Gregg Leather selected to continue as Head Coach of USA Softball Men's National Team for 2019 season

Nov. 27, 2018, 4:38 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, is proud to announce that Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.) will once again serve as Head Coach for the 2019 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT).  Selected by members of the USA Softball Men's National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), Leather will lead the Red, White and Blue at select events on the 2019 schedule.

 

“It’s an honor to continue to serve as the Head Coach of the USA Softball Men’s National Team,” said Leather on his selection.  “Our showing in Prague at the Intercontinental Cup was not what we had hoped for, but was a good event to learn from and see areas we need to improve upon heading into next year. Overall, we are excited for the upcoming season and I have high expectations for our squad in 2019.”

 

Leather was first selected as Assistant Coach for the Men’s National Team in the 2014 season and continued serving under Hall of Fame Head Coach Denny Bruckert, helping guide the U.S. at two World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championships and the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. Since stepping into the role of Head Coach following Bruckert’s resignation in August of 2017, Leather led the U.S. to a Bronze Medal finish at the 2017 Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the first international medal for the program since 2003.

 

“We’re honored to once again have Gregg Leather as the Head Coach of the Men's National Team program,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “The Men’s National Team Program has made great strides to develop the talent across the U.S. thanks in large to the efforts of Coach Leather and other individuals across the U.S. to provide as many opportunities as possible for athletes to continue to play at a high level.  We look forward to having Coach Leather at the helm to lead the efforts in getting the U.S. back atop the podium in 2019."

 

At the grassroots level, Leather serves as the manager of the NY Gremlins, the winner of three-consecutive USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championships.  

  

For the latest information on all of the USA Softball National Teams visit www.USASoftball.com

 

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.

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

 

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org.