United Collegiate Umpires Appointed North Atlantic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed North Atlantic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed North Atlantic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

 

Mahwah, NJ – July 14, 2021 – United Collegiate Umpires (UCU) has been appointed North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Coordinator of Baseball Umpires.

“I would like to thank Commissioner Zalot, Associate Commissioner Roy, the athletic directors and members of the NAC search committee for their confidence in our program, demonstrated through this appointment”, stated UCU Executive Vice-President, Alex Skandalis.

Skandalis continued, “We have long-standing relationships with many of the institutions and members of the NAC community through various previous assigning ventures.  We are excited to work with the NAC in our role as their first Coordinator of Baseball Umpires and work to bring a centralized, consistent officiating product to their baseball program.”

We are excited to move forward with an excellent group of professionals who will enhance the playing experience for student athletes in the NAC,” stated NAC Commissioner Marcella Zalot.

NAC Associate Commissioner, Kate Roy added: “The committee was impressed with Alex [Skandalis] and the entire United Collegiate Umpires team through the search process. They are top-rate professionals who will provide excellent umpiring for NAC Baseball. Our baseball administrators and coaches are excited to work with this team, too.

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NAC, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and RussMatt Invitational. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About North Atlantic Conference

Founded in 1996, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) provides transformational growth opportunities for student athletes. The conference is guided by the NCAA Division III philosophy and core values, to include Excellence, Integrity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Well-Being. Collectively, the conference serves the mission of each member institution.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
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United Collegiate Umpires to Delay Release of 2021 Umpire Schedules

United Collegiate Umpires to Delay Release of 2021 Umpire Schedules

United Collegiate Umpires to Delay Release of 2021 Umpire Schedules

 

Mahwah, NJ – September 9, 2020 – Due to continued COVID-19-related uncertainty, United Collegiate Umpires will delay the release of individual umpire schedules to an as-yet-to-be-determined date. Traditionally, UCU Division I conference assignments have been released on October 31, with Division I non-conference, Division III and junior college assignments released on December 31.

UCU Executive Vice President Alex Skandalis stated, “Since inception we have prioritized release of staff umpire schedules well in advance of the upcoming baseball season. This approach provides schedule certainty for umpires and, most important, allows for greater efficiency in responding to the inherent weather-related changes throughout our conference client’s geographical footprint. Despite the delay, our expectations remain that all 2021 schedules will be released in a timely manner, as soon as we possibly can do so.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and RussMatt Invitational. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.
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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations 201-906-2246 [email protected]

United Travel Umpires Names Derek Whitfield National Director of Logistics

United Travel Umpires Names Derek Whitfield National Director of Logistics

United Travel Umpires Names Derek Whitfield National Director of Logistics

 

Mahwah, NJ – March 30, 2020 – United Travel Umpires (UTU) has named Derek “Whit” Whitfield National Director of Logistics, effective immediately. Based in Indianapolis initially, Whitfield will tackle multiple roles at UTU, including managing day-to-day logistics at Grand Park. Whitfield, working closely with Chief Executive Officer, Alex Skandalis and National Director of Operations, Rob Silverthorn, tournament directors, and the umpire staff, will serve as the third member of the UTU Management Team.

“I saw the leadership value and management qualities Derek brings to an assigning organization last summer in Indianapolis”, stated Alex Skandalis.

Skandalis continued, “In a new venture, I always want to surround myself with people who work, think and act as I do. Working with Derek and Rob [Silverthorn], I am now surrounded by two men who understand what “getting the job done” and “putting out fires” in a businesslike, calm and fair manner truly means in an assigning operation of this magnitude. After some back and forth over the course of the past four months, I am truly glad we were able to hammer out an agreement to bring Derek on-board with UTU. I believe his previous experience at Grand Park and LakePoint, combined with his prior relationships with many umpires and tournament staff will serve all of us well.”

A return to working with Bullpen Tournaments and Prep Baseball Report is one Whitfield is looking forward to. “Returning to work at two of the nation’s premier baseball complexes in Grand Park and LakePoint is very special to me. These tournaments give umpires, young and old, a place to hone their skills throughout the summer, working some of the top amateur baseball in the country. Summer 2020 will be a very exciting one for Bullpen Tournaments, Prep Baseball Report and UTU and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

What They’re Saying About Derek Whitfield

“We are thrilled to have Whit back on-site at Grand Park in 2020. Derek is a high integrity individual who fits in very well with our work culture, we look forward to continued success with him in 2020.”Michael Tucker, Vice-President, Bullpen Tournaments

“I am very excited for Derek. A great choice. The thing I love about Derek is that he possesses two strong qualities -empathy and problem-solving. He will use those qualities in combination and be a valuable asset to UTU.” Scott Taylor, Division II National Coordinator of Umpires, National Collegiate Athletic Association

About Derek Whitfield

Born in Biloxi, MS, Derek Whitfield is a graduate of Loyola University (New Orleans), where he also played baseball. Derek has been an umpire for six years with stops at every level of NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA baseball, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and the American Association.

