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NSA Hall of Fame: John Vecs (2022)

CATEGORY: Director

YEAR INDUCTED: 2022

AWARDS WON:

  • 2018 Eddie Ray Cantrell (Slow pitch Umpire of the Year)

 

John began his partnership with NSA while residing in the state of Washington in the 1990s. There came a point that John made a decision between two associations and he thought carefully about what would be best for his fellow umpires as well as himself. John made the decision to join the NSA family, and he has never looked back or second guessed his decision.

In 1999 John was invited to work the NSA Fast Pitch World Series in Charlotte, NC and was assigned to work the bases for the championship game of the 14U. Since this initial exposure to the World Series, John has become the go to guy for the west coast Worlds were he has served as an age group UIC.

John continued to carry the NSA flag and the teams and umpires began to follow. He was the assistant state UIC in Washington until he made the decision in 2016 to move to Arizona. While in Arizona, John found himself in a familiar position to once again help build the NSA program. In 2018 Don Fishel lost his battle with cancer leaving a void in the UIC position. When John was approached to fill the vacancy, he did not hesitate.

Since accepting the position of UIC, John has built a strong, dedicated core of umpires. John has attended numerous NSA National Conventions to be a part of building the NSA nationally by offering the footprint of what he has used to build NSA in Washington and Arizona.

John’s on and off field dedication and passion for the NSA program sets an example for many to follow. John Vecs is very deserving to become the 36th Umpire to be inducted into the NSA-BPA Sports Hall of Fame.