Venditto Joins Pac-10 Staff

May 30, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Joanne Venditto has been named Coordinator of Softball Officiating for the 2003-04 academic year, Pacific-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

As part of the league's newly created softball officiating program, Venditto will identify and assign umpires for Conference and nonconference games at the Pac-10's eight softball playing institutions. She will also be responsible for evaluating Pac-10 umpires and developing training opportunities for officials.

Venditto has spent the past three seasons as Softball Umpire Liaison for the Pac-10, helping to facilitate communication between Pac-10 coaches and umpires, disseminating playing rule interpretations and assisting in the standardization of umpiring mechanics. Venditto's career with assigning and coordinating conference softball programs spans 21 years and includes 10 years of Division I experience. She spent two years as Coordinator of Softball Umpires for the Big West Conference and has also assigned for the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA), the NAIA and the Western State Community College Conference. In addition to her work with conferences, Venditto coordinated four workshops in 2002-03 as part of the NCAA Umpire Development Program. As an official, she worked full Division I and Division II schedules from 1980-1991.

Venditto holds a degree in Recreation Administration from California State University Northridge.

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