Board of Directors

The USA Baseball Board of Directors consists of the following 12 directors: three representatives elected by the youth groups designated National Sports Organizations; one representative elected by the other members of the National Sports Organizations; three at-large members who are considered independent of the National Sports Organizations and USA Baseball; three athlete directors who meet the USOPC criteria for Active Athletes; and two members selected by Major League Baseball.

  • Mike Gaski

    At Large

    Mike Gaski was elected to his first term as President of USA Baseball on Jan. 7, 2001, was re-elected to the position on Jan. 10, 2005, again in January 2009, December 2013, December 2014, December 2017 and, most recently, in December 2019.

    He was the head baseball coach at UNC-Greensboro since its inception in 1991, and in 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 more than 40 players who were 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-America honorable mentions, two Academic All-Americans and a remarkable 54 All-Conference selections.

    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 15 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.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Jason Dobis

    At Large

    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).

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Elliot Hopkins


    Elliot Hopkins, the Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services at the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) was named a member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors in September of 2019.

    In his role with the NFHS, Hopkins serves as the staff liaison to the NFHS Student Services Committee as well as the NFHS Baseball and Wrestling Rules Editor. He is responsible for supervising the NFHS Resource Center, which includes the National High School Activities Month effort, numerous national surveys and the NFHS Sanctioning Program. In addition, Hopkins is the director of the NFHS Student Leadership Summit and speaks nationally to students exclusively about hazing prevention and sportsmanship.

    Formerly, Hopkins was the Assistant Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) where he managed and organized specific PIAA championships. Hopkins had established a career as a corporate sales representative for several Fortune 500 companies prior to his time with the PIAA and NFHS, including Broyhill Furniture Industries, Xerox Corporation, Bell Atlantic Systems, Inc. (formerly Bell of Pennsylvania) and the Standard Register Company.

    Throughout his career, Hopkins has served on many boards, including as a current board member of the Hazing Prevention Organization and a member of the USA Baseball Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, as well as the former Chairman of the NFHS Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Committee, Co-Chair of the NFHS Citizenship Committee and member of the NFHS Sanctioning Committee.

    Hopkins graduated from Wake Forest University after serving as a captain and four-year starter on the Demon Deacons' football team, before earning his master's degree in leadership development from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

    Term expires 12/31/2023

  • Veronica Alvarez

    Recent Athlete

    Five-time Team USA alum and three-time national team coach Veronica Alvarez was elected to USA Baseball's Board of Directors in 2019.

    Just the second female manager in USA Baseball history, Alvarez became the first woman to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year for her work at the helm of the 2019 Women's National Team. Under her direction, Team USA finished with a perfect 7-0 record and the program's first gold medal since 2015. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. The team was also named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after its dominating performance last summer.

    In addition to making her managerial debut with the Women's National Team in 2019, Alvarez also served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and played for Team USA five times in her career as a catcher. Her time with the red, white and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She also won bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's Baseball World Cups before winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup.

    Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019, joining the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.

    Additionally, she served as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training in 2019, has previously coached at the USA Baseball Women's National Team Identification Series and was a member of the 2019 12U National Open coaching staff.

    Term expires 12/31/2023

  • Willie Bloomquist

    Recent Athlete

    Former Major League Baseball player Willie Bloomquist joined USA Baseball's Board of Directors in 2016. Bloomquist is a two-time alum of Team USA, having played for the Collegiate National Team in 1998 and for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners and made his debut with the team in 2002. Over the course of his fourteen seasons in the Major Leagues, Bloomquist played for the Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks, recording a career average of .269. He joins Veronica Alvarez and John Gall as one of three recent athletes on the Board of Directors.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Steve Cloud

    American Legion

    Steve Cloud joined the USA Baseball Board of Directors in 2019 and is currently Program Director of The American Legion's tradition-rich youth program, American Legion Baseball. In that role, Cloud serves as staff liaison to the National American Legion Baseball Committee and provides support to 50 state baseball chairmen. His responsibilities include oversight of the baseball program for The American Legion, including coordination of eight regional tournaments and a world series, risk management, sports administration and many other baseball initiatives.

    Prior to joining The American Legion's national staff, Cloud worked in the ice rink industry as a rink owner and general manager. He served as instructor and presenter for USA Hockey coaching education programs at the local and national level. Cloud also served on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association, the oldest youth hockey association in the State of Indiana.

