The NFHS is pleased to welcome Amy Cassell as chair of the Softball Rules Committee. Cassell will serve a two-year term, replacing Wanda Gilliland, who will be retiring from the Alabama High School Athletic Association in July of 2017.
Cassell has worked in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) office for 17 years, and is the softball administrator. Prior to joining the OSSAA, Cassell coached girls basketball, and taught business education at Putnam City (Oklahoma) North High School for nine years. After leaving North, she was the academic technology director and head girls basketball coach at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City. At the national level, she has been a member of the National Athletic Directors Conference Advisory Committee, Swimming and Diving Rules Committee, Spirit Rules Committee, and served as the NFHS State Spirit Director.
NFHS rules writing committees consist of experts in the given sport and each are nominated by state associations, as is the chair, who guides the members through their work. Each committee member represents one of the eight sections as divided by the NFHS By-laws. To allow for equal representation, there is also a member of the NFHS Coaches Association and the NFHS Officials Association on the committee. Each committee member serves a four-year term.
The NFHS welcomes also welcomes three new members to the softball committee: Trish Witkin, Justin Fletschock, and Scott Owen.
Trish Witkin, Section 1
Trish Witkin, CMAA, has been an athletic administrator in Connecticut for 19 years. She currently serves on the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) softball committee as a representative of the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD). Witkin serves as the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association (NIAAA) State Liaison for Connecticut and serves CAAD as the CIAC and NIAAA representative. She is a member of the CIAC Board of Control, serving as the CAAD consultant. She was a four-year starter on the University of Hartford’s women’s softball team. In 2000, she was inducted into the Wappinger Central (New York) School District Hall of Fame. Witkin coached softball and volleyball at a local high school briefly before beginning her career as an athletic director. Witkin’s four-year term on the NFHS Softball Rules Committee ends on 2020.
Justin Fletschock, Section 5
Justin Fletschock has served as an assistant director in the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) office for the past five years. He oversees numerous sports in North Dakota including: softball, baseball, football, basketball, cross country, gymnastics and golf. During his tenure, softball participation has grown 175%. Prior to working at the NDHSAA, he coached, taught and was the athletic director at Central Cass High School in Casselton, North Dakota, for 13 years. While at Central Cass he started both the baseball and softball high school programs (which have now won a combined three state championships). Prior to teaching, Fletschock played six seasons of minor league baseball. He has also served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee. His four-year term on the NFHS Softball Rules Committee ends in 2020.
Scott Owen, Section 6
Scott Owen is finishing his fifth year with the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) and has been the softball administrator each of those years. Prior to joining the NMAA, Owen spent 10 years coaching wrestling at the collegiate level with Northern Illinois University, The United States Naval Academy and Bloomsburg University. In addition to softball, Scott oversees eligibility, sanctioning, sports medicine, and wrestling. He is also a member of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee. Owen will replace Amy Cassell for the final year of her term as a committee member, and then will serve a four-year term ending in 2021.