Ron Hackett selected as Head Coach of Men's National Team for 2020 season

Sept. 27, 2019, 2:57 p.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, is proud to announce that Ron Hackett (Richmond, Va.) will serve as Head Coach for the 2020 USA Softball Men’s National Team (MNT).  Selected by members of the USA Softball Men's National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), Hackett will lead the Red, White and Blue at select events on the 2020 schedule as the team looks to qualify for the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s Softball World Cup.

“Being selected as the next Men’s National Team Head Coach is a high honor and I’m extremely grateful to USA Softball and the coaches who helped me get to this place,” said Hackett on his selection.  “USA Softball is on the rise after Coach Bruckert and Coach Leather’s tenures and I hope to continue their efforts. I feel like we have the ability to stay the course. The goal is winning World titles and representing our country’s great tradition in men’s fast pitch. With the help and support of USA Softball, the great donors to the program, the current coaching staff along with current and future players, I believe the USA Softball Men’s program should have the highest expectations moving forward.”

Hackett was first selected as Assistant Coach for the USA Softball MNT in the 2019 season and guided the team alongside former Head Coach Gregg Leather (Staten Island, N.Y.), at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship. The Red, White and Blue finished fifth at the World Championship, improving from their sixth-place finish at the 2017 WBSC World Championship.
  
“We’re honored to have Ron Hackett as the Head Coach of the Men's National Team program,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “The Men’s National Team Program has continued to develop over the years thanks in large to Gregg Leather and the late Denny Bruckert. I’m confident Ron Hackett will continue the standard of excellence we expect from our programs while developing world-class athletes both on and off the field.”

At the grassroots level, Hackett serves as coach for the Hallman Twins. Starting out as a player in 1991, Hackett played at the Men’s Open/Major level for Jac n Do’s Pizza and continued through 2002 for teams in the Philadelphia area. After taking a brief break to focus on his career and family, Hackett returned to the Open level to manage Elkland’s Softball Association team in 2013-14 before moving on to manage the Northeast Drillers (2015-16) and coach the Hallman Twins (2017-current). Since starting with the Twins, the team has placed third behind powerhouses N.Y. Gremlins and Hill United Chiefs at the 2018 and 2019 USA Softball Men’s Major National Championships. At the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament, the Twins went from finishing fifth at the 2017 tournament to finishing third in 2018 and 2019.
  
For the latest information on all of the USA Softball National Teams visit www.USASoftball.com
  
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS 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.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, 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.