    A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Cloud served during the Gulf War on Terrorism with the 1st Brigade Service Support Group, 1st Marine Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and attained the rank of Sergeant before his Honorable Discharge. Cloud is a member of American Legion Post 155 in Carmel, Indiana.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • John Gall

    Recent Athlete

    John Gall is a former Major League outfielder and first baseman who joined USA Baseball's Board of Directors in January 2013. Gall won a bronze medal with Team USA in the 2008 Olympics and played on USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in 1998 and 1999 while playing collegiately at Stanford University. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft and appeared in 33 games with the Cardinals and Florida Marlins from 2005-07. Gall is one of three recent athletes on the Board of Directors.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • George Grande

    At Large

    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 joined the USA Baseball Board of Directors in 2006 and 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's 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.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Steve Keener

    Little League

    Steve Keener is the current President and CEO of Little League Baseball. Keener has been a part of the executive staff at Little League Baseball since 1980, and was elected president of the organization in 1994 before adding the role of CEO in 1996.

    Under Keener’s leadership, Little League has grown from 2 million participants in approximately 80 countries to 3 million participants in over 100 countries today. The Westminster College graduate also launched the organization’s “A World of Opportunity” campaign that has seen the Little League World Series grow from eight to 16 teams in addition to globally expanding Little League’s use of technology and outreach.

    With athlete health and safety as a guiding principle for the organization, Keener has overseen the launch of background checks for volunteers as well as pitch count limits for young athletes. Additionally, Keener has successfully negotiated television contracts with ABC Sports and ESPN that have allowed Little League games to be seen on the global stage.

    Keener still resides in his hometown of Williamsport, Pa., with his wife, Cheryl.

    Term expires 12/31/2023

  • Chris Marinak

    Major League Baseball

    Chris Marinak has served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently the Chief Operations and Strategy Officer at Major League Baseball. He joined Major League Baseball in 2008 and is responsible for a variety of league-wide initiatives including Major League Baseball's commitment to grow baseball and softball at the amateur level.

    Marinak received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia. He was a letterman as a pitcher for the University of Virginia baseball team and was the team captain his senior year.

    After graduating from the University of Virginia, he coached baseball at Mills Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia, and James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. During that time, he coached three nationally ranked teams and seven Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft picks.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Tony Reagins

    Major League Baseball

    Tony Reagins was named to the USA Baseball Board of Directors in 2021 and currently serves as Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Development Officer.

    In his current role, Reagins oversees the growth of youth and amateur levels of baseball and softball, both domestically and internationally, as well as the streamlining of amateur scouting around the world and operations of the Arizona Fall League. In addition to growing the game, Reagins’ work focuses on the continued increase of participation levels of baseball and softball through programs such as the “Play Ball” initiative and USA Baseball’s Fun At Bat program. Reagins has also been instrumental in diversity-focused programs such as the Hank Aaron Invitational, DREAM Series, Breakthrough Series, and the Elite Development Invitational among others.

    Prior to becoming MLB’s Chief Baseball Development Officer, Reagins began his career in baseball as an intern with the Los Angeles Angels before working his way up to become the team’s Director of Player Development. In 2007, Reagins became the fifth African-American General Manager in baseball history when he took over the reins of the Angels. At the helm of the organization from 2007-11, Reagins’ teams put together a record of 363-285 (.560), averaging nearly 91 wins per season. The Angels collected consecutive American League West championships in 2008-09 and recorded the first 100-win season in franchise history in 2008 under Reagins’ leadership, earning him the Rube Foster American League Executive of the Year award.

    Following his career with the Angels, Reagins moved to the league office in March 2015 to serve as Senior Vice President of the first-ever Youth Programs department in the Commissioner’s Office before being promoted to his current position in 2020.

    He is a native of Indio, California, and graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1991.

    Term expires 12/31/2021

  • Wes Skelton

    Dixie Youth Baseball

    Wes Skelton was named to the USA Baseball Board of Directors in 2020 and has been involved with Dixie Youth Baseball for 40 years. He currently serves as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer.

    Skelton manages and oversees the activities and operation of the Dixie Youth Baseball National Office while performing administrative and treasury functions for the organization. He is also responsible for maintaining day-to-day financial, accounting, tax and administrative operations to support the Dixie Youth Baseball National Board, the Scholarship program, the Executive Committee, the Commissioner, as well as the State and District Directors. Additionally, Skelton coordinates the activities of the Dixie Youth Baseball Supply Center and maintains the Dixie Youth Baseball National website.

    Prior to his time as the Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer, Skelton served Dixie Youth Baseball as a District Director from 1980-1983 and a National Director from 1983-1995. In 1995, Skelton became the Dixie Youth Baseball Commissioner and served in that role for 24 years before stepping down in 2019.

    Skelton has also served on the boards of many publicly-traded and privately-held corporations during his career. He currently serves on the Dixie Youth Baseball National Board of Directors, the Texas Dixie Youth Baseball Board of Directors and the board of Heartsway Hospice, all of which are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

    He currently resides in Marshall, Texas, with his wife, Rhonda.

    Term expires 12/31/2022