OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced recent additions to the National Office Staff. Ashlea Nash (Gas City, Ind.), Emily Moore (Parker, Co.) and Morgan Palmer (Meeker, Okla.) join the Marketing and Communications department as Marketing Manager, Marketing/Communications Coordinator and Communications Manager, respectfully, while the Events department welcomes Molly Greene (Kingston, N.Y.) as an Event Coordinator.
Ashlea Nash joins the USA Softball National Office as the Marketing Manager where her primary responsibilities include managing the development, production and execution of USA Softball partnerships, marketing plans, and promotional initiatives. Nash garners an extensive background in organizational and grassroots marketing after spending four years working for Little League Baseball & Softball where she served as Assistant Central Region Director (2017-2020) and Central Region Director (2020-2021). In those positions, Nash oversaw 13 states in the Region while managing the day-to-day operations, customer service and compliance aspects as well as Regional educational training events and tournaments. Prior to working with Little League Baseball & Softball, Nash worked as a Marketing and Project Coordinator for Vision Event Management where she assisted in various marketing and event coordination responsibilities. Nash was a member of the Manchester University softball program and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and communication studies.
“It is truly an honor to represent USA Softball in the Marketing Manager position,” said Nash. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase my passion for the game of softball through marketing, promotions, events and grassroots efforts throughout the United States. I am looking forward to building relationships with our local and national sponsors to promote and execute the brand and integrity of USA Softball. I am forever grateful for my family, friends, colleagues and mentors that have supported me through my journey. Go Red, White and Blue!”
A current student-athlete for the Austin Peay State University softball program, Emily Moore will join the USA Softball National Office staff as the Marketing/Communications Coordinator in May 2021. In this position, Moore will assist in the overall media strategy of USA Softball, including social media campaigns, online publications, website maintenance and press releases. During her time at Austin Peay State University, Moore has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years, serving in a variety of positions including Marketing Chair, Secretary and President. Additionally, Moore has worked as a sports marketing intern for the Austin Peay Athletic Department where she assisted with game-day operation and enhancing fan experience. Moore obtained her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Media with a minor in Business Administration in May 2020 and will graduate with her master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Administration in May 2021.
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to join USA Softball as the Marketing/Communications Coordinator,” said Moore. “I fell in love with the game when I was a kid, and I am so excited and honored to be a part of it at the highest level. I’m looking forward to learning more about the operational side of the sport, and I can’t wait to share my voice and perspective with people who love this game as much as I do.”
As the former Communications Coordinator, Morgan Palmer steps into the role of Communications Manager where she will manage all aspects of communications and media relations for USA Softball. Palmer has been a part of USA Softball since 2019, having served as communications intern and coordinator over the course of two years. In those positions, Palmer’s primary focus has been highlighting grassroots membership and USA Softball National Championships. Additional areas of focus include assisting with social media content creation, website maintenance and writing compelling stories centered around USA Softball membership. Prior to joining USA Softball, Palmer was a member of the Wichita State softball team and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Palmer then attended Oklahoma State University and obtained a master’s degree in strategic communications while working as a graduate teaching assistant for the sports media department.
“I am thrilled and honored to move into this new role within USA Softball,” said Palmer. “Softball has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of an organization that promotes the sport and provides opportunities for participation across the United States. I am looking forward to being a part of USA Softball’s growth while telling the stories of the softball community from the grassroots to National Teams level.”
A student-athlete for the State University of New York at Delhi (SUNY Delhi) softball program, Molly Greene joins the USA Softball National Office as the Event Coordinator where her primary responsibilities include the management of USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex events and assisting with paperwork associated with National Championship Play. Greene recently obtained her bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports facilities management before joining the National Office as an intern for the 2020 season. In that role, Greene assisted with the running of all 2020 USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex events including the 2020 GOLD National Championships and the 2020 Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship. Prior to joining USA Softball, Greene spent four years working on the game day operations staff for the SUNY Delhi athletic department, where she assisted with venue operations, game day management and various in-game responsibilities.
“I am so excited to be a part of USA Softball and all that it represents,” said Greene. “I have such a huge passion for both softball and event planning, so it’s amazing that I have been able to combine the two for my career. I look forward to joining this awesome organization that is working to grow the sport of softball every day.”