OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Ryan Savage has been hired as the turf manager for softball’s premiere facility, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. The Blanchard, Okla., native started his position on Jan. 25.
“The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is one of the top softball facilities in the state, the country and the world. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the turf manager for such a great place,” Savage said. “When I interviewed for this position, I really felt like everyone was family and I’m ecstatic that they’re welcoming me into it. I can’t wait to get to work.”
His primary responsibility will be working with the four fields at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex as well as the common grass areas of the award winning facility, which hosts 12-Under ASA events all the way through high school, college and adult softball tournaments. Savage will also manage the facility’s grounds crew.
On March 5, the complex officially opens for the 2011 season with The Preview college tournament, featuring Auburn, Illinois-Chicago, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 22 Oklahoma State. The stadium will also host many other prestigious events including the Women’s College World Series and the World Cup of Softball.
“We are excited to have a turf professional with the tremendous qualifications that Ryan has. He comes highly recommended from the turf management program at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,” ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda said. “We are confident that with Ryan’s expertise, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex will remain one of the best facilities in the nation and the world.”
Savage graduated in December 2010 with a degree in horticulture/turf management from Oklahoma State. Since 2008, he has worked at the school’s athletic facilities, helping maintain the baseball, football, soccer, softball and track fields. He also brings with him experience from preparing the golf courses at the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship hosted by Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and the 2008 AT&T National hosted by the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
From May 2003-June 2009, Savage served in the United States Air Force, Air National Guard. He was a non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC), working with aircraft refueling and maintenance.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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