennessee
Vice President, Awards – Pat Conlan, Georgetown University
Vice President, Membership – Todd Buckingham, Saginaw Valley State University
Vice President, Education – Heather Tarr, University of Washington
Vice President, Publications – Larissa Anderson, University of Missouri
Vice President, Playing Rules – Boo De Oliveira, Purdue University

Group Representatives
Division I – Kerri Blaylock, Southern Illinois University
Division II – Gretta Melsted, Augustana University
Division III – Renae Hartl, Luther College
Assistant Coach – Lindsay Leftwich, Louisiana State University
Assistant Coach – Robin Baker, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
NAIA – Kat Ihlenburg, Georgia Gwinnett College
NJCAA – Darin Monroe, Rock Valley College
Cal JC – Darci Brownell, Sierra College
NWAC – Megan Corriea, Southwestern Oregon Community College
High School – Joelle Della Volpe, St. Mary’s High School (N.J.)
Travel Ball – Kevin Shelton, Texas Glory
Emeriti – Sheilah Gulas, Ashland University (ret.)

New Committee Members (Effective Jan. 1, 2020)

NCAA DI All-American – Jennifer Teague (Columbia), Donna J. Papa (North Carolina)
NCAA DII All-American – Travis Scott (Angelo State)
NCAA DIII All-American – Brad Posner (Susquehanna), Josie Henry (Case Western Reserve), Meghan Roman (Illinois College), Jamie Mueller (Wartburg), Diana Pepin (Eastern Connecticut State), Janae Shirley (ETBU)
NAIA All All-American – Mark Skapin (Cottey College)
NJCAA DI All-American – Dale Atkinson (Indian River CC)
NJCAA DII All-American – Dan Gratz (North Iowa Area CC), Lana Ross (Kansas City Kansas CC)
NJCAA DIII All-American – Stacy Johnson (Corning CC)
High School All-American – Ken Conrade (Kellenberg Memorial [N.Y.]), Deborah Schwartz (Donovan Catholic [N.J.]), Michael Teshkoyan (Caldwell [N.J.]), Kent Christian (Badger-Greenbush-Middle River [Minn.]), Mitch Wilkins (Land O’ Lakes [Fla.]), Wade Womack (Dripping Springs [Texas]), Jim Brown (Raymore-Peculiar [Mo.]), Eric Weisgerber (Southridge [Wash.])
Awards – Benet Higgs (Stony Brook), Brittany Bennett (UNC Pembroke), Sara Curran-Headley (SUNY Oneonta), Karen Baird (Lawrence Tech), Chris Robinson (Jones College), LeeAnn Taylor (San Diego City College), A.J. Robinson (The Factory Fastpitch Club [Calif.])
Ethics – Frank Contreras (Maryvale HS [Ariz.]), Karen Johns (USA Softball), Sara Michalowski-Marino (Missouri), Chip Reitano (Camden CC), Christina Sutcliffe (Northern Illinois)
Events – Jennifer Patrick-Swift (North Carolina State), Brenna Morrissey (Boston University), Jill Harvey (Sparks [Ill.])
Hall of Fame – Stephanie Bagwell (Francis Marion), Lee Dobbins (University of the Southwest), Kent Christian (Badger-Greenbush-Middle River HS [Minn.]), Kevin Shelton (Texas Glory)
Mentoring – Alicia Abbott (Loyola Chicago), Miguel Justiniano Jr. (Fayetteville Technical CC), Mark Petryniec (Huntley HS [Ill.]), Shawn Hammernik (Whitnall Rage [Wis.])
Playing Rules – Les Novak (Affiliate Umpire [Minn.])
Publications – Joshua Johnson (Mississippi State), Lauren Ebstein (Tufts), Devin Bennett (Cerro Coso CC)

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Nike CEO Mark Parker to Step Down in January

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NEW YORK — Nike said Tuesday that its longtime CEO Mark Parker is stepping down early next year.

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He will be replaced by board member John Donahoe, who formerly ran e-commerce company eBay. Parker will become executive chairman of the board.

Nike’s sales have been on the rise as the company focuses on selling more of its swoosh-branded sneakers online and on its apps. The company’s first quarter earnings last month soared past expectations. But Nike has also been plagued by scandals recently.

Three weeks ago, renowned track coach Alberto Salazar was banned from the sport for four years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for running experiments with supplements and testosterone that were bankrolled and supported by Nike, along with possessing and trafficking testosterone. Nike announced that it was shutting down its elite Oregon Project track and field program overseen by Salazar in the wake of the scandal.

Parker said in a TV interview with CNBC Tuesday that the scandal had “absolutely nothing” with him leaving the top job and that succession plans have been months in the making.

“This is not something that happens in a matter of weeks,” he said.

Last year, allegations of misconduct and gender discrimination led to a leadership shakeup at the company. And earlier this spring, Nike announced changes to its contract policies after the New York Times published opinion articles and videos from female runners saying they risked losing pay if they became pregnant.

Parker, who joined the company in 1979 as a footwear designer, has been CEO since 2006. In 2017, he took a 70% compensation cut after a rough year for U.S. sales and the company’s stock price.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based sneaker seller said Donahue will step in as CEO on Jan. 13, 2020. Donahoe is the current president and CEO of ServiceNow, an information technology and software company.


AP Business Writer Alexandra Olson in New York also contributed to this story.