USA Softball ACE Coach Education Program awards 15,000th coach of 2018 season

May 14, 2018, 2:25 p.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that Chad Quesnell (Yakima, Wash.) has been chosen to win a prize pack after becoming the 15,000th coach to complete the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program this 2018 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 seventh-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).

“I first began coaching fast pitch about six years ago when a good friend of mine and former t-ball teammate approached me about starting a 10-Under summer league team with her two daughters and my two daughters,” Quesnell said. “I volunteered to help with practices and games, and within a few years we had grown the program to include a 10, 12 and 14-Under team: the Diamond Divas!”

Despite having never played organized fast pitch, Quesnell says, “The ACE resources, especially the videos and testing structure, were vital to helping me grow as a coach."

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 feel privileged to be a part of a sport that promotes a team mindset and helps the young ladies I coach to grow as athletes and give them experiences and resources to be confident, positive role models for others in our community,” said Quesnell.


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.

“What I enjoy most about USA Softball is a sense of belonging that this environment creates,” Quesnell said. “Players, coaches, parents and fans all the way from 10-Under through college and the National Teams - we all share the same struggles and joys. USA Softball fosters a family atmosphere and one that leads to growth in the sport."

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 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,