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.