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Southeastern Region Volunteer Umpire Staff
Marshall Casey (UIC)
Current City: Irmo, SC
Current League/District: Irmo Little League
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Years of Experience: 23
Staff Member Since: 2006
Regional Tournaments: 2003 Senior League Baseball, Toccoa, GA • 2004 Little League Baseball, Gulfport, FL
World Series Tournaments: 2007 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Current City: Fredericksburg, VA
Current League/District: Virginia District 4
Hometown: Madison, FL
Years of Experience: 35-plus
Staff Member Since: 2001
Regional Tournaments: 1998 Little League Baseball, Gulfport, FL
World Series Tournaments: 2001 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Current City: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Current League/District: Florida District 21
Hometown: Elmsford, NY
Years of Experience: 37
Staff Member Since: 2007
Regional Tournaments: 1992 Big League Baseball, Pembroke Pines, FL • 2000 Big League Baseball, Easley, SC • 2003 Little League Baseball, Gulfport, FL • 2014 Intermediate (50/70) Baseball, Apopka, FL
World Series Tournaments: 1996 Big League Baseball • 2009 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Current City: Lakemont, GA
Current League/District: Georgia District 7
Hometown: North Lewisburg, Ohio
Years of Experience: 22
Staff Member Since: 2003
Regional Tournaments: 2002 Junior League Baseball, Cartersville, GA • 2012 Little League Baseball, Warner Robins, GA
World Series Tournaments: 2007 Junior League Baseball, Taylor, MI • 2016 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Current City: Blountville, TN
Current League/District: Tennessee District 5
Hometown: Blountville, TN
Years of Experience: 15
Staff Member Since: 2016
Regional Tournaments: 2007 Big League Baseball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL • 2012 Little League Baseball, Warner Robins, GA • 2014 Junior League Baseball, Greenville, SC
World Series Tournaments: 2010 Big League Baseball, Easley, SC • 2017 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Years of Experience:
Staff Member Since: 2012
Regional Tournaments: 2008 Little League Baseball, Gulfport, FL
World Series Tournaments: 2011 Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA
Current City: Winter Garden, FL
Current League/District: Winter Garden Little League / Florida District 14
Hometown: Vineland, NJ
Years of Experience: 21
Staff Member Since: 2017
Regional Tournaments: 2004 Big League Softball, Waldorf, MD • 2005 Little League Baseball, Bristol, CT • 2006 Little League Softball, Albany, NY • 2012 Junior League Softball, Fort Myers, FL • 2014 Senior League Softball, Fort Myers, FL • 2016 Senior League Baseball, Safety Harbor, FL
World Series Tournaments: 2008 Big League Softball, Kalamazoo, MI • 2017 Junior League Softball, Kirkland, WA
Eddie, what is your current location?
"Winter Garden, FL"
What is your hometown?
“Winter Garden, FL”
What local Little League and/or district to you call home?
“Winter Garden Little League and Florida District 14”
Have you umpired regional and/or World Series tournaments? If so, what division and when?
“I have had the honor of umpiring in the 2004 Big League Softball Eastern Region Tournament, 2005 Little League Baseball Eastern Region Tournament, 2006 Little League Softball Eastern Region Tournament, 2012 Junior League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament, 2014 Senior League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament and the 2016 Senior League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament.”
"I have (also) umpired the 2008 Big League Softball and the 2017 Junior League Softball World Series (Tournaments)."
When and why did you first get started umpiring in Little League?
“I got started umpiring in 1996. I was at my son’s Minor League game and the umpire that was scheduled did not show up. The coaches asked for a volunteer, so I helped out. ”
What are some of your most rewarding experiences while involved in Little League?
“Watching a child for the first time make a catch or hit a ball they thought they could not do. The smile they make is priceless. Meeting new people from all walks of life and all over the world. The memories and friendships you create, will last a life time.”
What do you enjoy most about instructing and training umpires?
“Seeing your fellow umpires make it to the next level that they are trying to achieve. Someone thanking you for your input in making them a better umpire.”
Why are you a Little League volunteer?
“It is my way of giving back to the communities, meeting new people and helping kids succeed on the ball field and gain confidence.”
The awards winners are, Tiffany Schmitz, Challenger Division Volunteer of the Year; Michelle Grubb, Volunteer of the Year; Kobe Tamaski, Good Sport of the Year; John Mashburn, Golden Mask (Umpire); and Candace Lucas, Parent of the Year.
The 2017 Challenger Division Volunteer of the Year award winner is Tiffany Schmitz. Northwest Forsyth American Little League in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Thanks to Tiffany’s efforts and desire, Northwest Forsyth began a Challenger Division in 2016 after Tiffany expressed her desire to help the league launch a Challenger Program in 2015.
According to league president Chris Swink, this addition to the league has been its biggest improvement to date. All the players, families and volunteers involved with the division speak very highly of the division and what it brings to not only the league, but the community. Tiffany’s efforts have led to the desire to bring the Challenger Program to other leagues in the area so all children of Forsyth County will have a chance to experience this amazing program. Without the effort of Tiffany, this league would be incomplete.
The 2017 Good Sport of the Year is 12-year-old Kobe Tamaski of Pioneer Little League of Columbus, GA.
Known for his smile and great personality, Kobe is very supportive of his teammates as well as those on the opposing team. A player with the league since four-years-old, he has befriended multiple players through the city that in neighboring local leagues.
The spirit Kobe brings to Pioneer is very infectious, which is spread through his high fives to all players, regardless of their team association after great plays, including home runs. When a player is hit by a pitch, he is first to ensure that the player is ok and encouraging and lifting the player’s spirit. Kobe loves and respects the game and is a great Little Leaguer on and off the field.
The 2017 Volunteer of the Year is Michelle Grubb of Abingdon Little League of Virginia District 1.
A board member for the past four years, Michele has worked tirelessly to develop a very profitable concession stand. Although limited by a small space, she has received accolades for the quality, selection and affordability of the concession offerings. Thanks to her hard work, the concession stand has enjoyed profit margins that range between 90 and 110 percent which in turn has allowed the league to do many things for the Little Leaguers of Abingdon that it otherwise could not do.
Michelle also has spearhead efforts to provide a safe environment at Abingdon Little League by ensuring properly stocked first aid kits are on site and medical personnel is available at the league during big events.
The 2017 Golden Mask Award Winner is John Mashburn of Johnson City Major Little League and Tennessee District 5.
John has been a 48-year Little League umpire. Throughout his time as an umpire, he has worked hard to earn Regional and World Series recommendations and has been dedicated to umpiring. His dedication to the youth of his area has not gone unnoticed as he has been inducted into the Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame and had a baseball field named in his honor.
Unfortunately, he can no longer umpire after being diagnosed with a disease that impacted his eyes and vision. However, this has still not stopped him from contributing as best as possible, from assisting with recruitment and training of umpires to representing his local league and district.
The 2017 Parent of the Year is Candace Lucas of Venice Little League from Florida District 16.
As the Team Mom Coordinator for the league, she spends countless hours assisting the league as a team mom for two teams, serving as a board member, working within the concession stand and being at the forefront of safety implementation.
She leads by example at Venice Little League by being a team mom for the two teams her children are part of. The immeasurable hours spent behind the scenes, whether that be at home or at the fields are vital to the league.