The USA Baseball Board of Directors consists of the following 12 directors: three representatives elected by the youth groups designated National Sports Organizations; one representative elected by the other members of the National Sports Organizations; three at-large members who are considered independent of the National Sports Organizations and USA Baseball; three athlete directors who meet the USOPC criteria for Active Athletes; and two members selected by Major League Baseball.
Mike Gaski was elected to his first term as President of USA Baseball on Jan. 7, 2001, was re-elected to the position on Jan. 10, 2005, again in January 2009, December 2013, December 2014, December 2017 and, most recently, in December 2019.
He was the head baseball coach at UNC-Greensboro since its inception in 1991, and in 22 seasons accumulated over 650 wins. A beautiful $4.3 million baseball stadium was completed in 1999, and a new $2.4 million locker room and training center opened in 2010.
During his tenure, Gaski coached more than 40 players who were either drafted or signed to professional baseball, including: Rob Gilliam (2007-09), Ricky Orton (2007-08), Matt Gaski (2007-08), Ryan Falcon (2003-07), Guy Welsh (2006-07), Jermaine Mitchell (2006), Chris Mason (2003-05), Taft Cable (1999-01), Brian Moehler (1991-93), and Jay Metzger (2001-04).
He has had on his squads four All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, three Freshman All-America honorable mentions, two Academic All-Americans and a remarkable 54 All-Conference selections.
Gaski guided the program to NCAA tournament appearances and league championships in two different Division I conferences -- the Big South and the Southern. Gaski has also led the Spartans into the top 30 of several national polls over his 22 seasons. In 2006, he guided the Spartans to the program's first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team when UNCG knocked off North Carolina, the eventual national runner-up. He has been honored as the Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions; his most recent award was in 2011.
In 2010, Gaski was presented with his 600th win as a head coach, and that year he was also inducted into UNCG's Hall of Fame with his 1994 team. That Spartan team, composed mostly of the players who had started the UNCG program only three years earlier, posted 39 wins and captured its first Big South Conference title. The '94 squad made UNCG's first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament in any Division I sport. In 1997, the Spartans recorded a school-record 45 wins on the way to the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a No. 28 final national ranking.
In 1998, UNCG's first season in the Southern Conference, the Spartans posted a then-record 22 league wins en route to the conference title. After posting a 40-18 overall record, the team narrowly missed its third NCAA trip in five years. In 21 seasons of Division I play, Gaski's teams had an impressive 648-507-1 record.
Gaski began coaching at the collegiate level in 1979 as an assistant at Cleveland State and spent one season with the Vikings. After his tenure with Cleveland State, Gaski headed to Ohio State in 1980. There, he coached the pitchers and catchers. Gaski helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back record-setting seasons and their first NCAA appearance in more than 15 years. From Ohio State, Gaski went to Florida Southern to assume the position of assistant head coach with the Moccasins. During his four-year stint (1983-87), the team made four consecutive NCAA appearances, finished second in the nation in 1984 and claimed the Division II National Championship in 1985.
Gaski left collegiate coaching in 1988 to assume the position of executive director of the Spanish Olympic Program in preparation for the Games of the 25th Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain. As the principal administrator for Olympic baseball preparation, Gaski's responsibilities included the development of a national baseball program and the preparation of the Olympic venues. Upon his return to the United States and UNCG, Gaski was immediately enlisted by USA Baseball to serve as a consultant on international affairs and Olympic preparation.
Jason Dobis has been a member of USA Baseball's executive committee (and, now in its current form, the Board of Directors) since 2001, first as a "Recent Athlete" and now in his current position as treasurer. Dobis was a pitcher for the silver-medal-winning 1994 USA Baseball 18U National Team and later spent three years in Minor League Baseball. Dobis is the immediate past representative (before Ernie Young) for the sport of baseball to the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC).
Elliot Hopkins, the Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services at the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) was named a member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors in September of 2019.
In his role with the NFHS, Hopkins serves as the staff liaison to the NFHS Student Services Committee as well as the NFHS Baseball and Wrestling Rules Editor. He is responsible for supervising the NFHS Resource Center, which includes the National High School Activities Month effort, numerous national surveys and the NFHS Sanctioning Program. In addition, Hopkins is the director of the NFHS Student Leadership Summit and speaks nationally to students exclusively about hazing prevention and sportsmanship.
Formerly, Hopkins was the Assistant Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) where he managed and organized specific PIAA championships. Hopkins had established a career as a corporate sales representative for several Fortune 500 companies prior to his time with the PIAA and NFHS, including Broyhill Furniture Industries, Xerox Corporation, Bell Atlantic Systems, Inc. (formerly Bell of Pennsylvania) and the Standard Register Company.
