Stephen D. Keener, Little League® President and CEO, announced today the addition of Kia Riley as Assistant Director for the Little League Western Regional Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.
“Kia’s experience in youth sports and business bring a diverse and impressive set of skills and talents to our Western Regional Headquarters,” said Mr. Keener. “We look forward to having her on board, and know that our volunteers and leagues in the Western Region will benefit from her expertise.”
A graduate of the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., Ms. Riley grew up in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. From 2003 to 2004, she attended Mt. San Antonio College, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. A youth sports coach and mentor, Ms. Riley previously worked as an account clerk and budget assistant for the City of Chino in Calif., and prior to that, she was a Youth Sports and After-School Specialist with the city.
In her new position with Little League, Ms. Riley will assist Region Director Dave Bonham and Assistant Director Brian Pickering with the operation of the region headquarters. Mr. Bonham was named the Western Region Director in June 2014, after serving as the Western Region Assistant Director. Ms. Riley will work with the Western Region staff and assist local leagues throughout the region to enhance operations, while developing and implementing training programs. Ms. Riley will also assist in the operation of tournaments, including the annual West Region Little League Softball® Tournament and the Northwest and West Region Little League Baseball® Tournaments.
“I am extremely excited about joining the Little League team,” said Ms. Riley. “The organization’s commitment to youth sports aligns with my passion for the positive development of young people, both on the field and off.”
Ms. Riley resides in Ontario, Calif., and grew up playing Little League at Creekside Ranch Little League in Ontario, Calif.
The Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex includes Al Houghton Stadium, a Little League Division size field that is used for the regional tournaments. The Western Region Headquarters serves 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). In the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, 10 future champions advanced from the Western Region, most recently in 2011 with Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., the last U.S. team to win the World Series. Hosted in the Western Region, at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, Ore., eight Little League Softball World Series Champions have come from the Western Region during its 41-year history.