USA Softball ACE Coach Education Program awards 20,000th coach of 2017 season

Aug. 10, 2017, 8 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that William Mesher (Portland, Ore.) has been chosen to win a prize pack after becoming the 20,000th coach to complete the ACE Coach Education Program this 2017 season. The ACE Coach Education Program is designed to provide softball coaches of all levels, from beginning coaches to experienced veterans, an opportunity to further their education as a coach with the National Governing Body of Softball. For the sixth-straight year, USA Softball has teamed up with Pocket Radar to provide coaches with a prize pack. At every 5,000th milestone, USA Softball will award that coach with a brand new Ball Coach Training Tool, courtesy of Pocket Radar™ ($300 value).

Mesher began coaching t-ball when his oldest daughter was five years old and coached from Little League through 18-Under travel ball. In what he describes as his “second go around of coaching”, Mesher is currently in his second year with the Portland Aspire, who played in the 14-Under division last season.

“As a coach, my goals are to see the girls get better individually and collectively,” said Mesher. “I want to see them compete at a high level, and have fun playing summer softball. I enjoy the respectful competition and organization that USA Softball provides, which allows youth of all skill levels to play, compete and have fun.”

As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is USA Softball’s responsibility to ensure that coaches achieve a certain level of understanding of their duties as a coach of a youth softball team. The ACE Coach Education Program videos and the ACE Coach Program Manual are practical guides to the everyday situations encountered as a youth softball coach.

“I always study the updated information on injuries and concussion treatments,” said Mesher. “I know that the specialists in the fields present their current guidelines and advisories every year and it is excellent information each year to be updated on and review.”

It is highly recommended that all coaches wishing to coach at the Championship Play level or those coaches wanting to receive full ACE Coach program benefits become an ACE coach. Coaches can do so online using the ACE Online System on There are four levels to the ACE program and upon successful completion of each level, benefits include RPS Bollinger insurance coverage, a background check clearance and ID card. For more information on the ACE Coach Program, please contact your local USA Softball Association Commissioner or visit the ACE Coach Program section of

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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,