OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body for the sport of softball in the United States, announced today that Henry “Hank” Koritkoski of Middletown, Conn., has been appointed the commissioner for Connecticut ASA. Koritkoski is taking over for Ed Austin, who stepped down this past year and will continue his service with ASA as a Commissioner Emeritus.
“I am both proud and humbled to be appointed as Commissioner for the Connecticut ASA,” Koritkoski said. “I would like to thank the board of directors for their confidence in my selection, and I look forward to the challenges and expectations that this position will bring. It is very reassuring to know that I will have the privilege of working with so many great people within the ASA organization because I believe that it takes a group effort to be successful. As I move from the world of officiating, I know that I will have a great group of individuals to help and assist me to improve our organization in all our future endeavors.”
Koritkoski has been an ASA an umpire since 1974 and has held administrative roles since 1981. Among the highlights of his career with the local association, Koritkoski has served as a Deputy Umpire-in-Chief (UIC) from 1981-93, and UIC since 1993. Koritkoski has officiated in five ASA National Championship tournaments, one International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship in 1995 and has served as either UIC or Assistant UIC for over 13 ASA National Championship Tournaments. He also has given back to ASA by serving as an instructor and assessor for seven ASA and NCAA umpire schools and clinics, and he is a founder and current secretary of the Middlesex ASA Umpires Association.
Koritkoski has achieved numerous honors since his career as an ASA umpire began. Aside from joining the National Indicator Fraternity in 1987 and becoming ISF certified in 1988, Koritkoski has been a member of the ASA Umpire Medals Program since 1999 and became an ASA Elite Umpire in 2003. For his efforts and contributions, he has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fames, including the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame (2010), the Valley Regional High School Hall of Fame (2010) and Koritkoski will be inducted into the Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame this year.
Koritkoski retired after serving 36 years as the Director of Activities and Athletics for Middletown High School. He also taught Health and Physical Education and coached five teams to state championships. He graduated from Springfield College in 1970 with a bachelor of science in health, physical education and recreation. In 1977, he received his master of science in administration from Central Connecticut College.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 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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