Throughout his career, Hopkins has served on many boards, including as a current board member of the Hazing Prevention Organization and a member of the USA Baseball Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, as well as the former Chairman of the NFHS Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Committee, Co-Chair of the NFHS Citizenship Committee and member of the NFHS Sanctioning Committee.
Hopkins graduated from Wake Forest University after serving as a captain and four-year starter on the Demon Deacons' football team, before earning his master's degree in leadership development from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.
Five-time Team USA alum and three-time national team coach Veronica Alvarez was elected to USA Baseball's Board of Directors in 2019.
Just the second female manager in USA Baseball history, Alvarez became the first woman to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year for her work at the helm of the 2019 Women's National Team. Under her direction, Team USA finished with a perfect 7-0 record and the program's first gold medal since 2015. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. The team was also named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after its dominating performance last summer.
In addition to making her managerial debut with the Women's National Team in 2019, Alvarez also served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and played for Team USA five times in her career as a catcher. Her time with the red, white and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She also won bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's Baseball World Cups before winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup.
Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019, joining the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.
Additionally, she served as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training in 2019, has previously coached at the USA Baseball Women's National Team Identification Series and was a member of the 2019 12U National Open coaching staff.
Former Major League Baseball player Willie Bloomquist joined USA Baseball's Board of Directors in 2016. Bloomquist is a two-time alum of Team USA, having played for the Collegiate National Team in 1998 and for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners and made his debut with the team in 2002. Over the course of his fourteen seasons in the Major Leagues, Bloomquist played for the Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks, recording a career average of .269. He joins Veronica Alvarez and John Gall as one of three recent athletes on the Board of Directors.
Steve Cloud is Program Director of The American Legion's tradition-rich youth program, American Legion Baseball. In that role, Cloud serves as staff liaison to the National American Legion Baseball Committee and provides support to 50 state baseball chairmen. His responsibilities include oversight of the baseball program for The American Legion, including coordination of eight regional tournaments and a world series, risk management, sports administration and many other baseball initiatives.
Prior to joining The American Legion's national staff, Cloud worked in the ice rink industry as a rink owner and general manager. He served as instructor and presenter for USA Hockey coaching education programs at the local and national level. Cloud also served on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association, the oldest youth hockey association in the State of Indiana.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Cloud served during the Gulf War on Terrorism with the 1st Brigade Service Support Group, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and attained the rank of Sergeant before his Honorable Discharge. Cloud is a member of American Legion Post 155 in Carmel, Indiana.
John Gall is a former Major League outfielder and first baseman who joined USA Baseball's Board of Directors in January 2013. Gall won a bronze medal with Team USA in the 2008 Olympics and played on USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in 1998 and 1999 while playing collegiately at Stanford University. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft and appeared in 33 games with the Cardinals and Florida Marlins from 2005-07. Gall joins Jenny Dalton-Hill as one of two recent athletes on the Board of Directors.
George Grande, a 41-year veteran of the broadcasting business, has been the television play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1993. He and partner Chris Welsh are working together for the 17th consecutive season. They are the longest-running TV duo in Reds history. A native of New Haven, Conn., Grande has covered Major League Baseball since 1965. Since 1980 he has hosted the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Grande also anchored the first-ever ESPN "SportsCenter" telecast on Sept. 7, 1979, and spent 10 seasons with the all-sports network anchoring that award-winning show and covering the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowl, NCAA men's basketball tournament, College World Series and major college football games. From 1989-90 he broadcasted Yankees games on WPIX, and from 1991-92 he broadcasted Cardinals baseball games before he joined the Reds TV team in 1993.
In 1967, Grande began his broadcasting career as the sports director and news director of the University of Southern California radio station, KUSC-FM, followed by radio stints at KNX in Los Angeles; WERI in Westerly, R.I.; and WNHC in New Haven. He completed his radio broadcast career by handling the Boston Red Sox's pre- and postgame shows on WMEX. Grande also anchored local TV sports telecasts at WTNH in New Haven and at WCBS in New York. He started broadcasting baseball games in 1971 for the West Haven (Conn.) Yankees in the Eastern League.
Grande graduated in 1969 from USC where he played baseball for four seasons and was a member of the 1968 College World Series championship team. While at USC, he played with 14 future Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and slugger Dave Kingman.
