Coaching Management 5.1 Baseball Preseason 1997

Bulletin Board

Yeast named national umpire coordinator

Dave Yeast, supervisor of umpires for Conference USA, has been named national coordinator of the NCAA National Umpire Program, which is responsible for umpire training, evaluations, and assignments for Division I competition. Yeast replaces Jon Bible, who led the program since its inception in 1990.

Yeast has worked in Division I baseball competition since 1982, including two College World Series and 10 Division I regional competitions. He also umpired the baseball competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The National Umpire Program, which is supervised by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee, has recently been restructured. Instead of nine regional evaluators, four national umpire coordinators will divvy up responsibility for the 29 NCAA Division I baseball conferences that receive automatic bids to the post-season tournament. Each of those conferences will appoint an umpire to serve as an advisory committee member in the program.