Wayne Burns appointed USA Softball of Kansas Commissioner

Nov. 16, 2018, 11:22 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY - USA Softball, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization announced today that Wayne Burns (McPherson, Kan.) has been appointed as Commissioner for USA Softball of Kansas.  Burns will assume his responsibilities immediately.

"It’s an honor and a privilege to represent USA Softball of Kansas as the newest Commissioner,” said Burns. "I look forward to continuing to move Kansas forward as Chuck Hawke and Mary Mahoney did as our interim State Commissioners for the last five years. They truly did an outstanding job and USA Softball of Kansas is a much stronger association because of their extreme hard work and dedication. I also look forward to working with the outstanding staff we currently have and growing our state staff with quality individuals as we continue to grow the USA Softball brand in our great state.”

A former slow pitch player for over 30 years, Burns also spent time as a USA Softball-registered umpire and tournament administrator before taking on the Commissioner role. With 25-plus years of leadership, background in parks and recreation and a passion for softball seems like the perfect fit to direct and grow USA Softball of Kansas.

Burns is a graduate of Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Parks and Recreation Administration with an emphasis in sports administration.

Outside of USA Softball, Burns currently serves as the Director of Public Lands and Facilities for the City of McPherson, Kan., overseeing Parks, Cemetery, Water Park and the fifth-ranked public golf course in Kansas - Turkey Creek Golf Course.

For more information on USA Softball of Kansas, please visit kansas.usasoftball.com. Burns can be reached at ksusasoftball@gmail.com or 620.755.3709. 

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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro 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.