A one-time player in the Washington, Pennsylvania, PONY and Colt Leagues, Abraham Key assumed the presidency of PONY Baseball and Softball in January 1995. He joined the staff on a full-time basis after graduating from West Virginia University's School of Journalism and School of Business in 1981. He had worked five years as a part-time employee while in high school and college. Key is married to Susan Mondik Key, a partner in the Washington law firm of Peacock, Keller and Ecker. They have a daughter, Casey, who recently graduated from John Carroll University, and a son, Lincoln, who attends Colorado University - Boulder.
As president, Key is responsible for the daily operation of PONY Baseball and Softball, including, but not limited to, managing the staff and the new international headquarters facility, developing and managing agreements with manufacturers and sponsors, directing services to leagues and the Field Director organization, and the development of international membership. Key was elected to the PONY Baseball and Softball Wall of Fame in November 1986.
In addition to his responsibilities at PONY, Key served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors from 1995 to 2010 and was a member of the Executive Committee as Vice President - Treasurer (2000-2008). He served as the United States delegate for USA Baseball at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Congress in Tokyo. Key was re-elected to the USA Baseball Board in 2016.
Key has been active in the Confederation of European Basbeall (CEB), Confederation of Pan American Baseball (COPABE) and International Baseball Federation (IBAF) in recent years. Key received a Meritorious Service Medal from IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari, Italy, in 2013 for his service to international youth baseball and softball.
He is also a 28-year member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and has served on their Executive Committee (1999-2004) and the Board of Directors (2002-2004). He was awarded the ABCA Meritorious Service Award in 2006 for his contributions to amateur baseball.
He has served on the Amateur Softball Association (USA Softball) National Council since 2002.
He was a board member and the treasurer of the National Council of Youth Sports (1992-2002), an organization of full-time professional staff workers in amateur, nonprofit organizations concerned with development, enhancement and support of youth sports activities. He served on the Board of Directors for the Major Youth Baseball Alliance (2008-2012). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Batters Up USA.
Locally, Key served on the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1999-2005) and was Secretary (2001-2005).
He is a chapter advisor for the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at Washington and Jefferson College. He serves on the House Corporation for Phi Kappa Psi at West Virginia University. He was honored with an outstanding Alumni Award at the 150th Grand Arch Council in Pittsburgh. He received the 2015 Washington and Jefferson College Alumni of the Year Award.
Key is an advisory board member of the Washington Greene County Sports Hall of Fame and received the Youth Service Award in 2014.
He received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Washington County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2013.
Key received the Andrew G. Uram International Service Award and the Rotary Foundation Paull Harris Fellow Award from the Washington, Pennsylvania Rotary Club in October 2015.Key has served as president of the Brownson House Alumni Association, which supports a youth sports service organization in Washington.
Key is a member of the Church of the Covenant Presbyterian Church and has served as a deacon and an elder. He also serves as a member of their Mission Committee.
Major League Baseball
Chris Marinak is the Sr. Vice President of League Economics and Strategy at Major League Baseball. He joined Major League Baseball in 2008 and is responsible for a variety of league-wide initiatives including Major League Baseball's commitment to grow baseball and softball at the amateur level.
Marinak received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia. He was a letterman as a pitcher for the University of Virginia baseball team and was the team captain his senior year.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, he coached baseball at Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia, and James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. During that time, he coached three nationally ranked teams and seven Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft picks.
John McHale Jr.
Major League Baseball
John McHale Jr. was named Major League Baseball executive vice president of administration on March 7, 2002.
McHale joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001 as the team's COO.
Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of the Detroit Tigers for six years and the executive vice president of baseball operations of the Colorado Rockies for more than three years.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McHale received law degrees from Boston College Law School in 1975 and the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. While at Notre Dame, he played defensive end and linebacker on the football team.
McHale and his wife, Sally, have three children, Duncan, William and Frances.
Richard Neely is the current President of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC). He is starting his second three year term on the Board of USA Baseball and also serves on several other boards for his city and several youth organizations, including Youth Chair for the ABCA.
During his tenure as President of the AABC, Neely has expanded the total number of AABC World Series from seven to 13, and expanded the Connie Mack World Series from eight teams to 17 teams. He has secured several partnerships for the AABC that currently provides 25% of their annual budget. He is also one of the co-founders of the Farmington Frackers, who in their inaugural season lost only one game and were crowned champions of the Stan Musial World Series in 2017.
Neely is the Owner and Chairman of 54GO Performance Chemicals, a production chemical manufacturer for the Oil and Gas Industry.
Neely graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 with degrees in Marketing and Finance. He currently resides with his wife Susie in Farmington, New Mexico.