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NCSSA Hall of Fame
NCSSA started with the leadership of Jack Hoover. Jack began playing Senior Softball
with the Redwood City Señors softball club in 1985 at the age of 61. Besides being
the past president of the Señors, he has been the advisor for the City of Palo Alto's
senior softball tournaments since 1988. It was when he participated in local tournaments
that he came up with the idea in 1990 of coordinating the different tournaments in northern
California to form an organization that would use the same set of rules, resolve conflicting
playing dates and get parity in the bracketing of tournaments. Jack with the help of others
got more than 50 interested parties to attend a meeting in Fairfield, CA in November 1990.
Regions were set up and play began in 1991. Jack also served as president of NCSSA in 1993
and participated in Senior Softball World Series held in the late 80s & early 90s in Detroit,
MI, Greensboro, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.
Dean has been serving on the board as a Region 4 representative of NCSSA since 1994, at
times serving as Vice President. Since 1989 he has been a Tournament Director in the San
Leandro / Hayward area. Dean's softball career started in 1965 when he moved to California
at the age of 36. In 1989 a friend invited him to play senior softball with the Palo Alto
Cherokees. In 1992 he formed the Palo Alto Chiefs 60s and is now still managing the Chiefs
but playing as a 75+ team.
Seth was elected as the first Vice President of NCSSA in 1991 and served on the board
representing Region 1 until 1999. At the age of 54 ran his first Penn Valley tournament
with 5 teams in 1987 and this year completed his 21st year as a Tournament Director.
Seth's managing career began with the California Padres in 1990. Since then he has
played for the Sierra Gold, Gold Rush, Elk Grove Renegades and started the California
Oaks which is still in existence today.
Roland was a key figure in the preliminary discussions that were held in 1990 before
the historic meeting took place in Fairfield and NCSSA was formed. In 1991 and 1992 he
presided over the Board as our first President and held a position on the board until
2003. He has always been responsible for coordinating our yearly tournament schedules.
He was also a tournament director from1991 to 1994. In 1987 at the age of 55 Roland began
his senior softball career playing in the Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County. A
year later he started the Vintage 55 team that is now known as the State Roofing Royals.
Since then he has played and/or managed other teams such as the Nor Cal 60, Elk Grove
Renegades and is currently on the Gold Rush.
Carl is a member and past president of the Stanislaus Senior Softball Association.
The SSSA tournaments, under his leadership since 1992, have been some of the more
successful NCSSA tournaments held. In 1993 he was elected to the NCSSA board and
served as a Region 3 representative until 2007. Born in 1940 he started his senior
career playing with the Modesto Classics. Carl is currently on the California Bald
Eagles and has played for the California Bandits, San Jose Cobras, Diamond Nuts and
other Modesto teams.
Harold served on the NCSSA board as a representative of Region 2 from
1995 to 2006. During that time served two terms as Vice President.
He first started playing senior softball in 1994 for Nor Cal 60s. In
1995 he started the Elk Grove Renegades and was a player/manager until
2003. He currently is playing the outfield for the California Gold Rush.
Harold has been directing tournaments for more than ten years and
presently runs the tournament in Carson City.
Frank began playing senior softball in the Vintage Softball League of Santa Clara
County in 1990. As an outfielder, in 1994 he began playing for the State Roofing
Royals. He moved from the area in 1996 and played for the Elk Grove Renegades until
While representing Region One he was a Board member for four years serving as
President in 2001 and 2002.
Noel has been playing senior softball since 1991. He is a past president of the
Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County as well as a long time NCSSA board
member. Noel has been doing some of the thankless NCSSA jobs such as the minutes
and the rankngs. He has been a tireless worker and is almost always cheerful around
everyone except with an umpire or two. In many ways, he is the glue that holds
As a player and manager, Noel has played all over the US and is a memeber of
the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
In addition to some of the Vintage tournament teams, Noel has played for
the Cobras, Bandits and Diamond Nuts.
