Interview conducted on 2/1/2017
Who are you managing/sponsoring in 2016 and what teams have you been with in the past?
Worshams/BF Cattle/ Athlon/Worth Miken 2017
Sal8/SFI/ Easton 2000's!
Why do you like the game of softball?
I have made lifelong friendships that I cherish. It allows me to travel the country in a MOSTLY stress free environment(notice, MOSTLY). I have MANY "brothers" from softball!
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen (by decade if possible)?
2000- present Baker, Purcell, Connell
SO many more on the horizon!! The future is bright!
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
I run a full service security company(SFI) and a cattle farm(BF Cattle)
What is your softball background as a player?
I would still love to call myself a player BUT father time thinks different! I played most of my career in the C/B ranks with DWA/Easton, Golden Corral/Sons of Legion, SAL8/SFI/Easton. This year with Worsham/BF Cattle/Worth Miken
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My dad in church league! Then with buddies from School. There was no E so as young guys we took our share of beatings and THEN starting giving them!
What is your teams goal for 2017?
Our team goals are to be competitive at ALL events, represent our sponsors with class, and win our respective World(whatever class that ends up being!)
Where do you look for talent?
We have several "eyes' out! I have the privilege of coaching with Stevie Hildebrand this year. I would say Stevie and Chuck Koone scout the south and I watch the North! We have a good mix of youth and veterans this year!
How do you evaluate players?
Athletes that can play multiple positions are key. The days of C/EH as a specialty are fleeting I believe. CHARACTER is HUGE for us! We want good guys!
What is your favorite sports team?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Some would say I am already a head case!
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning 2014 WSL and Freedom Worlds with SAL8/SFI
Being able to take the field with BOTH my sons Tyler and Dustin and my best friend, Bobby Wolfe.
What improvement/changes would you like to see in upper level softball that could bring in more sponsors?
STOP PAYING C and B players!!
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Smoky and the Chance Crawford in Salem VA
Who was the best team in softball history?
I would have to say the Resmondo teams in the last 10 years. Who won more???
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Playing at Moyer in Salem and one of our "friends" driving around the complex yelling at us and FORGETTING the light pole was in the turn…Hit the pole and totaled the truck!
Tell us something about you that most would never know?
What is your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
With the family on the farm or playing local with my "boys"
What advice can you give a young player who is trying to move to the upper level?
Play with class, be loyal, play as high a level as possible and MOST importantly play every play/game like you are trying out for a Major Team! You NEVER know who is watching!!