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Softball Ontario – Softball Ontario is very pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Backer as its next Executive Director starting May 2, 2016.  Softball Ontario’s Hiring Committee led by Softball Ontario’s Chair, Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan, feels that Andrew’s softball background and sport administration experience are a perfect combination to take Softball Ontario to the next level.

Andrew is a familiar face within the softball community.  Andrew began his sports administration career with Softball Ontario as its Program Coordinator, managing the Umpire & Coaching Program for several years before he moved on to the Ontario Soccer Association and then to Rugby Ontario as their Executive Director.  In addition to his sports administrative experience Andrew also grew up playing softball and was an active Softball Ontario Umpire for many years.“Having been involved in the game of Softball for over 30 years, as Player, Coach, Umpire and Administrator, it is very fitting that the next chapter in my professional career sees me coming back to Softball Ontario” said Andrew Backer.  “I want to personally congratulate Wendy on a fantastic 30 years.  I look forward to continuing on what she has built and excited to lead the organization to the next level.”

Softball Ontario’s current Executive Director, Wendy Cathcart announced her retirement from Softball Ontario after 30 years of service in February 2016.  Wendy is thrilled to see Andrew Backer come home to Softball Ontario.  “Andrew was one of the first Program Coordinators that I hired and I am thrilled to see him return to the Association” said Cathcart.  “I am confident that Andrew has the knowledge and leadership skills required to lead Softball Ontario into the future”.

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Wendy. Wendy’s dedication and passion for our sport showed in all that she did for our Association and its Member Associations.  We wish Wendy a happy and long retirement.

We welcome Andrew to our team and congratulate him on new position as Softball Ontario’s Executive Director.

For more information, please contact:

Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan
Softball Ontario