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National Umpires Association is directed by Jim Stros, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Jim is a 1990 graduate of Michigan State University. At Michigan State, Jim was a relief pitcher from 1987-1990. He currently holds three single season Big Ten appearance records as one of the all-time leaders in career appearances at Michigan State. After graduation, Jim had the opportunity to pursue baseball professionally for three seasons in the spring of 91-93, then found another love for the game after becoming an umpire 20 years ago.

For the past 20+ years Jim has umpired at all levels working several National Championship games over the years and has built numerous relationships with high school and college coaches across the country. In 1993, at the Major League Umpires International Camp, professional umpires Mike Reilly, Joe Brinkman, Paul Nauert and Gerry Davis selected Jim as the #1 umpire in his class. Jim was also voted Most Outstanding Umpire in his class at the 1993 NCAA Southern Umpires School. Jim went on to umpire four full NCAA college seasons before becoming the director full time for National Umpires Association.

Recently Jim was selected to work Home Plate at the 2008 West Coast vs East Coast All-Star Championship game played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and also worked the 2009, 2010 and 2011 West Coast vs East Coast All-Star Championship games played at Petco Park in San Diego, California. All four games were televised nationally..

jim@nuaumpiresusa.org - 404.547.6057


Mitch Schwark

National Camp Director - NUA Board of Directors. Originally from Three Oaks, Michigan, Mitch brings over 30 years of umpiring experience to NUA. In 1990, he graduated from the Harry Wendelstedt Professional Umpiring School. Following graduation, he began umpiring professionally. In 1991, he worked a Championship Series in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie League), and then in 1992, umpiring in the South Atlantic League (Class A), also working the Championship Series.

In 1993, while working in the Carolina League (Class A) he was voted Best Umpire Prospect by the Carolina League Managers which was published in Baseball America, and was selected to work the Carolina League All Star Game. In 1994, 1995, and 1996, he was assigned to the Eastern League (Class AA), working the Championship Series there along with working three Championship Series in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also was an instructor for Major League Baseball International Umpire Camps along side John McSherry. In 1997, Mitch was assigned to the American Association (Class AAA). During this time, he worked 10 Major League Spring Training games.

Recently, Mitch was selected to work 1st base at the 2011 West Coast vs East Coast National Championship game played at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

Jim Stros, Director of NUA states that Mitch brings more experience and knowledge to NUA than any umpire he has ever worked with. His leadership skills along with his clear understanding of game management skills and professionalism on and off the field has earned him the respect of his peers and coaches both nationally and locally. Mitch is one of the top umpires in the country.

Mitch's responsibilities include training at all levels, on-site evaluations as well as NUA's Fall and Spring Camp Director. Mitch also currently works as a fill-in umpire for the Triple-A International League.

Mitch and his wife, Adriana have two children Marianna and Sammy. The Schwark family currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

mitch@nuaumpiresusa.org


James Gorden

NUA Board of Directors. James is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia. James brings close to 40 years of umpire experience. He is one of the top umpires in the country having worked at every level including 4 years professionally. After a solid professional career, James has umpired with the NCAA for more than 25 years working in several top Division l and ll conferences. James umpired several regional and super regional series over the years and was selected to umpire a Division II National Championship as well as several National Championships and the 2009, 2010 and 2011 West Coast vs East Coast All-Star Championship games in SanDiego. At the High School level, James has worked more than 15 State Championships. In the spring of 2008, James was elected by GHSA for the GHSA state evaluation team.

james@nuaumpiresusa.org


Rick Phillips

NUA Board of Directors. Rick is responsible for training, on-site evaluations, and camp instruction.

A native of Georgia with over 15 years of experience, Rick is considered to be one of the top amateur umpires in the country. Rick has worked several national championship games over the years including four National Championships, Triple Crown Championships, USSSA Championships and the 2009 West Coast vs East Coast All-Star Championship game in SanDiego. Rick's professionalism, game management, and communication skills have earned him the respect of his peers and coaches alike.

Rick is married and has 2 sons, Michael and Blake.

rick@nuaumpiresusa.org


Jim Komestakes

National Camp Director - NUA Board of Directors. Jim brings several years of experience at all levels to NUA, both on and off the field. On the field, Jim has been selected to umpire a number of high school all star games, and state playoff rounds over the years. Jim's duties as the Director of Training will include classroom and field training and evaluations. He is also one of NUA's tournament on-site directors for all national tournaments.

Several top awards have highlighted Jim's super career thus far by being selected by his peers in 2006 as the top umpire in his high school group. Again in 2007, Jim was selected Umpire of the Year by the Atlanta MABL. One of Jim's biggest honors came in 2006 as he was selected as the Crew Chief and home plate umpire working the Team USA Jr. National team(18U) game versus the Chinese Tiapia team. Over the years Jim has worked several Championship games at the American Legion level, USSSA, Triple Crown, MABL, and the 2008 16U National Championship game.

Off the field, Jim has attended a number of Pro clinics, including the National and Southern Umpires Camp, as well as serving on the Board Of Directors with his high school group. Without question, Jim is one of the top amateur umpires on and off the field in the country.

Jim Stros, Director of NUA, paid Jim the highest compliment by stating that he has never worked with nor has ever been around another umpire in 18 years who has as much class, integrity, and character both on and off the field than Jim Komestakes.

Jim and his wife, Donna have three children and two grandsons who all reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

jimk@nuaumpiresusa.org


Mike Quirk

NUA Board of Directors. Mike is responsible for recruiting umpires nationally for NUA. He is a New Jersey native. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1973 at Montclair State University and in 1981 completed his graduate degree at George Mason University. In 1982, Mike was appointed Special Agent, Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), where he had an exemplary 33 year career with the Bureau.

Mike has over 35 years of umpiring experience, umpiring all levels of amateur baseball in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and Georgia. He has been a member of the National Association of Sports Officials since 1986. From 1987 - 1992 Mike certified over 1000 baseball coaches for the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

Some of his other accomplishments include: 1997 to Present - Pennsylvania Interscholatic Athletic Association (PIAA) High School Baseball Umpire; 1997 to 2007 - MABL/MSBL Umpire, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania; 2004 & 2005 - Worked the MSBL World Series, Phoenix, Arizona; 2008 to Present - Umpire at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports High School Spring Training. (High Schools from USA and Canada play official and non - official baseball games.) Most recently in 2009, Mike worked the 14U National Championship Game in Marietta, Georgia.

Some of his other Awards include being selected as the 2001 MSBL Umpire of the Year, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. In 2009 Mike was voted as the NUA Most Outstanding Umpire and also was honored with the 2009 NUA Fireman's Award.

mike@nuaumpiresusa.org


Will Moody

NUA Board of Directors. Will is responsible for field training and on-site tournament supervising during all National tournaments.

Will is a Georgia native from Decatur with over 15 years experience. Will has attended several pro umpire schools and camps over the years. He has umpired several National Championships including Triple Crown Championships, and USSSA Championships. His outstanding game management skills along with a well-balanced sense of humor, on and off the field, have won the hearts of his peers and the respect of coaches nationwide. Will had the distinct honor of working at Cooperstown Baseball for 2 years where he became the first African-American official to work home plate during a championship game.

Will and his wife Tasha have two chiildren.

will@nuaumpiresusa.org


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