Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little League® Names New Director of Umpire Development

2013 Little League World Series Photo from WOLnews
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (November 20, 2013) – Stephen D. Keener, Little League® Baseball and Softball President and CEO, announced today the addition of Thomas Haines, Jr., Director of Umpire Development, to the Operations Department at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.

 “Some of our most important, dedicated Little League volunteers are our umpires,” said Mr. Keener. “We are thrilled to have Tom join our staff in Williamsport to provide support and structure for the men and women who give their time to ensure that all Little Leaguers® have a positive on-field experience.”

After serving just less than 10 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, Mr. Haines worked professionally for a consulting firm in Northern Virginia. He currently serves as a traditional Guardsman for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

A father of two Little Leaguers, Mr. Haines, 39, began umpiring in 1993 at the high school level. He became a Little League volunteer in 2009, predominately as an umpire, but also as a coach for a Senior League Baseball team in 2013. An umpire at the Virginia State Little League Baseball® Tournament in 2012 and 2013, Mr. Haines has also attended Little League Umpire Schools and Clinics in the Southeastern Region and at Little League Headquarters. Mr. Haines is also a former Board Member of the Virginia State Tournament Umpires Association.

As Umpire Development Director, Mr. Haines will assist with training and supporting volunteer umpires throughout the entire Little League International program. This will include overseeing the Little League Umpire School and Clinics, development of publications and educational resources and creating instructional curriculum.

A native of Lock Haven, Pa., and graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Haines currently resides in Lock Haven with his wife and two sons.

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