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Bob Adams appointed as Commissioner for USA Softball of Illinois

Jan. 04, 2022, 9:31 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization announced today that Bob Adams (Peoria, Ill.) has been appointed as Commissioner for USA Softball of Illinois. Adams will assume the role following the retirement of Commissioner Don Brewer


“I'm honored to be selected as the Commissioner for USA Softball of Illinois and I appreciate the leadership Commissioner Don Brewer has provided during his tenure,” said Adams. “I’m looking forward to working with this talented and dedicated staff to continue to build the USA Softball of Illinois program while giving our adult and youth teams the experience they deserve.”


Adams steps into the role of Commissioner for USA Softball of Illinois after holding the title of Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner for the last 21 years, having previously served as both District and Deputy JO Commissioner for the state of Illinois. Adams has been a member of the USA Softball National Council since 2000 and has assisted in running 13 National Championships for the organization. A recipient of the Team Registration Award in 2001, Adams has played a huge part in the growth of softball in his home state and looks forward to increasing participation across all levels of the sport in Illinois.


Before diving deeper into the administrative side of the game, Adams got his start as a player in men’s fast pitch and slow pitch with a career that spanned 15 years. He then transitioned into a coaching role where he also sponsored his teams through his company, Melton Electric Co. Inc. Under his direction, the Melton Outlaws girls’ fast pitch team won 11 Illinois USA Softball State Championships, seven Region 10 Championships and participated in 23 USA Softball National Championships. In 1997, Adams was inducted into the USA Softball of Illinois Hall of Fame as a Manager/Sponsor/Commissioner.


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