About United Travel Umpires

Founded in 2019, United Travel Umpires, the sister Company to United Collegiate Umpires, supervises a national staff of umpires, supporting all aspects of youth baseball events by creating a positive and constructive officiating experience for tournament organizers, participants, fans, and umpires alike.

Contact: Alex Skandalis | 908-432-4543 | [email protected]

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

 

Mahwah, NJ – November 26, 2019 – United Collegiate Umpires (UCU) has been appointed Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) Coordinator of Baseball Umpires.

“I am extremely excited to welcome the ABCCL into the United Family”, stated UCU Executive Vice-President, Alex Skandalis.

Skandalis continued, “The opportunity for our umpires to work locally in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania during the summer months in a highly competitive collegiate summer league is a huge win for our training and advancement program, the umpires and the ABCCL student-athletes. I look forward to working with Commissioner [Mike] Kolesar, Chief Operating Officer [Brian] Delahant and the various GMs and head coaches in the upcoming season to bring the ABCCL the same level of quality service and officiating we provide to NCAA and NJCAA institutions in the same footprint.”

“Our program, the ABCCL, is excited to announce we are choosing to trust United Collegiate Umpires as our official umpire assignor”, stated ABCCL President, Mike Kolesar. “With our league’s growth in our 2020 season, it is very important we use a program like UCU that has the same passion and dedication as our program.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, and the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League

With a geographical footprint in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, the ABCCL Enters its 19th season of play in 2020 with 14 teams. The ABCCL has established a well-earned reputation for high-quality play and a unique spirit of cooperation and partnership with college programs throughout New Jersey, the Atlantic Region and beyond.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
201-906-2246
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NECBL 2019 Umpire of Year Announced

NECBL 2019 Umpire of Year Announced

NECBL 2019 Umpire of Year Announced

Mahwah, NJ – August 8, 2019 – Tony Letizio (Berlin, CT) has been named the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) 2019 Umpire of the Year as selected by the league’s coaches, administrators and commissioner’s office.

UCU Executive VP, Alex Skandalis, who coordinates the collegiate summer league, believes Tony’s recognition is well-deserved:

“I am extremely pleased with the NECBL’s choice for Umpire of the Year. I have known Tony for close to 10 years and am proud of his development as an umpire, culminating with this prestigious award which I know he will appreciate. His umpire ability, demeanor, work ethic and willingness to always put the crew first make him a true ambassador for United Collegiate Umpires, both on and off the field.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and RussMatt Invitational. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About New England Collegiate Baseball League

The New England Collegiate Baseball League is a wooden bat college summer league fielding teams in all six New England states, with 13 organizations overall. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the NECBL started play in 1994 and has sent over 100 alumni to the Major Leagues. Visit http://www.necbl.org.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
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NYCBL 2019 Umpires of Year Announced

NYCBL 2019 Umpires of Year Announced

NYCBL 2019 Umpires of Year Announced

Mahwah, NJ – August 8, 2019 – Don Goller (North Boston, NY) and Ron Starsiak (Utica, NY) have been named the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) 2019 Umpires of the Year as selected by the league’s coaches, administrators and commissioner’s office.

UCU Executive VP, Alex Skandalis appreciates their contributions on and off the field being recognized stating, “[they are] two of the hardest working umpires in our organization. They display excellence on the field and a willingness to help the UCU team, no matter the ask. It is always a pleasure working with these guys personally and professionally.”

Skandalis continued, “I applaud Commissioner [Joe] Brown and the NYCBL for taking the time to honor two UCU umpires with these post-season awards. Beyond just the award, the league’s commitment to daily professionalism in the umpire/franchise relationship is second to none in collegiate summer baseball. The nature of this partnership makes NYCBL diamonds a great summer home for UCU umpires.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and RussMatt Invitational. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About New York Collegiate Baseball League

Located in scenic Upstate New York, the NYCBL, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball, comprised of 10 teams playing a 42-game regular season schedule from June 1 through late July. The league provides college players who have not signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by scouts.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
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Umpires Announced for the 2019 NECBL All-Star Game

Umpires Announced for the 2019 NECBL All-Star Game

Umpires Announced for the 2019 NECBL All-Star Game

 

Mahwah, NJ – July 23, 2019 – Don Goller (North Boston, NY) will serve as Crew Chief for the 2019 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) All-Star Game, to be played Sunday, July 28 at Montpelier Recreation Field, home of the Vermont Mountaineers.

Goller will be joined by Jesse West (Chesapeake, VA) who will call balls and strikes, Rudy Firmbach (Kinderhook, NY), and Joey Stegner (Meridian, ID).

With all four umpires making their NECBL All-Star Game debut, UCU Executive VP, Alex Skandalis is pleased to have Don, a Division I Super Regional Umpire, lead the crew.

