NSA Girl's Fast Pitch Softball
Illinois NSA

Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Jacquelyn Douglas
Player
Urbana, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Douglas, 26 lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband Paul Douglas and daughter Gemma Kye Douglas. One of Jacquelyn’s passions other than softball is to work with young adults. Jacquelyn is a Behavior Intervention Specialist at the R.E.A.D.Y. Program in Champaign, Illinois. Jackie is the daughter of Ivy and Preston Williams Jr. of Urbana. Her grandparents are Preston and Mary Williams who along with several aunts and uncles currently reside in Kankakee. Jackie started playing organized baseball at the age of eight and played baseball until making the switch into fast-pitch softball at the age of ten. Due to the lack of an organization that had a 10U or 12U, Jacquelyn had to play with the 14U Central Illinois Diamonds.

Jacquelyn played nine years with the Central Illinois Diamonds. One of Jackie’s most memorable seasons was 2001 when the Diamonds finished 3rd in the National NSA World Series and qualified for the NSA Super World Series in Las Vegas, Nevada. “NSA allowed me to compete at a high level in a sport I love year around” said Jackie. “I met my best friend while playing NSA and was able to see, visit, and play in many different cities and states.” Jackie was a three sport athlete at Urbana High School - competing in volleyball, basketball, and softball, earning ten varsity letters - four in softball.

In 2003, Jackie earned a partial scholarship to continue her softball career at Illinois State University. During her senior year, she earned a full scholarship and the starting centerfield position!The following are some of Jackie’s personal accomplishments at ISU:
2004 – Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) 3rd Place
2005 – Foreign Tour to Australia Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award MVC Commissioner’s Academic Award MVC Honor Roll
2006 – MVC Regular Season Champions 19-4 MVC Tournament 3rd Place NCAA Regional Iowa City 3rd Place MVC Honor Roll
2007 – Team Captain NCAA Regional at Evanston, IL. 2nd Place Laurie Mabry Award Winner President of Student Athlete Advisory Council

For the past two years, Jackie has coached Junior Varsity volleyball at her alma mater, Urbana High School. She has also coached 10U Fast-Pitch Softball for Champaign Blue Ice. This past fall, Jackie was inducted into her Urbana High School Hall of Fame.


Harold "Buck" Healy
Meritorious Service
Kankakee, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Harold "Buck" Healy started playing slow-pitch softball in 1972.  His brother-in-law, Bob Crawford, got him to play for Homestead at Pier 6 in Aroma Park. Since that time, Buck played for 14 different teams:  County West, Knights of Columbus, Driftwood, Dazzles, United Consumers Club, Birch's Bombers, Leo's on the River, Bill Bolger Ford, Painters Local #467, Grace Realty, Momence News Agency, Scanlon Auto Body, and Tobey's Construction. Buck pitched 2 no hitters – a feat quite rare in the slow-pitch game! One was against Belchers, one of the better teams in the area, which consisted of 25 pitches and was umpired by current Illinois NSA Hall of Famer Dick “Polock” Kanoski.

Buck hit 714 average one season, mostly singles, occasionally an extra base hit. He also pitched 7 games in one day despite the 90 degree temperatures in the Martinton Festival Classic! Buck teams went to the State tournaments several times. Buck played until he was 60 years old and in his last season he played 48 games. Buck married Judy Judd and they have three daughters, Debbie, Linda, and Kathy, who spent as much time at the ballpark as their father did. Buck and Judy also have four grandchildren, and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Buck said, “Softball has provided me with opportunities to meet quite a few people and make lasting friendships that continued into ‘Life after Softball!’ Several players ‘touched base’ with us at our 50th Wedding anniversary!”


Rick Latham
Umpire
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Richard "Rick" Latham has been married to Pam for 36 years. He has two children, a daughter, Rhonda (Drake) and a son, Brad and two grandsons, Noah and Nathan Drake.

Rick started umpiring 39 years ago for high school baseball. The first softball slow-pitch game Rick umpired was in a tournament in St. Anne, Illinois.  After the tournament, his good friend, the late Don Nolan, came up to him and asked if he would want to do more slow-pitch out at Pier 6 in Aroma Park, Illinois.  At this time, that was the only place in Kankakee doing slow-pitch and men's fast-pitch.

Slow-pitch then moved to River Road Park in Kankakee, Illinois. After a few years at River Road, Don asked Rick to take over the scheduling.  Rick did all of the league and tournament scheduling for 5-6 years. Because of Rick's extensive work load at Exelon Nuclear, he had to give up umpiring in 1988 until 2001. One night, Rick ran into a good friend, Bob Kerness, who encouraged him to start umpiring again. The next day, Dick "Polock" Kanoski called and asked Rick how many games per night he would want to work. Rick's umpiring career in girl's fast-pitch started about the same way.

Bob Kerness gave Rick a call and asked if he could help out his friend, Barry Parks, by doing just the bases for a girl's fast-pitch tournament in Kankakee. The next day, Barry called and gave Rick 10 games over two days. Since that tournament 8 years ago, Rick has worked many more games and tournaments for Barry Parks.Accomplishments:
2003 - 2009 Umpired Slow-Pitch Super NITs and Regionals
2009 Umpired Slow-Pitch World Series
2010 Umpired Slow-Pitch Super World Series
2010 Received Northern Zone 110% Award

Umpiring has always been an enjoyable and important part of Rick's life. He has met many friends and acquaintances in players, coaches, fans, and fellow umpires, through the years that have made the experience memorable.

