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Little League Names Dan Velte Director of League Development, Mike Legge League Development Manager

Dan Velte

Mike Legge

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Sept. 20, 2004) – In its constant effort to share the benefits of Little League Baseball and Softball with communities throughout the United States and abroad, Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer, announced today that Dan Velte and Mike Legge have assumed the duties of coordinating the program’s league development.

Mr. Velte will assume the role of Director of League Development, coming to Williamsport from Waco, Texas, where he spent three years as assistant regional director for the Southwest Region. Mr. Legge, the current director of the West Region in San Bernardino, Calif., will leave the position that he has held since 1999, and relocate to the South Region Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla., assuming the responsibilities of League Development Manager.

“Little League recognizes how important it is for DAs to focus on overseeing their leagues, as well as allowing the staffs at the regional levels to be available to better service their respective regions,” said Mr. Keener. “We believe the creation of these positions will permit better communication and lesson the burden at all levels. Dan and Mike, with their vast experience and understanding of the challenges faced by DAs and regions alike, are well-equipped to handle the tasks associated with league development.”

Mr. Velte and Mr. Legge will be responsible for responding to all inquires from potential new leagues submitted to Little League International, along with evaluating the most effective methods for supporting leagues currently chartered.

“Both Mike and I have been out in the field, and close to local leagues, and the DAs,” Mr. Velte said. “That experience will become invaluable when it comes to helping community volunteers understand and appreciate the value of having a Little League program in their area.”

Mr. Velte is a 1997 graduate of Geneva (N.Y.) High School, who earned a degree in business administration from Brockport (N.Y.) State University in 2001. He will assume his new position on Monday.

Set to start on Oct. 25, Mr. Legge is returning to the South Region where he was assistant region director (1996-99). Mike and his wife, Sandy, are parents to six children and have eight grandchildren.

Jim Gerstenslager will succeed Mr. Legge as West Region director, while a replacement for Mr. Velte is yet to be determined.

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