Rick Marz

Elected : USSSA New York Hall Of Fame in 2005
Inducted : April 2006, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Rick joined the USSSA as an umpire with the Smithtown Official's Association in 1974. He served as a board member of the SOA, and in 1975, Rick was named the Metro Long Island USSSA District 11 Director, a position he still holds. He has served as President of the New York State USSSA and in 2001 was named the New York State USSSA Downstate Slow-Pitch Director. Rick is a member of the Brookhaven Officials Association, and served as their assignor of umpires for 13 years.

Rick has been involved in the running of tournaments at all levels of play including local, state, regional, national and world tournaments. In 1975, he was on the tournament committee for the Men's A Nationals held in Smithtown, and he continues to be involved right up to the present day.

At the 1995 USSSA National Convention, Rick was the recipient of the Dwight Hall Sparkplug of the Year Memorial Award for outstanding performance in the Eastern Region of the USSSA. In 2003, Rick received the Northeast Division Rookie of the Year award for outstanding service and dedication to the USSSA.

Rick's love of softball began in 1968 as a player in various slow-pitch programs. Over the past 38 years, he has played, umpired, directed and coached in the USSSA programs. In 2005, he helped coached the Team/PowerAde Stallions at the Men's D World Tournament held at Disney.

Rick credits his family and fellow softball enthusiasts with his success. His wife Laura and all his children have given him great support through the years, especially Laura, during the years of umpire assigning. Working with outstanding umpires, managers, directors, the Towns of Brookhaven, Smithtown, Huntington, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, as well as other areas through out New York State, have made his career in softball both successful and enjoyable.