Mike Gaski was elected to his first term as President of USA Baseball on January 7, 2001, was re-elected to the position on Jan. 10, 2005, and then again in January 2009.
He was the head baseball coach UNC-Greensboro since its inception in 1991, and in those 22 seasons accumulated over 650 wins. A beautiful $4.3 million baseball stadium was completed in 1999 and a new $2.4 million locker room and training center opened in 2010.
During his tenure, Gaski coached over 40 players who have been either drafted or signed to professional baseball, including: Rob Gilliam (2007-09), Ricky Orton (2007-08), Matt Gaski (2007-08), Ryan Falcon (2003-07), Guy Welsh (2006-07), Jermaine Mitchell (2006), Chris Mason (2003-05), Taft Cable (1999-01), Brian Moehler (1991-93), and Jay Metzger (2001-04).
He has had on his squads four All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, three Freshman All-American honorable mentions, two Academic All-Americans and a remarkable fifty-four All-Conference selections.
Coach Gaski guided the program to NCAA Tournament appearances and league championships in two different Division I conferences -- the Big South and the Southern. Gaski has also led the Spartans into the Top 30 of several national polls over his 22 seasons. In 2006, he guided the Spartans to the program's first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team when UNCG knocked off North Carolina, the eventual national runner-up. He has been honored as the Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions; his most recent award was in 2011.
In 2010, Gaski was presented with his 600th win as a head coach, and that year he was also inducted into UNCG's Hall of Fame with his 1994 team. That Spartan team, composed mostly of the players who had started the UNCG program only three years earlier, posted 39 wins and captured its first Big South Conference title. The '94 squad made UNCG's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in any Division I sport. In 1997, the Spartans recorded a school-record 45 wins on the way to the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles and a No. 28 final national ranking.
In 1998, UNCG's first season in the Southern Conference, the Spartans posted a then-record 22 league wins en route to the conference title. After posting a 40-18 overall record, the team narrowly missed its third NCAA trip in five years. In 21 seasons of Division I play, Gaski's teams had an impressive 648-507-1 record.
Gaski began coaching at the collegiate level in 1979 as an assistant at Cleveland State and spent one season with the Vikings. After his tenure with Cleveland State, Gaski headed to Ohio State in 1980. There, he coached the pitchers and catchers. Gaski helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back record-setting seasons and their first NCAA appearance in more than fifteen years. From Ohio State, Gaski went to Florida Southern to assume the position of assistant head coach with the Moccasins. During his four-year stint (1983-87), the team made four consecutive NCAA appearances, finished second in the nation in 1984 and claimed the Division II National Championship in 1985.
Gaski left collegiate coaching in 1988 to assume the position of Executive Director of the Spanish Olympic Program in preparation for the Games of the 25th Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain. As the principal administrator for Olympic baseball preparation, Gaski's responsibilities included the development of a national baseball program and the preparation of the Olympic venues. Upon his return to the United States and UNCG, Gaski was immediately enlisted by USA Baseball to serve as a consultant on international affairs and Olympic preparation.
In 1991, he became the team leader of the U.S. squad in the Pan American Games in Cuba and joined the 1992 USA Olympic Baseball coaching staff in a similar role.
In 1993, Gaski was elected treasurer of the Pan American Baseball Confederation that governs international baseball throughout the Americas.
Gaski returned to the Olympics in 1996, serving this time on the USOC International Games Prep Committee for the Atlanta Games. In 1998, Gaski joined Team USA as an assistant coach on the National Team that played in the IBA World Championships.
In March of 2001, Gaski was elected by the International Baseball Federation to serve on the technical committee that oversees all international competition, including the World Championships and the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. In February 2006, Gaski was elected technical commissioner by the International Baseball Federation's Executive Committee in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Though Gaski's administrative skills place him in high demand throughout the United States and abroad, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of numerous statewide and local organizations including the North Carolina Amateur Sports Association. Gaski recently completed his term as a member of the NCAA Baseball Division I Selection Committee and served on several advisory groups including the NCAA Baseball Academic Enhancement Working Group, a committee charged with addressing the concerns surrounding academic performance by baseball student-athletes and their correlation to the NCAA's new APR standards. He remains on Major League Baseball's Official Playing Rules Committee as an advisory member.
Gaski earned a bachelor's degree in English from Detroit in 1973, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UNCG in 1977 and a Master of Arts in English from Ohio State in 1982.
Coach Gaski and his wife, Bobbie, have two sons, Matt and Nick.
Jason Dobis has been a member of USA Baseball’s Executive Committee (and now in its current form, the Board of Directors) since 2001, first as a “Recent Athlete” and now in his current position as treasurer. Dobis was a pitcher for the silver medal-winning 1994 USA Baseball 18U National Team and later spent three years in Minor League Baseball. Dobis is the immediate past representative (before Ernie Young) for the sport of baseball to the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC).
John McHale Jr. was named Major League Baseball executive vice president of administration on March 7, 2002.
McHale joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001 as the team's COO.
Prior to that, he was the president and CEO of the Detroit Tigers for six years and the executive vice president of baseball operations of the Colorado Rockies for more than three years.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McHale received law degrees from Boston College Law School in 1975 and the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. While at Notre Dame, he played defensive end and linebacker on the football team.