Carl has as his email address ncssaprez for a reason. Carl, as a representative
from Region 3, presided over NCSSA five years as its President while serving on
the Board from 1995 until 2008. He is presently the tournament director of NCSSA's
Hall of Fame Tournament.
Carl started playing senior softball as a member of the Lodi softball association
where he served as both vice president and president as well as the manager of
He is presently pitching for the Brannon Tire Ravens. Carl proudly sports a ring
that he earned by participating fifteen years in the Huntsman World Senior Games to go
along with 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Dick, a pitcher began playing senior softball in 1992. For ten years he
was a player/manager of the Sacramento Mavericks. As a representative of
Region 2, he served on the NCSSA board from 1995 until 2001. If not busy
enough, Dick has served as a tournament director from 1994 to the present.
Besides running the tournaments for the Sacramento TPA he also runs tournaments
raising money for the Rio Linda High Special Ed track team and field trips. Now
retired, he is still very much involved in taking the kids on field trips.
Bob, affectionately known as “Mr. Tommahawk” or to others as the
“Web Master”, has been playing senior softball since 1993. Bob's
career started as a member of both Vintage and Redwood City Señors.
He is currently using that “swing” playing for the California Olden Bears.
Using his computer expertise, Bob built up the NCSSA's website and
has maintained it since 2003. He has spent thousands of hours working
and developing programs making it easier for our tournament directors
and getting information out to our members. One could say that Bob's
value to NCSSA is “priceless”.
Norman S. Blackwell, Sr
Norman began playing in the Sacramento Golden Seniors softball league at the age
of 50. He was one of the original players that formed the Tournament Players
Association in Sacramento and is still active in the TPA. Norman has played and
managed the Sacramento Gold for more than twenty years, a team that has been very
successful. The Gold , under Norman's leadership is a much respected team.
Norman's teams have been supportive of the NCSSA by attendance to numerous
tournaments throughout the years. Norman may be getting older, but his
competitive nature has not slowed.
In 1996, Norman had the great honor of carrying the Olympic Torch as one of
Sacramento's heroes. Norman has spent most of his life supporting various
community and sporting groups by helping the youth and the elderly that need it
the most. Norman has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame, such as the La
Salle Club Baseball Hall of Fame, the Optimist Hall of Fame and the March of
Dimes Hall of Fame.
Bob is currently serving as a member of the NCSSA Board of Directors and was
also on the Board from 1998 thru 2005. During which time he was treasurer one
year and for three years he was both the treasurer and the recording secretary.
Bob started playing senior softball in 1986 as a member of the Redwood City
Señors Softball Club. A year later, he started playing tournament softball with
the Redwood City Cardinals. Bob managed the Cardinals for three years. Under
his leadership, the Cardinals won the SSUSA tournament in Reno and they won two
silver medals in St. George, Utah. Since 2001, Bob has played for the State
Roofing Systems Royals 65's and 70's teams that have won the Reno tournament
twice, the California Cup, Western Nationals, World Championships, NCSSA
championships four times and Huntsman Games two times. Bob's proudest moment
was winning in St. George and having his wife, Helen, present him with his gold
medal out on the playing field.
John began playing senior softball in the Chico Senior Softball League in 1992
and continues to play there still today. The following year he began playing in
tournaments for the Lucky 7 team. Currently, John plays and manages the Sharks
tournament team. In 1993, John was elected to the board of the Chico league.
In 1997, John was elected president of the Chico Senior Softball League,
a position he held for ten years. John still serves as a member of the board in
the Chico league. John was inducted into the Chico Senior Softball Hall of
Fame. John became a board member of the NCSSA Board of Directors in 2001,
representing region one and is currently a NCSSA board member. As a member of
the NCSSA Board of Directors, he has held the positions of president and vice
president. John has also served as tournament director for the NCSSA. In 2005,
he was tournament director of the NCSSA Championships in Reno and in 2008, the
Hall of Fame tournament in Manteca.