Skandalis said,“Don brings a wealth of experience in running a game in the NECBL’s signature event. He is joined by Rudy, a Division III College World Series umpire, Jesse, a product of our training program who has advanced his game significantly over the past few years and Joey, a new summer staff member who has been part of our talent infusion as a former Triple-A umpire. I look forward to this diverse crew complimenting the talented student-athletes in the NECBL All-Star Game.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, NJAC and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, the New York Collegiate Baseball League and RussMatt Invitational. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

 

About New England Collegiate Baseball League

The New England Collegiate Baseball League is a wooden bat college summer league fielding teams in all six New England states, with 13 organizations overall. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the NECBL started play in 1994 and has sent over 100 alumni to the Major Leagues. Visit http://www.necbl.com

For More Information, contact:
Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
201-906-2246
[email protected]

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed New Jersey Athletic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed New Jersey Athletic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed New Jersey Athletic Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

Mahwah, NJ – October 24, 2018 – United Collegiate Umpires (UCU) has been appointed New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coordinator of Baseball Umpires.

“As an organization this partnership with the New Jersey Athletic Conference is significant as we continue to grow and evolve”, stated UCU Executive Vice-President, Alex Skandalis.

Skandalis continued, “I would like to thank Commissioner Small, the athletic directors and members of the NJAC search committee for their confidence in our program, demonstrated through this appointment. This is a tremendous development for UCU umpires in the Mid-Atlantic Region as the NJAC is always among the top Division III baseball conferences nationwide. I can’t wait to get it started and look forward to a long-standing relationship”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, and the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About New Jersey Athletic Conference

Founded in 1957, The New Jersey Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Full members are in New Jersey. Affiliate members (track and football only) are in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. The NJAC, called the New Jersey State Athletic Conference when founding institutional members Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Montclair State College (now Montclair State University), Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University), Newark State College (now Kean University), Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), and William Paterson College (now William Paterson University) collectively partnered to compete in intercollegiate competition. The NJAC has captured 63 NCAA Division III national team championships, including nine in baseball.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
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United Collegiate Umpires Appointed RussMatt Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed RussMatt Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed RussMatt Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

Mahwah, NJ – August 7, 2018 – United Collegiate Umpires (UCU) has been appointed RussMatt Central Florida Invitational Coordinator of Baseball Umpires in Division II, Division III, JUCO, and NAIA.

“Having worked at RussMatt early in my career, I experienced first-hand how important these early season games are for teams and umpires”, stated UCU President, Chris Marshall.

Marshall continued, “As a coordinator now with this vast inventory of competitive games in Central Florida, I am excited at the prospects in forming this partnership with RussMatt, widely viewed throughout the country as a superior spring destination. The opportunity to evaluate our staff and identify other talented umpires early in the season is a significant development in the evolution of our program.”

RussMatt President, Rob Sitz believes the partnership is mutually beneficial, stating:

“I am excited to partner with United Collegiate Umpires and their demonstrated commitment to training and development of umpires. We realize umpires are an important component in the overall experience and we believe this partnership will enhance the quality product RussMatt provides for all of our teams.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, and the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About RussMatt Central Florida Invitational

Founded in 2004, RussMatt has forged a national NCAA baseball reputation as a preeminent spring destination hosting 1,000-plus games for more than 250 colleges annually in Division I, Division II, Division III, JUCO, and NAIA.

For More Information, contact:
Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
201-906-2246
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United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic East Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic East Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

United Collegiate Umpires Appointed Atlantic East Conference Coordinator of Baseball Umpires

Mahwah, NJ – July 27, 2018 – United Collegiate Umpires (UCU) has been appointed Atlantic East Conference (AEC) Coordinator of Baseball Umpires.

“We are very much looking forward to this partnership with the Atlantic East Conference”, stated UCU Executive Vice President, Alex Skandalis. “The trust placed in us by the AEC founding members is a testament to the work put in, on and off the field, by our umpires and provides an opportunity for all of us to grow and evolve with this new conference partner.”

Atlantic East Conference Commissioner, Jessica Huntley, stated: “We are excited to partner with United Collegiate Umpires as the first-ever baseball assigning group for the Atlantic East. As we launch our inaugural year, it was important we find the best assigners for our student-athletes, coaches, and teams.”

Huntley continued,“United Collegiate Umpires stood out to our coaches and administrators as the best amongst several qualified candidates. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Atlantic East and we are happy to have United Collegiate Umpires onboard.”

About United Collegiate Umpires

Founded in 2014, UCU supervises baseball conferences in Division I (America East, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference), Division III (Atlantic East, Empire 8, Liberty, NEAC, and SUNYAC), NJCAA Region III and XIX, Interstate Collegiate Baseball League, Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, and the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Offering superior continuing umpire education, UCU has participated in the implementation of training programs throughout the country, including several presentations made as part of the NCAA Umpire Improvement Program.

About Atlantic East Conference

The Atlantic East Conference is a Division III league formed of seven founding institutions including Cabrini University, Gwynedd Mercy University, Immaculata University, Marymount University, Marywood University, Neumann University, and Wesley College. The conference is formed to foster athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, private colleges located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The geographic focus brings together some of the top colleges in the region, while still allowing for a strong conference of like-minded institutions, all of which integrate competitive athletics into the student-athletes university experience. The Atlantic East will initially sponsor and host championships for 19 sports within the NCAA Division III.

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Dan Miller, VP, Digital Media/Public Relations
201-906-2246
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