Rick Latham said, “I am truly honored and thrilled at being inducted into the Illinois NSA/BPA Hall of Fame.”


Lynne Robbins
Director / Player
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Lynne Robbins started playing fast pitch softball in high school.  Graduating high school in 1982, Lynne started playing slow-pitch softball in the Peotone Women's Softball League and has been playing Women's and Co-ed slow-pitch softball ever since.  During the early years of the Peotone Women's League, when managed by the players, Lynne was voted onto the four member board to manage the league. Lynne has played in many leagues and tournaments including ten State tournaments and four World Series for both Co-ed and Women's teams.

The many leagues she has played in include Frankfort, Joliet, Tinley Park, Chicago, New Lenox, Kankakee, Bourbonnais, and Peotone. This past summer she played in the Co-ed Lower North State tournament with a local team called the MPI Ding Bats. The MPI Ding Bats won the tournament and Lynne was voted onto the 2011 All-Tournament team. Lynne was a huge asset in leading the team to victory with an impressive .714 batting average for the tournament.

In 1990, the Men's ASA Class B State Tournament was held in Kankakee, IL.  This was a 100 team tournament that continued over two weekends.  Lynne was chosen by Gerry Gund, then with the park district, to keep score for individual games and participate on the All-Tournament team committee.

In 1998, Lynne started working for Gerry Gund, NSA State director, assisting with the adult slow pitch tournaments.

In 2000, when Gerry started girls fast pitch tournaments, she also added them to her weekends of work.

In 2002, Gerry started the boys baseball program (BPA) Lynne added that to her schedule. Lynne stepped into a role of site supervisor and tournament director for numerous tournaments including World Series qualifiers, State tournaments, Regionals, NITs, and World Series. Lynne has also been able to travel and direct tournaments in Peoria, Pekin, and Waukegan. Lynne has been involved in all facets of tournaments including field maintenance, concessions, checking paperwork and brackets and anything else that needs to be done to ensure the tournaments run smoothly for everyone. This would include dealing with the weather!

In 2004 and 2010, Lynne was presented with the prestigious NSA Northern Zone 110% Award for outstanding effort, contributions, dedication, and support of the NSA/BPA North Central Zone. Lynne added, "Softball has and always will be an important part of my life whether playing or being involved in any activity of the sport."


Cori Smith
Umpire
Clinton, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Cori Smith started her softball career playing slow pitch softball after she was out of high school. Cori enjoyed this for a few years, and then she was approached about umpiring. Cori decided to start umpiring the woman's ASA slow pitch softball league in Clinton, IL, in 1985 and also registered with the IHSA in 1990. That is when she started looking for girl's fast pitch teams in the area. Cori found a youth league in Decatur, IL, and that happened to be the CIGS organization.

It was ASA sanctioned when she started. Then in 1994 they made the change to NSA, and this is when Cori met Mr. Robert (Bobby) Knox. With his encouragement, Ms. Smith joined NSA and never looked back. Cori loves this organization and dedicates herself to NSA every summer. She had the honor of meeting Bob Biehl (her NSA State Director) & Leonard Winchester (her NSA UIC), who have helped her believe in herself, and become a much better umpire.

Ms. Smith was asked to work her first World Series in 1996 and could not make it. Since that year, she has been to a World Series every year, except two. Cori has worked World Series tournaments in Columbus, OH, several times, also in Tennessee, North Carolina, Indiana, and right here in Illinois, several times.

Cori has enjoyed working many Qualifiers, State Championships, World Series and two Super World Series. In her career with NSA, she has been awarded two 100% achievement awards, as well as plaques for working the championship games at the World Series. Cori is very proud of every single award ever given to her, and is honored to accept this great achievement award. She will forever be honored. Cori said, “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, and that there is always something more for her to learn!”


Terry Speed
Player
Gardner, Illinois
Inducted December 3, 2011

Terry Speed, age 45 of Gardner, has been married to Kori for 16 years.  They have two children, a daughter, Taylor, age 14, and a son, Troy, age 11.  Terry is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been a member of the Laborer's Local 75 of Joliet for over 20 years. Terry Speed is considered one of the top offensive slow-pitch softball players of his era.  He played all sanctions of softball from 1987-2001 on various teams.

Then in 2002, Terry concentrated strictly on NSA, teaming up with current Hall of Fame member John Wojnowski of CanDo Metals. The year 2005 was a memorable one for them.  CanDo Metals won several tournaments that year, as well as the NSA Class "C" State Tournament.  CanDo Metals placed second in the NSA Super C World Series Tournament in Indianapolis.

Terry went 31-36 (.861), which won him the Offensive MVP Award for the Super C World. Terry Speed has competed on teams in twelve NSA state tournaments, eight NSA World Series, and three Super World Series Tournaments, winning seven state tournaments and finishing second twice.

Terry Speed has received eleven All-Tournament selections and four MVP awards. Terry Speed won the Master State Tournament in 2005, 2006, and 2007 while playing with Block Law/Sharp Sports.  In 2009, while playing with Commission, he won the NSA "B" State Tournament winning the MVP award. Terry said, “I would like to thank my family, teammates, and sponsors for their years of support.  Without them, none of this would have been possible!”