USA Softball ACE Coach Education Program awards 5,000th coach of 2019 season

March 04, 2019, 12:42 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today that Jeremy Faries (Abilene, Texas) has won a prize pack after becoming the 5,000th coach to complete the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program this 2019 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. Teaming 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 got involved in coaching through my kids playing,” said Faries. “I started learning the game of softball when my kids wanted to join youth sports. We felt like softball would be great to get involved with and haven’t looked back since."


Having taken the ACE Education courses, Faries said, “I try and utilize ACE Education to further my knowledge of the game. This game was brand new to me like it is to a lot of folks who get involved so it’s a great tool to help you understand the game and what it entails. We use the training videos frequently especially when there is something we don’t know or haven’t seen before.”


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.


When asked what him and his team most enjoy about playing USA Softball, Faries said, “…the relationships you build meeting new people who share the same goals and interests as you.”


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.


“My personal goals are to learn more about the game and help teach life skills and lessons to the kids we work with,” said Faries. “Softball is a great avenue to learn a lot of lessons.”


For more information on the ACE Coach Program, please contact your local USA Softball 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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  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,