McHale and his wife, Sally, have three children, Duncan, William and Frances.
Damani Leech has worked at the NCAA national office for more than 10 years. In his current role as Director for Baseball and Football, his primary areas of responsibilities include management of the Division I Football Championship, postseason bowl licensing, external operations for the Men's College World Series, sportsmanship and fan behavior and other issues related to college football and baseball.
Leech began his career at the NCAA in 1998 in the Membership Services group, prior to joining the baseball and football staffs in 2003.
Leech is a former football student-athlete at Princeton University, earning third-team All-America honors and earning first-team All-Ivy League as a defensive back for three consecutive years. A native of Tacoma, Wash., he currently ranks second in the Princeton football record books for most interceptions in a career with 20. He received his bachelor's degree in Public Policy and international affairs from Princeton University in 1998 and earned a Master's in higher education administration from Indiana University in 2004.
Leech is married to Dr. Tamara Leech and has two daughters, Brianna (5) and Simone (2).
Jim Quinlan has been head of American Legion Baseball since 1986.
A U.S. Marine veteran, Quinlan attended the University of Iowa under the GI Bill. He is a former scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and is currently serving as Youth chairman on the USA Baseball Board of Directors. As coordinator of the American Legion's national baseball program, he runs the day-to-day operations of the oldest amateur youth baseball program in the country. Under his leadership the Legion baseball program has grown by more than 2,000 teams.
Quinlan and his wife, Linda, reside in Indianapolis.
Steven Tellefsen was elected President/CEO of Babe Ruth League, Inc. by the organization's International Board of Directors in 2005.
Tellefsen is well experienced in youth sports having played, umpired and volunteered for many years throughout his youth and adult life. Tellefsen's employment with Babe Ruth League, Inc. began in 2000 when he was hired as National Commissioner. As Commissioner, he successfully administered the New England, Southeast, Southwest and Midwest Plains regions earning the respect of the multitude of volunteer field commissioners under his domain.
Tellefsen had an exemplary military career with the United States Marine Corps. After serving our country, and prior to joining the Babe Ruth team, he was employed with United Parcel Service for 13 years. As a UPS employee, Tellefsen was recognized and awarded for outstanding service to the company.
Tellefsen and his wife Joanne have three children, Megan, Jaclyn and Kirsten.
Jenny Dalton-Hill played in nine games, starting eight, for the 2010 Women's National Team which brought home the bronze medal from the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in Venezuela. The infielder logged a .333 average (8-for-24) with a double and two runs scored, and finished fifth on the team with nine RBIs.
Currently a top performer on the baseball diamond, Dalton-Hill originally starred as a softball player at the University of Arizona where she won three national softball championships with the Wildcats in 1993, '94 and '96, and was a three-time All-American. In her senior year in 1996, Dalton-Hill was the Pac-10 conference Triple Crown winner, she was named the Honda National Player of the Year and she was voted the World Series MVP that postseason as well.
At the conclusion of her softball career, Dalton-Hill was the NCAA record holder in career RBIs, runs scored, walks, slugging percentage and RBIs per game. She also held the NCAA single season record for RBIs, walks and single game home runs.
Off the field, Dalton-Hill serves as a youth baseball and softball coach and instructor. She also volunteers as a teaching assistant and works for a landscaping company in Kentucky.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Dalton-Hill is married to husband Marc, and they have three children: Dalton, Brooke and Cogan.
An alumnus of USA Baseball, John Gall was a member of the 1998-99 Collegiate National Teams and the 2008 Olympic Team that won the bronze medal at the Beijing games. Along with his time wearing the red white and blue, Gall was a member of the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and played for the Florida Marlins in 2007. Gall also had a standout college career at Stanford University, as he hit .372 with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs as a sophomore.
As well as serving on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, Gall is also a real estate investor and founder of SFOL Management Company, a real estate company in San Francisco.
George Grande, a 41-year veteran of the broadcasting business, has been the television play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1993. He and partner Chris Welsh are working together for the 17th consecutive season. They are the longest-running TV duo in Reds history. A native of New Haven, Conn., Grande has covered Major League Baseball since 1965. Since 1980 he has hosted the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Grande also anchored the first-ever ESPN "SportsCenter" telecast on Sept. 7, 1979, and spent 10 seasons with the all-sports network anchoring that award-winning show and covering the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowl, NCAA men's basketball tournament, College World Series and major college football games. From 1989-90, he broadcasted Yankees games on WPIX, and, from 1991-92, he broadcasted Cardinals baseball games before he joined the Reds TV team in 1993.
In 1967, Grande began his broadcasting career as the sports director and news director of the University of Southern California radio station, KUSC-FM, followed by radio stints at KNX in Los Angeles; WERI in Westerly, R.I.; and WNHC in New Haven. He completed his radio broadcast career by handling the Boston Red Sox' pre and postgame shows on WMEX. Grande also anchored local TV sports telecasts at WTNH in New Haven and at WCBS in New York. He started broadcasting baseball games in 1971 for the West Haven (Conn.) Yankees in the Eastern League.
Grande graduated in 1969 from USC, where he played baseball for four seasons and was a member of the 1968 College World Series championship team. While at USC, he played with 14 future Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and slugger Dave Kingman.