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Dan Opperman appointed Commissioner for USA Softball of Northern California

June 02, 2021, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization announced today that Dan Opperman (Napa, Calif.) has been appointed as Commissioner of USA Softball of Northern California. Opperman will assume the role on Sept. 1 following the retirement of former Commissioner John Gouevia.

“Softball has been a part of my life since I was a kid,” said Opperman. “I am excited to continue to support USA Softball of Northern California, this time in the Commissioner role. I am looking forward to working with USA Softball staff, umpires, league administrators, coaches and players to grow our sport in Northern California. Introducing new players to the game and reducing barriers to make the sport more accessible and inclusive is an important goal that I would like to accomplish as Commissioner. However, the first big item to take care of will be supporting the return to play for all groups as we progress through the shutdown and restrictions of COVID-19.”

Opperman steps into the Commissioner role with more than 23 years of experience in developing and promoting recreational programs, having most recently served as District Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner of USA Softball of Northern California. In that position, Opperman focused on growing the game in underserved communities while assisting with local leagues, tournaments and training events for USA Softball umpires. Opperman has been involved in the sport from a young age, serving as a batboy, scorekeeper and field prep worker before joining the USA Softball umpire program in 1999. 

Opperman demonstrates a true passion for the sport of softball and is dedicated to growing the game across all levels. His ambition and experience in various roles has allowed him to gain knowledge in budget oversight, recreational research, and program development, which he is anxious to utilize in his new role as Commissioner. Opperman is a graduate of Pacific Union College where he obtained a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Culture. Outside of USA Softball, he has most recently served as a Recreation Coordinator for the City of Napa Parks & Recreation Services Department.

For more information on USA Softball of Northern California, please contact Opperman at dopperman@cityofnapa.org, or by phone at (707) 257-9210.