Mike Legge to Retire; Nina Johnson Named Central Region Director
Little League's Central Region, and the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis, Ind., will have a new, but familiar, director. Mike Legge, who has been the director of one of Little League's five U.S. regional centers since 2006, will retire later this year. His assistant, Nina Johnson, has been named to replace him.
The announcement was made today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.
"Mike has served Little League in several different positions during his career and always provided strong leadership while maintaining a professional approach in working with all Little League volunteers," Mr. Keener said. "He also has been an invaluable member of our staff at the Little League Baseball World Series. We wish Mike and his family all the best as he begins another phase of his life."
Ms. Johnson, a 2003 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in sport administration, joined the Central Region staff as the Assistant Director in 2006, just eight months after Mr. Legge became the region director. Since then, they have worked together to provide service and support for more than 1,000 local Little League affiliates in the 13 states of the Central Region. They are also responsible for conducting the annual Little League Baseball Midwest and Great Lakes Region Tournaments at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center.
"Nina has been a strong communicator as Mike's assistant and has exhibited all the necessary skills to earn the promotion to Region Director," Mr. Keener said. "We know she will enhance the strong, and necessary, ties to the volunteers in the Central Region, which will enable Nina and her staff to provide the best service to everyone in the 13 states they direct."
Mike Legge and Nina Johnson
Mr. Legge began his association with Little League as many people do – helping in a local program in which their child participates. In 1983, he volunteered to help coach his son Matthew's first Tee Ball team in the San Carlos/South Fort Myers Little League in Florida.
From that beginning, he served in a variety of capacities including umpire, coach, president, assistant district administrator, district administrator and Southern Region staff umpire. He was one of 12 umpires chosen from around the world who made up the umpiring crew for the 1996 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
In November of 1996, he was named the Assistant Region Director for the Southern Region office in St. Petersburg, Fla. Then, in 1999, he was selected to lead the Western Region in San Bernardino, Calif., where he served as the Western Region Director until October 2004. Mr. Legge then returned to St. Petersburg serving as League Development Manager for Little League International until January 2006 when his tenure as the Central Region Director began.
Mr. Legge and his wife, Sandy, have four daughters (Jodi, Jami, Angela and Robin), two sons (Matthew and Skip) and 10 grandchildren. Upon his retirement, Mr. Legge and his wife intend to reside in St. Petersburg.
"My employment with Little League has been a wonderful journey for me and my wife," Mr. Legge said. "We have been blessed with many opportunities to meet and befriend dedicated Little League volunteers throughout the United States and several other countries. We are deeply appreciative of the encouragement and support we have received throughout these years from Little League and the amazing family of Little League volunteers.
"I'm very proud of the status of the Central Region," Mr. Legge said. "I am equally proud of my assistant, Nina Johnson, who has worked diligently to prepare herself for the role of Central Region Director. I have every confidence that Nina will be a capable and effective leader."
Ms. Johnson, native of St. Anthony, Ind., and graduate of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand, Ind., spent one year working for the YMCA in Indianapolis and two years as the sports leagues director for the Summit YMCA of Summit, N.J., before joining the Little League organization.
Ms. Johnson resides in Greenfield, Ind., with her daughter, Adalyn.
"Under Mike's exemplary leadership, my understanding of the Little League program has grown tremendously over the last five years," Ms. Johnson said. "I am committed to my continued work with the great volunteers in the Central Region and look forward to the challenges presented by this new role."
Ms. Johnson will take over as the Central Region Director on June 1. Mr. Legge will remain with the regional office in an advisory capacity to aid in the transition until his retirement on Sept. 16.