USA Men prepare for AAU Tournament

Jan. 18, 2006, 1:24 p.m. (ET)
USA Softball Men prepare for upcoming AAU Tournament 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—The USA Softball Men’s National Team will be training one last day at Merrill Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., prior to competing in the AAU International Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament, January 19-22, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Merrill Park is the East Coast Training Center for USA Softball National Teams and has been used as a staging area to prepare USA Softball Men’s and Women’s National Teams for events such as Pan Am Qualifiers, Pan Am Games and various competitions in Europe.
The 2006 USA Softball Men’s National Team Roster includes Chad Boom (Barnesville, Minn.); Craig Daniels (Stockton, Calif.); Matt Darling (Waukee, Iowa); Ben Fjelland (Slater, Iowa); Frank DeGroat, Jr. (Rongwood, N.J.); Rey Garcia (North Andover, Mass.); Adam LaLonde (Kentwood, Mich.); Terry Luster (Bunceton, Mo.); Chris Miljavac (St. Joseph, Mo.); Blake Miller (Albany, Ga.); Tom Owen (Elkhart, Iowa); Sonny Perkins (St. Michaels, Ariz.); Travis Price (Santa Ana, Calif.); Landy Rodriguez (West Haverstraw, N.Y.); Chad Seeman (Chenoa, Ill.); Cody Thomson (Riverton, Iowa) and Michael White (Sioux City, Iowa).
Coaches for the 2006 Men’s National Team are head coach Peter Tuner (Stockton, Calif.), assistant coach Rich Clements (Galt, Calif.) and assistant coach Mitch Munthe (Modesto, Calif.)
“It’s great to work with a city that sees the value of our national team program and wants to support our teams as they prepare to win gold medals,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda.
USA Softball currently utilizes the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., as its Official Training Center on the West Coast and ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City as its Midwest Training Center.
“Our team is excited to be back in Altamonte Springs as they prepare to compete in the upcoming AAU Tournament,” Radigonda said. “It’s great to have a facility dedicated to just our team that will allow them the opportunity to become acclimated with the time changes and climate prior to beginning their competition.”