Alyssa Gardea joins National Office Staff as Event Coordinator

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | April 18, 2018, 9:45 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY —USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the hiring of Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) as an Event Coordinator for the National Office. Gardea will join the USA Softball Membership Department, where her primary responsibilities will include the management of USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex events and assisting with paperwork associated with National Championship Play.

“I am so blessed to be back in Oklahoma City and to be a part of such an amazing organization,” said Gardea.  “USA Softball has formed me into the individual that I am today and has provided me with memories of a lifetime.  As I hold the game of softball close to my heart, being on the other side of the white lines and helping and watching the sport grow is a satisfying feeling.  I am thankful to be able to make my passion my career and truly enjoy doing what I love.”

A four-year student athlete for the University of Connecticut softball program, Gardea joins the USA Softball National Office after nearly two years of working within the Athletic Event Management Department at the University of Tennessee.  In her role as Athletic Event Management Assistant, Gardea assisted the department in the planning and management for all home events for 20 athletic programs for the Volunteers.  She also worked directly with event management for the women’s softball program, which included hosting the 2017 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Softball Tournament, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals.
 
Gardea has previous experience with USA Softball, having served as a Marketing and Communications Intern in the summer of 2015.  While with USA Softball, Gardea assisted the Marketing and Communications department at the GOLD National Championships, USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup and the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship. 

Gardea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut in May of 2016 and obtained her Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Tennessee in December of 2017.

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 69 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, 
www.USASoftball.com.