OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, recently announced staffing updates and hires to the National Office. Stacey Schenck (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will join the National Office as a Retail Merchandise Coordinator while Andy Whiteaker (Ukiah, Calif.) joins the full-time Field Maintenance staff after assisting part-time throughout the summer. Additionally, Jake Hill (Midwest City, Okla.) and Devin Loehrs (Edmond, Okla.) have been promoted to Sports Turf Manager and Managing Director of Information Technology, respectively.
Stacey Schenck steps into the role of Retail Merchandise Coordinator where her primary responsibilities include overseeing the gift shop and assisting in buying product. Most recently, Schenck worked as the Gift Shop Manager at Mercy Hospital where she oversaw displays, events, and purchasing for two gift shops. She also garners experience in communicating with vendors, inputting purchase orders, and receiving merchandise as well as balancing the daily register receipts and deposits. Schenck finds fulfillment in creating displays and engaging with customers and looks forward to continuing that role at USA Softball.
“I’m excited to be the first face our guests see when entering the National Softball Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop,” said Schenck. “I look forward to meeting all those traveling in from out-of-state and welcoming them with Oklahoma hospitality.”
After assisting the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex Field Crew as a seasonal worker for the 2020 season, Andy Whiteaker joins the National Office in a full-time position as a part of the Field Maintenance department. Prior to USA Softball, Whiteaker spent three years working in landscape design and installation before pursuing a 23-year law enforcement career ending with his retirement in July of 2019.
“I am very excited and happy to be a part of the USA Softball family here in Oklahoma City,” said Whiteaker. “Over the next several months, it is our goal to improve the playing fields and surrounding areas to give all players the experience they expect when coming to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. Most of the athletes only get the opportunity to play at this facility once, which in most cases is a dream come true for them. It’s our job to give them our best so they have the greatest experience possible while playing at this complex.”
Jake Hill has been promoted to Sports Turf Manager after working on the Field Maintenance staff at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for three years. Prior to joining the National Office as a full-time employee, Hill worked with ACE Pools and MD Concrete in addition to assisting the coaching staffs of the Carl Albert High School football team and Carl Albert Middle School football and baseball teams. While working with the Carl Albert Middle School baseball team, Hill also assisted with day-to-day field maintenance. Hill was a local athlete himself and graduated from Rose State College.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to better myself and USA Softball as an organization,” said Hill. “While I’ve been on staff here, I have always aspired to be at the top of my department, but I never expected it to come this fast. I’m ready to put my head down and put in the extra work to make USA Softball a better place than I found it.”
After working as the Registrations Administrator & Project Manager for USA Softball, Devin Loehrs has been promoted to Managing Director of Information Technology. Loehrs first joined the USA Softball National Office in 2006, assisting with field maintenance and score keeping for tournaments at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. In 2010, he was hired on part-time for online registration support before transitioning into full-time from 2014-2016. Outside of USA Softball, Loehrs worked for WeGoLook as the Director of Community where he oversaw the operations for the 40,000+ contracted workforce across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, while managing app developments, contractor recruitment, onboarding, and vendor contracts. Loehrs received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma before obtaining his MBA from Oklahoma Christian University. He also holds a Certificate of Computer Science from Harvard University Extension and is a certified Scrum Master.
“There have been a lot of intelligent leaders in this position before me that I have had significant impacts on USA Softball,” said Loehrs. “The opportunity to contribute my perspectives and expertise in this new position is exhilarating. I’m looking forward to working with everyone in this new role to keep USA Softball as the standard of excellence in softball.”