Al Meyers joined the Redwood City Reds senior softball team in 1986 as a
pitcher. As a member of the Reds, Al's team played in a National Invitational
tournament in Las Vegas in 1986 and 1987. The Reds took second both times in
the Las Vegas tournament. In 1989 the Reds went to Greensboro, North Carolina
and won the first Senior Softball World Series. Over the years, Al has managed
the Redwood City Reds, Remax 55's and the Nor-Cal Blue Jays. Al's teams have
been strong supporters of NCSSA by their participation in many NCSSA sponsored
tournaments each year. Al Meyers has always had some of the best softball
players from the NCSSA area and they have won numerous National championships.
In 2003, Al was inducted into the
National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
Pete D'Avignon began playing senior softball at the age of fifty two in the
Chico area. In addition to playing senior softball, Pete has managed and been
tournament director a number of times in the Chico area. He served on the Chico
Senior Softball League in the capacity of secretary for four years and president
for two terms. Pete was inducted into the Chico Senior Softball Fame of Fame in
2002. In 2007 Pete was elected to the NCSSA Board of Directors. Still a member
of the NCSSA Board of Directors, Pete has held the position of NCSSA secretary
since his arrival to the board. After surviving a life threatening bout with
cancer, in 2010 Pete founded CAN-sirs a nonprofit organization. CAN-sirs, a
national program that promotes awareness and prevention by personally sharing
cancer experiences with others.
Albert Morales started playing senior softball in 1984, when he joined the
Sacramento Golden Seniors Softball League. Albert played on Rookies, the first
traveling team that was formed by the Golden Seniors. He began managing the
Sacramento Rebels in 1984, a position he still holds today. For many years
Albert has played and managed numerous teams in the Golden Senior League. In the
middle 1980's, Albert was one of the co-founders of the Sacramento Tournament
Players Association. He has also served as an alternate representative on the
NCSSA Board of Directors. Because of his many achievements and dedication to
softball, Albert was inducted into the Mexican Hall of Fame in 1989.
Bob Schwan, in 1984, joined the Sacramento Senior Softball League. In 1985, he
co-managed and played on the Sacramento Rookies II tournament team. Bob along
with four other men formed the Sacramento Tournament Players Association.
Shortly after the TPA was established, Bob became president, a position he held
for twenty five years. Robert was one of the organizers of the NCSSA. He
worked with others to set up the bylaws for tournament play. Bob formed his own
Golden Senior's softball team, the Silvers. He played and managed the Silvers
for seventeen years. Though Bob was unable to play due to illness, he continued
to go out and manage, saying there is game to be played. Robert passed away in
At the age of fifty, Gary Tryhorn had heard of an organization called Northern
California Senior Softball Association, which he quickly joined. After two
years of playing senior softball, Gary began playing for Dan Smith Plastering.
In 1998, he formed the California Rebels. Gary, in 2000, took over the Old A's,
a team that has won thirty seven of fifty two national championships. Under
Gary's leadership the Old A's were inducted into the Softball Players
Association Hall of Fame. Gary currently plays and manages the Omen Softball
Combine, a sixty five major plus team. In 2001, Gary became Western Regional
Vice President for SPA. As a SPA delegate, Gary is a member of the Senior
Summit that meets each year. Gary's commitment to softball has him serving on
the NCSSA Board of Directors for a number of years. Presently, he is president
of the NCSSA Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2008. Gary
Tryhorn is a member of the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame and he also
serves as western representative of the Hall of Fame for the Senior Summit.
National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
Dick Willson began playing organized senior softball at age fifty-four on the
Fairfield Seniors softball team. Dick has played on numerous NCSSA teams. He
has played for Solano Enforcers, California Gold Rush, Palo Alto Chiefs,
Diablos, and currently the Elk Grove Renegades to name a few. During his years
of play, Dick has earned many awards for his defensive talents at various
tournaments. Dick was instrumental in the success in the formative years of the
NCSSA. Dick served as treasurer on the NCSSA Board of Directors for three
years. Without Dick's ability to control the treasury with very limited
resources, the NCSSA might not have succeeded. Dick has also contributed to the
fact that the NCSSA and good sportsmanship do go hand-in-hand.